Keynote Speaker

Frank Hippenstiel
BGH Edelstahl Siegen GmbH

Frank Hippenstiel was born 1970 in Siegen and studied Ferrous Metallurgy at RWTH Aachen University and Economics at the FernUniversity of Hagen. During his time at the Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy of the RWTH Aachen, he worked on the hot deformation process of high nitrogen-alloyed stainless steels and the development of case hardening steels for ultra-high process temperatures.


In 2001, he began his career in the steel industry as a process engineer at the former Edelstahlwerke Buderus AG in Wetzlar, where he was in his last position Head of Quality Management until 2011. He then moved to the Boschgotthardshütte in Siegen. Since 2012 he has been managing director of BGH Edelstahl Siegen GmbH and, since 2015, also technical managing director of BGH Edelstahlwerke GmbH. Focus of his activity in the steel industry is the process and product development from the melting process over further treatment to the final products in special alloyed and stainless steels.

Keynote Speech: "Steel – the key for a successful tooling industry!"
May 13, 9.30am

Dr. Hans Christian Wolff
Ford-Werke GmbH

Current Job: Ford-Werke Köln, Supervisor & Launch Leader Stamping Engineering Europe (Head of Press Parts and Vehicle Start-Up, Group Staff Press Technology Europe)

1999-today: Ford-Werke GmbH Köln, including longer employment at the plants in Saarlouis, Dagenham, Genk and Valencia

1995-99: Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung Düsseldorf, Research Associate

1994-95: Ohio State University, Columbus USA, ERC/NSM*:Research Associate

1995 RWTH Aachen University: Diploma in metallurgy and materials engineering, specialising in forming technology

(*Engineering Research Centre for Net Shape Manufacturing)

Keynote Speech: "Future requirements of automotive industries for accelerated tool construction and higher tool quality"
May 13, 10am