VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association

VDMA China

China is the most important destination for German plastics and rubber machines; and Germany is the most important supplier of this equipment for plastics and rubber converters in China.

These close relations are reflected in the activities of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association in and for China.

German manufacturers offer machinery and equipment to meet all challenges of the market, additionally providing reliable and long-term after sales services – and thus, they set up a proven partnership with the Chinese plastics and rubber industry. With a considerable share in China's overall worldwide machinery procurement, Germany ranks as top supplier to Chinese converters. On the other hand, China has been the most important destination for German machinery equipment for many years.

Plastics and rubber machinery manufacture is an important sector in the German mechanical engineering and plant construction industry. For the core machinery business, the production value in 2018 amounted to about Euro 7.9 bn, comprising compounding, processing, post-processing and recycling equipment.
The German machinery manufacturers, who supply around 24 per cent of the total world demand are leading producers. German manufacturers rank first in exports. With an export share of nearly 70 per cent, German shipments to customers abroad assume considerable importance. The total value of exports in 2018 amounted to Euro 5.4 bn.

The Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association within VDMA unites around 210 renowned companies of the branch, representing 85 to 90 per cent of the industry's total output in Germany.


Association Activities in China

Since the founding of the VDMA China Beijing Office, the plastics and rubber machinery association offers highly efficient support to the association's members in China. Almost all of its members are represented in China in one way or the other, around 50 companies have subsidiaries in China which produce or sell, monitor and service machines.

Company representatives meet once a year – traditionally on the day prior to the opening of CHINAPLAS either in Shanghai or Guangzhou - to exchange views and experiences. These meetings provide a well-accepted platform to discuss issues of common interest.

Together with the Beijing office colleagues, the plastics and rubber machinery association compiles market reports for the relevant fields of applications. Local Chinese as well as international standardization is an issue which becomes ever more important and is constantly monitored. Manufacturers from abroad who produce machines in China are interested to be up-to-date and to become involved, wherever possible.

The association is in regular contact with its Chinese counterpart CPMIA (Chinese Plastic Manufacturing Industry Association), main topic is the exchange of market data and on technical issues. They meet on the occasion of trade shows in China and Germany and at conferences.


Trade Shows in China

The German Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association, together with its European Federation EUROMAP- supports CHINAPLAS - the biggest and most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries in China.  
The association initiates the German pavilion at CHINAPLAS, applies for government support and closely co-operates with the organizers, both in China and in Germany. At CHINAPLAS 2019, more than 140 German manufacturers of plastics and rubber resins, machines and complete lines, moulds and dies as well as auxiliary and peripheral equipment presented – on almost 4.000 m² - the range of products and services they offer to potential Chinese customers. The German Pavilion – the biggest ever - clearly reflects the importance of the Chinese market and its significance to the suppliers.


Your contact in Frankfurt:

Mr. Florian Mikulasch
Phone: +49 69 6603-1836
Fax: +49 069 6603 2836
E-Mail: florian.mikulasch@vdma.org