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International ThermProcess Summit 2017 Announced!

Thursday, October 13, 2016  
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The conference structure and topics for the 2nd International Thermprocess Summit (ITPS) held on June 27 and 28, 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany, have been defined and internationally renowned expert Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker will give the opening keynote talk. After graduating in physics, Prof. von Weizsäcker gained an international reputation partly due to his political activities but above all due to his expertise in environmental protection and conservation. From 1984 to 1991 he headed the Institute for European Environmental Policy and then became the President of the well-known Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He has been Co-President of the Club of Rome since 2012.


Three years ago the ITPS Conference and its accompanying exhibition were successfully launched as a joint venture by Messe Düsseldorf, the Foundry Machines Association within VDMA (the German Engineering Federation), the European Committee of the Industrial Furnace and Heating Equipment Association (CECOF) in Frankfurt and the German trade magazine heat processing (Vulkan Publishers in Essen). The 2013 the event was attended by delegates from 16 countries. “The most important features were the combinations of theory and practice and of scientific and business topics. The upcoming ITPS will pick up precisely these assets and address the issues that are facing us in the future. At the same time the Summit is an ideal opportunity for international networking,” said Friedrich Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director of Metals and Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. “I am pleased that we have such strong national and international partners working with us and that we have created this Thermprocess Summit together with our ten-member advisory board.”


ITPS 2017 will connect industry, research and government, bringing all the relevant players together. The program will include topics such as energy and resource efficiency, new business models created with the advance of digital networks in production processes, innovative solutions and best cases in the key engineering sectors of automotive, electrical, aviation and mechanical engineering. “It is important to us to highlight not only scientific and practical aspects, but also the global, economic and industrial policy frameworks,” stated Dr. Timo Würz, CEO of the Foundry Machines Association and member of the program advisory board. “This is why we will start ITPS with this overarching thematic complex and why day 1 will put the focus entirely on this goal.”  Prof. von Weizsäcker’s 40-minute keynote talk will address the consumption and industrial production of non-CO2-based industries.


The second speaker on June 27 will be Dr. Paul Rübig, Member of the EU Parliament since 1996 and also a permanent member of the EU Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. His presentation will be about “The Future Political Framework for Energy-Intensive Production in Europe”. The next subject area will be economic drivers, e.g. the situation on commodity markets and the global economy. “Current Global Economic Situation and Forecasts” will be the topic of Christian Kastrop, Director of the Policy Studies Branch at the OECD Economics Department. Eugen Weinberg, Head of Commodity Research at Commerzbank AG, who is considered to be Germany’s best-known commodities analyst, will talk about “Commodity Markets and Their Relevance to Global Industrial Production”.


In the afternoon, talks on innovation, digitization and new business models will be on the program. The second day of ITPS 2017 will be about best cases and innovative solutions in application industries. The conference will be held at the InterContinental Hotel on Königsallee in Düsseldorf and moderated by the well-known presenter Cathy Smith together with René Branders, President of CECOF. The full program and ticket shop are expected to be online in March 2017 at


Accompanying exhibition

The Thermprocess Summit will be complemented by an exhibition in the foyer of the InterContinental Hotel. Companies can book 20 or 39 square feet of booth space in the foyer as well as sponsorship packages.


Every two years Düsseldorf becomes the meeting place for the worldwide thermal processing industry and its application industries, alternating between ITPS and THERMPROCESS. THERMPROCESS - International Trade Fair and Symposium for Thermo Process Technology  - takes place at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center every four years. The next event is scheduled from June 25 – 29, 2019. Exhibitor applications will be available end of 2017.


The Bright World of Metals

The four international technology trade fairs GIFA (International Foundry Fair), METEC (International Metallurgy Trade Fair), THERMPROCESS (International Thermal Process Engineering Fair) and NEWCAST (International Trade Fair for Precision Castings) will be held concurrently in 14 halls in Düsseldorf from June 25 – 29, 2019. The four events are expected to feature 2,000 exhibitors and attract around 78,000 visitors. For five days, the latest in foundry products, foundry technology, metallurgy and thermal processing will be on display. The trade fairs will be accompanied by a high-quality ancillary program with seminars, international congresses and series of talks.


For further information about visiting or exhibiting at ITPS 2017, THERMPROCESS 2019, GIFA 2019, METEC 2019 or NEWCAST 2019, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog at; Follow us on twitter at


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