ECTA Conference 2020 in France!


The next ECTA Conference 2020 will take place on 25 – 27 June 2020 in Bordeaux, France, and is kindly organised by Symop.

The conference will summon the most important contacts of the European Metal Cutting Tool Industry and provides an excellent networking opportunity.

The official invitation as well as the agenda and detailed conference programme will follow soon.

WCTC Conference 2022 in Japan!


The next WCTC Conference 2022 will take place in Japan.


You are welcome to particpate!

WCTC 2019 Focused on the economy, technology and strategy


The most important networking event of the year for cutting tools and clamping technology attracted 200 entrepreneurs from 18 countries to Tegernsee in June 2019. Outstanding guest speakers, the visit of MTU Aero Engines and a wonderful ambience caused happy faces.

"The fact that 200 top decision-makers from the world's most important manufacturers followed our invitation to Germany to spend three days exchanging views on the economic, political and technical challenges was really fantastic and a great pleasure for us," says Markus Heseding, Managing Director of the VDMA Präzisionswerkzeuge, summing up the WCTC - World Cutting Tools Conference 2019. A total of around 240 participants travelled to the World Conference, which was hosted by the German ECTA member VDMA Precision Tools at Tegernsee.

Tools create values

Tools create values! was the motto of this year's World Conference. Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, Director of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, gave a keynote speech on international trade which was particularly well received in the run-up to the G20 summit in Osaka. After detailed insights into the economic situation of the most important metalworking markets by the representatives of the national associations, Prof. Thomas Koch from KCT in Karlsruhe informed about the future opportunities of the combustion engine in addition to electric mobility. According to Koch, all emission questions concerning the combustion engine have been solved: By using climate-neutral fuels, the combustion engine could also play an important role in future mobility strategies.

Highlight of the event was the presentations of two guest speakers. First, Jan Sibbersen described in the "Story about luck" his inspiring way to becoming the swimming record holder of the Ironman in Hawaii in 2018. And then the stage was set for the well-known physicist and comedian Vince Ebert, whose messages were also very well received by the international guests.

The program also included a visit to MTU Aero Engines in Munich, a global manufacturer and maintainer of aero engines. There, the latest production facilities for the automated machining of blisks on machine tools were on display.


Elections and General Meetings

On the occasion of WCTC 2019, Markus Horn, Managing Director of Paul Horn GmbH, was elected ECTA President. He succeeds Marc Schuler, Dixi Polyool SA from Switzerland, who has held the presidency since 2014. Besides Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the USA also used the WCTC 2019 to hold national meetings.



The next WCTC will take place in Japan in 2022. Taking place every three years alternating between the USA, Asia and Europe, the WCTC - World Cutting Tool Conference provides the global forum and networking event for manufacturers of cutting tools and clamping technology. Strategic challenges are discussed and global networking and cooperation in the industry is strengthened. The WCTC is the most important event of the European Association of Metal Cutting Tools and Toolholding ECTA. In the two years between the World Conferences, events on a European level are organised by ECTA.


Markus Horn new ECTA President


Frankfurt, 28 June 2019 - "Let's work together to shape our future", said Markus Horn, new President of the European Cutting Tools Association (ECTA) on Thursday. Horn is Managing Director of Paul Horn GmbH in Tübingen and was elected ECTA President on the occasion of the World Cutting Tools Conference 2019 at Tegernsee. In his inaugural speech, he thanked all ECTA members for the trust they had placed in him and his predecessor Marc Schuler from the Swiss company Dixi Polytool SA for his commitment.

Horn: "ECTA offers our industry many opportunities to shape the future as well as to promote our industry in Europe and around the world. And that's exactly what I'm going to do during my tenure."

Dress code during the WCTC 2019

Wednesday: June 26th

  • International Dinner: business casual

Thursday, June 27th

  • Technical Tours: business
  • BBQ at the creek: business casual
    • due to the ground: no highheels are recommended

Friday, June 28th

  • Conference: business
  • Galadinner: dark suite
    • due to the ground: no highheels are recommended

Saturday, June 29th

  • Social Programme: casual

Hotel Bachmair Weissach

This beautiful courtyard of the Hotel Bachmair Weissach is the ideal place to relax after the conference. After our excursion to Munich to MTU Aero and MAN Truck & Bus on Thursday (27 June 2019) the garden is the perfect location to end the evening with a BBQ at the creek.

See you in June 2019 at the WCTC!

Accommodation - Contingents are fully booked!

We are overwhelmed by the great response to the conference!

Due to the high demand for the conference, our contingents at Hotel Bachmair Weissach and Hotel Bussi Baby are fully booked.

