About ECTA

The European manufacturers of cutting tools and clamping devices and their national associations have joined together in the European association ECTA – European Cutting Tools Association. Getting to know each other, exchanging experiences, co-operating – there are numerous topics which the European companies in the branch urgently want to discuss among themselves, and with their customers, suppliers and co-operation partners. ECTA offers the optimal platform for this.


The principal aim of ECTA is to act as the central organization for furthering the interests of all European cutting tool manufacturing and to take action which may be considered necessary in the interest of the industry and members, including:


  • Arranging meetings between manufacturers

  • Providing a forum for the exchange of views

  • Studying technical problems that are common to the industry

  • Promoting industry's views to Official Organisations

  • Providing market information

  • Fostering a good image for the industry.

  • Addressing the industry's key role in manufacturing

ECTA Organization

The key committee of ECTA is the General Assembly. In the General Assembly all Members of the association are represented. Meetings are held once a year, in combination with the ECTA Conferences.

ECTA Officials

Elected by the General Assembly, the ECTA President and the ECTA Vice President are acting as the official representatives of the association. They are supported by the ECTA Secretary General.


Marc Schuler

Vice President

Alexandre Fernandez i Grau


Secretary General

Markus Heseding




Members of ECTA are the national associations from France (SYMOP), Germany (VDMA), Italy (UCIMU), Spain (AFM), Switzerland (Swissmem) and the United Kingdom (BHECTA c/o MTA). Further Sutton Tools from the Netherlands.

France Mr Nicolas Parascandolo Tel. (+33) 1 47 17 67 03
SYMOP Maison de la Mécanique n.parascandolo@symop.com
  F-92038 Paris la Defense Cedex  
Germany Mr Markus Heseding Tel. (+49) 69 66 03 13 06
VDMA Precision Tools Postfach 71 08 64 markus.heseding@vdma.org
  D-60498 Frankfurt  
Ireland Mr Scott McGarry Tel. (+44) 1530 265419
ATA Group Ltd ATA Group,
IDA Business & Technology Park,
  Co. Cavan, H12 DK46 
Italy Mr Alberto Nicolai Tel. (+39) 02 26 25 53 06
UCIMU Viale Fulvio Testi 128 marketing.dept@ucimu.it
  I-20092 Cinisell Balsamo MI  
The Netherlands Mr Robert Sutton Tel. (+31) 1 32 20 14 80
Sutton Tools Sutton Tools Netherland rsutton@sutton.com.au
  Jellinghausstraat 28  
  NL-5048 Tillburg  
Spain Mr Xabier Ortueta Tel. (+34) 9 43 30 90 09
AFM Parque Tecnologico de San Sebastian xabier.ortueta@afm.es
  Paseo Mikeletegi 59  
  E-2009 San Sebastian  
Switzerland Mr Pascal Streiff Tel. (+41) 44 384 48 74
Swissmem Pfingstweidenstrasse 102 p.streiff@swissmem.ch
  CH-8037 Zürich  
United Kingdom Mr Geoff Noon Tel. (+44) 20 72 98 64 00
BHECTA c/o MTA 62 Bayswater Road gnoon@mta.org.uk
  GB-London W2 3PS  
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