Association of the Automotive Industry

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Association of the Automotive Industry
legal form Registered association
purpose Association of German automobile manufacturers and suppliers
Seat Berlin
founding January 19, 1901

place Eisenach
president Hildegard Muller
The MarkgrafenPalais in Berlin-Mitte, Behrenstraße 35, has been the seat of the VDA since 2010

The Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is a legal association based in Berlin and the common interest group of German automobile manufacturers and suppliers. In 1901 the Association of German Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDMI) was founded, renamed the Reichsverband der Automobilindustrie (RDA) in 1923 and renamed to today's name in 1946.


Former headquarters of the VDA in Frankfurt / M.

The VDMI (Association of German Motor Vehicle Manufacturers ) was founded on January 19, 1901 in the Hotel Kaiserhof in Eisenach . Founding members were:

Gustav Vischer was the first chairman and Eugène de Dietrich was his deputy.

The VDMI campaigned for the promotion of road traffic, opposed burdensome official measures and for customs protection and control of motor shows. An agreement of the VDMI was z. For example, the luxury tax for automobiles introduced in 1906, which resulted in the capacity-dependent tax classes, should be included in the type designation. A Mercedes 45 PS became the Mercedes 26/45 PS . This tax horsepower was typical for the type designations until the end of the 1920s.

After the name was changed in 1923 to Reichsverband der Automobilindustrie (RDA), the association has been called the Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA) since May 2, 1946 .

The first woman in the presidency from 1989 to 1996 was Erika Emmerich . Her successor was Bernd Gottschalk . After Gottschalk resigned in March 2007, Matthias Wissmann followed him .

The VDA today

The VDA is known to the public as the organizer of the annual international automobile exhibition . It takes place alternately in Frankfurt (cars) and in Hanover (commercial vehicles). The actual tasks of the VDA are the representation of interests, the exchange of views between the members and the development of standards such as recommendations for logistical procedures of industrial companies or the de facto standard for EDI in the German automotive industry.

The VDA is an associated member of the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers ACEA and a member of the Association of the European Automotive Supplier Industry CLEPA .

In addition, the VDA is a founding member of the ENX and Odette organizations, which perform standardization tasks in the area of ​​cross-company cooperation in the automotive industry.

President and Management

Hildegard Müller, President of the VDA
Klaus Bräunig, Matthias Wissmann and press spokesman Eckehart Rotter, 2017

Hildegard Müller has been President of the VDA since February 1, 2020, succeeding Bernhard Mattes , who took office in 2018. Mathe's predecessor was the former Federal Transport Minister Matthias Wissmann , who headed the VDA from June 1, 2007. (1)

The managing directors of the VDA are Martin Koers, Joachim Damasky and Kurt-Christian Scheel:

  • Martin Koers is responsible for the supplier industry, medium-sized companies, startups and aftermarket, exhibitions, communication and events, markets, analyzes, raw materials, statistics, in-house communication.
  • Joachim Damasky looks after the areas of technology, safety, environmental protection, energy, occupational safety, hazardous substances, research, standardization, quality management, logistics, historic vehicles and VDA China.
  • Kurt-Christian Scheel is responsible for commercial vehicles, transport policy, economic, trade and climate protection policy, European policy coordination, Brussels office, taxes and customs, law and insurance.

The board of directors and the executive committee of the VDA include numerous people from top positions in the German automotive industry, such as B. since May 2019 Ola Källenius ( Daimler AG ) but also Oliver Blume ( Porsche AG ), Elmar Degenhart ( Continental AG ), Michael Lohscheller ( Opel ).

(1)The predecessor since 1996 was Bernd Gottschalk .

VDA recommendations for EDI, transport labels and documents accompanying the shipment

Today practically every German automobile manufacturer and thus also all medium-sized and large suppliers use EDI , whereby the requirements of almost all automobile manufacturers break the original basic standards of the VDA. In the course of globalization , German companies are also increasingly switching to EDIFACT . However, the VDA is also trying to standardize here, according to which only certain EDIFACT message types should be used. Utilizing all of EDIFACT's messaging options would lead to a drifting apart again and counteract the standardization of data exchange. Since 2011 there have been activities to develop a number of new VDA subsets based on global EDIFACT message formats for the logistics sector. The aim is to achieve a high level of standardization for EDIFACT formats as well.

VDA publications

The VDA issues a number of publications that can also be found online. This includes:

  • Annual reports
  • VDA policy letter
  • VDA recommendations
  • FAT series of publications
  • statistics
  • Data Sheets
  • VDA test sheets
  • VDA material sheets
  • VDA series of publications

See also

Web links

Commons : Association of the automotive industry  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Ceremonial event 100 years of VDA , accessed on January 12, 2018
  2. ↑ Tax class as part of the type designation: Mercedes-Simplex models, 1904 - 1910. Mercedes-Benz Classic, accessed on September 11, 2017 .
  3. VDA history. Retrieved September 2, 2017 .
  4. Sustainable use for more road safety ,, April 30, 2014, accessed on March 16, 2017.
  5. Michael Gnauss: The VDA boss - a man from the career forge ,, October 19, 1996, accessed on March 16, 2017.
  6. Wissmann becomes chief lobbyist ,, March 26, 2007, accessed on March 16, 2017.
  7. Bernhard Mattes succeeds Matthias Wissmann as VDA President. In: press releases. VDA website, January 30, 2018, accessed March 1, 2018 .
  8. Source: “manager magazin” , online edition of March 26, 2007 ( web link ).
  9. VDA. Retrieved June 11, 2019 .
  10. Ola Källenius - change in the presidium and board of the VDA - Retrieved September 18, 2019 .
  11. ^ VDA Board of Directors & Presidium. In: Retrieved September 18, 2019 .