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European photovoltaic production can be profitable
Photovoltaic production in Europe and Germany across the entire value chain is competitive again if the size of the production fab is appropriate. This is the result of a survey by Fraunhofer ISE commissioned by VDMA, comparing the cost ratios of production in Europe and China.
The solidarity surcharge must be completely relinquished!
The solidarity surcharge should be abolished completely after 30 years - and not only for 90 percent of the tax payers.
Order intake in mechanical engineering June 2019: Large orders soften the decline
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books.
Training gap becomes a brake on growth
Training year 2019 starts with 34,000 vacancies in mechanical engineering VDMA members particularly committed to young talent
"Medium-sized companies must not be placed under general suspicion."
Those who want to catch money launderers must not place every medium-sized company under general suspicion. VDMA therefore calls on the Union to block the new proposals on the transparency register.
Complete free trade with the USA remains the goal
The number of disagreements in EU-US trade relations remains high. The aim must be to dismantle all industrial tariffs. Positive: Negotiations on technical regulations are progressing.

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15.08.2019
Declining numbers of applicants and young people with considerable knowledge gaps in MINT subjects as well as inadequate social skills make it difficult for East German mechanical engineers to find suitable trainees for industrial occupations.
08.08.2019
The Grand Coalition wants to change the working hours law. Companies should get more leeway in the future so that they can adapt their working hours to the requirements of increasing digitalisation, demands the VDMA.
05.08.2019
The EU Commission has carried out a public consultation on "Sustainability requirements for batteries" in order to assess opportunities to promote the sustainable design and use of batteries.
03.08.2019
The US and the EU have agreed on trade in beef and veal - now a free trade agreement must follow, eliminating all industrial tariffs.
01.08.2019
Orders received by mechanical engineering companies in Saarland continue to fluctuate sharply, albeit not as strongly as in the previous year.
30.07.2019
The mechanical engineering companies in Rhineland-Palatinate recorded sales growth for six years, but sales fell by 5.5 percent in the first five months of 2019. Only domestic sales rose again by 7.7 percent in May 2019; in the preceding months, negative rates had also been recorded here.
25.07.2019
Historically low expansion despite very good growth prospects - urgently resolve approval backlog
24.07.2019
Companies' business expectations for 2019 have deteriorated significantly compared with 2018. "In the current year we can at best speak of a sideways movement," said Dr. Mathias Kammüller, Chairman of the VDMA Baden-Württemberg, to journalists in Stuttgart on 24 July.
24.07.2019
Mechanical engineering sees itself as responsible for finding new solutions to achieve the Paris climate targets. Power-to-X is a promising technology that is now ready for use in normal operation. Politicians, too, have now recognised the potential of converting green electricity.
23.07.2019
The French Parliament has ratified the CETA agreement. Now the Bundestag is called upon to follow suit quickly.
Companies are already feeling the effects of the economic downturn. Global political uncertainties are further weakening Bavaria's export-driven mechanical engineering sector. Reducing bureaucracy is a must to ensure competitiveness. In order to tackle digitization, infrastructure must fit.
18.07.2019
VDMA regards competition by the Ministry of Economic Affairs as a positive signal for innovation and investment.
18.07.2019
High capacity utilisation and a good order backlog cannot conceal this: The growth momentum in East German mechanical and plant engineering is slowing.
17.07.2019
Naemi Denz, member of the VDMA Executive Board, called for concrete political measures before the Climate Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
11.07.2019
Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has announced the prospect of a rapid free trade agreement with the USA. The negotiations should be conducted without preconditions.
09.07.2019
Companies expect an increase in security incidents - most frequent consequences: Capital damage and loss of production
09.07.2019
Sales in the 1st quarter of 2019 are 14 percent above the expectations of mechanical engineers, Vietnam replaces Taiwan as 2nd largest market behind China, Export ratio reaches almost 100 percent
04.07.2019
Small and medium-sized enterprises and the Union are to find each other better again. CDU/CSU faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus wants to steer a clear course "pro Mittelstand" - and thus finds a lot of support in mechanical engineering.
03.07.2019
For an industrial country like Germany, a stable power supply is a decisive location factor.
02.07.2019
In May 2019, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell again by 7 percent in real terms. While domestic demand almost stagnated (minus 1 per cent), orders from abroad were 9 per cent below the previous year's relatively high level.
26.06.2019
A recent report shows policymakers the way to a better future with useful AI applications, but without excesses such as the all-round monitoring of citizens.
25.06.2019
The free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam includes the almost complete abolition of all customs duties.
• Sales in 2018 up again for the first time in three years • Strong growth of 3.7% in incoming orders • Digital maritime energy transition is to make shipping more eco-friendly • Outlook uncertain in China
19.06.2019
The production of food processing and packaging machinery rose by 8 percent in 2018. This was not only a record figure, but also the highest growth rate in the current decade.
14.06.2019
After ten years of growth and doubling of sales in the German plastics and rubber machinery sector the turning point has now been reached
Dr. Jutta Trube: Solarmodule "Made in Europe" - a new Chance
Dr. Jutta Trube explains why the production of solar modules should return to Europe and under which conditions this step can be worthwhile. She explains the results of a VDMA study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders Junie 2019
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books. In the first half of 2019, orders declindes by 9 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year, with the minus at home and abroad reaching the same level.
Dr. Jutta Trube: Solarmodule "Made in Europe" - a new Chance
Dr. Jutta Trube explains why the production of solar modules should return to Europe and under which conditions this step can be worthwhile. She explains the results of a VDMA study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders Junie 2019
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books. In the first half of 2019, orders declindes by 9 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year, with the minus at home and abroad reaching the same level.

