Finally the general meeting of the Association of the German Spring Industry (VDFI) could take place again as a face-to-face event. The venue this year was the yacht harbor residence Hohe Düne in Warnemünde. After the usual agenda items and information on association matters, there was a lecture by Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger. At the dinner that followed, we found enough time to talk to the members present.