The VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) is one of the key associations in Europe which represents the interest of 3,200 mainly small and medium sized member companies in the engineering industry.
Since 2005, Ulrich Ackermann is Managing Director of the Foreign Trade Department at VDMA. The Foreign Trade Department assists the member companies in all questions regarding foreign business and exports. Ulrich Ackermann is member of various committees with the Federation of German Industries (BDI), member of the advisory board of the Germany Trade and Invest (gtai) as well as member of the executive board of the co-ordination committee for German Centres (DIHZ). Ulrich Ackermann started his career at VDMA in 1986. He holds a degree in National Economics with main focus on economic policy.