The Structure of VPI

How does VPI operate? Who decides what? The annual General Meeting is the highest organ of VPI. The representatives of the member companies gather at the General Meeting every three years to vote on the chairperson of the association and on the composition of the Advisory Forum and the Managing Committee. 

Structual organisation and reporting commitment of the vpi

The General Meeting

The General Meeting decides on all matters relating to the association unless the decision-making authority has been expressly transferred to another association body.

The Chairperson

The chairperson carries out the association’s business and represents it. The resolutions of the General Meeting and the Advisory Forum must be observed in the management of the association.

The Advisory Forum

The Advisory Forum advises the chairperson in management matters.

It comprises the chairperson, the deputy chairperson, the elected Advisory Forum members and the permanent guests.

Chairperson and Deputy chairperson:

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Carsten Schiering

Deputy chairperson


Elected Advisory Forum Members:

Permanent guests of the Advisory Forum:

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Jörg Roth

Verband der Chemischen Industrie e. V. (VCI)

The Managing Committee

The Managing Committee supports the Advisory Forum and the chairperson in fulfilling their duties.

Name function company
Dr. Thorsten Bieker Deputy chairperson BASF SE
Heinz Deckers ORV On Rail Ges. für Vermietung und Verwaltung von Eisenbahnwaggons mbH
Matthias Knüpling Deputy chairperson VTG Rail Europe GmbH
Malte Lawrenz Chairperson VPI e. V.
Jörg Nowaczyk Deputy chairperson GATX Rail Germany GmbH
Peter Reinshagen Deputy chairperson ERMEWA SA
Carsten Schiering Deputy chairperson TRANSWAGGON GmbH
Florian Schumacher Deputy chairperson VTG Rail Europe GmbH