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The VDMA

Network and voice of mechanical engineering

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Having around 3,300 members makes the VDMA the largest network organization in the European mechanical engineering industry. The association represents the shared economic, technological and scientific interests of this diverse industry.

Founded in 1892, the VDMA is today the most important voice of the mechanical engineering industry. It represents the issues of mechanical and plant engineering in Germany and Europe. It successfully accompanies its members in international markets. The association's technical expertise, industry knowledge and straightforward positioning make it a recognized and valued contact for companies as well as for the public, media, science, administration and politics.

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Trade Associations
  • Agricultural Machinery

    We are the industry network of 180 leading companies in the European agricultural machinery industry. Whether economic news, standards, technical laws or political positions - we are there for you!

  • Air-handling Technology

    We are the competence network for products and processes whose core is the guiding and treatment of air. Our 290 members provide indispensable equipment for a technologically advanced world.

  • Building Control and Management

    We stand for 85 companies in the German lift industry. Political representation of interests and support in the fields of technical regulations, economic situation and training are our main areas of focus.

  • Cleaning Systems

    We are the platform for more than 40 manufacturers of floor cleaning and high pressure cleaning machines for commercial cleaning technology and their representatives in economic and technical questions.

  • Compressors, Compressed Air and Vacuum Technology

    We are the information and networking platform for the compressor, compressed air and vacuum technology industry and represent the global technical and economic interests of around 90 members.

  • Construction - Equipment and Plant Engineering

    We are the network of German construction, building material, glass and ceramic machinery manufacturers. For more than 320 members we channel interests, transfer knowledge and spread news to the whole world.

  • Electrical Automation

    We form the link between manufacturers of automation technology and mechanical engineering. The exchange of experience, current industry information and the networking of our 250 members are our main areas of focus.

  • Electronics, Micro and New Energy Production Technologies

    We are the innovation and networking platform for electronics, photovoltaic and battery production and microtechnology and represent the interests of over 200 companies in the industry.

  • Engines and Systems

    We represent nationally and internationally the interests of about 80 manufacturers of combustion engines for industrial applications as well as the interests of the respective suppliers.

  • Fire Fighting Equipment

    We are the industry network of almost 30 leading companies in the European fire fighting technology industry. Whether economic news, standards, technical laws or political positions - we are there for you.

  • Fluid Power

    We are an industry-related service provider for manufacturers of hydraulics, pneumatics and sealing technology. With around 200 member companies, we represent approximately 90% of the German market.

  • Food Processing and Packaging Machinery

    We represent the interests of over 300 manufacturers of food processing and packaging machines as well as machines and plants for the production of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

  • Lifts and Escalators

    We stand for 85 companies in the German lift industry. Political representation of interests and support in the fields of technical regulations, economic situation and training are our main areas of focus.

  • Machine Tools and Manufacturing Systems

    We support about 300 manufacturers of machine tools and manufacturing systems in all relevant fields of action of their daily business and represent their interests towards politics and the public.

  • Materials Handling and Intralogistics

    We stand for 250 member companies in the intralogistics industry. We support them in all matters so they can provide material flow, warehousing and production supply to their customers worldwide.

  • Measuring and Testing Technology

    We are a service provider for around 200 member companies and represent the interests of the measuring and testing technology industry towards national and international authorities as well as in other business circles.

  • Metallurgy

    We are the information and service platform for metallurgical plant engineering. As such, we provide services for around 180 suppliers of technologies for metal production and processing.

  • Mining

    We represent 145 manufacturers of surface and underground mining technology, processing technology as well as consulting, research and development, which together represent over 90 percent of the total sales volume.

  • Plastics and Rubber Machinery

    We are the community of interests of more than 200 European manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery and represent over 90 percent of the companies in the industry in Germany.

  • Power Systems

    We represent around 90 manufacturers and suppliers of energy plant construction - including engine plants, thermal power plants, hydropower and wind energy plants as well as storage and sector coupling technologies.

  • Power Transmission Engineering

    We are the network for around 200 manufacturers of drive elements, gears, electrical power transmission engineering and linear technology, who generate over 80 percent of the estimated production in Germany.

  • Precision Tools

    We are the information and network platform of the manufacturers of cutting tools and clamping technology as well as of tool making. We represent the technical and economic interests of our approximately 170 members.

