VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, German Engineering Federation) represents over 3,100 mostly medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry, making it the largest industry association in Europe.
The German mechanical engineering industry is an international leader - in 25 of 31 comparable subsectors, German firms are among the top three providers in the world, and global market leader in as many as half.
Mechanical engineering is Germany's biggest industrial employer with 1,003,000 workers (January 2015). It develops and produces key technologies for the global market. The export ratio is 76 percent. With revenue of EUR 212 billion (2014), it is one of the leading branches of industry in Germany.
Materials handling and intralogistics form the second largest specialist segment in German mechanical engineering and plant construction (20.1 billion euros production volume in 2015), just behind the leading sector of drive technology.