Our partners

The "Excellence in Production" competition is supported by strong partners, including representatives from business and trade associations who provide sponsorship for the competition. Our partners from the media also give their backing through continued coverage.

Who are our founding members?

VDI nachrichten

The VDI nachrichten is the leading weekly newspaper for engineers and technical specialists and managers. The first issue of the VDI nachrichten was published in 1921. The newspaper is divided into the editorial topics of technology and society, business, finances, management and career and reports on innovative technologies, economic conditions and societal developments. The VDI nachrichten creates a knowledge base for technical managers, engineers and all those who want to improve their assessment of technical trends and their opportunities and risks.



The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) has been representing its members from the capital goods industry for over 100 years and is one of the strongest and most significant industrial associations in Europe, consisting of over 20,000 decision makers from 3,100 member companies and 400 of its own experts. The VDMA represents companies from the entire engineering process, which is why it is able to foster industry-specific and cross-industry cooperation and serve as a communication and cooperation platform.


WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Academy GmbH

The Tool-Making Academy WBA is a trusted partner of the tool-making industry for applied research and industrial consultancy on current issues. It is the result of joint tool and die making activities at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT. The aim of the Tool-Making Academy is to provide the industry with a central organization for applied contract research on central technological and organizational issues. One focus of work at the WBA is to provide training and further education through modern training concepts to young talents and managers with specially prepared industrial knowledge with plenty of practical uses.


werkzeug & formenbau

The trade journal werkzeug&formenbau is the magazine for the tool, die, mold and fixtures building industry. Its articles cover the whole process – from the idea to the final product. The magazine reflects the professional world of its readers and is also aimed at the industry’s decision makers. It creates a basis for optimizing the economic and technological aspects of working processes and has become an indispensible resource for decision-making as far as investments in tool and die making are concerned.


Who are our partners?


Formnext is an international fair and conference focusing with the next generation of intelligent industrial production. The fair illustrates the efficiency of latest realized product ideas. Apart from the world wide elites of additive manufacturing, famous and innovative companies of industrial tool and die making as well as machine engineering, measurement engineering and prototype construction participate in this event. At the debut in 2015, Formnext had 232 exhibitors, 266 conferees and about 9.000 visitors. In the following year, Formnext announced an increase of 30 percent of exhibitors. This year the fair takes place in Frankfurt on the 15th - 18th November.


FORM + Werkzeug

FORM + Werkzeug is an industry magazine aimed at decision-makers in tool and mould making industry.
It contains exclusive reports and editorial coverage on industry topics and events.
This covers the entire process chain from tool design and manufacturing technologies to production processes.


HASCO Hasenclever GmbH & Co. KG

What Hugo Hasenclever began in 1924 has developed from a craftsman’s business into HASCO – a globally active industrial company. Hasenclever first produced dies for the plastics industry in 1930. In 1960, Rolf Hasenclever invented the first modular system for the manufacture of injection molds. HASCO also offers the entire range of hot runner technology services and products and is a competent partner in the field of tool and die making. International success came at the end of the 1960s. After establishing several European sites, Singapore became the first mainstay in Asia in 1976 and a subsidiary was founded in the USA in 1985. Even after Berndorf AG joined the company in 2007, they stayed true to their philosophy of a family-run business. HASCO continues to develop innovative and reliable standards for the production of plastic articles in close contact with its customers.



The Plastics-Cluster (KC) is a cross-industry network for the plastics sector. It initiates, promotes and coordinates successful cooperation between companies. The Cluster has nearly 400 member-companies with more than 63.000 employees. 90 percent of the companies are from Austria.

Every link in the value creation chain is represented by those companies: from raw materials and recycled materials to plastics processing, plastics mechanical engineering, mould and tool making, plastics technology providers, R&D facilities and educational institutions (e. g. universities). 54 percent of those companies are small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The main topics of the industry wide cooperation are material development, component development, manufacturing technologies, production improvements, an increase of production flexibility as well as qualifications and trainings.



Swissmem is a Swiss industry association representing companies in technology-oriented sectors such as the machine, electrical and metal industries. The aim of the association is the national and international promotion of competitiveness through a wide range of services. The approx. 1,050 member companies are offered the opportunity to seek professional legal advice, to participate in continuing education programs and to participate in expert conferences. Furthermore, Swissmem represents the interests of its members towards politics, associations and the public.

The Specialist Group Die and Mold Industry comprises 31 Swiss tool and die making companies, which operate predominantly in the global competitive environment and are active in relevant sectors such as the electrical, telecommunications, automotive, steel, consumer goods and medical technology sectors. In addition, the division is a member of the European and International Special Machining and Tooling Association ISTMA.



Uddeholm was founded in 1668 and expeditiously known to be a steel, energy and forestry group, which continued to focus on Sweden steel. In 1927 the company’s branch, located in Berlin, got recorded into the Commercial Register of Germany. Furthermore, Uddeholm GmbH merged with “Böhler Stahl Deutschland GmbH” at the start of the century. Since then the company operates with a strategy maintaining both brands independently.

Today, the company is represented in more than 80 countries. 300 years of experience developed Uddeholm to a world wide leading producer of steel used in tools. Moreover, other than steel the company offers core pins, welding consumables, hardening sheets and copper alloys.