Germany Trade Associations

Association of German Fashion and Textile Designers / Verband Deutscher Mode- und Textil Designer (VDMD)
The Association of German Fashion and Textile Designers (VDMD) is the strongest agency regarding to the professional status of Fashion and Textile Designers in Germany.

AUMA – Association of the German Trade Fair Industry / AUMA Ausstellungs- und Messe-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.
As a lobby organization, AUMA represents the interests of the trade fair industry as a whole in its dealings with government and parliament and also with the EU Commission.
In its trade fair database and in print media, AUMA provides information on dates, product ranges, numbers of exhibitors and visitors at trade fairs in Germany and worldwide. The data of 5,000 events can be investigated in four languages: German, English, French and Spanish. AUMA conducts marketing for the trade fair medium and supports the international marketing of the German organizers with the aim of increasing the internationality of the German trade fairs.
AUMA coordinates the interests of German business during the selection of foreign trade fair participations of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and supports the BMWi and the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in the implementation of their respective foreign trade fair programs.
AUMA is co-operating in the development of job descriptions and supports colleges, technical schools and other establishments involved in initial and continuing training in the trade fair industry. In the interest of the trade fair industry as a whole, AUMA allocates research assignments and carries out studies.

Federation of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers – German Engineering Federation / Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA)
The VDMA is one of the key association service providers in Europe and offers the largest engineering industry network in Europe.

German Fashion Association / GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V.
GermanFashion represents the German fashion industry. We provide the industry with a communication platform in all current issues of the day and inform our members with all modern communication tools on current developments that are important for the fashion industry.

Projekt Zukunft
Projekt Zukunft develops strategies for Berlin as a location; it builds platforms, initiates networks for the digital and creative economy and organizes exchanges with businesses, develops new support instruments, compiles studies and implements innovative projects for the economy and the society. Large events that are related to the economy such as the Berlin Fashion Week and the Berlin Art Week offer businesses and creatives the possibility to present themselves on an international stage.

Textile+Fashion Confederation / Gesamtverband der deutschen Textil- und Modeindustrie (GTMI)
The Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry represents the industry in questions of economic policy and (as an employers’ federation) in social and pay-scale policy-making. It acts as the spokesperson for the industry on economic, political and social issues at an international level. The Confederation strives at all times to safeguard the innovative ability and thus the leading position of the textile and fashion industry worldwide, while demonstrating the appeal of Germany for the industry both at home and abroad. Offices in Berlin and Brussels mean the Confederation is close to key policy-makers and can keep its finger on the political pulse.