Circular production - paving the way for a sustainable future

The Karlsruhe Autumn Conference is a well-known platform in research and industry for cross-industry exchange on forward-looking topics. Under the motto “Circular Production - Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future”, this year's Autumn Conference will take place on November 6, 2024 at the KIT in Karlsruhe. You can expect exciting presentations, in-depth specialist discussions and a wide range of networking opportunities. You will also gain insights into the newly built circular factory at the wbk, where research is being conducted into concepts for the fully autonomous operation of a factory with integrated linear and circular production on an industrial scale. You can look forward to it!

The circular economy is an industrial model that decouples production output from the use of resources and is therefore inherently restorative and regenerative. It is regarded as a promising approach to reducing humanity's global consumption of resources to a sustainable level. At this year's fall conference, the topic of the circular economy will be examined and discussed from the perspectives of business models, logistics, upgrading/updating and already successfully integrated concepts from industry in the context of circular production.

We look forward to your participation!


08:30 am


09:00 am

Welcome and Introduction

  • Prof. Dr. Gisela Lanza
    Institute Director | wbk Institute of Production Science (KIT)

09:30 am

Sustainable Business Development: Frameworks and Business Models in the Circular Factory

  • Bernhard Strack
    Global Head of Circularity | Hilti Corporation
  • Prof. Dr. Erik Hansen
    Institute Director | Institute of Integrated Quality Design (University of Linz)

10:30 am

Networking Break

11:00 am

Sustainable Product Development: From Design to Disassembly

  • Dr. Uwe Kehn
    Managing Director | GreenIng
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Matthiesen
    Institute Director | IPEK Institute of Product Engineering (KIT)

12:00 pm


01:00 pm

Lab Tour

02:00 pm

Sustainable Production: Integrating Recycling and Reuse into the Production Process

  • Frederik Vogel
    Vice President Center of Competences Small Series | Deutz AG
  • Wilhelm Mauß
    Managing Director | Lorenz GmbH & Co. KG

03:00 pm

Networking Break

03:30 pm

Sustainable Supply Chain Management: The Role of Reverse Logistics and Cooperative Data Exchange

  • Peter Bartel
    Head of Marketing and Engineering | Circular Economy Solutions GmbH (C-ECO)
  • Dr. Gunter Beitinger
    Head of Factory Digitalization & PCF | Siemens

04:30 pm

Closing Discussion

05:00 pm

End of Event

Impressions of the Autumn Conference 2023


The participation fee for the Fall Conference 2024 is € 500 incl. VAT. Members of the WGP/WiGeP and KIT employees pay a reduced price of € 250. For bookings before 31.07.2024 you will receive an early bird discount of 10%. The price includes lunch, the conference band as well as drinks and small snacks during the coffee breaks. Both a meat-based and a vegetarian lunch will be offered. If you have any allergies or other food intolerances, please let us know in good time.
Payment is processed by our service provider Saferpay. According to §4, 22a UStG and BFH judgment of 07.10.2010 - V R 12/10, the participation fee is divided into a tax-free and a taxable part. You must therefore select two amounts when registering.
You can find the registration form for the event here:



We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us by mail at herbsttagung∂

Finn Bail, M.Sc.

Akad. Mitarbeiter

+49 1523 9502641

Edwin Blum, M.Sc.

Akad. Mitarbeiter

+49 1523 9502635

Edwin Blum∂kit edu


Kaiserstraße 12

76131 Karlsruhe