Bitkom represents more than 2,300 companies in the digital sector, including 1,500 direct members. With more than 700,000 employees, our members generate a domestic turnover of 140 billion Euros a year, exporting high-tech goods and services worth another 50 billion Euros. Comprising 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses as well as 300 start-ups and nearly all global players, Bitkom’ members offer a wide range of software technologies, IT-services, and telecommunications or internet services. They produce hardware and consumer electronics or operate in the sectors of digital media and the network industry. 78 percent of the companies’ headquarters are located in Germany with an additional amount of 9 percent in other countries of the EU and 9 percent in the USA as well as 4 percent in other regions. Bitkom supports an innovative economic policy by focussing the modernization of the education sector and a future-oriented network policy.
The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), Berlin, represents over 1,800 companies. The range of members stretches from local and communal through regional and up to national and international businesses. It represents around 90 percent of the electricity production, over 60 percent of local and district heating supply, 90 percent of natural gas as well as 80 percent of drinking water extraction as well as around a third of wastewater disposal in Germany.
The German Federal Association for eMobility (Bundesverband eMobilität, or BEM) promotes a shift in the way we view the concept of German mobility. Its long-term objective is to increase electric mobility and the use of renewable energy in order to bring society closer to a future that is less dependent on fossil fuels. We see electro-mobility as a sustainable and multi-modal transport concept. To this end, we provide consulting services to companies in the eMobility industry and work to improve the institutional and regulatory framework. We build networks between political, economic and scientific stakeholders. We promote eMobility on the street by, amongst other things, campaigning for and contributing to necessary infrastructure adjustments. Within a changing society that is increasingly aware of its social and ecological responsibilities, the BEM creates fascination for electro-mobility on a daily basis, offering new electric vehicles to suit every personality.
The Bundesverband Solare Mobilität (Federal Association for Solar Mobility) speaks up for sustainable and environmentally friendly traffic systems and the usage of regenerative energies. The experience and specialist knowledge of its members are used to develop forward-looking mobility concepts that can be promoted in the political sphere. Its vast network of allies in civil society, politics, academia, and economy serves to spread BSM´s ideas on how to consistently reduce all emissions caused by traffic.
dena is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. It supports the implementation of the energy transition in politics, business and society. It takes a holistic approach to the energy system and promotes energy generation and use with maximum efficiency, safety, affordability and climate protection – nationally and internationally. dena’s shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany, the KfW Group, Allianz SE, Deutsche Bank AG and DZ BANK AG.
DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, offers stakeholders a platform for the development of standards as a service to industry, the state and society as a whole. DIN's Electromobility Office was set up with the support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). It represents German interests in international standardization. It acts as a national platform for the exchange of information and as an information centre for electromobility standardization.
The Elektro-Innung Berlin was founded in 1903. Its tasks and functions are laid down in the statutes. It currently represents the common interests of around 800 member companies. For the following trades the Elektro-Innung Berlin is the self-governing representation of interests (employers' association): Electrical engineering, among them: electromechanics, electrical engineers, telecommunications electronics and electrical engineering. The Berliner Elektro-Innung is a member of the Landesinnungsverband der Elektrotechnischen Handwerke Berlin/Brandenburg (LIV); both organisations belong to the Zentralverband der Deutschen Elektro- und Informationstechnischen Handwerke (ZVEH).
Innung des Kraftfahrzeuggewerbes Berlin is a lobby of the Berlin automotive business and service provider for 450 member companies. Our major task are: lobbying in politics and economy; legal advice; arbitrative board; vocational and continuing education; journeyman's examination; consulting in vocational education, arrange of several frame contracts.
The automotive industry supplier network ‘automotive BerlinBrandenburg’ provides a competent platform for the auto region of Berlin-Brandenburg. We create the contacts, save costs, pool resources and exploit synergy, collaborate in the development of new technologies and products, and therefore fulfill the future challenges facing the automotive industry. The cluster aims to strengthen the international competitiveness and innovative drive of its partner companies, while also promoting collaboration between its members. The network addresses the needs of small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular. We provide information on trends and requirements in the automotive industry and support you in establishing new business relationships. We mediate and develop strategic partnerships for turnkey solutions along the entire value chain. We accompany you throughout the process of creating technological solutions that address practical needs and advise you on possible sources of funding for advance financing. We provide support in the qualification of your employees and the certification of your company.
