PDT Europe started in 1992 as a project sponsored by the
European Commission and initiated by Prof. Horst Nowaki (Technical
University, Berlin) as a communication place for like-minded
European specialists in the then emerging field of product data
technologies. It was soon managed by Bill Mesley of Quality
Marketing Services in the UK, who was the soul of the event until
2003. Since 2004 the event is run by Eurostep.
Over its past lifecycle, the conference evolved into the leading
pan-European event for the diverse aspects of product data
technology in key industries. These industries included heavy
weights, such as the automotive industry, aerospace- and defense
industries, plant / building design and construction, offshore and
petrochemicals, the emerging e-business domain and many more.
One of the conference's key characteristics was its
public-private partnership concept. Sponsors included not only
organisations such as the European Commission and the European
Space Agency but also leading European manufactures, such as BMW,
Shell and Fiat-CRF. In addition, IT companies like IBM supported
the event on various occasions. In fact, because of this concept,
all key players in the field of product data technologies were
provided with a place to exchange their ideas on a regular basis
and over a long period of time - something not be found too often
in today's technical conference field.