Drying technology is established in almost all branches of industry. Manufacturers and plant constructors in the sector are organised in the Drying Technology Department, which represents their central interests in the VDMA Air-Handling Technology Association, with its more than 60 members. Member companies are small and medium-sized enterprises as well as business units of large corporations.
The specialist department supports the corporate objectives of this globally active industry in economic, technical and scientific terms. Through targeted activities such as the provision of studies, market information and public relations, the specialist department contributes to the success of the member companies.
Drying technology is used in large-scale industrial plants, laboratory equipment and special system components as part of an overall process. The technological implementation of the drying process step is increasingly integrated into the overall system of the plant. The industry is increasingly offering product-accompanying services. The German companies are technology leaders in many areas and are internationally recognized, especially in plant construction.
The delivery directories compiled by the specialist department serve as an aid in investment decisions, because the consideration of life cycle costs is increasingly gaining influence on corporate decisions. Economic efficiency calculations taking into account quality, energy efficiency and operational reliability form a basis for decision-making when selecting alternative process and machine engineering solutions.
The drying technology customer industries include the following, among others
- Waste management
- Building material manufacturing
- Chemical industry
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Food industry
- Textile industry
- Coating industry
- Printing industry
- Paper industry
- Wood industry
- Pulp industry.
This gives rise to numerous points of contact with other VDMA divisions such as the following divisions
- Surface treatment
- Building materials machinery
- Woodworking machinery
- Food processing equipment
- Process engineering
- Air pollution control.
In addition, dryers are often found in the manufacturer product portfolio of companies that offer machines and plants along the entire process chain. For example, in painting systems - from the spray booth to the dryer to the exhaust air cleaning system.
Due to their high innovative strength, which is based on the specific requirements of drying technology, German manufacturers are often the sole suppliers of certain dryers. Thanks to their technological competence, they are among the world market leaders.