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Plastics and Rubber Machinery
VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery is the interest group of more than 200 European manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery. We represent over 90 percent of the industry companies in Germany.

Ten percent of our members come from Austria, Switzerland and France. The German member companies represent a turnover of 7 billion euros in core machinery and 10 billion euros including peripheral technology. We give our members the opportunity to exchange experiences on diverse topics with other companies through participation in various committees and working groups and to actively participate in shaping important association tasks.


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Almost 1/3 of the plastic in Germany is used in the packaging industry.

A large amount is used in durable plastics products such as windows, sewage pipes or car parts.

Recyclate content
23 % of plastic waste in Germany goes back into the cycle as recyclate.

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Brazil Management Meeting Plastics and Rubber Machinery

Meeting of the branch managers in Brazil on market, economy, trends and other current topics

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China Management Meeting

Exchange of information between the branch managers on current topics and the economic situation

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China Management Meeting (with production plants)

Exchange of information between the branch managers of companies with their own production in China on current topics and the economic situation

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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.