  • Printing and Paper Technology

    We are the voice of about 170 manufacturers of machinery and systems for prepress, printing and post-print processes, paper production and paper converting as well as components and devices.

  • Process Plant and Equipment

    The representation of economic and technical interests of approximately 350 members as well as the market and industry-specific information of this network are the center of our activities.

  • Pumps + Systems

    We are the information and networking platform of the pump industry and represent the global technical and economic interests of more than 110 member companies of the industry.

  • Robotics + Automation

    We represent around 350 manufacturers of robotics, industrial image processing and integrated assembly solutions. With studies of the future, trade show design and activities such as OPC UA, we have our eyes on the future.

  • Security Systems

    We represent almost 40 members from the fields of Building Security and Physical Value Protection towards authorities, in standardization and in other technical and economic issues.

  • Software and Digitalization

    We represent more than 400 software manufacturers and development departments of well-known machine manufacturers. Our declared goal is to bring mechanical engineering together with software and digitalization.

  • Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies

    We are the platform for almost 60 manufacturers of textile care technologies, sewing and garment technologies, shoe and leather technologies as well as processing technologies for technical textiles.

  • Textile Machinery

    We take care of the textile machinery industry - from networks and image building to the interests of our nearly 130 members: leading trade fair ITMA, market access conditions, young talent and much more.

  • Valves

    We are the network of manufacturers of building and industrial valves and represent their interests. We also inform and advise the companies on all product-specific matters.

  • Waste Treatment and Recycling Technology

    We are the information and networking platform for waste treatment and recycling technology and represent the technical and economic interests of more than 100 member companies in the industry.

  • Welding and Pressure Gas Equipment

    We are the platform for almost 30 manufacturers of oxyfuel technology, gas supply systems and safety technology. Exchange of experience, representation of interests and consulting are our main areas of focus.

  • Woodworking Machinery

    We support around 100 manufacturers of machines, plants and tools for woodworking and wood processing in their core disciplines of business management, marketing, sales and technology.

Regional Subsidiaries
  • Baden Wurttemberg

    We are the network for 830 VDMA members in Baden Wurttemberg. Practical exchange of experience, up-to-date industry information, consulting and local representation of interests are the focus of our work.

  • Bavaria

    We are the network for 460 VDMA members in Bavaria. Practical exchange of experience, up-to-date industry information and local representation of interests are the focus of our work.

  • Center

    We are the contact for our nearly 400 VDMA member companies in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland and the short line to the technical experts of the VDMA and its network.

  • East

    We are the industry network for 350 VDMA members in eastern Germany and provide support with individual consulting, practical exchange of experience and targeted representation of interests at federal state level.

  • North

    We are the information platform for about 300 VDMA members in the north (Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein). Exchange of experience, industry information and representation of interests are the essential aspects of our work.

  • North Rhine Westphalia

    We are the network for more than 800 VDMA members in North Rhine Westphalia. Practical exchange of experience, up-to-date industry information and local representation of interests are the focus of our work.

Forums
  • Forum Building Technology

    We bundle the competences of the industries that supply their products and services to the building services engineering sector, thus creating the basis for coordinated solutions.

  • Forum Climate and Energy

    The Climate and Energy Forum brings together the activities of the VDMA on climate and energy policy and pools the industry's know-how on climate and energy.

  • Forum Electromobility

    Our motto is "Produce Future Mobility", and we are bundling the VDMA's diverse competences to prepare member companies for the future of mobility and to support them in their efforts to change.

  • Forum Glass Technology

    With the Glass Technology Forum, we are a network of machine and plant manufacturers along the process chain for technology, standardization, international markets and representation of interests for the industry.

  • Forum Industrie 4.0

    We accompany all VDMA members on their way into the world of Industrie 4.0. Research and standardization, knowledge transfer and networking are in the focus of our activities.

  • Forum Mobile machines

    We are a cross-sector network for manufacturers and suppliers of mobile machines. Our topics are technical legislation, market and production development and joint research.

  • Forum Packaging

    With the Packaging Forum, we create a platform for members that are active in the packaging market or seek access to it. Exchange of experience and the analysis of trends constitute a central focus.

  • Forum Photonics

    In the Forum Photonik we pool the know-how on the topic of light within the VDMA. A total of six VDMA departments are involved, covering a wide range of areas and applications.

  • Forum Process Measurement

    With the Forum process measurement technology we offer members and the industry a platform for focused exchange. Industry-specific services, events and representation of interests are the center of our work.

