German machine tool industry posts balanced half-year thanks to foreign orders
30/07/15 Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the second quarter of 2015 were 10 percent up on the previous year's figure.
The German wind industry takes a breather
30/07/15 The figures for onshore wind in Germany show a downturn in the first six months of this year. Despite this, the trade associations predict a net additional installation for the whole of 2015 of at least 4,000 megawatts, which would make climate goals achievable.
Results of latest composites market survey are available
23/07/15 Since 2013 the trade association Composites Germany (www.composites-germany.de) has been gathering indicators on current and future developments in composites, based on six-monthly member surveys conducted by AVK, CFK Valley, CCeV and VDMA. The results of the fifth survey (first half of 2015) are now available
Offshore Wind Energy: 1765,3 megawatts more on line. Expansion on schedule.
20/07/15 In the first half of 2015, another 422 offshore wind turbines, with a combined capacity of 1,765.3 megawatts went on line. Up to 30 June 2015 a total of 668 offshore turbines with an overall capacity of 2,777.8 megawatts fed power into the German grid.
VDMA: Machine vision showing strong growth
16/07/15 European machine vision industry grew by 16% in 2014 Expected turnover growth for 2015: + 11%
Construction Equipment and Building Material Machines: light and shade
16/07/15 German construction equipment manufacturers are more optimistic at the middle of the year than they were at the beginning – "even though uncertainty is the largest obstacle for us at present," says Johann Sailer, Chairman of the VDMA Association for Construction Equipment and Building Material Machines. Building material facility manufacturers, however, are more sceptical. Many companies are on schedule, but large-scale orders are rare and fiercely competitive.
Nach Angaben der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung plant Finanzminister Schäuble für die Frage der Verschonung von Firmenvermögen nicht nur, das im Unternehmen gebundene, sondern auch das private Vermögen in den Blick zu nehmen. Was zunächst logisch klingen mag, rührt an einer der essentiellen Fragen des aktuellen und wohl auch künftigen Erbschaftsteuerrechts.
On 15 July, the European Commission put forward the first specific proposals on a uniform power supply market in Europe. The paper is a first step towards a single European energy market. VDMA essentially regards this as a sensible approach but is calling for security for existing investments.
The European Commission is to present a new proposal on the circular economy by the end of the year, but the European Parliament will adopt a position on the package over the coming days.
On 28 May 2015, VDMA took part in the meeting of the German-Chinese Standardisation Committee jointly chaired by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Chinese state standardisation organisation (SAC) in Chengdu, China.