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VDMA: Politicians must speed up the broadband expansion!
Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of the VDMA, accuses policymakers of recklessly putting the competitive opportunities of industrial medium-sized companies at risk during the expansion of Industrie 4.0. “Germany needs to shift up a gear especially in the field of broadband expansion,” demands Rauen.
ASEAN states continue to offer opportunities
Machinery exports to South East Asia are increasing, but growth by competitors from China and Korea is significantly stronger
Production in mechanical engineering kicks into gear
The effects of the improved market situation in many important sales regions are leaving their mark on the production of mechanical engineering companies in Germany. According to preliminary figures for the first half of 2017, companies ramped up their production capacities by 2.4 percent (adjusted for price) compared to previous year’s levels.
VDMA: Russia must not become a second Iran
Mechanical engineers disapprove of the new US sanctions resolutions against Russia
Incoming orders in mechanical engineering June 2017 – Mechanical engineering starts full-swing into the second half of the year
Mechanical engineering companies in Germany are optimistic for the second half of the year. In the first half of 2017, incoming orders rose by four percent in real terms.
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15.08.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the second round of the EEG call for tenders for onshore wind turbines.
15.08.2017
Mining machinery manufacturers from Germany are back on track, with incoming orders increasing by 45 percent in the first half of the year. Closer cooperation with Australia is set to bring further growth.
28.07.2017
We only need water for drinking, cooking and washing, right? Not even close! Water is in everything around us – from paper to clothes, computers and cars. Do you know how much water runs through your hands every day without you knowing it?
27.07.2017
Gross expansion of onshore wind energy by 2,281 megawatts (MW), which equals 790 wind turbines, as high as expected in the first half of 2017
25.07.2017
• Solar industry is investing heavily at the beginning of the year • Record export rate of 95 percent
14.07.2017
Following a good start to the new year, the upward trend has continued both in the construction equipment and the building material machinery industry. The sector expects to increase its total turnover by 5 percent by the end of the year to around 14.6 billion Euros.
13.07.2017
• German Engineering Federation (VDMA): decline in orders in maritime sector in 2017 • Sales down slightly to €11.1 billion • General situation in mechanical engineering industry and digitalization are encouraging signs
30.06.2017
Order intake in the food processing and packaging machinery sector increased by 23 percent in real terms. The Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association expects demand to pick up further in the coming months.
23.06.2017
VDMA gathered representatives from the worlds of politics and the economy in Brussels to coincide with the start of the Brexit negotiations. Their unanimous view was that the UK’s exit from the EU would not be a success for anyone.
13.06.2017
The demand for machinery and equipment for the production, filling and packaging of beverages continuous to be high and reached a new record in 2016.
The solar industry invests at the beginning of the year more cautious. Record export rate of 91 percent. Equipment for the solar industry increases sales by 20 percent in 2016
05.05.2017
Despite all heterogeneity, German manufacturers of building material machinery are expecting a broadly based boost this year. Even at the end of 2016 the orders received in most subsectors had risen considerably compared with the previous year.
04.05.2017
The German food processing and packaging machinery manufacturing companies look forward to the interpack trade fair full of confidence. “For years, our industry has shown a positive development and the German manufacturers can look back on a record year," said Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Packaging and Packaging Machinery Association, at interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf.
03.05.2017
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2017 were 6 per cent up on the previous year. Domestic demand rose by 2 per cent, while overseas orders grew by 8 per cent.
26.04.2017
In 2016, the fuel cell industry in Germany achieved a turnover of around EUR 100 million from fuel cell heating devices and power supply systems. Following a lateral movement the previous year, the economic outlook of the VDMA Fuel Cells working group forecasts a growth of 90 percent for the current year based on an industrial survey. Manufacturers can be very optimistic about 2017.
30.03.2017
Positive outlook from OE-A members on the development of organic and printed electronics announced at LOPEC 2017
28.02.2017
In 2016, German manufacturers of construction equipment achieved a turnover of 9.3 billion euros which is an increase of 3 percent compared to 2015. Within the same period world sales of construction equipment declined by 1 percent.
06.02.2017
In the fourth quarter of 2016, order bookings in the German machine tool industry fell by four per cent compared to the preceding year’s equivalent period. Both exports and domestic orders showed a roughly equal decline. For 2016 as a whole, the rise came to seven per cent, with orders from abroad up by ten per cent, while domestic orders ended up at plus/minus zero.
02.02.2017
The German machine tool industry is in an optimistic mood as 2017 gets under way. “For the current year, we are anticipating significant growth in production output of three per cent,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), speaking at the organisation’s annual press conference in Frankfurt am Main.
23.11.2016
Strong growth in exports to Mexico | Free trade agreements of fundamental importance
02.11.2016
In the third quarter of 2016, the German machine tool industry’s order bookings rose by 8 per cent compared to the preceding year’s equivalent period. Domestic orders were down by 14 per cent, while demand from abroad increased by 22 per cent.
01.09.2016
After approval by the European Parliament, the Global Climate Agreement will be able to enter into force soon. From the viewpoint of VDMA, rising global demand for efficiency technologies from European firms will open up new market opportunities.
28.07.2016
In the year’s first half, order bookings increased by a substantial twelve per cent compared to the preceding year’s figure. While domestic order bookings rose by ten per cent, orders from abroad were also up, by 13 per cent.
Thilo Brodtmann: Broadband networks in Germany
The broadband networks and the digital infrastructure have to be upgraded quickly, demands VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann from the next German government.
Dr Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders June 2017
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland gehen gut gelaunt in die zweite Jahreshälfte. Im ersten Halbjahr 2017 legten die Auftragseingänge um real 4 Prozent zu. Der Zuwachs der Auslandsorders von 5 Prozent wurde maßgeblich getrieben durch den Bestellzuwachs aus den Euro-Partnerländern (plus 12 Prozent; Nicht-Euroländer plus 3 Prozent). Das Inland wies im ersten Halbjahr ein leichtes Plus von 1 Prozent auf.
Thilo Brodtmann: Broadband networks in Germany
The broadband networks and the digital infrastructure have to be upgraded quickly, demands VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann from the next German government.
Dr Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders June 2017
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland gehen gut gelaunt in die zweite Jahreshälfte. Im ersten Halbjahr 2017 legten die Auftragseingänge um real 4 Prozent zu. Der Zuwachs der Auslandsorders von 5 Prozent wurde maßgeblich getrieben durch den Bestellzuwachs aus den Euro-Partnerländern (plus 12 Prozent; Nicht-Euroländer plus 3 Prozent). Das Inland wies im ersten Halbjahr ein leichtes Plus von 1 Prozent auf.

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