The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) consists of more than 600 companies involved in production for the automotive industry in the Federal Republic of Germany. The members are divided into three manufacturer groups automobile manufacturers, automotive suppliers, and trailers, special bodies, buses. These three manufacturer groups find their representation in three divisions each assigned a managing director. More than 70 employees in 20 departments actively pursue the interests of the German automotive industry. The President, Matthias Wissmann, heads the VDA which has its headquarters in Berlin.