German machine tools are in demand the whole world over. The products concerned feature innovative, leading-edge technologies; the companies operate on an international scale, offering their customers single-sourced products, solutions and services. The performative excellence of the German machine tool industry has been crucial in shaping the continuingly superlative reputation of the Made in Germany attribute.
The success of the companies concerned is due not least to their highly qualified workforces, the good infrastructure Germany provides for production operations, the dense network of responsively capable vendors, plus discerning customers, with whom new designs are very often developed and trialled, and not least the sophisticated research scene, which makes sure that the machine tools incorporate the very latest advances in the field.
The VDW and its members are working tirelessly to make sure that the sector maintains and indeed upgrades its leading status on the international stage. As a member, you can benefit from a strong association to represent you, the shared activities, the empirical feedback and the stimuli channelled from the sector as a whole. Get acquainted with us!
Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW
The VDW, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, speaks for the German machine tool industry. In 2016, it celebrated its 125th anniversary. Together with the Sector Association Machine Tools and Manufacturing Systems within the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) the VDW comprises about 290 predominantly mid-tier companies. They account for approximately 90 per cent of the sector’s total turnover, which most recently exceeded 17 billion euros.
The VDW represents its members to the public, the politicians, business associates and the academic community, both nationally and internationally. It is also a can-do service provider for its members when it comes to opening up sales markets, keeping the business cycle under observation and acquiring market data, handling technical, commercial and legal issues, cooperation with the international machine tool industry, standardisation and recruitment of new talent. On the basis of in-depth sectoral knowledge, it provides information, consultancy and support in response to individual questions and problems. Permanent committees and working groups guarantee the exchange of sector-specific views and empirical feedback. We provide regular information for our members on topical technical, commercial and legal issues.