ECHT 2024 to focus on processes, tech for sustainable future


The ECHT 2024 Conference and the 50th Annual A3TS Congress will be together in Toulouse, France, June 5-7, 2024. The focus will be on processes and technologies for a sustainable future in transport and industry. The conference will deal with all fields of heat treatment and surface engineering, heat treatment of metals (iron and steel, non-ferrous alloys), thermochemical treatment of metals, coatings and surface treatments, coatings and surface treatments including dry treatment operations (PVD, CVD, plasma, thermal spraying, etc.), and wet treatment operations (electrochemistry, etc.). Specific sessions will be devoted to the aerospace industry.

Additional focus areas

  • Contribution of innovative heat and thermochemical treatments to EU climate goals.
  • Coatings made from enhanced materials for electrical and thermal conductivity.
  • Digital technologies in heat treatment and surface engineering industries.
  • Surface engineering to address environmental constraints.
  • New needs in tribological properties: An open challenge for heat treatment and surface engineering.

Planned keynote talks

Laurent Pinto. Metal technology senior expert, Airbus Group (France): “Metallic and surface technologies development challenges toward a sustainable future.”

Thomas Ackerson. Senior metallurgist, Blue Origin (U.S.): “Materials Challenges for Reusable Hardware and Sustainable Processes for Space Travel in the Mid-21st Century.”

Marcel Somers. Professor,, Technical University Denmark (Denmark): “Microstructure Optimization in Additively Manufactured Metals through Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering.”

Denis Descheemaeker. IRT Saint Exupéry (France): “Strategy and Technological Roadmap for Sustainability.”

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