Members

    Strong network, loud voice

    The VDA is the loud voice representing the transportation and economic-policy interests of its members. It comprises a large and powerful network, bundling the entire expertise of the automotive industry.

    The VDA is the loud voice representing the transportation and economic-policy interests of its members. It comprises a large and powerful network, bundling the entire expertise of the automotive industry.

    The automotive industry makes a significant contribution to the prosperity and competitiveness of our country. We at the VDA unite the combined forces of the automotive industry and create the internal solidarity among manufacturers of passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses, as well as suppliers of parts and accessories, and the manufacturers of trailers and bodies.

    Your membership of the VDA brings you the following benefits:

    • Member manufacturers groups have over 100 expert staff in 16 departments at their disposal, committed to representing the interests of the German automotive industry.
    • By participating in any of over 50 VDA committees and working groups members can pro-actively shape and influence current issues pertinent to the automotive industry.
    • The VDA represents its member companies within national and international organizations and institutions.
    • The VDA hosts a number of events and delegation trips for its member companies, some of which are exclusively for VDA members. Furthermore, it offers numerous political events and talks.
    • The VDA department Communication and Media sends out an informative weekly newsletter to member companies: VDA Insight. It reports on the specialist departments making up the VDA, as well as publications and calendar/events. VDA Insight also includes the Association’s press releases.
    • Other publications that the VDA makes available to its member companies are VDA Position, VDA Recommendations, the annual report as well as VDA Series on the automotive industry. Statistical information rounds off the offering. These publications are either free for member companies or available at preferential rates.
    • The VDA partner portal automotive collab is a further service available to its member companies. This online platform contains news, events, literature, service providers, links, and checklists for successful cooperation within the automotive industry. In addition, it includes a digital marketplace for those companies seeking to collaborate.
    • The VDA promotes the globalization activities of its member companies with offices in Brussels, and Beijing, and with round tables established in the key markets of China and Mexico. These events enable the CEOs of local suppliers to exchange knowledge and information with manufacturers’ representatives and to discuss possible cooperation.

    If you are a start-up and interested in becoming a member of the VDA, we offer the benefits of membership at a specially reduced rate.

    We pleased to learn that you are interested in our Association.

    VDA members are companies, and not individual people. A prerequisite of VDA membership according to § 4 para. (2) of our constitution is that your company has a manufacturing site or you are a service developer for third parties within the Federal Republic of Germany. A distribution center is not sufficient as eligibility for membership.

    Your company can become an ordinary member of the VDA if it either:

    • Manufactures vehicles and their engines, trailers, bodies or buses, or vehicle parts or accessories
    • Supplies products, software, or services for vehicles and their engines, trailers, bodies, buses, vehicle parts or accessories.

    Your company can become an extraordinary member of the VDA if it either:

    • Manages a company in another branch of the transport sector
    • Is closely related to a company in another branch of the transport sector as a result of its business operations, or
    • As a foreign company within a branch of the transport sector carries out a major part of its business operations in Germany.

    The membership fee is dependent on the number of employees in your company.

    If you are a start-up and interested in becoming a member of the VDA, we offer the benefits of membership at a specially reduced rate.

    As part of your ordinary membership of the VDA your company automatically becomes a sponsor in the Donors’ Association. This Association is a joint initiative of companies and foundations, who advise, network, and promote learning, science, and innovation. Further information is available online from: https://www.stifterverband.org/. As a donor your company supports the Association with a levy, the amount of which is dependent on the number of employees in your company, and for which your company will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

    If you are interested in becoming a member of the VDA and require further details, we are available to answer your queries.

    For information regarding the application process and submission of the necessary documentation please contact:

    Mitgliederservice

    Stephan Reinders

    Abteilungsleiter

    Sabine Albrecht
    Mitgliederservice

    Sabine Albrecht

    Herstellergruppen I, II und III

    Mitgliederservice

    Jens Bernhardt

    Start-ups und Tech-Unternehmen

    Odr via mail to:

    vda-mitgliederservice@vda.de

    For questions concerning the Association’s activities for the supplier industry you are welcome to contact:

    Dr. Karoline Kampermann
    Wirtschaftspolitik & Steuern

    Dr. Karoline Kampermann

    Abteilungsleiterin

    Mittelstandspolitik und Wertschöpfungsketten

    Sebastian Brunkow

    Fachgebietsleiter

    For questions concerning the Association’s activities for commercial vehicles, trailers, bodies, or buses please feel free to contact:

    Verkehrspolitik

    Dr. Michael Niedenthal

    Fachgebietsleiter

    Dr. Sascha Pfeifer
    Transport Policy Division

    Dr. Sascha Pfeifer

    Head of Division