Hans-Werner Zoch receives a citation for IFHTSE Fellowship


For his far-sighted coverage of novel fields in research and technology and for his sustained leadership giving heat treatment and surface engineering a strong position in the research landscape and firm links to neighboring fields.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing Hans-Werner Zoch has supported and promoted IFHTSE for many years, and he has taken many initiatives and put them into practice and strengthened IFHTSE’s international network with many contacts.

He was appointed IFHTSE vice president in 2008, and after serving subsequently as president and past president until 2013, he remained a very active member of the executive committee until 2019.

After studying mechanical engineering, Zoch joined the bearing company FAG, where he rose to the position of head of research and development in 1993. During this time, he received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Bremen with a thesis on the influence of the solidification geometry of continuous castings on the distortion behavior of ring-shaped components. In 2004, he became managing director of IFHTSE member institute IWT (Bremen, Germany) and professor for materials technology/metals at the University of Bremen. Most prominently, in this role, he led the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Center “Distortion Engineering,” which investigated the causes and compensation possibilities of heat-treatment distortion along the entire process chain of metallic components. Zoch’s further research focus was on steel production, heat treatment, residual stress, and fatigue behavior of high-strength steels.

He held important positions in IFHTSE’s German member association Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlung und Werkstofftechnik e.V. (AWT) and in numerous other research organizations. His commitment to university teaching shows his fundamental revision and amendment of two materials technology textbooks.

European Conference on Heat Treatment and Quenching and Distortion moved online

The European Conference on Heat Treatment and Quenching and Distortion, scheduled for April 27-28, 2021, became an online conference. Sessions were recorded and can be viewed after the event. The event was organized into topic areas that included:

  • Gas quenching.
  • Determination of heat transfer.
  • Quenching processes in fluids.
  • Quenching and partitioning, quenching and tempering, and austempering.
  • Tools for understanding distortion problems.
  • Distortion engineering including quenching and distortion.
  • Controlled quenching processes.

This high quality event was organized by AWT, the German Heat Treating Society.  Proceedings of previous events can be found at www.ifhtse.org. For more information, go to www.echt-qde-2021.de.

IFHTSE: Who we are

The International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE) is a not-for-profit body founded in Switzerland on October 11, 1971.

It is an international group of scientific/technological societies and associations, universities, research institutes, and companies, whose primary interest is heat treatment and surface engineering.

The primary function of IFHTSE is to promote international collaboration and communication on heat treatment and surface engineering through the sharing of knowledge. This knowledge is communicated via conferences and international congresses held around the globe.

IFHTSE’s mission

Coordinate: Acting as a multinational organization consisting of individual heat treating and surface engineering societies, to coordinate and plan global heat treating events and conferences.

Educate: Through conferences and other heat treating and surface engineering events, IFHTSE fosters knowledge transfer globally, either formally or informally, through an interdisciplinary approach.

Cooperate: Encouraging participation between heat treating and surface engineering societies across national borders.

Recognize: Placing emphasis on recognizing young engineers and scientists in industry or academia. Foster recognition across national borders in all aspects of heat treating and surface engineering.

What IFHTSE is

IFHTSE is a federation of organizations. There are no individual members. There are three types of member organizations:

  • Scientific or technical societies and associations.
  • Universities and registered research institutes.
  • Companies.

Membership Focus

Association de Traitement Thermique et de Traitement de Surface

71 rue Lafayette – 75009 Paris, France
The French Heat and Surface Treatment Society


547530 Singeorgiu de Mures, Romania
www.aages.ro • office@aages.ro
Founded in 1990, AAGES designs and manufactures induction heating machines for a large range of applications.

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlung +Werkstofftechnik e. V.

Paul-Feller-Straße 1 • 28199 Bremen, Germany
The German Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering Society

ASM India Chapter, Mumbai, India

400059 Mumbai, India
asmindia79@gmail.com • https://asmindiachapter.org/

Asociace Pro Tepelné Zpracováni Kovu

257 22 Čerčany, Czech Republic
asociacetz@asociacetz.cz • www.asociacetz.cz/
The Czech Association for Heat Treatment of Metals

Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia

20121 Milan, Italy
aim@aimnet.it • www.metallurgia-italiana.net/

Calendar of Events

Due to the pandemic, many conferences planned for 2021 have either been delayed or canceled. Please watch this space for updates on current conference planning.

September 5–9
6th International Conference on Steels in Cars and Trucks
Milan, Italy  ww.sct2020.com

September 8–10
4th Mediterranean Conference on HTSE
Istanbul, Turkey  chtse2020.com

September 13–16
ASM International Materials Applications & Technologies
St. Louis, MO, USA  ww.asminternational.org/web/imat

September 29–October 1
14th HTS International Exhibition and Conference
Mumbai, India  ww.htsindiaexpo.com

October 26–28
HK 2021
HK is the largest materials technology industry meeting in Europe
Cologne, Germany  ww.hk-awt.de

April 2022
12th Tooling Conference & Exhibition (Tooling 2022)
Örebro, Sweden

September 2022
27th IFHTSE Congress / European Conference on Heat Treatment
Salzburg, Austria

November 13-16, 2022
28th IFHTSE Congress
Yokohama, Japan

April 2023
5th International Conference on Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering of Tools and Dies
Liangzhu Dream Town, Hangzhou, China

For details on IFHTSE events, go to www.ifhtse.org/events