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German machine tools are in demand the whole world over. The products concerned feature innovative, leading-edge technologies; the companies operate on an international scale, offering their customers single-sourced products, solutions and services. The performative excellence of the German machine tool industry has been crucial in shaping the continuingly superlative reputation of the Made in Germany attribute.

The VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, speaks for the German machine tool industry. In 2016, it celebrated its 125th anniversary. Together with the Sector Association Machine Tools and Manufacturing Systems within the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) the VDW comprises some 300 predominantly mid-tier companies. They account for approximately 90 per cent of the sector’s total turnover, which almost reached 12 billion euros in 2020.

Tech Affair is the VDW podcast on future-proof industry. Scientists talk to practitioners about current developments and ideas for an industry with and for people. Which new technologies have what it takes to make our industry fit for the future? What will our jobs look like tomorrow? Do we learn from the crises of our time? Tech Affair offers exciting insights. Currently only available in German.