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++ ECTA Conference has been postponed to 2021! ++

Bordeaux, France

The ECTA Conference 2020 has been postponed to June 2021 due to the ongoing travel restrictions caused by Covid-19. The Conference 2021 will still take place in Bordeaux, France, kindly organised by Symop. The new date will be communicated at the ECTA website as soon as it is confirmed.

The Conference 2023 will take place in Switzerland. 


Hôtel Mercure Château Chartrons

Wonderful 4-Stars hotel located in the historical wine dealers district of Bordeaux!

Website: Hôtel Mercure Château Chartrons

Accommodation fees:

  • Single room: 130.00 € / night incl. breakfast
  • Double room and twin bed room: 140.00 € / night incl. breakfast


The online registration for conference tickets will open in 2021!


Conference Ticket:  756,- Euro

The conference ticket includes dinner on Thursday (boat trip on the river Garonne), the conference itself with coffee breaks and lunch, the gala dinner on Friday and the Saturday morning excursion including closing lunch and wine tasting. The Congress documents (programme, Congress bag, participant badge) are included in the Congress fee.


Accompanying Person Ticket:  240,- Euro

The ticket for the accompanying person includes dinner on Thursday (boat trip on the river Garonne), the partners programme and the gala dinner on Friday and the Saturday morning excursion including closing lunch and wine tasting. This ticket does NOT include the conference programme.

Registration WCTC 2019


Programme (tentative)



17:00 - 18:30   ECTA Presidents' meeting (special invitation)
19:30   Cruise Cocktail and Dinner - Boat Trip on the River Garonne


09:00 - 12:00   Morning Session
                         ●   Welcome Speech by a president of the region
                         ●   ECTA Conference
                         ●   Economics Conference
                         ●   Normalization : "Cutting tool data representation and exchange"
                              -  “Cutting tool data representation and exchange”
                                  (Patrick Marchand, CETIM / Timothée Boudier, UNM)
                              -  Round table (use case, benefits, european crossed points of view)   
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch

14:00 - 17:15   Afternoon Session
                        ●   Technical conference
                        ●   Industrial conference 
                        ●   Closing keynote : “Climate change, energy and greenhouse gases -
                             a short overview of the problem(s) and some potential solutions”
                             (Florian Gallo, Carbone 4)

19:30              Gala Dinner at the  Great Hall of the Palais de la Bourse

Friday - Partners Programme

10:00 - 12:00   Bordeaux Guided Tour
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 16:00   Free time, Shopping
16:00 - 17:30   Multi-Sensory Experience Workshop at the City of Wine Museum


9:00 - 12:00   Morning excursion - Trip to Saint-Emilion, Visit of Chateau Soutard and collaborative wine workshop
12:30 - 14:00   Cocktail-Lunch and Wine Tasting at Château de Ferrand
14:00   Close (Bus shuttle to hotel, airport or main station)


How to get to ECTA

By Plane
Bordeaux Airport (BOD) is only 20 minutes away from the conference venue/Hotel Hôtel Mercure Château Chartrons. You will find several rental car stations at the airport (

By Bus & Train
There are regular trains from Saint-Jean Bordeaux Main Station to Hôtel Mercure Château Chartrons.
It's a 15 minutes taxi ride from Saint-Jean Bordeaux Main Station to the Hotel.

Visa information
In order to help our participants for applying for visa, you will find most important information at the following. Please note that the congress organiser is not accountable for correctness and completeness.

EU nationals
EU nationals do not require a visa to enter France.

Non-EU nationals
Generally speaking, all other foreigners require a visa for stays in France. A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in a 180‑day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

You will find an overview on visa requirements here.


The European Cutting Tools Conference 2021 (ECTA) will be an ideal platform to promote your company's profile by sponsoring. We will offer you a unique opportunity with various sponsorship packages. More information will follow in 2021.


All the presentations and documentations of the ECTA Conference 2021, as well as the photos taken at the event, will be made available for download after the event.