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Press release | 18. December 2020

Out of the crisis without a dissenting vote - Re-election as Vice-President

Andreas Becker re-elected for the third time as "Vice President SMEs" of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB ) e.V.".

During the annual general meeting of the "Association of the Railway Industry in Germany (VDB ) e.V.", which took place digitally for the first time this year due to the Corona pandemic, Andreas Becker, Managing Director of EPHY-MESS GmbH based in Wiesbaden, was re-elected as "Vice-President SMEs" for the third time.

For four weeks, the members of the Presidium had the opportunity to make use of their right to vote within the framework of the circulation procedure. Last Thursday, the votes were counted under the supervision of the election officer and notary. Becker, who has presided over the office since 2011, was once again confirmed in office without any dissenting votes and with only 11 abstentions from 140 eligible voters.

"I am grateful for this feedback from the members. It motivates me immensely. Personally, the further development of rail transport is very important to me, as it is environmentally friendly, innovative and sustainable. My commitment focuses on the more than 200 SMEs and large component suppliers and their emphatic political and strategic representation of interests within the association. I am particularly pleased that the SME sector is now strengthened by a 3rd seat in the VDB presidium", said Becker in his comment on the election result.

With this he referred to the decision on a third seat of the SMEs in the VDB Presidium, which was also up for election. According to the valid election result, in addition to Thomas Milewski, SBRS GmbH, Dr. Anne-Marie Großmann, Managing Director of Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik GmbH, will now also represent SMEs in the association. For the 'Mobility Revolution 4.0: Out of the Crisis on Rail', they want to jointly promote sustainable solutions for mobility & infrastructure so that quantum leaps such as hydrogen, battery and hybrid drives have more chances in the market.

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