VDWF presents itself

The Association of German Tool and Moldmakers (VDWF) eV was launched in 1992 by committed, pioneering companies in the industry.

The reason for forming this association was the conviction that a growing number of tasks are better handled together, rather than by the majority of small and medium-sized enterprises alone. Plus you have more fun together.

The main focus of VDWF is the strength of German tool and mold making. Small and medium-sized enterprises have received the most active support since the founding of the association in 1992, and have been strengthened for joint future tasks. VDWF does so by consolidating and representing the many interests of its member companies.


Brochure "VDWF presents itself"


Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Seul
Professor at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences


Vice President

Anton Schweiger
Managing Director of Schweiger GmbH & Co. KG


Board member Training

Markus Bay
Managing Director of Formenbau Rapp GmbH


Board member Finance

Barbara Ellinger-Walter
Independent Business Coach


Marketing Manager

Ralf Dürrwächter
VDWF branch office in Schwendi


Managing Director Technology

Heiko Semrau
VDWF branch office in Schwendi


Team assistant Branch Office

Melanie Hofmann
VDWF branch office in Schwendi


Team assistant Branch Office

Jeanine Bolz
VDWF branch office in Schwendi



Dipl.-Ing. Dirk Falke
Managing Director of Ingenieurbüro Dirk Falke



Stefan Kind
Managing Director of the Kind-tec trade representation and consulting firm for the mold making industry


Head of VDWF work group "4.0 in toolmaking"

Jens Lüdtke
Head of Corporate Consulting at Tebis AG


Association Objectives

With our association work, we have four overriding goals:

  • Visibility of German tool and mold making
    • In the world and in Europe
    • In Germany and the regions
    • In the public eye as well as for junior staff
  • Initial Training and continuing education in the industry
    • Outside-the-job trainee programs
    • Practical courses
    • Seminars, working groups & delegation trips
  • Maintenance and expansion of the technological leadership
    • Exchange of experience
    • Research projects
    • Technology transfer
  • Meeting space and culture of VDWF
    • Nationwide presence
    • Wide range of appointments & meetings
    • The way we communicate

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Network & Exchange of Ideas

Being alone is often difficult - and why should we each pay for our own experiences? Good friends like to help each other - a good network hurts only those who don’t have one!

Seminars and Conferences

Participants regularly acknowledge the high practical relevance of our seminars and symposia. We don’t know it all, but the practical application is the salt in our soup.

Trade Fair Presence of VDWF

The industry appreciates our modern joint stand at the heart of exhibition halls as the "living room of toolmaking". Will you as well?

Lagal Aid

As a member of our association, we would be happy to assist you with a free initial consultation.

Delegation and Study Trips

To be able to join the conversation, to see for yourself, to learn. On location as well as a member of the travel group. When do you check in?

Trainee Initiative

Two x 10 days of apprenticeship training at VDWF. It creates knowledge, is fun, and motivates for the future!

Vocational Courses

If you want to advance in your training, you do not have to give up your job. Combine continuing education and your job.


Our colorful communication tool of the industry not only reports on VDWF, but on everything that truly moves the industry.

Participation is Worth it! Any Questions?

Carefully Calculated

Our member fees are calculated individually and comprehensibly.
What’s decisive is the number of employees..

Membership starting as low as 500 Euros per year.
Maximum amount is 2500 Euros

excl. 19% VAT

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