Trend-setting Technologies and Strategies for Tubes & Pipes

Welcome to our ITA conference website which includes all relevant information.
We will regularly update this platform so that you do not miss any news.

The ITA Conference 2019 will take place on April 10, 2019, with plant tours on April 11. For further details and to stay informed as arrangements progress, please visit the website at regular intervals.

1st Announcement / Call for Papers

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

Market, product and technology presentation opportunities

  • Market overviews
  • Trendsetting technologies and strategies in
    • production / material properties
    • quality assurance
    • value-adding processes
    • supply chain optimization and extended services
    • special requirements and solutions for specific market areas i.e. automotive, aerospace, energy

Interested speakers are invited to submit an abstract (max. 300 words) summarizing the main ideas of their papers, together with the presenter’s CV (max. 200 words). Abstracts should not focus on company presentation but on markets, technical/managerial classifications, R&D, new technologies or recent case studies. Joint presentations of producers and technology suppliers are welcome.

All confirmed speakers attend free of charge. Each speaker gets a presentation time of 20 minutes plus Q+A. The presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and distributed to the conference attendees. All abstracts and papers will also be available free of charge for ITA members six months after the conference.

Conference language: English


Deadline for abstract submission: 30 November 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance: 21 December 2018
Final conference paper due: 28 February 2019

>> Abstract submission form

Tabletop exhibition

The ITA conference brings together decision makers and specialists from all over the world. It is an excellent opportunity for presenting and promoting your products and services to the tube and pipe industry and securing further potential customers.

Our tabletop exhibition will complement the conference sessions and provide an opportunity for one-to-one discussions with suppliers and producers during breaks and lunch. As all conference participants will have their coffee and lunch breaks directly within the exhibition area, this guarantees highly engaged and influential potential customers right “on your doorstep“.

Since exhibition space is limited it is advisable to book early (first come, first served).

  • Table incl. two chairs within the exhibition area with display option for own individual information panels / roll-up stands
  • One conference registration free of charge
  • Logo + link + profile on conference website

>> Exhibitor Form

Sponsorship packages

A key element of the ITA conference 2019 is the support of sponsors, for which the ITA is very grateful. This also represents an opportunity for your company to increase awareness of its products and services. We provide a range of different sponsorship packages, and each sponsor will be included, from the date of booking, in future marketing measures for the ITA conference 2019.
Your benefits as sponsor of the ITA conference 2019:

  • Become part of future marketing activities with your company logo displayed in prominent position (brochures, advertisements, website, banners, etc) from the date of registration
  • Preferred location for tabletop in case of joint booking of this additional marketing option
  • Special discount of 10 % on registration of additional delegates from same company

Item Availability € / item
podium logo 5 1,000 €
program 5 500 €
coffee break 2 1,000 €
lunch 1 2,000 €
badges 1 250 €
evening event 5 1,500 €
Wall of Fame unlimited 250 €

As sponsorship packages are limited early booking is recommended (first come, first served).

>> sponsorship registration FORM

Registration procedure

Delegates are provided with:

  • Documentation
  • Refreshment breaks and lunch
  • Delegate list (supplied after the conference)
  • Attendance for all conference sessions
  • Networking event
  • Reduced fees for ITA members and students


Registration prices range from € 50 (Student) to € 225 (non-ITA Member), and the early bird discount, available on all prices, has now been extended until February 15, 2019.


>> Delegate Registration Form

Program – 10 April 2019

09:00 - 09:10
Gunther Voswinckel

09:10 - 09:30
Global Steel Tube Industry in challenging markets
Frank Harms, Managing Director, German Steel Tube Association

09:30 - 09:50
The African continent and its potential for tube & pipe companies – Myth or reality?
Marc-Peter Zander, Partner & CEO, africon GmbH

09:50 - 10:10
China's tube & pipe industry
China Steel Pipe Association

10:10 - 10:30
Drive the Growth in Global Bearing Industry via Supply Chain Collaboration and Innovation using the 4-Value Model
Vincent Yang, Senior Adviser, Sanji Tube Company

10:30 - 11:00 – COFFEE BREAK

11:00 - 11:20
Changing LSAW Pipe Production: How manufacturers remain competitive despite small lot sizes
Hartwig Hiestermann, Gräbener Maschinentechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Volkan Kibaroğlu, Managing Director, Cimtas Pipe Fab. & Trd. Ltd. Co.

11:20 - 11:40
FleXU Technology: Mill 2.0
Andrea Anesi, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for the SBU Tube & Pipe, Fives OTO S.P.A. 

11:50 - 12:10
Laser welding for continuous tube manufacturing
Daniel Rujanowski, Trumpf GmbH 

12:10 - 12:30
3 different ways to produce special shaped welded tubes. How to make use of high-end planning- and simulation tools.
Albert Sedlmaier, Managing Director, data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH

12:30 - 14:00 – LUNCH BREAK

14:00 - 14:20
Global and local straightness measurement with compensation for gravity
Matthias Kramer, Head of measurement technology, MSG Maschinenbau GmbH

14:20 - 14:40
Hot 3D Tube Inspection
Zvezdan Pejovic, Sales Manager, IMS Messsysteme GmbH

14:50 - 15:10
Pioneering radar technology for dimensional measurement of tubes and pipes
Knut Sieling, Business Development and Sales Metals, SIKORA AG

15:10 - 15:30
Automatic data reporting of non-destructive testing results
Klaus Dickmann, NDT Engineering Manager, Slickers Technology GmbH & Co. KG

15:30 - 16:00 – COFFEE BREAK

16:00 - 16:20
Innovative wire arc coating solutions for functionalizing metal and non-metal surfaces
Frank Lichtenthäler, Head of R&D welding & coating, SMS group GmbH

16:20 - 16:40
Extending the production chain by processing tubes - Value Added Process
Hans-Joerg Braun, Managing Director, Reika GmbH & Co. KG

16:50 - 17:10
Modern Automotive Lightweight Shafts, realized by Rotary Swaging
Frank Müller, President, HMP Group

17:10 - 17:30
Realizing smart manufacturing through 5 G
Dr. Christoph Bach, CTO Service Providers Western Europe, Ericsson GmbH
Member of 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation

11 April 2019 - Plant Tour

We have organized the following plant tour 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.

Learn more about our new business unit “Digital Solutions” and take a look at our “Test Center” and the new Powder Atomization Plant

10:00 – 10:45
Welcome and presentation of „Digital Solutions“

10:45 – 11:15
Live connection to „SMS digital GmbH“

11:15 – 12:00
Presentation of EA „Test Center“

12:00 – 12:30
VR- and AR Applications

12:30 – 13:00
Visit / Inspection Powder Atomization Plant



Hotel accommodation

The ITA has negotiated special hotel room rates for speakers and delegates participating in the ITA conference 2019 as well as the concurrent Cabwire event. These are subject to availability at time of booking.

>>> download hotel overview

Düsseldorf Germany

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