Weak order bookings in the German machine tool industry
24/11/14 “Order bookings have not come up to expectations so far in 2014,” says Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the trade association VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) in Frankfurt am Main.
AG NEWS BULLETIN
21/11/14 This is the current edition (09-2014 - November) of "AG NEWS BULLETIN", a collection of articles from the European trade press for agricultural machinery, supplemented by interviews with the decision-makers.
VDMA interview about TTIP: ‘Any mechanical engineer who misses out on the boom here will suffer a significant competitive disadvantage’
20/11/14 The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreement between the European Union and the USA has polarised society. The mechanical and plant engineering industry welcomes the planned creation of a large economic area without tariff barriers, but with common regulations and standards for more than 800 million people. In a series of interviews, the VDMA gives representatives from the various sub-sectors of mechanical engineering the chance to have their say about TTIP.
The big task for the new EU Trade Commissioner, Sweden’s Cecilia Malmström, is to make the TTIP a reality – and she believes Germany holds the key.
VDMA sees the EU2030 climate objectives as an important signal for investment in eco-friendly technologies.