Thermo process technology is not merely essential for a large number of the major areas of industry – it is more than just that: it plays a crucial role in determining the properties of individual products and all industrial manufacturing operations. This is true primarily of the automotive and aviation industries, the glass, ceramics and cement industries, metal production and processing as well as the chemical and petrochemical sector. A number of global challenges need to be tackled at the same time: the general economic and political conditions around the world, climate protection, carbon footprint, energy and resource efficiency – to mention just the most important ones. Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director, Metals and Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, emphasises: “This is precisely what the two-day ITPS focusses on, offering the thermo process industry and its stakeholders a customised programme. As was already the case at the premiere in 2013 and the subsequent events in India in 2014 and in the USA last year, we are again expecting high-level decision-makers to be among the visitors.”
And the programme is impressive. The morning of the first day will begin with such high-profile speakers as Professor Dr Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (President of the Club of Rome), Dr Paul Rübig (Member of the EU Parliament), Dr Christian Kastrop (Director of the Policy Studies Branch in the Economics Department of the OECD) or Eugen Weinberg (Commerzbank) while the contributions during the afternoon – with the motto “Innovation, digitisation, new business models” – promise to be extremely interesting too. Professor Dr Aldo Ofenheimer (Director Business Development Virtual Vehicle) will be starting with a keynote address entitled “Disruptive developments in the mobility industry and their implications for production”. Virtual Vehicle is an international research institute that is based in Graz, Austria, and aims to develop safe, environmentally sound and affordable cars and trains. He will be followed by Dr.-Ing. Gunther Kegel (CEO Pepperl + Fuchs) and Dr Richard Mark Soley (Industrial Internet Consortium). Both of their presentations will be focussing on the Internet and the impact of digitisation on industry as well as the opportunities offered to industry by it. “The Internet has not changed everything – the industrial community continues to refuse to apply Internet technologies” – this provocative statement is made by Soley.
“I am delighted that we have succeeded in arranging another highly interesting programme, that will be dealing not only with scientific and practical aspects but also with the general global, economic and industry policy conditions”, says Dr Timo Würz, VDMA Metallurgy Director and member of the ten-person programme advisory board. The second day will be devoted to “best cases” in the key automotive, aviation and machine manufacturing sectors. The complete programme will probably be published in March 2017, when tickets for the ITPS will also be available (950 Euro). The latest information about this can be found online at: www.itps-online.com.
The second main feature of the Thermprocess Summit is the exhibition in the foyer of the InterContinental Hotel, with the help of which the conference participants can inform themselves about state-of-the-art technologies during the breaks. Companies that are interested can either reserve 6 or 12 square metre stands there or book sponsor packages. The registration documents can be obtained with immediate effect from Jennifer Dübelt (e-mail: DuebeltJe@messe-duesseldorf.de; tel.: +49 211-4560520).
ITPS & The Bright World of Metals:
Three years ago, Messe Düsseldorf, the VDMA foundry machines association (Frankfurt), the European thermo process association CECOF (European Committee of Industrial Furnace and Heating Equipment Association / Frankfurt) and the trade magazine “heat processing” published by Vulkan-Verlag in Essen launched the ITPS conference and exhibition with great success. In 2013, the conference participants came from 16 different countries all over the world. Every two years, Düsseldorf becomes the hotspot for the global thermo process industry and the industries that use its products – with ITPS and THERMPROCESS taking place alternately.
The four international technology trade fairs GIFA (International Foundry Trade Fair), METEC (International Metallurgical Trade Fair), THERMPROCESS (International Trade Fair for Thermo Process Technology) and NEWCAST (International Trade Fair for Castings) are being held in 14 halls from 25. to 29. June 2019. More than 2,000 exhibitors and about 78,000 are expected to attend. International stakeholders in the castings, foundry technology, metallurgy and thermo process technology fields will then be focussing their attention on the city on the Rhine for five days. There will be a high-quality programme alongside the trade fairs too, with seminars, international congresses and lecture series. Further information is available in the Internet at www.gifa.de, www.metec.de, www.thermprocess.de, www.newcast.de and www.tbwom.com.