ICTP, the ‘Olympic games of metal forming’ was founded in 1984, has been held every three years since, and is one of the biggest international events in forming technology. The 12th ICTP, the first to be held in the United Kingdom, builds on a long tradition of excellence:

  • Tokyo, Japan (1984)
  • Stuttgart, Germany (1987)
  • Kyoto, Japan (1990)
  • Beijing, China (1993)
  • Columbus, OH, USA (1996)
  • Erlangen, Germany (1999)
  • Yokoyama, Japan (2002)
  • Verona, Italy (2005)
  • Gyeongju, Korea (2008)
  • Aachen, Germany (2011)
  • Nagoya, Japan (2014)


The programme will cover all major areas of the technology and science of metal forming, including:

  • Forming processes – from unprecedented innovations to extensions to today’s industrial practice
  • Materials characterisation and testing – from the most familiar to the newest materials at multiple scales, temperatures, and to the limits of deformation
  • Surfaces – the latest science and newest practice in lubrication, tribology and wear
  • Simulation – the prediction of process behaviour, from the finest detail to the fastest calculation
  • Control – of temperature, properties, energy and the efficiency of the whole forming supply chain.


ICTP is where the world’s leading researchers share their most important advances, where theory meets advanced practice and where the insights of the most experienced practioners become the inspiration for the next generation.