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)


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
Africa - continent of growth for steel tube companies?
Marc-Peter Zander, CEO, Africon GmbH

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.



Registration procedure

Delegate entitlement for the conference:

  • Documentation
  • Refreshment breaks and lunch
  • Delegate list (supplied after the conference)
  • Attendance for all conference sessions
  • Networking event on 7 November 2017
  • Reduced fees for ITA members and students
  • Optional plant tours (but numbers are limited)


Member Non-member Student
Early bird (until 31.05.2017) 150 € 200 € 40 €
later 175 € 225 € 50 €

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Sponsorship packages

A key element of ITA conference 2017 is the support by sponsors to whom ITA is very grateful. This is also an opportunity for your company to increase awareness of your company’s products and services. We provide a range of different sponsorship packages. Each sponsor will be included, from the date fo booking, in future marketing measures for ITA conference 2017.
Your benefits as sponsor of ITA conference 2017:

  • Become part of future marketing activities with your company logo displayed in prominient position (brochures, advertisement, website, banners etc) from the date of registration
  • Preferred location for tabletop in case of joined booking of this additional marketing option
  • Special discount of 10 % on additional delegates from same company
Item Availability EUR/item
podiums logo 5 1000
program 5 500
coffee break sold out! 1000
lunch 1 2000
badges sold out! 250
evening event 5 1500
Wall of Fame unlimited 250

For registration please download registration form, fill in your data and return by email or fax:

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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 to develop further potential customers.

Our tabletop exhibition will complement the conference sessions and provides the 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 interested and influential potential customers “right in front of your door“.
(Member € 500,-/Non-member € 750,-)

Due to limited exhibition space it is advisable to book at an early stage (first come, first serve).

Included services
  • Table incl. two chairs within the exhibition area with build-up possibility for own individual information panels / roll-up stands
  • One free-of-charge conference registration
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Exhibitors – already booked

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

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.


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.



Hotel accomodation

The ITA has negotiated special hotel room rates for speakers and delegates participating at ITA conference 2017 as well as at the concurrent Cabwire event. These are subject to availability at time of booking

For information and booking please visit our partner "optiMICE"

Plant tours

We have organized the following plant tours for conference visitors:

  • Vallourec, Düsseldorf-Rath
  • Europipe, Mülheim

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.

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).


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