The Specialist Program – Core Element of the Congress

The International VDI Congress "Dritev - Drivetrain for Vehicles" is based on its core element, the specialist program. Having been reviewed and selected by a number of experts, the lectures actually reflect challenges developers are currently facing in the preliminary and series development of transmissions in addition to hybrid and electrified power trains. In other words: you will only hear lectures that make a substantial contribution to those development issues that really matter. 

The Specialist Program of last years VDI Congress "Drivetrain for Vehicles" can be viewed here.

Co-located Congress

For many years the Congress has established itself as a platform for adjacent sectors and related topic areas, which means that - in addition to the passenger vehicle industry - the focus this year will also be placed on another industry and subject area.

5th International VDI Conference "Transmissions in mobile machines"

On 27 and 28 June 2018 numerous national and international experts, who are involved in the development and design of transmissions for mobile machines, will be gathering again.

We would like to discuss following topics:

  • Solutions from the agricultural and construction machinery industry to reduce consumption and CO₂
  • Current gear concepts for land, construction and forestry machines as well as other mobile applications
  • New systems for electric drives
  • Solutions for optimizing components and subsystems in the drive train
  • Benefits of system engineering

Chairman of the conference is Prof. Dr. Ludger Frerichs, Head of Chair, Institute for mobile machines and commercial vehicles, Technical University of Braunschweig. A high ranked advisory board supports VDI Wissensforum with the program.

Dr.-Ing. Hagen Adam, AVL Tractor Engineering Germany GmbH, Neuss
Dipl.-Ing. Tilo Huber, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Passau
Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Graner, Liebherr-Components Biberach GmbH, Biberach
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Höhn, John Deere Company, Moline (USA)
Dr.-Ing. Christof Lamparski, Bosch Rexroth GmbH, Dortmund
Dr.-Ing. Florian Mulzer, ACGO GmbH, Marktoberdorf
Dr.-Ing. Gunnar Stein, Oerlikon Drive Systems GmbH, Pfäffikon (Schweiz)

Responsible for the conference program: Anne Bieler-Bultmann M.A., E-Mail: bieler-bultmannvdide


The VDI places special emphasis on continuous education geared towards the ongoing build-up of knowledge amongst engineers. Therefore workshops will be held on the day prior to the Congress, which will help transmission and drivetrain engineers expand and deepen their knowledge.

Download last year's program:

program 2017