The program for the 6th Engineering Summit (November 20-21,2018 in Wiesbaden) is currently being prepared and will be published in spring 2018.


Programme 5th Engineering Summit: TUESDAY, July 4, 2017

8:30 Reception Desk opens
8:55 Welcome Address and Introduction
Change 1: Markets and Structures
9:00 Keynote: Time to change – Tom Blades, Chairman of the Executive Board, Bilfinger SE
Change process in a medium size plant construction company – Mesut Sahin, CEO, MMEC Mannesmann GmbH
10:30 Trends in the large industrial plant manufacturing sector – Klaus Gottwald, Manager, VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers’ Group
10:45 Coffee Break and Exhibition
11:30 Service strategies in industrial plant construction – Karl Purkarthofer, Head of Metallurgical Services, Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH
12:15 Enhancing EPC-cpabilities in large-scale plant construction – What measures are needed? – Christian Elsholz, Director, PwC AG
Lunch and Exhibition
Change 2: Digitalisation and Technology
14:15 Keynote: Digitalisation in plant construction – Dr. Savas Lazaridis, CEO Operation Unit Implementation, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG
15:00 Potentials of Industry 4.0 in large-scale plant construction: Results of a recent industry survey – Thorsten Helmich, CEO, maexpartners GmbH
15:30 Coffee Break and Exhibition
16:00 How do machine and plant builders benefit from digitalisation? – Dr. Teemu Tunkelo, CTO, Voith Digital Solutions GmbH
16:45 Potentials and challanges of digitalisation in large industrial plant manufacturing – Dr. Markus Reifferscheid, Vice President Research & Development, SMS group GmbH
17:30 Change Discussion: How much change is really necessary for plant construction?
18:00 End of day one
19:30 – Networking Event at the Galopprennbahn Mannheim

Programme 5th Engineering Summit: WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017

Change 3: Efficiency and Productivity
9:00 Keynote: Efficiency and effectiveness in project execution – Dr. Wilhelm Otten, Head of Business Line Process Technology & Engineering, Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH
9:45 Modularisation of process plants in the health care industry: A role model for large-scale plant construction? – Dr. David Estapé, Technology Manager Biotechnology, M+W Central Europe GmbH
Coffee Break and Exhibition
11:15 Potential for cost cutting in E, P and C – Creative Ideas – Ewald Munz, Director Business Development EMEA, Cyent Ltd.
What measures and trends enhance productivity? – Wolfram Gstrein, Managing Director, VTU Engineering Germany GmbH
Lunch and Exhibition
Change 4: Methods and Procedures
14:00 Keynote: Success factors in the execution of large-scale projects – Dr. Christian Bruch, Member of Executive Board, Linde AG
14:45 Optimisation of procedures in the tendering phase – Markus Ecker, CEO, TGE Gas Engineering GmbH
15:30 Outlook: New approaches in project management – Clemens Dachs, Chief Engineer, Siemens AG
16:15 Summary
16:30 End of the conference

The Engineering Summit Team reserves the right to make changes to the programme.


For questions about the agenda please contact

Klaus Gottwald, VDMA e.V.

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 / 6603 – 1264



Armin Scheuermann, Hüthig GmbH

Tel.: +49 (0) 62 21 / 48 93 88