Central Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry

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ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e. V.
Seat Frankfurt am Main
founding 1918

president Michael Ziesemer
executive Director Wolfgang Weber
Members 1,600 (as of 2017, according to own information)
Website www.zvei.org

The ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e. V. represents the economic, technological and environmental interests of the medium-sized German electrical industry . According to its own information, the association has 1,600 members. With 890,000 employees across Germany (2018) and a total turnover of 193.5 billion euros (2018), the electrical industry is the third largest branch of industry behind mechanical engineering and the IT sector, ahead of the automotive industry. With another 766,000 employees worldwide, your added value is most globally networked. In 2018, the industry spent 18.2 billion euros on research and development.


The seat is in Frankfurt am Main. There are offices in Berlin and Brussels. The ZVEI is also represented with an office in Beijing through its EuropeElectro working group.

The association works with national trade associations and organizations, European industry and professional associations and international organizations. In the BDI, the Federal Association of German Industry e. V. , the ZVEI is the second largest member. He is also a member of ORGALIM, the European umbrella organization for the engineering industries. The ZVEI is also involved in the German TV platform and the Industry 4.0 platform . The association is subdivided into 22 professional associations. The professional associations include all member companies that are each active in the same market segment. It can happen that a member belongs to several professional associations due to his range of services. In addition, the ZVEI has nine regional offices. They represent the interests of the electrical industry vis-à-vis the respective state governments.

President and Management

Michael Ziesemer has been President of the ZVEI since June 2014. Ziesemer is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Endress + Hauser Group. Wolfgang Weber has been the chairman of the ZVEI management board since 2020.

Industry initiative Licht.de

The light trade association in the ZVEI runs the industry initiative licht.de . This provides information about lighting and lighting technology as well as guidelines and standards that must be observed for professional lighting solutions. The industry initiative accompanied the technological change from the incandescent lamp to energy-efficient light sources as part of the Ecodesign Directive with campaigns, among other things . Licht.de provides information to consumers, professional users, planners and architects with traditional media work and online offers. One focus is on educating people about future technologies such as Human Centric Lighting (HCL). The industry initiative operates an information portal on the Internet and publishes the "licht.wissen" series. It currently comprises 21 titles. As a rule, an issue is dedicated to a specific lighting application: for example in schools, hospitals or offices, but also in museums or streets. Cross-cutting issues such as LEDs and the effect of light on people are also dealt with. The licht.forum series of publications and other licht.de publications such as guidelines appear on current topics. In 1970, the association founded the Fördergemeinschaft Gutes Licht (FGL), which was renamed licht.de in 2007. 130 member companies belong to the initiative. Nevertheless, the initiative claims to provide manufacturer-neutral information.

The LED lead market initiative is officially located on the website. It was founded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and has been continued by the Federal Environment Ministry since the beginning of 2012, with the aim of supporting the broad market introduction of LEDs in Germany and reducing CO 2 emissions.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Ziesemer's new ZVEI President , in: Handelsblatt , No. 120 of June 26, 2014, p. 46.
  2. https://www.zvei.org/verband/ueber-uns/lösungen-und-ziel/allgemein/
  3. https://www.zvei.org/themen/maerkte-recht/konjektiven-analysen/zvei-benchmarking/
  4. https://www.zvei.org/presse-medien/publikationen/zvei-jahresbericht-20132014/
  5. Andrea Gillhuber: More power through the right lighting. In: MM Maschinen Markt. Vogel Business Media GmbH & Co.KG, October 17, 2017, accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  6. Portal to light and lighting. baunetzwissen.de
  7. ^ Associations. In: trade journal light. Pflaum Verlag, accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  8. Light portal of the Gutes Licht association. baunetzwissen.de
  9. Left. In: Lighting Press International. PPVMEDIEN GmbH, accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  10. Federal Ministry for the Environment takes stock of LED lead market initiative. In: Federal Environment Ministry. February 16, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .