Prof. von Weizsäcker gives keynote talk at ITPS 2017

Preparations for the 2nd International Thermal Process Summit in Düsseldorf on 27 and 28 June 2017 are now in full swing. The conference structure and the individual subject areas have been defined, and the organizers have succeeded in engaging the internationally renowned expert Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker for the opening keynote talk.

Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

After graduating in physics, von Weizsäcker has gained an international reputation which is partly due to his political activities and above all to his expertise in environmental protection and conservation. From 1984–1991 he headed the Institute for European Environmental Policy and then became the President of the well-known Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He has been Co-President of the Club of Rome since 2012.

Three years ago the ITPS Conference and its accompanying exhibition were successfully created as a joint endeavour by Messe Düsseldorf, the Foundry Machines Association within VDMA (the German Machinery & Plant Manufacturers' Association), the European Committee of the Industrial Furnace and Heating Equipment Association (CECOF) in Frankfurt and the German trade magazine heat processing (issued by Vulkan-Verlag in Essen). In 2013, the event was attended by delegates from 16 countries from all over the world. “The most important assets were the combinations of theory and practice and of scientific and business topics. The forthcoming ITPS will pick up precisely these assets and address the issues that are facing us in the future. At the same time the Summit is an ideal opportunity for international networking,” says Friedrich Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director of Metals and Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. “I am pleased that we have such strong national and international partners working with us and that we have created this Thermal Process Summit together with our ten-member advisory board.”

Yet again, ITPS will be a bridge builder between industry, research and government, bringing all the relevant stakeholders to the same table. The programme will include topical issues such as energy and resource efficiency, new business models created under the advance of digital networks in production processes, innovative solutions and best cases in the key engineering sectors of automotive, electrical, aviation and mechanical engineering. “It is important to us to highlight not only scientific and practical aspects, but also the global, economic and industrial policy frameworks,” says Dr. Timo Würz, CEO of the Foundry Machines Association and member of the programme advisory board. “This is why we will start ITPS with this overarching thematic complex and why day 1 will put the focus entirely on this goal.”

Prof. von Weizsäcker’s 40-minute keynote talk is therefore being anticipated with eager anticipation, as it will be about the consumption and industrial production of non-CO2-based industries. The second speaker on 27 June will be Dr. Paul Rübig, Member of the EU Parliament since 1996 and also a permanent member of the EU Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. His presentation on “The Future Political Framework for Energy-Intensive Production in Europe” should meet with an equal amount of interest. The next subject area will be economic drivers, e. g. the situation on commodity markets and the global economy. Two further highly competent experts will be Christian Kastrop, Director of the Policy Studies Branch at the OECD Economics Department and Eugen Weinberg, Head of Commodity Research at Commerzbank AG. Kastrop’s talk will revolve around the “Current Global Economic Situation and Forecasts”. Weinberg, who is considered to be Germany’s best-known commodities analyst, will be talking about “Commodity Markets and Their Relevance to Global Industrial Production”.

The event continues in the afternoon with talks on innovation, digitization and new business models, whereupon the second ITPS day will focus above all on best cases and innovative solutions in application industries. The conference will be held at the InterContinental Hotel on Königsallee and anchored by the well-known presenter Cathy Smith together with René Branders, President of CECOF. The full programme is likely to be published in March 2017, when it will also be possible to purchase tickets for ITPS.

For further information please visit: www.itps-online.com

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