Organized by ISTMA Europe, with support of European Tooling Platform, the VI European Tooling Forum was held on May 30, 31 and June 1, at 'Moulding Expo' show in the city of Stuttgart (Germany).

This sixth edition of the Forum took place at ISTMA Lounge on exhibition fairground with technical sessions organized on different schedules and days. Having speakers and attendees from several countries and regions, this initiative was a milestone for promotion, visibility and recognition of ISTMA and the Tooling Industry.

Emphasis was given to the presence of Associations, companies, suppliers and centers for innovation and development, including others directly connected to the Mould, Die and Special Tooling Sector.

The European Tooling Forum presentations focused on technological and market trends, showing the relevance and infrastructural strategic position of Tooling, Mould and Diemaking towards the development and sustainability of the industry.

Presentations and discussions demonstrated the strategic role played by the Sector and the importance of giving structural support to concerted efforts, which would allow companies to be better prepared to face new market challenges. Programs and initiatives such as ManuFuture or SMART developed on a European level were also subject for analysis and debates.

The current positioning of Moulds and Special Tooling Industry in different countries, its trends and challenges, namely the need to develop new and more complex skills to confront new business models, facing challenges of the present economic and technological environment were discussed, allowing personal interaction and networking between delegates and attendees.

This event is included on the strategy of ISTMA Europe to raise awareness and promote the strategic importance of the Sector in the development and sustainability of the economy within the political decision-making centers. ISTMA Europe has also assumed a decisive role in facilitating access of the Sector to European Commission initiatives and programs.