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The VDMA

Shaping tomorrow's mechanical and plant engineering together

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With about 3,500 members, the VDMA is the largest network organization and an important voice for the mechanical engineering industry in Germany and Europe. The association represents the common economic, technical and scientific interests of this unique and diverse industry.

Learn more about the diverse topics, industries and services of the VDMA here. With our broad-based organizational structure and the know-how of more than 500 employees worldwide, we support you in making the right decisions in your company.

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Technologies for climate protection:

  • Mechanical and plant engineering can save 86 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions
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VDMA is the largest network organization and an important voice for the mechanical and plant engineering industry in Germany and Europe.
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Largest industrial employer:

  • 1 million employees in Germany
  • 4 million employees in Europe
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Industrial strength:

  • 220 billion euros in sales in Germany
  • 800 billion euros in sales in Europe
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Global success:

  • 80 percent export ratio
  • 180 billion euros turnover worldwide
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Innovative strength:

  • 10 percent of total German R&D expenditure
  • 18 billion euros spent on innovation per year

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Our Topic Areas
The VDMA bundles the know-how and competence of its entire organization in eleven topic areas and offers you support for your entrepreneurial decisions - from daily business to the political representation of interests to the recruitment of young talent.

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Our Services
Consulting
Do you have individual questions or need professional advice? Our experts will be happy to advise you in person, by telephone or at your premises.
Events and trade fairs
We offer various networking events, including high-level congresses and target-group specific experience exchanges on expert level. In addition, VDMA connects you with your customers during numerous trade fairs and exhibition activities; in Germany and all over the world.
Networking and collaboration
Take advantage of the many opportunities at VDMA for networking and collaboration along the entire industrial value chain and mechanical engineering topics - in person or online.
Newsletter
With our VDMA newsletters we inform you by email about current trends, news, and events from the VDMA and the world of mechanical engineering – you decide which newsletters you need.
Market and business cycle information
Access to an extensive statistics data base, forecasts, country reports and much more will help you manage your business activities.
Political representation of interests
We represent the issues of mechanical engineering in Germany and Europe on your behalf. Our technical expertise, our knowledge of the industry, and our straightforward positioning makes us a recognized and valued contact for companies, as well as for the public, science, administration, and politics.
Training courses and seminars
The VDMA offers comprehensive professional development with relevance to mechanical engineering: conferences, training courses, seminars, as well as digital learning.
Standardization and regulations
Stay on top of technical legislation with our help. The VDMA supports the competitiveness of the mechanical engineering industry through its participation in the DIN Standards Committee Mechanical Engineering.
Research activities and trend scouting
By participating in research activities and utilizing the results, we offer your company access to the best minds in science. What is more, we help you to recognize relevant mechanical engineering trends and disruptions at an early stage to make them useful for your business.
VDMA Magazine
The VDMA Magazine is aimed exclusively at VDMA member companies and provides insights outside the box on the mechanical engineering industry.
Company and product search
With cost-free listings in our online directories, you can present yourself to potential customers.
Key data and benchmarks
We provide you with survey results and benchmarks from various business areas that will help you evaluating and classifying your company’s performance, amongst other things.
Studies, guidelines, publications
With our publications we impart knowledge and provide insights in the latest developments of our industry and in our association.

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  • Statement Thilo Brodtmann, VDMA Managing Director
The VDMA is becoming increasingly attractive for companies in other European countries. We are consistently pursuing this path, because our future as an industrial SME is Europe!

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Benefits for you as a member

Largest industry network in Europe

Around 3,500 primarily medium-sized member companies in the capital goods industry make the VDMA the largest industrial association in Europe and the most important network organization in the industry.

Strong representation of interests

The VDMA is the most important voice of the mechanical and plant engineering industry. It represents the common economic, technical and scientific interests of the industry in Germany and around the world.

A wide range of services

More than 500 VDMA employees worldwide support you with practical services to make the right decisions in your company - along the entire value chain.

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Experience the VDMA range of services
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"We are convinced that the transformation towards a climate-neutral society offers more opportunities than risks. The clearer the global framework for this, the better. Therefore: Go For Green Tech!"
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Karl Haeusgen, VDMA President
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Manufacturing-X: On the road to digital sovereignty
In order to remain at the technological forefront and enable climate protection, the world of production must change. It needs more knowledge about all processes and materials in the value network, and it needs more cooperation toward a sovereign production location in Europe. The "Manufacturing-X" initiative is intended to make this possible.
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The INDUSTRY PODCAST of the VDMA
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More than 80 % of the machinery and equipment manufactured in Germany is sold abroad. This means that the industry is strongly export-oriented. This figure and much more can be found in the brochure "Mechanical engineering in figures and pictures 2022", which provides a comprehensive overview of all the important figures and statistics relating to mechanical and plant engineering.
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Connect2Discover@VDMA: Get to know the VDMA better!
The digital event series "Connect2Discover@VDMA" invites you to get to know your association better. It offers you a regular insight into our wide range of services and shows you how you can best use your association for your tasks.

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