The Bundesverband Flachglas (BF) – the Federal Flat Glass Association – was created in 1987 by the fusion of the following German associations: Bundesverband des Deutschen Flachglas-Großhandels, Bundesverband der Deutschen Isolierglashersteller, and Fachverband Flachglas Veredelnde Industrie. Today, the BF has more than 110 member companies with over 220 production facilities, and in addition to those companies some 50 supporting members. Its headquarters is in Troisdorf, in the Cologne/Bonn region The three pillars of the association's work are:
The Gütegemeinschaft Flachglas (GGF) - the Flat Glass Quality Association - which is associated with the BF, awards qualified member companies with the RAL quality label for Mehrscheiben-Isolierglas (MIG) - insulated glazing - as well as the RAL quality label for heissgelagertes Einscheiben-Sicherheitsglas (ESG-HF) - heat-soaked single-pane safety glass. An image brochure of the BF can be downloaded here.