Dr Reinhold Festge, Managing Partner of Haver & Boecker in Oelde, Germany, has been elected as the new President of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). He succeeds Dr Thomas Lindner of the Groz-Beckert KG in Albstadt. Festge is a member of the restricted board and sits on the main board of the VDMA. From 1998 to 2004 he was Chairman of the VDMA professional association for construction and building material machinery. He was Chairman of the VDMA state federation of North Rhine Westphalia from 2005 to 2011.