The Thermal Process Technology Trade Association of VDMA: A powerful network
The trade association offers its members services and representation of interests, and acts as an informational and communication platform. This includes the involvement in national and international standardisation activities as much as the support of technical working groups, provision of industry-specific market information, organisation of symposiums and support of member companies at important industry trade fairs.
Pre-market research activities are coordinated by the Research Association of Industrial Furnace Manufacturers (FOGI), founded by member companies back in 1967. The European Committee of Industrial Furnace and Heating Equipment Associations (CECOF) represents the interests of its members on a global level under supervision of the trade association.
An additional service feature is the strategic positioning of the German thermal process technology industry among the global competition. Here, the trade association supports its members with the internationalisation of their business activities, for example via studies, symposiums abroad, or participation in the VDMA foreign offices in China and Russia.
Moreover, the VDMA thermal process technology trade association has joined the ranks of the Blue Competence sustainability initiative as one of the first sectors. With this initiative, members demonstrate that they have taken on sustainability as a place from which to operate in regard to development and production, and a commitment to conserve resources and increase efficiency through intelligent technological solutions.
Making networks come alive: Exchange of experience and exhibition
Exchanging ideas and experiences is a knowledge catalyst. At trade fairs and seminars, the thermal process technology trade association promotes exchange of experience along the entire process chain, all the while taking up current issues from all areas of interest in the industry.
This could be, for example, the support of industry trade fairs and the professional sponsorship of a leading trade fair such as THERMPROCESS, which will take place again in Düsseldorf in 2015, drawing an international trade audience. The VDMA thermal process technology trade association will once again conduct the world-class THERMPROCESS Symposium within the framework of the trade fair. Next year's symposium will focus on productivity and resource conservation.