Central Association of German Crafts

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Logo of the ZDH

In the Central Association of German Crafts V. (ZDH), the 53 chambers of skilled crafts , 52 professional associations of the skilled crafts at federal level as well as other economic and other institutions of the craft in Germany are united.

facts and figures

The approximately one million German craft businesses employ more than 5.5 million people; around 368,000 apprentices receive qualified training there. This means that 12.5 percent of all employed persons and 27.4 percent of all trainees in Germany are active in the craft. In 2018, sales in the craft sector reached around 612 billion euros (excluding VAT ).


The ZDH emerged from the Central Working Group of Crafts in the United Economic Area (ZAG) based in Frankfurt am Main . At a meeting in Boppard on November 30, 1949, the ZAG's Crafts Council decided to found the “Central Association of German Crafts”. This took his seat in Bonn , where he was initially accommodated in the house of the district craftsmen's association in Bonn. In 1953 the association settled in a new business building, the House of German Crafts (including the Villa Koblenzer Strasse 131 ), which it had built with its own resources . In 1966 he moved to a new "House of German Crafts" within Bonn.

Executive Presidium

Headquarters of the ZDH in Mohrenstrasse in Berlin-Mitte
President Hans Peter Wollseifer

The executive committee of the ZDH consists of the president, two deputies (vice presidents) and two other members. The members of the presidium must independently run a craft business, their election is made by the general assembly.

Since January 1st 2010 Holger Schwannecke has been Secretary General of the association.


Web links

Commons : Central Association of German Crafts  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ ZDH: Organizational Plan of the Crafts 2019. Supplement to the annual report of the Central Association of German Crafts (ZDH). Ed .: ZDH. Berlin May 2019, p. 14th ff .
  2. handelsblatt.com, August 8, 2016: Handwerkspräsident Wollseifer on refugees: “It takes patience” , accessed on March 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Valentin Chesi: Structure and functions of the craft organization in Germany since 1933 , Duncker & Humblot, p. 178.
  4. ^ Website of the Federal Scaffolding Association. Accessed January 2, 2020 .
  5. ^ Website of the Central Association of German Crafts. Accessed January 2, 2020 .