Tube industry – How to stay
competitive in difficult times

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As Tube industry is currently in difficult times our main focus will be how to stay competitive in this situation.

  • Market overviews of pipe and tube sectors
  • Presentations by producers and equipment suppliers
  • Latest technological developments
  • Optional plant tours
  • Table top exhibits
  • Excellent networking opportunities incl. networking evening event
  • Reduced fees for early bookers, ITA members and students
  • Concurrent wire conference and table top exhibition
  • World class venue in the spiritual home of Tube
  • Special room rates at nearby hotels (subject to availability)

Organised by International Tube Association in cooperation with Cabwire 2017 world technical conference, by the leading wire and cable industry associations.

Our colleagues and members will agree, the best way to drive an industry forward is to share: progress, experiences, successes and new developments. In early November, after months of preparation, we invited colleagues from the tube and pipe sector to get together in Düsseldorf for the ITA Conference 2017.

The theme for the two-day Conference, from 7-8 November 2017, was How To Stay Competitive In Difficult Times. We were delighted to play host, here at Messe Düsseldorf, to close on 100 visitors; and with 16 exhibitors in the tube sector and a number of companies exhibiting in the concurrent wire event, the two days saw an exciting buzz of activity and networking.

The ITA would like to thank all of you that participated in this momentous event since it was your presence that helped to make it the success that it undoubtedly was.

Many ITA members took the opportunity to showcase their company and their work with a foyer exhibition, which also provided a marvelous forum for networking and talking shop.

We were delighted to see so many colleagues willing to share their expertise in presentations. There were an amazing 16 papers on such topics as Spiral Pipe Plants In New Dimensions, Reliable Ultrasonic Tube Testing and the Russian Steel Pipe and Tube Market in 2017- 2018.

We would also like to pass on our thanks – and yours – to staff and colleagues at Vallourec in Düsseldorf and Europipe in Mülheim for hosting the plant tours, both of which were highly popular. And a Rhine riverboat tour with a dinner and drinks onboard provided a social setting which – we hope – cemented not just business contacts but also friendships.

All told, we enjoyed it so much we would like to do it again. The date for the next ITA Conference will be posted here on the website, or in order to be kept in the loop, members and colleagues can sign up for our newsletter or just drop us a line at

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09:15 - 09:35 – topic: Market
Steel Tube Industry in challenging markets
Frank Harms, Managing Director, German Steel Tube Association

09:40 - 10:00 – topic: Market
Russian steel pipe and tube market in 2017-2018
Bulba Viktoriya, Steel market specialist, Metal Expert LLC

10:05 - 10:25 – topic: Market
Iran Piping systems – A blunt view of the market
Volker Klosowski, Managing Partner, WB & K Iran Consulting

10:30 - 11:00 – COFFEE BREAK

11:00 - 11:20 – topic: Seamless
Future-oriented solutions for competitive tube plants
Stephan Hüllstrunk, Technical Sales Manager Seamless Tube Plants, SMS group GmbH

11:20 - 11:40 – topic: Seamless
The New 3 Roll Type Elongator
Ettore Cernuschi, Chief Technical Officer, Danieli Centro Tube

11:40 - 12:00 – topic: Seamless
Kocks Microstructure Simulator - not a toy, but a tool …
Jörg Surmund, Area Sales Manager, Friedrich Kocks GmbH & Co KG 

12:00 - 13:30 – LUNCH BREAK

13:30 - 14:00 – PODIUMS DISCUSSION
How to stay competitive in difficult times

14:15 - 14:35 – topic: Welding
Spiral Pipe Plants in new Dimensions
Hartmut Kussmaul, Director Sales and Product Management Large Pipes, Schuler Pressen GmbH 

14:35 - 14:55 – topic: Welding
Fives technologies: OTO Hollow Shape Forming Mill
Andrea Anesi, Operation Director, Fives OTO S.P.A. 

15:00 - 15:20 – topic: Welding
Fiber Laser Tube Welding System
Alberto Cavallini, Product Manager TPS Systems, IPG Photonics

15:20 - 15:40 – topic: Welding
Laser Welding - An Innovative Production Technology for welded Stainless Steel Tubes and Profiles
Daniel Rujanoski, Branchenmanagement Rohr & Profil, Trumpf GmbH

15:40 - 16:00 – COFFEE BREAK

16:00 - 16:20
Tube Design Technology – first steps to Industry 4.0
Stefan Freitag, Managing Director, data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH

16:20 - 16:40
Reliable Ultrasonic Tube Testing For Highest Grades
Klaus Dickmann, NDT Engineering Manager, Slickers Technology GmbH & Co. KG 

16:40 - 17:00
Novel signal processing of on-line wall thickness gauge profiles for production monitoring of hot seamless steel tube plants
Marc Choquet, Vice-President Laser NDE, Tecnar Automation Ltée 

17:00 - 17:15 – COFFEE BREAK

17:15 - 17:35
High-Performance Production Cell for Premium Coupling Blanks
Hans-Joerg Braun, Managing Director, Reika GmbH & Co.K

17:35 - 17:55
Environmental friendly pretreatment lines for tube pickling and phosphating
Fritz Nerat, Managing Director, Koerner Chemieanlagenbau Ges.m.b.H.

17:55 - 18:15
In-line Tube Measurement for the smart tube mill
Dean Durbic, System Development, LIMAB AB

7 November 2017 - Networking Event

On 7 November ITA and leading wire and cable industry associations have chartered a ship for a rhine river tour including dinner and drinks. This event is free of charge for registered delegates but as capacities are limited delegates need to register in advance (first come, first serve).

8 November 2017 - Plant tours

We have organized the following plant tours for conference visitors. Participation is optional and free of charge but a booking is required and once booked, attendance is viewed as compulsory except under exceptional circumstances. Places are limited so bookings are taken on a first-come-first-served basis.

A world leader in its markets, Vallourec provides tubular solutions that are the benchmark reference for the energy sector and other applications that present the most demanding challenges. Its tubes, connections and innovative services make the most complex projects possible, from oil and gas wells in extreme environments to next-generation power plants to bold architecture and high-performance mechanical engineering.

Download PDF: Vallourec, Düsseldorf-Rath

Download PDF: Vallourec at a glance, 2016


The EUROPIPE Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of large-diameter pipes with an annual production of 3000 km resp. 1 million tons. Its SAWL and SAWH welded large-diameter steel pipes for the oil, gas and water industry withstands even extreme applications such as the desert heat, the extreme temperatures of the Artic or the highest pressure of the deep sea.
For their customers the EUROPIPE Group with production sites in Germany and the USA is worldwide in the market. The headquarters, the EUROPIPE GmbH, is situated in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. Its shareholders are Aktien-Gesellschaft der Dillinger Hüttenwerke and Salzgitter Mannesmann GmbH, each holding a 50% stake.

EUROPIPE Group’s expertise:

  • High-strength pipe: Steel grades X80 to X100
  • HIC-resistant pipe: all grades up to X70
  • Collapse-resistant pipe: optimisation of geometry and steel grade
  • Arctic grade pipes: up to X80
The pipe mill in Mülheim an der Ruhr is one of the most productive mills world wide. On an area of 80.000 m2 Europipe produced hundredth of large diameter pipes per day.




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From the very first stone wedge, handheld power has been the driving force for the evolution of mankind. This idea has been consistently transferred to chemical analysis. In many areas our handheld power solutions have fundamentally changed processes and operational tactics.

analyticon instruments is the distributor of Thermo Fisher Scientific handheld XRF-Analyzers in Germany and Austria. Our vision “Lab in your Hand” enables you even without a lab expert, to conduct element analysis where it is actually needed – on the spot.

At analyticon, highest precision also applies to service. We stand for individual, highly qualified consulting and support.
In our service center near Frankfurt am Main, the original products are first checked and then further refined. analyticon academy offers training courses, further education, workshops and user meetings led by specially qualified trainers and noted experts.

analyticon instruments

The ITA conference in Düsseldorf is a great platform for demonstrating our latest COPRA® developments for the tube and pipe industry in a professional environment: The rising demand for premium tubes and pipes not only requires CAE software that can handle increasingly complex and versatile production processes. There is also a need for all-in-one solutions for projects that involve a lot of know how. data M looks forward to introducing its solutions on “how to stay competitive” in this market and to many inspiring and industry focused talks on today’s current issues and future trends.

data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH was founded 1987 by Albert Sedlmaier and Stefan Freitag and specializes in software solutions and services for roll formers. The programs COPRA® RF and COPRA® FEA RF are the leading solutions for design and simulation worldwide. The company also offers the optical measuring systems COPRA® ProfileScan Desktop and COPRA® RollScanner for efficient quality control of products and roll tools. In addition, data M is also a service provider for design, simulation and analysis in forming – it maintains an international partner network and has subsidiaries in the India, Poland and Great Britain.

data m

IMS has a passion for precision and strong belief in quality. High-precision technology requires a maximum focus on quality. We have worked continuously on developing our products further and improving the qualifications of our staff ever since our company was established in 1980. The technical competency we have accumulated as a result, paired with modern technology, enables us to implement high-end custom-built and needs-orientated solutions.

Key figures:
420 Employees Worldwide
3900 Measuring Systems in Worldwide use, >600 Customers, >60 Countries

We offer for the Rolling Industry:

  • High-precision, online measuring systems for industrial use in the steel and non-ferrous metal rolling industries

Your Benefits:

  • Several measuring tasks -> one supplier
  • One system -> several measuring tasks (multi gauge)
  • Customized solutions
  • Painless adaptation to your lines and systems
  • Key components developed and manufactured by IMS
  • Global spare part stocks and services


Koerner specializes in planning and erection of complete metal pickling plants for the pipe and tube industry. Pickling tanks produced by Koerner are exported to over 50 different countries and are in use on every continent.

The kvk pickling system, a completely encapsulated pickling plant, guarantees highly efficient pickling operation and meets all environmental requirements.

