VDMA - Europe's largest industrial association
With more than one million employees in Germany and sales of 230 billion euros (2019), mechanical engineering is the largest industrial employer and one of the leading German industries. At the same time, its export strength (around 80 percent export ratio) demonstrates the high esteem in which mechanical and plant engineering is held worldwide with its products and services. Its approximately 3,300 members make the VDMA the largest network organization in the European mechanical and plant engineering industry. The association represents the common economic, technical and scientific interests of this diverse industry.
Within the VDMA, the Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies trade association looks after the German and European manufacturers of sewing and garment technology, shoe and leather technology, laundry and textile cleaning technology, and machines for processing technical textiles. Taking into account the diversity of mechanical engineering products and their applications, the trade association is one of the most heterogeneous sectors of the mechanical and plant engineering industry. The VDMA TFL offers its members a wide range of support.