VDMA Electrical Automation Association


China, currently being the second most important sales market in the world, is significant for the German automation industry. China also ranks second in terms of investments by the German capital goods industry.


Interest in the market continues unabated and the VDMA expects further expansion of the activities of its local members soon.


Portrait of the Industry Sector

VDMA Electrical Automation provides a platform for customers and suppliers, competitors and technology partners to work together. The association provides direct access to the customer sectors in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. Our members receive comprehensive information and figures on Electrical Automation from the customer sectors in the mechanical and plant engineering industry as well as from the complete VDMA service range.

The electrical automation sector is complex and heterogeneous. The member companies develop, plan, construct and supply basic technologies for automation which are used in a broad range of mechanical and plant engineering applications. A broad basic as well as sector-specific knowledge for automation is available within numerous member companies. The best possible technological and economical solution is offered for each application. VDMA Electrical Automation companies develop and produce equipment in the following areas:

  • Sensors
  • Control technology
  • Communication, networks, field buses
  • Human-machine interface (HMI)
  • Actuators


Association Activities in China

  • Quarterly reports on different user/customer industries in China. Planned reports in 2019: 

Q1/2019: Intralogistics Industry
Q2/2019: Packaging Industry
Q3/2019: Woodworking Industry
Q4/2019: Shipbuilding Industry 

  • Organization of a China Management Meeting (CMM) once a year. 
  • Supporting VDMA members and their affiliated companies in China (individual company inquiries regarding China specific topics)
  • Conducting Business Climate Survey (BCS) twice a year


Trade Shows in China

We are regularly observing relevant trade shows in China for our member companies. The most influential industrial automation transmission event in Northern China is the IAMD in Beijing (Integrated Automation Motion & Drives), which will be held in May every year at the Beijing Exhibition Center. In 2019, almost 200 well-known enterprises showcased the integrated intelligent manufacturing solutions in five sectors of control technology, mechanical infrastructure, sensor connector, digital plant and Application Park on a total display area of 20,000 sqm. The exhibition received 18,172 visitors in total.

Much bigger is the Industrial Automation Shanghai (IAS), which also takes place once a year, usually in September. IAS is an international event for Industrial Automation Solutions, Production and Process Automation, Electrical Systems, Industrial IT & Software and Microsystems Technology. The exhibition area of IAS 2018 reached 70,000 sqm with 738 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. More than 170,000 professionals visited the show. Proved by UFI, IAS attracts almost all the top companies in automation field. The number of oversea exhibitor accounts for over 60%, which leads IAS to be the most attractive exhibition of industrial automation field in Asia.


In Frankfurt:
Florian Löber
VDMA Electrical Automation
Phone: +49 69 6603 1189
E-Mail: florian.loeber@vdma.org