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Conference 2023

ECTA Conference 2023

25 - 27 May 2023 in San Sebastian, Spain

The ECTA Conference 2023 took take place in San Sebastian, Spain, from 25 to 27 May and was kindly organised by AFM.

The European Cutting Tool Conference provided the European forum and networking event for manufacturers of cutting tools and clamping technology. Strategic challenges were discussed and global networking and cooperation in the industry were strengthened.

The ECTA Conference takes place once a year at a beautiful and well situated town in Europe kindly hosted by one of the ECTA member associations.



Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra 4*
(Conference Hotel)

The cosy and yet stylish 4-star hotel with a breathtaking view of La Concha Bay offers excellent facilities for the conference and the entire stay.


Accommodation fees:

  • Single room city view:  226.36 EUR / night incl. breakfast
  • Single room sea view:  308.18 EUR / night incl. breakfast
  • Double room city view: 244.55 EUR / night incl. breakfast
  • Double room sea view: 326.36 EUR / night incl. breakfast
  • Penthouse with Terrace Sea view: 451.00 € / night incl. breakfast


To reserve your room with the above special rate please select your dates for your stay and use AFM2023** code directly at the website

Phone: (+34 943) 440 770
Booking Code: AFM2023**
Booking Deadline: 25 December 2022 (extended!)


The following cancellation conditions apply:

Until 21 May 2023: 50% of reservation costs
From 22 May 2023: 100% of reservation costs





The online registration for conference tickets is now open: link to Registration


Conference Ticket:  780.00 €  (VAT not included)

The conference ticket includes dinner on Thursday, the participation in the conference itself with coffee breaks and lunch, the gala dinner on Friday and the Saturday morning excursion including lunch. The conference documents (programme, conference bag, participant badge) are included in the conference fee.


Accompanying Person Ticket:  140.00 €  (VAT not included)

The ticket for the accompanying person includes dinner on Thursday, the participation in the accompanying persons programme, the gala dinner on Friday and the Saturday morning excursion (social programme) including lunch. This ticket does NOT include the conference programme.


Cancellation conditions:

Cancellation of conference registration is possible at any time and is free of costs.


Registration WCTC 2019



Thursday - 25 May

Welcome Dinner

19:30 - 22:00               Cocktail and Welcome Dinner
GU Restaurant


Friday - 26 May

ECTA Conference - Hotel de Londres


9:00                Registration - Get-together at Britania room

9:15                Welcome words and introduction of the ECTA President and special greetings
 Markus Horn, ECTA President

                       Basque Country: Introduction to its economy, manufacturing ecosystem
                       and key competitiveness factors

                       Cristina Oyón, Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability – SPRI GROUP

                       Latest data of the national associations
                       Manfred Grimm, VDMA - Association of german machinery and plant manufacturers

                       Situation and prognosis for the precision cutting tool sector - HPO Forecast
                       Josua Burkart, Managing Director - HPO

10:55              Coffee Break

11:15              New techologies for special tools manufacturing
 Iñigo Agote, Head of Materials for Extreme Conditions - TECNALIA

                       Democratization of digitization in small and medium sized workshops
                       Igor Murgiondo, Service Business Director - FAGOR AUTOMATION

                       Artificial intelligence applied to the prediction of machine stops and tool break
                       Dr Xavier Beudaert, Senior Researcher in Dynamics and Control Team - IDEKO

                       Chatter suppression techniques for tool manufacturers
                       Dr Jokin Muñoa, Scientific Director - IDEKO

                       Cutting tool materials and their reciclying
                       José Manuel Sánchez Moreno - CEIT

13:00              Lunch Break           

14:30              Recovery of complex materials
                       Sandra Montes, COO & Founder - SCRAP AD

                       Cybersecurity in an industrial environment
                       María Penilla, CTO - ZIUR Industrial Cyber Security Center

15:10              Coffee Break

15:30              FABRIKA: How to achieve high performance organizations
                       Juan Mancisidor, General Director - FABRIKA

                       A worldwide example of innovation and high end talent generation
                       for the gastronomy sector

                      Joxe Mari Aizega, General Manager - BASQUE CULINARY CENTER

16:30             Conclusion by the ECTA President
Markus Horn, ECTA President                 


19:00              Reception Cocktail & Gala Dinner
Restaurant MUKA

22:30              Return to Hotel


Friday - 26 May

Partners Programme

10:00               Departure by bus for the village of Getaria, including a visit of
                        Balenciaga museum, and guided city walk and a light lunch.

15:30               Return to hotel


Who is Cristobal Balenciaga?

Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre (21 January 1895 – 23 March 1972) was a Spanish fashion designer, and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as "the master of us all" by Christian Dior and as "the only couturier in the truest sense of the word" by Coco Chanel, who continued, "The others are simply fashion designers". On the day of his death, in 1972, Women's Wear Daily ran the headline "The King is Dead".

More information at: Christóbal Balenciaga

Saturday - 27 May

Social Programme

09:30               Departure by bus from the hotel

10:00               Chillida Leku Museum

13:00               Lunch in a traditional Cider House

15:30               Arrival at the hotel


Who is Eduardo Chillida?

Eduardo Chillida, (10 January 1924 – 19 August 2002), was a Spanish Basque sculptor notable for his monumental abstract works. Major public works by Chillida are in Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Frankfurt and Dallas. A large body of his work can be seen in San Sebastián. In the early 1980s Chillida and his wife bought a sixteenth century Basque farmhouse and surrounding land at Hernani near San Sebastián to establish a permanent place to display his work in a natural environment. This opened in the 1990s as Chillida Leku, an open-air museum where visitors could wander among the sculptures.Leku means 'place' in Basque.

More information at: Eduardo Chillida



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How to get to ECTC 2023

The conference takes place in San Sebastian, Spain. We recommend to travel to Bilbao Airport and take a rental car or taxi to San Sebastian. 

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 Spain.

Non-EU nationals
Generally speaking, all other foreigners require a visa for stays in Spain.

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 & entry restrictions here.


All sponsoring packages have been assigned. Thanks a lot to all sponsors of the ECTA Conference 2023!


All the presentations and documentations of the ECTA Conference 2023, as well as the photos taken at the event, will be made available for download after the event.