Our worldwide customers include manufacturers of carbon steel tubes as well as stainless steel tubes and non ferrous tubes. Special concepts and individual solutions are required for each sector and we hope to find new clients and partners at the ITA Conference on 7th of November 2017.


The Swedish based company LIMAB is a world leading company of non-contact laser measurement for the metal industry on both long and flat products, with several innovative solutions for dimension and straightness measurement.

The company was established in 1979, and we are developing and producing laser based sensors and systems.

For the tube industry we can measure in-line with a very high accuracy features such as local- and total straightness of tubes, diameter, ovality, shape, corner radius, thickness, width measurement and length. We have sensors and systems for both hot and cold applications.

LIMAB has supplied measurement systems all over the world to many of the leading and well known steel companies.

“We measure your way to perfection”


Detailed information about the exhibitor will be added soon.

LOESER GmbH is a major producer of Premium Quality Grinding, Polishing and Deburring Machinery and a global leader in technology required to produce super high quality surface finishes. Loeser designs from very simple one station machines to completely automate multiple station systems. Loeser pressure controlled grinding technology allows to provide heavy stock removal, tolerance grinding and fine finishing. Loeser prides itself in innovation using the latest technologies in machine controls and mechanical and electrical components.

A careful and accurate evaluation of each customer’s specific requirements is the highest priority for the company. On other hand customers benefit greatly from Loeser’s decades of experience in developing thousands of grinding processes and are sure to get a reliable machine and process.

Looking into the future Loeser develops new networking with "Industry 4.0". This will enable to save the process parameters to improve and optimize production processes together with our customers.

Manufacturer of belt round-, centreless- und flat grinding machines for rods and tubes made of carbon, stainless or hardened steel alloys, aluminium, titanium, zirconium, ceramics, plastics, etc; round and profile tubes surface grinding; scale removing; mirror polishing; pipe internal grinding ; round and square product grinding, grinding instead of turning; cylinders, stocks, shafts and axles lapping; forged and cast flat parts edges deburring; equipment for through feed hardening and chrome plating, finishing before and after chrome plating.


Quaker Chemical Corporation is a leading global provider of process fluids, chemical specialties, and technical expertise to a wide range of industries, including steel, aluminum, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, cans, and others. For nearly 100 years, Quaker has helped customers around the world achieve production efficiency, improve product quality, and lower costs through a combination of innovative technology, process knowledge, and customized services. Headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania USA, Quaker serves businesses worldwide with a network of dedicated and experienced professionals whose mission is to make a difference.


Reika is an innovative, mid-sized company with well over a century of experience, and one of the leading manufacturers worldwide of turnkey tube and bar machining systems and lines.

The company’s flair for innovation has gained it an international reputation for excellence. One of its most popular innovative products is the RingSaw®.

The machine design, with the saw head that rotates around the fixed work piece, is now known worldwide for its high-precision cutting technology. It provides world market leaders with a decisive competitive advantage, with a cut that is absolutely right-angled and almost burr-free thanks to the special cutting process.

In its lecture at the ITA conference in November, Reika will illustrate in detail how the RingSaw® concept provides key economic advantages in the blank production for premium sleeves. "We are very pleased with the great attention our RingSaw® concept is currently experiencing,” says Reika CEO Hans-Jörg Braun.


Detailed information about the exhibitor will be added soon.

SMS group is looking forward to this year´s ITA conference in Germany. This event is certainly a key event amongst the international tube and pipe conferences. It offers the perfect environment to build-up new business contacts and discuss current and future market developments.

The SMS group is a group of globally operating companies in plant and machinery construction for steel and non-ferrous metals processing. We offer everything from pig iron production to metallurgical plant, rolling mills to strip processing lines, tube mills to thermal technology – the SMS group covers all sectors – including electrical systems, automation and service. SMS group has more than 130 years of experience in the production of tubes and pipes and it is the only provider able to offer the full line of products and services. Its roots go back as far as 1885, when brothers Reinhard and Max Mannesmann obtained the first patent for the manufacture of seamless tubes. Today innovative solutions such as the PQF® seamless pipe making technology and the JCOE® large-diameter pipe forming technology as well as the 2-step spiral pipe plants from PWS are well-known worldwide

sms group

Tecnar develops, manufactures and markets advanced sensors for industrial process monitoring and control. Founded in 1989 and located near Montreal – Canada, the company is diversified into four divisions focused around automated pressure pipe welding, inflight particle speed and temperature measurements for thermal-spray processes, online hot wall thickness gauging for the seamless steel tube and pipe industry, and molten metal chemistry monitoring for galvanization line control. Through its highly specialized product lines, Tecnar has developed privileged business relationships with a vast array of clients that include many of the world leaders in the fields of aerospace, power generation and heavy industry. Tecnar products operate in more than thirty countries distributed in all five continents.


Thermatool Corp., an Inductotherm Group Company, is the worldwide leader in High Frequency Solid-State Induction Welding for tube and pipe applications. From API to spirally wound fin tube to engineered structural sections, Thermatool's innovations consistently push the limits on design and implementation of HF Welded products. These improvements have enabled Thermatool to demonstrate superiority in efficiency, weld quality, and welding process.


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