The Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM) is the most important association in the main association of the German wood industry and the plastics processing industry and related industrial and economic sectors. (HDH). Its members are not manufacturers, but professional associations. The main task of the VDM is to protect and represent the economic, political and technical interests of the German timber and furniture industry vis-à-vis politicians, trade unions and the general public. The associations maintain international contacts and exchange with European trade associations, for example through collective bargaining law. Other focal points of the association's work are the area of technology as well as press and public relations.