AWT Hardening Congress 2022

79th Heat Treatment Congress and Steel Innovation 24 - 26 October 2023 - Koelnmesse

The 79th Heat Treatment Congress of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlung und Werkstofftechnik e. V., AWT, will take place in Cologne from October 24 - 26, 2022. Parallel to the Heat Treatment Congress, the AWT and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e. V., DGM, will again jointly organize the scientific symposium Steel Innovation (SI), a meeting of the Steel Materials Technology Expert Committee of AWT and DGM in 2023.

Thus, two symposia and a trade fair will again be held under one roof:

HK 2023: The Heat Treatment Congress with proven division into scientific symposium and practitioners' conference. The largest European trade congress on topics of heat treatment and materials technology, manufacturing and process engineering.

SI 2023: First Steel Innovation Symposium. Scientific symposium under the leadership of the joint committee of DGM and AWT, on innovations in materials engineering in materials technology, production, processing and application of steels. 

Trade show of R&D Technologiebroker Bremen GmbH on the Heat Treatment Congress and Steel Innovation Symposium.

Location: Koelnmesse, West Entrance, Hall 4.1.

Applications for presentations are appreaciateed by 15.03.2023 on the following key topics:

Heat Treatment Congress 2023

  • Heat treatment - processes, equipment, media, safety
  • Sustainability concepts for heat treatment plants and process chains
  • Production and processing of components in the process chain
  • Properties of components in machining and application
  • New material developments
  • Material analysis and quality control
  • Artificial intelligence, simulation and digitalization

Steel Innovation 2023

  • Materials technology steel
  • Digital steel technology
  • High-strength and wear-resistant steels
  • Sustainable steel - recycling, reuse and remanufacturing
  • Corrosion resistant steels
  • Hydrogen embrittlement / steel development for the hydrogen economy
  • Materials testing steel
  • Increasing the damage tolerance of steels
  • New steel concepts for additive manufacturing

Call for Papers for Heat Treatment Congress and Steel Innovation

Presentations can be submitted and given in English or in German. Please send us an abstract of 1800 characters (including spaces) and your photo using the form on the website The conditions for participation in the trade exhibition and a form for registering exhibition stands will be made available in the "Downloadcenter Messe".

With specialist presentations on sustainability concepts for the heat treatment and steel industry, important contributions to the path to a climate-neutral future will be presented and discussed at both the Heat Treatment Congress and Steel Innovation Symposium. Attending both conferences also offers the opportunity to find out about the latest research and development findings in the entire steel process chain, from materials development and production to processing, on two days. The associated trade exhibition also opens up a new thematic field: in addition to presenting the latest products in the heat treatment industry, the exhibition also offers research institutes and companies in the steel industry a platform for presenting their innovations and products.

The finalized program will be published at The ticket store for purchasing tickets will start at the end of June 2023.

More information on the congress and exhibition at

Spectators at the AWT Hardening Congress
Spectators at the AWT Hardening Congress

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