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Shaping tomorrow's mechanical and plant engineering together

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With 3,600 members, the VDMA is the largest network organization and an important voice for the machinery and equipment manufacturing 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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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

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 and plant 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 and plant 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 machinery and equipment manufacturing: 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 machinery and equipment manufacturing 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 machinery and equipment manufacturing 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 machinery and equipment manufacturing 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!

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Benefits for you as a member

Largest industry network in Europe

3,600 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 machinery and equipment manufacturing 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.


International network of the VDMA
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"A future-oriented world of work requires strategic measures and investments in training, further education and the promotion of talent."
Henrik Schunk, Vice President of VDMA
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.
Around three million people in EU-27 are employed in mechanical and plant engineering, more than 1.2 million of them in Germany alone. These figures and many other exciting facts can be found in the online brochure "Mechanical and Plant Engineering in Figures and Charts 2023", which provides a comprehensive overview of all the important figures and statistics relating to mechanical and plant engineering in Europe.
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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