Expert Committee

The DGM Expert Committee Drawing looks back on a history of more than 60 years. It is composed of representatives from industry and university institutions who discuss and solve general problems in their field as well as fundamental issues. It unites the activities in the field of drawing metallic materials and is divided into the Working Groups Wire and Rod and Tubes and Profiles. These meet approximately every six months and present their activities and main results at the annual meetings of the Expert Committee.

The drawing of wires, rods, and tubes is an essential and well-established process for the manufacture of high-quality semi-finished products in the long products sector, which can look back on a centuries-old tradition. Far-reaching demands on geometric and/or material tolerances and properties, as well as economic aspects, continue to lead to significant developments in this field today. This is true regardless of the material, be it metals such as copper, aluminum, steel, or magnesium or hybrid material combinations, e.g. metal/polymer or the combination of different metals.

The globalization of competition in the tube and wire manufacturing industry is increasing the competitive pressure on manufacturers. In connection with increasing qualitative demands on the product, this results in an increased need for qualification of the employees.

This applies to production, maintenance, and commercial areas and extends to all levels of management. This information gap exists not only in specific process knowledge, but also includes knowledge of materials science interrelationships within the manufacturing chain.

Topics and content include:

  • Aggregates for drawing tubes and wires 
  • Materials
  • Heat treatment
  • Tribology in drawing technology
  • Digitalization / Industry 4.0


  • Exchange of experience among each other.
  • Questions from the industrial sector as well as generally interesting basic research-oriented questions are taken up and worked on in a suitable form (bilateral and multilateral, self-financed or externally financed).
  • Initiation of research and development projects via public sponsors.
  • Material, process, and product development.
  • Development of joint training measures for employees of industrial companies.

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