Must Reads

08.08.2019
"How do we work in the digital age?" The VDMA is investigating this question together with IG Metal in its 2nd BarCamp "Arbeit 4.0".
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
From 10 to 13 September 2019 the German wind trade fair HUSUM Wind will take place. What moves the industry nationally will be presented in Husum.
15.05.2019
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on 14.05.2019 that Member States must oblige employers to set up a system to measure daily working time (ECJ, judgment of 14.05.2019 - C-55/18).
01.04.2019
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 2019
22.03.2019
The Trade Secrets Act provides for far-reaching protection of valuable corporate information. The prerequisite, however, is that companies take measures and document them.
08.03.2019
Do Europe and Germany need more state industrial policy to survive between the USA and China? VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen sets clear accents in the ZDF programme "Maybritt Illner".
01.03.2019
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
20.02.2019
An employee's entitlement to paid annual leave usually expires at the end of the calendar year only if the employer has previously informed him of his specific holiday entitlement and the expiry periods and the employee has not taken the holiday of his own free will. This was decided by the Federal Labour Court in its judgment of 19.02.2019 (Case No. 9 AZR 541/15).
As part of the initiative "Maschinenhaus - Plattform für innovative Lehre", we offer as a prize the 4th VDMA University Prize. With this award we would like to honour outstanding teaching concepts which stand for more academic success and thus set an example for the importance of teaching.
31.01.2019
The European Commission regards environmental and social standards as an essential part of its economic policy. This offers opportunities for mechanical engineering companies - but also the danger of additional requirements.
05.12.2018
Approximately 7,100 companies are currently being contacted by the Federal Government and informed about the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP), with which they are to exercise human rights due diligence along their supply chain.
04.12.2018
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
29.11.2018
Despite (still) rising student numbers in computer science, the high drop-out rates are a cause for concern. In order to meet the demand for IT specialists in industry 4.0, the quality of teaching must be further improved. The VDMA nacelle initiative is committed to this and will include the field of computer science in the next project phase.
10.10.2018
The regulations of the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) to be observed since 25.05.2018 have caused the members of the VDMA some effort in the implementation of the requirements.
10.10.2018
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
27.09.2018
The USA is the most important export market and investment location for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. At the same time, German companies with capital goods enable the development and modernization of American industry. In politically tense times of transatlantic relations, the EU and the US should strive for a lean free trade agreement and, at the same time, a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With 164 members, the WTO is the best platform for creating competition and free trade.
The aim of the strategic partnership between Labs Network 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich is to develop innovations, technologies and business models at the interface between industry 4.0 and the insurance industry.
15.08.2018
Future Business prepares the next complex trend topic with possible far-reaching effects for the entire mechanical and plant engineering sector. It does not only concern the currently much-discussed future of the plastics industry and waste and recycling technology, but all branches of industry with a connection to materials. Find out how you can contribute!
02.07.2018
Foreign direct investments in Germany as well as German direct investments abroad ensure the success of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. Unlike in the EU, some economic areas restrict foreign investment for economic and political reasons. This is problematic if investors from these countries who are both state-controlled and financially strong become active in our company at the same time. The commandment is called "reciprocity", equal conditions for common benefit. The political objective must be to achieve the same investment conditions everywhere as in Europe.
"Control the market with a CO2 price."
Mechanical engineering wants to lead the way in climate protection. In the "SZ" interview, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker calls for a market-economy reform of the entire energy pricing system - and an honest debate about the consequences.
11th German Mechanical Engineering Summit on 15 & 16 October 2019
The leading congress of mechanical and plant engineering: 2 days networking, thinking ahead, changing
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 03-2019 (June 2019)
Will robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over, lead to massive job displacements and soon send our societies into turmoil? Or are they simply great tools we can use to create a world with increased prosperity, resource efficiency and new cures for terrible diseases? VDMAimpulse did the reality check.
Humans – Machines – Progress – The film
Machines improve our lives – on a large and small scale. Whether for our health, food or the many means of transportation that we use; whether we are looking at the ground deep below the sea or from high above – we need machines and people who utilize their skills to make the world a better place to live. That is the aim of mechanical and plant engineering. Humans – Machines – Progress.
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