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Shaping tomorrow's mechanical and plant engineering together

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With over 3400 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
VDMA is the largest network organization and an important voice for the mechanical and plant engineering industry in Germany and Europe.

Largest industrial employer:

  • 1 million employees in Germany
  • 4 million employees in Europe

Industrial strength:

  • 220 billion euros in sales in Germany
  • 800 billion euros in sales in Europe

Global success:

  • 80 percent export ratio
  • 180 billion euros turnover worldwide

Innovative strength:

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


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
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.
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.


  • 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!


Benefits for you as a member

Largest industry network in Europe

Around 3,400 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.


Experience the VDMA range

Experience the VDMA range

Auf den Punkt Der Verband Podcast


The audio blog of the VDMA addresses trend topics from mechanical and plant engineering in monthly succession and illuminates them from different perspectives. Experts from industry and science discuss the issues with VDMA specialists and look for solutions together.

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of companies in the mechanical and plant engineering industry have fewer than 250 employees. This means that the industry is strongly characterized by small and medium-sized enterprises. – This figure and much more can be found in the "Statistical Handbook for Mechanical Engineering", which presents valuable information on the industry in a compact, comprehensible and clear manner.

Source: VDMA

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Biologization of industry 2035
From bionics to biointelligence - advances in biology and its fusion with technology and IT are opening up a whole new dimension for mechanical engineering to solve the current challenges of our time. A study shows how.



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