The Logistics Network Berlin-Brandenburg supports the German capital region as a logistics and business hub. Companies from manufacturing, retail and services will find us to the central point of contact for all matters relating to infrastructure, logistics solutions, business models and funding opportunities. Our Vision: By 2020, Berlin-Brandenburg will be in the Champions League fo European logistics locations. The LNBB continues to develop the region into a hub for east-west and north-south transport. Berlin-Brandenburg has established itself as a logistics hub for inland seaport for the transhipment of goods from overseas. Part of the German Capital region’s innovation cluster for transport, mobility and logistics (VML), we help intensify the integration of science and economy in order to position Berlin-Brandenburg as a leading logistics center of excellence.
The Oberstufenzentrum Kraftfahrzeugtechnik is the centre of competence for electromobility in the field of vocational training in Berlin. We are closely working together with companies and colleges in all of the school’s three departments of preparing for vocational training, vocational school and qualifying for higher education. At our School, apprentices not only become qualified mechatronics for vehicles, they also train to work within the field of electromobility. With apprentices being educated on different types of vehicles and engines, we offer our students first-hand and hands-on experience dealing with and operating electrically driven vehicles and contribute to today’s and future supply of skilled employees in the region of Berlin-Brandenburg.
The Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK) was founded in Frankfurt/Main in 1952. Today, almost all German country organizations of international motor vehicle manufacturers with their more than 34 passenger car and commercial vehicle makes belong to the Association. Its mission is to represent the interests of its members vis-à-vis law-makers, government agencies, institutions, organizations and the general public in Germany. In addition, it supports its members in all relevant matters of fundamental significance for the automobile industry and offers advice on subject-specific topics. The VDIK has always maintained close contacts to political circles in order to accompany non-brand-specific issues in the European auto industry along with their implementation in Germany. In close cooperation with the Federal Motor Vehicle Department (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, KBA) and leading research institutes, the Association conducts targeted market research, analyzes the findings according to specific topics and makes the results available to its members. In addition, the VDIK has developed numerous services, such as statistics, coordination of joint technical projects, and trade show activities. Through these services, the VDIK supports the work of the individual companies in a simple and very cost-efficient manner.
The VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg is the public transport authority covering the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg – the capital area of Germany. The VBB can trace back its roots as far as to the German Unification Contract in 1990. Feeling the necessity to reconnect Berlin to the surrounding Brandenburg and to create a high-quality public transport were the reasons for introducing the VBB as a common public transport authority. The main tasks of VBB are the co-ordination of the services of around 40 public transport companies and their better connections, the introduction and development of a common fare system and the improvement and quality control of public transport services. Also the VBB assists the authorities in charge of public transport in planning, tendering and management of regional railway services.
The VDA combines the strengths of the automotive industry and consolidates the manufacturers of passenger cars, trucks, vans and buses, the suppliers of parts and accessories, as well as the makers of trailers and bodies. This high degree of networking reflects the strength of the German automotive industry – a model that sets the standard for other automotive nations. Finally, the IAA (International Motor Show) attracts the entire automotive world to Frankfurt. We are service providers for our customers, and, working together, we ensure the high quality of German vehicles, develop standards, and conduct research. This combined strength not only reinforces us internally, but also in our dealings with the outside world.
About 600 companies performing public passenger transport and rail freight transport in Germany are organised in the "Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen” (VDV = Association of German Transport Companies). The VDV advises and supports its member companies and politicians, supports the exchange of experience and know-how between the members and prepares technical, operational, legal and economic principles. VDV also represents the interests of its member companies towards parliaments, authorities, industry and other institutions.
The "ZVEI - German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association" promotes the industry’s joint economic, technological and environmental policy interests on a national, European and global level. The ZVEI represents more than 1,600 companies, mostly SMEs, with round about 815,000 employees in Germany in 2010, plus 600,000 employees all over the world. In 2010 the turnover was Euro 165 billion. The electrical and electronics industry is the most innovative and the second largest industry sector in Germany. Every third innovation in Germany´s manufacturing sector stems on solutions of this sector. 20 percent of all industrial R+D spending comes from this industry.