Ecomomic Policy, Foreign Trade & Customs, SME and Taxation

The Economic Policy, Foreign Trade, SME and Taxation department coordinates location-related issues for the automotive industry at national and international level. One focus is on the suppliers' perspective and the manufacturer-supplier relationship.

Corporate Policy & SMEs specialist area

Close cooperation in the value chain plays a decisive role in the joint success of OEMs and suppliers. Most of the value added to the end product - around 75 percent - is provided in upstream and intermediate stages.

With around 300,000 employees, the German automotive supplier industry stands for innovative spirit, global presence and performance like hardly any other industry. Yet the industry is anything but homogeneous. Just as individual as these companies are, the answers to the questions of the future must be the same for each individual company. And yet there are some commonalities:

This applies above all to Germany as a location: it is and will remain the home of the supplier companies and also the focus of production and development. Nevertheless, the answer to the location question is no longer automatic. Even today, the majority of parts used by vehicle manufacturers in German plants are imported from abroad. A wise economic policy must therefore take into account that it is precisely small and medium-sized enterprises that form the backbone of the German automotive industry.

The Corporate Policy and Small and Medium-Sized Businesses department is responsible for bundling the issues and concerns of suppliers and small and medium-sized businesses, formulating political messages from the perspective of these companies and representing their specific interests within the VDA. In addition, the objective is to facilitate and improve cooperation among the manufacturer groups (including development service providers).


The team

Sebastian Brunkow
Head of Corporate Policy & SMEs 
Tel: +49 30 897842-400
E-Mail: sebastian.brunkow@vda.de

Steffen Güttler
Tel: +49 30 897842-405
E-Mail: steffen.guettler@vda.de

André Kunkel
Tel: +49 30 897842-402
E-Mail: andre.kunkel@vda.de 

Dr. Karoline Kampermann Head of Department Economic Policy, Foreign Trade & Customs, SME and Taxation

Tel: +49 30 897842-270 Fax: +49 30 897842-604
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