The VDMA represents around 3,100 small and medium sized member companies in the machinery and equipment industry. Its members cover the entire process chain - everything from components and plant manufacturers, system suppliers and system integrators through to service providers.
The VDMA operates its website in German, English and Chinese and offers many publications and a membership list as well as a product database and survey results. It also provides both network support and advisory reports written by a staff of analysts and experts. The VDMA comprises many networks of special interest groups among the engineering industry. One of them is the German Machine Tool Builders Association (VDW) which offers similar services to its members as the VDMA and additionally operates a contact form for sales agents who are looking for new products.