Christian Dreyer: Chairmanship of the VDMA Agricultural Machinery Division passed on after four years

Last October, Christian Dreyer handed over the chairmanship of the VDMA Agricultural Machinery Division to the newly elected chairman Anthony van der Ley. Christian Dreyer strongly pushed forward the issues of digitalisation, climate protection and internationalisation during his term of office.


The constructive cooperation of the approximately 180 member companies in Europe's largest network of the agricultural machinery industry, including major international corporations as well as medium-sized and smaller companies, was a particular focus of his work. The association's contacts with political circles in Berlin and Brussels have been significantly intensified on the basis of numerous projects over the past few years.

Cooperation with the German Ministry of Agriculture was particularly successful, which, for example, provided substantial funding of €50 million for expanding the experimental area of digital agriculture.

In addition, the VDMA took up the great challenge of playing a constructive role in improving climate efficiency under the leadership of its chairman, Christian Dreyer. This was achieved to a considerable extent through the presentation of the EKoTech project, in which agricultural technology outlined its contribution to reducing CO2 and other climate gases.

In addition, the association was able to make a very successful contribution to the in-depth debate on 5G network coverage in rural areas.

At the handover of office in October 2020, the new Chairman Anthony van der Ley honoured his predecessor with the Association's Medal of Merit, the highest award of Europe's largest agricultural machinery and tractor industry network, and presented it to him with the words "Christian Dreyer keeps me in good spirits." Mr. Dreyer will continue to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee, using his experience to drive important projects forward.