THE"A" Coatings Conference dates back to 1999, representing the mutual effort of three academic Institutions (THE):
- the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Engineering (EEΔΜ), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
- the Institute for Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW), University of Hannover
- the Laboratory for Manufacturing Technology (LFT), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
In 2013, the Institute of Surface Engineering (IOT), RWTH Aachen University was also engaged in this effort, while in 2017 the Physical Metallurgy Laboratory (PML) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki joined the board.
The aim of THE"A" Coatings is to establish an international forum on coatings technology and applications in the field of production engineering, embracing the state of the art and the future trends in coatings research and development.
The International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering ICMEN was established during the Hellenic Chairmanship of EUREKA Σ! 2001-2002 (www.eureka.be), aiming in strengthening synergies between people involved in scientific research and those having to meet the rapidly increasing demands of industrial applications.