Germany Chapter

PDF Association LogoPDF/A is already widely accepted and used in Germany in many sectors and application areas. A lot of members of the PDF Association have their headquarters in Germany.


Local Contact

Michael Karbe

Michael Karbe
Michael Karbe is the local contact person for Germany. He is President of Actino Software GmbH and a PDF Association Member. The company is an entrepreneur of PDF-based solutions and provides unique tools for document processing since the early days of PDF.
Phone: +49 2251 14 80-20
michael.karbe@pdfa.org

Country Sponsor

Thomas Zellmann
Thomas Zellmann is a member of the board in the PDF Association and country sponsor for Germany. Furthermore, he is in charge of the MWG (Marketing Working Group). Thomas Zellmann is working in the banking/insurance and archives/libraries segments and is one of LuraTech’s shareholders.
Phone: +49 30 39 40 50 50
thomas.zellmann@pdfa.org

Members in Country

About 40 companies from Germany are PDF Association members.

Cooperation Partners

The PDF Association cooperates with international associations dealing with Document Management, Enterprise Content Management and long-term archiving. Cooperation Partner in Germany: VOI (Verband Organisations- und Informationssysteme e.V.)

Materials

Due to a lot of members in Germany, most materials are also available in German:

DMS or PDF related Magazines

Recommendations and legal requirements

  • Standard eBilling based on the ISO Standard PDF/A as Document Format
  • University of Potsdam stores documents on their publications server in PDF/A format
  • File Delivery: German National Library prefers PDF/A
  • Federal Government Coordination and Advisory Agency for IT in the Federal Administration assesses PDF/A-1
  • PDF/A for long-term archiving in MoReq2

Local Events

The major trade shows in the document management area are CeBIT in Hanover in spring and DMS EXPO in Cologne in fall. Normally, the PDF Association is represented with a booth at those fairs. The Pre-DMS seminar which typically happens one day before the DMS show has already a small tradition. Please check the Events page for current activities.