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Mechanical engineering sector expecting a production plus of three percent in real terms in 2018
In Germany, the largest sales market, all the signs point to expansion in 2018. The capacities in the industry have not been this stretched since 2008 and the number of customer complaints about capacity bottlenecks for machines and systems is multiplying.
VDMA: Investment screening puts good investment climate in Europe at risk
Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director of the German mechanical engineering association VDMA, comments on the proposal by the European Commission regarding controls on foreign investment in Europe
Strong increase – including in the domestic market
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany saw positive development in July, increasing by 10 percent in real terms compared to the previous year.
VDMA warns against deadlock in Brexit negotiations
The tricky Brexit negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom are a source of concern for mechanical engineering companies in Germany.
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

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19.09.2017
VDMA takes a positive view of the efforts by the European Commission to find a common approach to IT security. Nonetheless, industry warns against costly certification that would offer buyers only the appearance of security.
17.09.2017
In Germany, the largest sales market, all the signs point to expansion in 2018. The capacities in the industry have not been this stretched since 2008 and the number of customer complaints about capacity bottlenecks for machines and systems is multiplying.
14.09.2017
Investments by the solar industry in the thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success. Record export rate of 97 percent, incoming orders declined in the second quarter after a strong start of the year.
06.09.2017
There is every reason for the positive mood currently enjoyed by European agricultural machinery manufacturers.
29.08.2017
In the year of its 125th anniversary, the VDMA is launching its Startup Machine: a new grouping that intends to bring together start-up companies and mechanical engineering companies.
23.08.2017
Mechanical engineering companies in Rhineland-Palatinate increased their turnover by 12.7 percent in the first half of 2017. These substantial gains were equally thanks to increases in domestic (+11.0 percent) and foreign orders (+13.5 percent).
22.08.2017
In the first half of 2017, the good order situation in many countries drove the export business of mechanical and plant engineering in Germany considerably.
18.08.2017
German Federal Ministery of Agriculture and VDMA confirmed their digitisation strategy for future agribusiness.
17.08.2017
For mechanical engineering in Hesse, the results from the first half of 2017 fell short of expectations, with a 2.1 percent decline in turnover compared to the first half of 2016. The reason for this was the large 8% drop in domestic turn-over.
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.
23.06.2017
German manufacturers are the undisputed world leaders in exports
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.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Produktionsprognose 2018
Der konjunkturelle Aufschwung des laufenden Jahres wird sich nach Ansicht der VDMA-Volkswirte 2018 in dem bisherigen Tempo fortsetzen. Daher rechnet der VDMA auch im kommenden Jahr mit 3 Prozent
Energiepolitische Prioritäten für die Bundestagswahl
Was erwartet der VDMA von der Energiepolitik der kommenden Bundesregierung? Wie geht es weiter mit Klimaschutz und Energiewende? Wann wird aus der Stromwende eine richtige Energiewende?
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Produktionsprognose 2018
Der konjunkturelle Aufschwung des laufenden Jahres wird sich nach Ansicht der VDMA-Volkswirte 2018 in dem bisherigen Tempo fortsetzen. Daher rechnet der VDMA auch im kommenden Jahr mit 3 Prozent
Energiepolitische Prioritäten für die Bundestagswahl
Was erwartet der VDMA von der Energiepolitik der kommenden Bundesregierung? Wie geht es weiter mit Klimaschutz und Energiewende? Wann wird aus der Stromwende eine richtige Energiewende?

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13.09.2017
Intensified cooperation with international leading trade fair for additive manufacturing - The Association demonstrates industrial applications in the User Case Area and contributes to the fair’s lecture program from November 14th to 17th, 2017, in Frankfurt
The update of the ITRPV will be presented and released on September 6th, 2017 in Shanghai. The information on the technology maturity is now implemented for selected parameters.
31.05.2017
How will the world of mechanical engineering look in 2030 with respect to what today are considered to be “future materials”? Which different scenarios can be foreseen and what would their consequences be for the industry? Answers are given in the new VDMA report “Future Materials 2030” – a VDMAimpulse coverage.
29.03.2017
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10.11.2016
VDMAimpulse talks to automation as well as plastics and rubber machinery experts.
10.02.2015
VDMA’s fears that a common European Sales Law would increase transaction costs and legal uncertainty, and would therefore not be a true added-value for companies, have been recognised by decision makers in Brussels.
The VDMA Startup Machine goes live
In the year of its 125th anniversary, the VDMA is launching its Startup Machine: a new grouping that intends to bring together start-up companies and mechanical engineering companies.
Europe – Trailblazer for democracy and digitalization
Mechanical engineers and all other companies in Europe agree that democracy is the necessary basis for the domestic market. And digitalization opens the doors to new ideas, technologies and customers. Europe was the pioneer of democracy and Europe also wants to be a pioneer of digitalization.
What humans create with machines
What are the biggest challenges facing mankind? And what contribution are machines and mechanical engineers already making today to solve them? VDMA has been providing the general public with knowledge on mechanical engineering for 125 years.