WCTC Conference 2016, A global View on the Cutting Tools Industry

The 2016 edition of the World Cutting Tool Conference (WCTC) offered a well-balanced mixture of informative and entertaining speakers and social events. ECTA’s yearly international event focusing on the cutting tool industry as well as important customer and supplier industries was attended by 160 industry representatives, conference sponsors and their guests.


The event provided ample opportunities not just to return with statistical figures but to collect personal perspectives and assessments from experts within the cutting tool business from almost all major markets in the world.

As hosts of the 2016 WCTC the United States Cutting Tools Institute (USCTI) welcomed attendees to the wonderful Big Island of Hawai’I at the Fairmont Orchid Resort where the conference was held from April 9th to 12th.


Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz emphasized in his keynote address the connection between Olympic Dream & Spirit and its implications on business life.


Other conference speakers and topics included:

  • Andrea Boltho, Emeritus Fellow, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
    Mr. Boltho presented an entertaining outlook on global economy, also alluding to possible impacts of Brexit and other global threats as well as chances.

  • Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis, Teal Group Corp.
    As an expert for the aviation/defense industry Mr. Aboulafia gave a promising  overview and forecast for the aviation/defense industry.

  • Filip Geerts, Director General, CECIMO (European Association of Machine Tool Industries)
    Being a professional in international, EU and national affairs, presented statistics and policy issues regarding the European machine tool industry.

  • Harry Moser, President, Reshoring Initative
    Mr. Moser informed about the benefits of reshoring – bringing back manufacturing that had been offshored.

  • Michael Robinet, Managing Director, IHS Automotive
    Mr. Robinet explained the impacts of expected developments within the  automotive industry - being global, faster and multi-material.

Representatives and members of the USCTI, ECTA, Japanese Cutting & Wear-Resistant Tool Association (JTA), Indian Cutting Tool Manufactures’ Association (ICTMA) as well as representatives of China and South Korea provided their colleagues with valuable insights into their domestic markets.

Next ECTA conference will take place in Barcelona 2017 from May 18th to 20th.


In spring 2019 ECTA will invite the global cutting tool industry to the next World Cutting Tool Conference in Germany.


Presentations can be found in the ECTA website’s members area.


Don Nelson from Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine wrote a very informative and entertaining article on the WCTC 2016. Please find it here

Conference Date

The ECTA conference 2017 will take place in Barcelona from May 18th to 20th.



Marc Schuler

ECTA President

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