Stocky, Fechte-Heinen elected to IFHTSE Executive Council


Christophe Stocky recently was elected to be a member of the IFHTSE Executive Council in Yokohama at the recent IFHTSE Congress. He is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts & Métiers.

He is the technical person responsible at the R&D center of ABS, an Italian steel maker and based in Metz.  Stocky is an active member of the French Heat Treatment Association, A3TS, and is serving on the Executive Committee of A3TS. 

Prof. Dr. Ing. Rainer Fechte-Heinen was recently elected to be a member of the Executive Council of IFHTSE in Yokohama at the IFHTSE Congress. He is executive director of Leibniz-Institut für Werkstofforientierte Technologien – IWT, and is the Department Chairman of Materials Engineering in Bremen Germany. 

Rainer Fechte-Heinen

Previously he was the head of Product Development: Technology and Innovation at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Duisburg, Germany.

Fechte-Heinen has been a member of the Governing Council of IFHTSE since 2020. He is a member of the German Heat Treatment Society, “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlung und Werkstofftechnik e.V.” (AWT), and is the editor in chief of HTM – Journal of Heat Treatment and Materials since 2020.

Conference Updates

4th Mediterranean Conference on Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (MCHTSE 2024)  |  April 17-19, 2024

This conference will be held together with the 5th International Conference on Thermal Process Modeling and Simulation (5th ICTPMS), in Lecce, Italy.

The conferences aim to provide a forum where engineers, scientists, researchers, and production managers can review and discuss fundamentals, new challenges, recent progress, and emerging topics in the fields of advanced heat treatment and surface engineering technology.

TPMS-5 aims at covering all aspects of modeling and simulation of thermal processes.

The extended deadline for abstracts is January 15, 2024

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2nd Bosphorus International Heat Treatment Symposium  |  April 25-26, 2024

BHTS’2024 – 2nd Bosphorus International Heat Treatment Symposium will be in Istanbul, Türkiye, at the Halic Congress Center, in cooperation with MISAD-Heat Treatment Industrialists Association and METEM-UCTEA Chamber of Metallurgical and Materials Engineers’ Training Center.

With the scope of this symposium, a space will be created where the challenges in advanced heat treatment technologies, current R&D studies, new developments, and different ideas will be discussed. Within this framework, local, foreign, and international companies that want to exhibit their products, services, and exemplary applications to support them as participants are invited.  The symposium is in Turkish and English. Turkish-English simultaneous translation will be provided in all sessions.

Deadline for Papers: January 19, 2024.

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29th IFHTSE Congress  I  September 30-October 3, 2024

The ASM Heat Treating Society (HTS) and the International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE) will present the 29th IFHTSE World Congress, a premier global event dedicated to advancing the fields of heat treatment and surface engineering. Co-located with ASM’s Annual Meeting, IMAT 2024, the congress will be in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2024 IFHTSE World Congress revolves around the theme “Innovations in Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering for a Sustainable Future.” Emphasizing the critical role of these technologies in shaping a sustainable world, the event will explore the latest developments, breakthroughs, and practices that can enhance the efficiency, performance, and environmental impact of heat treatment and surface engineering processes. In addition, traditional heat-treating topics will be offered.

Important dates

Submission deadline: January 26, 2024.

Author notifications of acceptance: March 29, 2024.

First draft of manuscript due: May 17, 2024.

Editor feedback to authors: June 14, 2024.

Final manuscripts due: June 28, 2024.

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Spotlight on Members

University of Malta

Lying at the cross-roads of the Mediterranean, UM has been, over its 400-year history, the hub for international academic exchange on the island. UM is the leading higher education institution in Malta, and its structures are in line with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education area. More than 24,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate levels.

Today UM is composed of 14 faculties, 14 interdisciplinary institutes and centers, three schools, and a junior college. In addition to the main campus situated at Msida, there are three other campuses: Valletta, Marsaxlokk, and Gozo. The language of instruction is English.

IFHTSE is a federation of organizations not individuals. There are three groups of members: scientific or technical societies and associations, universities and registered research institutes, and companies.

IFHTSE 2024 Events

April 17–19, 2024
4th Mediterranean Conference on Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (MCHTSE 2024)
Lecce, Italy  |

April 17–19, 2024
5th International Conference on Thermal Process Modeling and Simulation (5th ICTPMS)
Lecce, Italy  |

April 25–26, 2024
2nd Bosphorus International Heat Treatment Symposium
Istanbul, Turkey  |

May 6–8, 2024
3rd QDE – International Conference on Quenching and Distortion Engineering
Vancouver, Canada

September 30-October 3, 2024
29th IFHTSE Congress
Cleveland, Ohio  |  with IMAT and ASM’s annual meeting

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