• German Machine Tool Builders' Association
  • vdw@vdw.de
  • +49 69 756081-0


At regular intervals, the VDW publishes information on a variety of topics for the interested public and for its members. Our publications are available for downloading or can be ordered by email.

VDW annual report

The annual report is published at the beginning of the following year and for the interested public covers the association’s activities in the preceding year.

VDW market report

The VDW provides its members at regular intervals with updated and exclusive analyses of markets, technologies and customer sectors. The market report, which is published at mid-year, gives the interested public a detailed overview of the sector’s key statistics, and of how the sector performed in Germany and abroad in the previous year.

Download: 2022 Market Report, 2021 Market Report, 2020 Market Report, 2019 Market Report, 2018 Market Report2017 Market Report.

VDW sectoral report (exclusively for members)

The sectoral report is the VDW’s monthly magazine that informs members exclusively about topics of importance for the association and about the association’s activities. It is available both in printed and electronic form.

Commemorative publication “125 years of the VDW”

In 2016, the VDW celebrated its 125th anniversary. The association’s eventful and successful history was recorded in a commemorative publication (in German only), which won an award in the »Good Design 2016« competition of the DDC (German Designer Club) and a diploma at the »Berliner Type 2016« competition. It was also nominated for the »German Design Award 2018«.


As a registered association, the VDW has bylaws specifying the rights and duties of the association’s members. Membership is open to firms entered in the Commercial Register that are domiciled in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany and design, manufacture, sell machine tools or associated control systems, provided at least two of these functions are performed, and to software companies that create and sell the requisite software. Bylaws PDF download.

Guideline Security in Machine Tools

The manufacturing industry is undergoing a digital transformation, especially in the realm of machine tools and equipment. Previously isolated control components are now interconnected across the entire enterprise or through the internet, forming cyber-physical systems that are becoming targets for hackers. Malware such as “Mirai” and “WannaCry” disrupts operations, leading to million-dollar losses and reputational damage. While operators should implement security measures, machine and equipment manufacturers must also prioritize “Security by Design” during both construction and operation. The international standard IEC 62443 offers guidelines for ensuring security in manufacturing.

IT-Security in Machine Tools – end user guideline

Security for Machine tools – manufactures guideline