Foreign Subsidiaries
  • Austria Office

    The VDMA Office Austria in Vienna is the link for Austrian mechanical engineers to the services and expertise of the VDMA. It also offers a strong network and regional events.

  • Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg Office

    We are the network for over 50 VDMA members from the Benelux countries. Among other things, we offer practical exchange of experience and are the link to the high-quality service portfolio of the VDMA.

  • Brazil Office

    We inform 320 subsidiaries of VDMA members in Brazil about the local market, advocate their interests and arrange contacts locally and within our South American network.

  • Capital Office Berlin

    We connect the VDMA with federal politics. Government, parliament and the capital city press are our contacts. We make the interests of VDMA members heard in political Berlin.

  • China Office

    With our offices in Beijing and Shanghai, we are the contact point for VDMA members with questions about the Chinese market, the local network and local technical requirements.

  • European Office Brussels

    We mediate between industry and politics: We inform our member companies about political developments at an early stage and we are a competent partner for decision makers.

  • India Office

    Our offices in India connect the Indian and German industry and support 600 subsidiaries of VDMA members with up-to-date market information, network building and local representation of interests.

  • Japan Liaison Office

    We are the local contact for VDMA members and their subsidiaries, represent the interests of the industry to the Japanese administration and promote contact with Japanese customer industries.

  • Poland Office

    Our office in Warsaw is responsible for presenting VDMA membership opportunities to Polish companies and acting as the first point of contact for local companies interrested in the VDMA.

  • Russia Office

    We are the network for 450 Russian subsidiaries of VDMA members and local contact for all European members with business in Russia.

Departments
  • Business Advisory

    We are experienced experts in organization, processes and benchmarking for the operational value chain. We advise VDMA members individually and provide orientation - digitally or on site.

  • Communications

    We serve as the voice and contact for the mechanical and plant engineering industry. We manage media inquiries and find contact partners - both in direct contact and via social media.

  • Economics and Statistics

    We are the experts for all facts and figures relating to mechanical and plant engineering. Our statistics form the basis for wise business decisions.

  • Education Policy

    We support VDMA members in all issues concerning the recruitment of young people, schools, training, studies and further education and serve as a bridge to educational policy.

  • Foreign Trade

    China, customs, export control, travel security - we advise VDMA members on international markets and export issues and support them in accessing markets worldwide.

  • Human Resources

    We are the in-house contact for the VDMA and its divisions regarding all questions of human resource management and the first point of contact for all those interested in a career in the VDMA.

  • Informatics

    We support the VDMA members in their expertise for application software. We cover commercial and technical business software as well as solutions for data and information security.

  • Insurance

    The VDMA insurance department has a high level of expertise in industrial insurance. It answers questions on national and international topics as well as on insurance claims.

  • Legal

    Legal

  • Membership Management

    We provide answers to your questions about membership. We manage the services offered by the VDMA for member communication and are the people to talk to for the exclusive section of our website.

  • Standardization

    We are the central contact for all questions of standardization (VDMA Specifications) in mechanical and plant engineering. Information and advice are the focus of our activities.

  • Tax

    We are your contact for all tax issues. Our regular communication with the financial and tax authorities, experts and users ensures that you receive the most up-to-date advice.

  • Technology, Environment and Sustainability

    We help VDMA members navigate through the jungle of regulations in the fields of technology, environment and sustainability. We stand up for your interests at national, European and international level.

  • Traffic

    We represent the interests of VDMA members working in the field of mobile machinery with regard to all vehicle technology and traffic law issues.

Competence Center
  • Competence Center Climate & Energy

    The Competence Center Climate & Energy brings together the activities of the VDMA on climate and energy policy and pools the industry's know-how on climate and energy.

  • Competence Center Economic Principles

    We represent the economic and political interests of the mechanical and plant engineering industry to help our members successfully continue to be entrepreneurs in Germany.

  • Competence Center Future Business

    Trend scouting - strategic early information - start-ups: We recognize trends relevant to mechanical engineering at an early stage, make them usable for our members and create networks for new and known partners.

  • Competence Center Industrial Security

    We establish the sustainable transfer of topics related to Industry 4.0 and standardization. We provide a network of VDMA experts and are the first point of contact for members, authorities and politics.

  • Competence Center Labour Market

    We are committed to a modern labor market policy in the age of digitalization and support our members in shaping the working environment of tomorrow today.

