Trend-setting Technologies and Strategies for Tubes & Pipes

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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.

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

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“.

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 Rujanoski, Industry Manager,
TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik 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


>> PLant tour Registration Form


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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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


Inductotherm Heating & Welding Ltd is the European manufacturing and technical headquarters for Thermatool, Radyne, Banyard , iRoss and Newelco – As part of Inductotherm Group we are the world’s largest specialist in induction heating and tube seam induction welding systems with over 40 manufacturing sites around the world. We are leaders in induction heating & welding technologies for a variety of induction heating applications:

  • HF Welding, cutting and seam annealing of tube & pipe
  • General induction heat treatment and hardening
  • Induction heating for forging and extrusion applications
  • Heating & coating of API line pipe
  • Induction coil design and repair
  • Wire Processing Systems
  • Low Frequency Heating
  • Quench & Temper Systems
  • Offshore Field Joint Processing

For further information please visit our website


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.


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

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