Weller, Circuit Technology Enter Strategic Partnership

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Weller, a global brand of Apex Tool Group known for innovative soldering solutions, announces a new partnership with Circuit Technology Inc. (CTI), a representative organization specializing in PCB assembly and repair equipment including placement, reflow, inspection, soldering, rework, and hand tools, to provide enhanced training support for all Weller equipment.

"Continuous improvement is a guiding principle for the Weller brand. This new partnership demonstrates our desire to further enhance our training and support services for end users," said Glenn Schindo, director of sales and marketing for Weller North America. "This new offering provides end users access to best-in-class trainers and training facilities. We look forward to working with CTI."

In addition to end users, Weller distributors and sales representatives will benefit from the enhanced training program. CTI will oversee all Weller University in-person training programs going forward. CTI will also use Weller equipment to train their existing clients.

"We are pleased to add an iconic company such as Weller to program. Their reputation for quality products and great support coupled with their fantastic lineup of new products will be a tremendous asset to our customers," said Bob Doetzer, president of CTI. "Weller's revolutionary new soldering and rework equipment will also make our training centers the most advanced and well equipped training centers in the industry."

CTI has four IPC certified trainers, including two that are bilingual. CTI is a certified IPC training organization with three fully equipped state-of-the-art training centers with plans to open additional centers in 2015.

About Weller

Weller is the premier soldering brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Since 1952, Weller has stood for innovations in soldering and today the company continues leading the way with application solutions to complex electronics manufacturing challenges. Revolutionary Weller engineering has extended tip life and investments in battery soldering technology have yielded cordless, portable products that offer increased performance with extended battery life. Weller tools play a role in the manufacture of electronics innovations around the world. Additional information is available at www.weller-tools.com.

About Apex Tool Group, LLC

Apex Tool Group, LLC, based in Sparks, MD, is one of the largest worldwide producers of industrial hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. Directly and through its subsidiaries, Apex serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. Apex markets its portfolio of diverse products under its own brand names in addition to being the principal manufacturer for several key private label products for certain retailers for many years. Additional information is available at www.apextoolgroup.com.

About CTI

Circuit Technology Inc. is a manufacturer's representative organization specializing in PCB assembly and repair equipment including placement, reflow, inspection, soldering rework and hand tools. CTI also offers IPC certifications at their three training centers in Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida. They offer solder training classes in IPC-600, IPC-610, IPC-620, IPC-7711, IPC-7721, and IPC-J-001. CTI also offers specific classes in LED assembly/repair, lead-free, wave soldering and reflow. Customized courses are also available for specific needs. For more information, visit www.circuittechnology.com


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