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    The VDA

    Committees

    The committees and working groups in the VDA deal with the most important topics in the industry: from development to production to communication.

    The committees and working groups in the VDA deal with the most important topics in the industry: from development to production to communication.

    The Aftermarket Committee deals with relevant topics for vehicle and parts manufacturers in the automotive aftermarket. These include, for example, regulatory topics or process improvements. To this end, the committee manages topic-related working groups and project groups that deal with key topics in greater depth and develop positions and/or recommendations on them. In many cases, this involves close cooperation with other committees within the VDA.

    The Communications Committee brings together the communications managers of all members in all manufacturer groups. They exchange views on the public perception of the automotive industry, current transformation issues and political debates affecting the sector. The committee brings together the members' basic lines of communication and gives them a common focus. The members also maintain a close exchange beyond the regular voting sessions. The committee is led by a chairman from among the members and the head of the Communications and Media department at the VDA.

    The Logistics Committee is the body that controls all logistics activities in the VDA. It is thus responsible for the most important interface between the companies of the manufacturers and suppliers. The purpose of logistics work in the VDA is to maintain and increase the competitiveness of the automotive industry. The committee is responsible for developing medium- to long-term strategies for the supply chain, for identifying future topics, for allocating project resources, for approving project funds, and for adapting the working group structure to current requirements. For this purpose, the committee meets four times a year with the logistics working group chairs to steer activities and exchange ideas on the resources needed. Furthermore, the Logistics Committee is responsible for the thematic orientation of the Automotive Logistics Forum. The main focal points of the committee's work are the electronic and digital networking of companies, the standardization of documents and business processes, the improvement of transport policy conditions, the increase in sustainability in warehousing and transport processes, and the early standardization of future technologies.

    More information can be found here.

    • Annual general meeting HG III 

    • Advisory Board HG III 

    • Automotive Supply Chain Committee (ALK) 

    • Development Service Provider (EDL) Working Group 

    • Committee for Sales Issues Manufacturer Group III 

    • Finance Committee (HG III) 

    • SME Circle 

    • Young Entrepreneurs Circle 

    The Production Committee is the body that controls all production activities in the VDA. It is thus responsible for the core area of the automotive industry, the value-added manufacture of the product. The purpose of the production work in the VDA is the exchange on production-relevant political topics as well as pre-competitive standardization. The committee is responsible for developing medium to long-term strategies, identifying future topics, allocating project resources, approving project funds and adapting the working group structure to current requirements. To this end, the committee meets twice a year to steer activities and exchange ideas on the resources required.

    More information can be found here.

    The VDA Standardization Committee is the steering body for standardization work in the association. As a cross-sectional task, standardization addresses all core areas and thus also supports the current strategic topics such as the change in drive systems, digitalization and sustainability. It defines the requirements of the German automotive industry in terms of strategic, political, economic and content-related goals and tasks of standardization. Since standardization is important for the functioning of markets, both the international and the European and national levels are considered. The Standardization Committee coordinates coordination with adjacent areas such as regulation or with political platforms.

    The development of technical rules is the responsibility of the standardization committees in the Automotive Standards Committee, which is jointly supported by DIN and VDA. In contrast to the VDA Standardization Committee, the Automotive Standards Committee involves all interested parties in the development of the rules and is technically oriented. However, the VDA Standardization Committee supports the technical work by providing experts, among other things.

    • Working Group Wage Tax

    • Working Group Sales Tax

    • Working Group Tax Issues of Digital Business Models 

    • Working Group Raw Material Availability

    Materials have always been the necessary basis for forward-looking mobility in our society. The VDA Materials Committee is the central steering body for dealing with issues relating to the entire range of materials used in the automobile. These include...

    ... the definition of boundary conditions for innovative materials and manufacturing processes, e.g. 3D printing, the use of recycled materials or radar-compatible plastics,

    ... the safeguarding of quality, function and costs through the development of test procedures and material specifications

    ... to meet future challenges, for example in the areas of sustainability and CO2 footprint of vehicles

    ... to bundle technical expertise for political representation and technical legislation.

    In this context, the main areas of work are:

    Observation of innovations and future challenges in the entire field of materials and manufacturing technology
    Identification of fields of action for the standardization of test methods and material specifications by experts from the German automotive industry
    Bundling of technical expertise for political representation, technical legislation and international standardization
    Contact

    Georg Stüdlein
    Materials Officer

    georg.stuedlein@vda.de

    • Working Group EU Customs Issues 

    • Working Group International Customs Issues 

    • Working Group Export Control 

    • Working Group Origin of Goods and Preferences 

    • Working Group Energy Taxation