VDMA Fluid Power Association


We are the German sector specific service provider for manufacturers of the hydraulic, pneumatic and sealing technology industry. With more than 200 member companies we nearly cover 90% of the German market.

Our focuses comprise amongst other things market information and statistics, fairs, technology and standardization as well as the promotion of research and innovation. We drive forward areas of activities like Industrie 4.0, artificial intelligence, machine learning which are important for the future.


The industrial sector

With a turnover of 8,2 billion Euro (2018) the fluid power industry is one of the most important suppliers to the entire mechanical and plant engineering sector. 
In the view of the above mentioned turnover, approximately 2/3 is accounted for the Hydraulics and 1/3 by the Pneumatics. Thanks to its innovative products fluid power contributes to the global competitiveness of its customers. Therefore, it is no surprise that German fluid power industry with its share in global trade has been ranking first ahead of the USA and China for years. The export ratio is on average 57%. This demonstrates the great trust customers are having in German cutting-edge technology. In this industrial sector Germany is the most important supplier worldwide.


International networking

Through the European fluid power committee CETOP and the International Fluid Power Statistics Committee ISC the fluid power association is in close contact with the European and international sister associations and thus is having an excellent international network. The VDMA representative offices in Peking, Shanghai, Calcutta, Moscow and São Paolo are international contact points for the member companies of the fluid power association. A further element of international networking are the management meetings in China and India which are organized for the members of the power transmission engineering and the fluid power association. Last but not least we support our member companies in China with special newsletters and individual services.


Fairs at home and abroad

The market development at home and abroad is of major importance for the strongly export-oriented fluid power sector. The activities of the Fluid Power Association take this particularly into account. With participations at fairs in Germany, with the organisation of joint booths as well as with the establishment of German pavilions in target markets the fluid power association specifically supports its member companies.
In P.R. China the annual PTC – Power Transmission and Control-Show is of special interest for our member companies. Since more than 20 years the Fluid Power Association supports this show with a German Pavilion and in addition for some years with the Smart Manufacturing Forum.


Your contact in Frankfurt:

Mr. Peter-Michael Synek
Phone +49 69 6603-1513
E-Mail: peter.synek@vdma.org