The Railway Industry in Germany
The German Railway Industry Association (VDB) unites the manufacturers of all products for the railway operation – i.e. manufacturers of vehicles, control and safety technologies, infrastructure as well as the suppliers and service companies belonging to them – under its roof.
VDB organises the expert exchange of experiences of the members and bundles the interests of the branch. What will become more and more important for the future and has already been important so far, is the representation of interests towards politics, customers, media, financial institutions and other associations – both nationally and internationally.
In addition to that VDB is engaged in a fair and cooperative business relation between the system houses and the supplying industry. All this is strengthening the association and thus the whole railway industry. It is an alliance for a promising future.
Facts and Figures
Structure. The Member's General Assembly is the supreme body of VDB. It appoints VDB's presidium democratically in a grassroots approach.
VDB President. The President of VDB is Volker Schenk. He is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Vossloh AG. Vice-President for SMEs is Andreas Becker, CEO of EPHY-MESS GmbH, for infrastructure Dr. Henning Biebinger, VP Operations Mainline Systems Business Line of Thales Deutschland GmbH, and for railway vehicles Sabrina Soussan, CEO High Speed Commuter Rail and Loco motives of Siemens AG.
Committees. VDB has about 20 expert panels and working committees, each with a spokesperson from the member companies.
VDB management. The Chief Executive is Dr. Ben Möbius. The Managing Director is Axel Schuppe.
Europe. VDB is a member of the European umbrella association UNIFE in Brussels.
Year of foundation. The VDB has existed in its present form since 1991. The seed of the association was the German Locomotive Manufacturers Association ñ which was created in 1877.
German Railway Industry turnover in 2015. Around 12 billion euros
Export figures. The German railway industry achieved about 50 percent of its turnover through exports. It is world leader in many segments.
Investment in research and development. VDB members invest roughly 9 per-cent of their turnover in Research and Development.
Direct employees. Over 50 000 employees contribute to the success of the German Railway Industry.