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.