About Us

The German Craft Council has the task of stim­u­lating debates between design, crafts­man­ship, industry and the public on the aesthetic and social quality of our living envi­ron­ment. To this end, the German Craft Council develops opin­ions and recom­men­da­tions for polit­ical action and coor­di­nates them with compa­rable insti­tu­tions in other coun­tries.

What the members have in common is that they

  • are small and medium-sized manu­fac­turing players
  • have a high propor­tion of manual work in the produc­tion process
  • perform a high propor­tion of creative work them­selves
  • have regional produc­tion in Berlin and Bran­den­burg
  • are committed to sustain­able produc­tion.

Network member­ship is open to all indus­tries; the “func­tion­ally” described company char­ac­ter­is­tics, which can be limited by criteria such as creative crafts­man­ship, manu­fac­tory produc­tion, quality, region­ality and sustain­ability, are deci­sive. This func­tional bracket bundles a whole series of compa­nies in Berlin and Bran­den­burg, but also in Germany, for which special require­ments apply. The aim of the network is to artic­u­late the special inter­ests of these players in Berlin and Bran­den­burg, which are summarised under the term manu­fac­tory.





Even if manu­fac­to­ries are not compa­rable with craft enter­prises in the service sense, craft remains consti­tu­tive for manu­fac­to­ries. The economic cycle of the craft is impor­tant for manu­fac­to­ries. But just as impor­tant are the manu­fac­to­ries for the craft trade: manu­fac­to­ries are the creative and qual­i­ta­tive “spear­head” of the craft trade. They unfold a radi­ance that gener­ally has a posi­tive effect on  craft. The dazzling image of manu­fac­to­ries can moti­vate young people to choose craft.

The objec­tives of the Meis­terrat Berlin-Bran­den­burg e.V. are in partic­ular to

  • strengthen the craft sector in general and raise aware­ness of the social rele­vance of the craft sector
  • improve the economic situ­a­tion of designers, craftsmen and manu­fac­turers
  • commu­ni­cate for manu­fac­to­ries
  • create a new image of the Berlin-Bran­den­burg region as an attrac­tive loca­tion for crafts and manu­fac­to­ries
  • to bring forgotten or margin­al­ized hand­i­craft prac­tices back into the lime­light
  • target marketing of the states of Berlin and Bran­den­burg as tourism desti­na­tions



The Meis­terrat Berlin-Bran­den­burg e.V. deals with seven main topics:

  • Quality
  • sustain­ability
  • digital trans­for­ma­tion
  • Educa­tion and youth
  • foreign trade
  • trade
  • Intan­gible cultural heritage

Along these themes the Master Council works on different levels:

Economic initia­tives
The Meis­terrat Berlin-Bran­den­burg e.V. (Berlin-Bran­den­burg Master Council) is committed at state and federal level to improving the frame­work condi­tions at the Berlin-Bran­den­burg loca­tion.

Network events
Network events such as the “Berlin-Bran­den­buger Manu­fak­turentag” (Berlin-Bran­denbug Manu­fac­ture Day) promote the exchange of actors. Within the frame­work of such events, a manu­fac­tory exhi­bi­tion is linked with a sympo­sium and a network meeting.

The phys­ical visi­bility of the manu­fac­to­ries in the region is created by a “Berlin-Bran­den­bur­gische Manu­fak­turen­straße”. This adven­ture street leads along the manu­fac­to­ries in Berlin-Bran­den­burg and can be visited by tourists. The tourist route will also be made acces­sible on a website.

The manu­fac­to­ries are presented to the public through publi­ca­tions such as the “Region­alführer Berlin-Bran­den­burg”. The regional guides are distrib­uted via tourist points (Info-Points/­Gast­gewerbe).

Members are informed about current devel­op­ments and projects via a website and a manu­fac­tory app.

The training situ­a­tion is promoted through young talent initia­tives. On the one hand, the aim is to intro­duce more young people to the future prospects of the craft trades. At the same time, efforts are being made to link training rele­vant to manu­fac­to­ries more closely with topics such as commu­ni­ca­tion, design thinking and forward-looking tech­nolo­gies. The initia­tives are aimed both at craft-oriented training occu­pa­tions and at univer­si­ties and tech­nical colleges.


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Meisterrat Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
Am Krögel 2
D‑10179 Berlin
Telefon: +49 (030) 48491929