Service Companies
  • DIN Standards Committee Machine Tools

    We coordinate the national, European and international work on the standardization of machine tools for metalworking and for the machining of other technical materials.

  • DIN Standards Committee Mechanical Engineering

    We coordinate the national, European and international work on standards for almost all fields of mechanical engineering. We are supported by more than 2000 volunteer experts.

  • Maschinenbau-Institut GmbH

    We are the partner for the professional development of specialists and managers in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. With our events we cover a wide range of industry-relevant topics.

  • Printpromotion GmbH

    We organize events for the printing industry worldwide. One focus is the training and further education of teachers and specialists. We work closely with the leading industry trade show drupa.

  • VDMA Services GmbH

    We support the participation of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry in over 60 trade fairs worldwide and offer the complete realization of trade fairs and events as a professional full service.

  • VDMA Verlag GmbH

    We are print and media service providers for the industry. Our product spectrum ranges from technical books, contract samples and terms and conditions to magazines for the mechanical engineering industry and its customers.

  • VSMA GmbH

    As the insurance broker for mechanical and plant engineering, we have been advising and supporting companies in the industry in all insurance matters since 1926.

Foundations
  • Impulse Foundation

    We are the "think tank" for the VDMA and the mechanical and plant engineering industry. We pay particular attention to two issues that shape entrepreneurial action: Regulatory policy and innovation policy.

  • Printing and Paper Technology Foundation

    Stiftung Druck- und Papiertechnik

  • ProWood

    We take up topics from woodworking and processing at an early stage and develop exemplary solutions for the future in projects. We pay special attention to the promotion of young talents.

Working Groups
  • Additive Manufacturing

    We offer international experts an efficient network for the industrial development and use of layer construction methods. Automation, standards and know-how transfer are our main areas of expertise.

  • ETCT European Textile Care Technology

    We represent the interests of European manufacturers of industrial textile care technology at European level. Circular economy and its strategic fields are the focus of our work.

  • European Ceramic Technology Suppliers

    European Ceramic Technology Suppliers

  • Fuel Cells

    Our goal is to establish fuel cell technologies in Germany and to position them on markets worldwide. We represent the interests of the industry and offer a platform along the value chain.

  • Hybrid Lightweight Technologies

    We pool the expertise available in mechanical engineering in hybrid lightweight construction technologies and offer a Europe-wide platform for all companies involved in the value chain.

  • Industrial Drone Solutions

    Unmanned flying robots offer numerous application possibilities in logistic and industrial environments. We are the networking and decision-making platform for all industrial drone suppliers and interested parties.

  • Large Industrial Plant Manufacturing

    We are the network of the large industrial plant manufacturing industry in Europe. Practical exchange of experience, transfer of knowledge as well as representation in foreign trade and tax policy are our main areas of expertise.

  • Laser and Lasersystems for Material Processing

    We represent the leading manufacturers of laser beam sources, laser systems and suppliers of other optical components. The focus is on laser material processing.

  • Machines in Construction - MiC 4.0

    We offer a platform for all companies interested in digitalization. Our goal is a manufacturer-independent and machine-independent digital communication around the construction process.

  • Maintenance Building Technology

    The AIG is an association of well-known companies under the umbrella of the VDMA Air Handling Technology Association. Our members offer technical services in maintenance as well as building and facility management.

  • Marine Equipment and Systems

    We are the cross-sector platform for the marine equipment and systems industry. Market information, export support and exchange of experience are the key elements of our work.

  • Medical Technology

    We are the platform for medical technology. Our network ranges from material suppliers, mechanical engineering and medical technology manufacturers to applications in hospitals.

  • Organic and Printed Electronics Association OE-A

    We offer manufacturers of organic and printed electronics a unique platform for local and international cooperation between companies and research institutes.

  • VDMA Power-to-X for Applications

    We are the cross-industry information, communication and cooperation platform for the P2X community and involve stakeholders from development and production to the end user.

  • Wind Industry

    We are an information hub and network for the wind industry in mechanical engineering. Markets and politics, technology and research, fairs and public relations are our main areas of focus.

  • Wireless Communications for Machines

    We offer an application-oriented platform for the integration of wireless solutions in machines, plants and production systems. We focus on practical exchange, cooperation and knowledge transfer along the value chain.

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Largest industry network in Europe

Around 3,300 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.