Around the Tegernsee there are many other hotels and accommodation possibilities. For alternative accommodation please refer to the Tegernsee Tourism website at: (you have to select "Rottach-Egern" in the field "Alle Orte") or

Please note that the conference will take place in Bachmair Weissach in Rottach-Egern. Transport from individual hotels to the conference cannot be guaranteed.

Sunny winter days at Tegernsee

We just came back from a visit at the Tegernsee to check once again the conference venue and all the locations and tours we have prepared for you. The Tegernsee region is still in winter mood with snow on the mountains, but spring is coming fast. We look forward to welcoming you in this beautiful sourrounding in June.

See you at WCTC 2019!

WCTC 2019 - Registration open!

The online registration for conference tickets is open, please use the following link to buy your conference ticket and pay by credit card.

Conference Fees:
Conference Ticket: 950,00 EUR incl. VAT
Accompanying Person: 119,00 EUR incl. VAT

WCTC 2019 - Programme available now!

We are pleased to present our programme for the World Cutting Tools Conference (WCTC) 2019. For more information please visit our conference page.

WCTC 2019 - Sponsoring Brochure available now!

The World Cutting Tools Conference 2019 (WCTC) will be an ideal platform to promote your company's profile by sponsoring. We will offer you a unique opportunity with various sponsorship packages.

About the conference
ECTA and VDMA sincerely invite you to the World Cutting Tools Conference 2019 (WCTC)! Every three years WCTC provides the global forum and networking event for manufacturers of cutting tools and holding fixtures. The WCTC 2019 will take place from June 26th to 29th in Bavaria, an hour’s drive south of Munich. Located directly at the beautiful lake Tegernsee in sight of the Alps, the venue offers an ideal place for the event.

Exciting new developments, high ranking speakers and exclusive technical visits will be on display at our conference. The previous conference in 2016 in Hawaii was visited by 180 international participants. The WCTC offers an unique possibi-lity to bring stakeholder from the cutting tools industry together. You will meet exciting sector players face to face. New perspectives will open.

For more information please download our broschure.

WCTC 2019 - Book accomodations now!

The next World Cutting Tools Conference 2019 in Germany

Hotel bookings are now available to simplify your planning.

Please save the date in your calendar:
26.06. - 29.06.2019
at Lake Tegernsee, Bavaria

For more information please download our broschure.

ECTA Conference 2018, Stresa

About 100 participants from all over the world met for a packed lecture program and networking at Lake Maggiore.

From 3 to 5 May 2018, the manufacturers of cutting and clamping tools were guests of the Italian Association UCIMU in Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Some guests even came from China and the US to take advantage of the networking opportunity offered by the European Metal Cutting Tool Association ECTA. And this despite the fact that it was not a world conference this year. The topic "Future perspectives" was a golden thread throughout the entire event.

In his welcoming speech, ECTA President Marc Schuler gave a positive assessment of the current situation of the industry. Explaining the economic situation of the European metal cutting tool industry in detail, Peter Meier of USP Consulting completed the European perspective. The economists Marco Fortis from the Edison Foundation and Marco Taisch, Politecnico di Milano, then gave an overview of the global economic situation and future technological aspects. They both agreed that company organization must be constantly adapted to market requirements. In the afternoon, following two presentations by sponsors, it was Gianluigi Zanovello's turn to speak. The former commander of the Italian aerobatic team "Frecce Tricolori" showed how outstanding results can be achieved through the interaction of exceptional individual performance and precisely coordinated teamwork. After this, Thomas Lüdiger of FEV Consulting informed the participants about the findings of the VDMA study "Antrieb im Wandel ". The expected effects of the electrification of the powertrain on the metal processing industries subsequently gave rise to a great deal of controversy.

Lothar Horn, Chairman of VDMA Precision Tools, closed the lecture block with an outlook on the challenges of the near future. The German association will host ECTA World Conference (WCTC), which will take place from 26 to 29 June 2019 at Tegernsee in Upper Bavaria.

ECTA Conference 2017, Barcelona

The 2017 European Cutting Tool Association Conference attracted 60 delegates and partners from 7 countries.

Organized by the AFM Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, AFM the conference programme foocused on the strategic strategic challenges facing this industry sector.

Keynote presentations on the global economy, management challenges and key customer views rounded off the event.

WCTC Conference 2016, Hawaii

The 2016 World Cutting Tool Conference on the Big Island of Hawaii attracted over 180 delegates and partners from 9 countries worldwide.

Organized by the US Cutting Tool Institute, USCTI, the conference programme focused on the strategic challenges facing this industry sector.

Keynote presentations on the global economy, management challenges and key customer views rounded off the event.