The VILF was founded by graduated engineers from the main German paint schools in 1956. Today there are still many paint engineers among the members but the association opened up and many other professionals from the paint and coatings industry joined the organization. Currently the VILF counts more than 700 members and more than 80 companies support the association through a company membership. One of the main targets of the association is to provide professional expertise and knowledge to its members and to keep these knowledge update. The association and its district groups organize frequent meetings and conferences to provide knowledge to its members.
The VILF is also active beyond its national area. In 2001 a powder coatings meeting in Mulhouse (France) was jointly organized with the French Association AFTPVA. Furthermore VILF keeps contact to other coatings and chemical associations like the SVLFC in Switzerland and the district groups work together with the paints and coatings section of the GdCH to organize meetings and lectures. VILF is also member of the European organ