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VDMA: Germany must not isolate itself
Mechanical engineers in Germany expect the new government will set the correct economic course immediately after its constitution. VDMA President, Carl Martin Welcker spoke to journalists at the 9th German Maschinenbau-Gipfel (Mechanical Engineering Summit) in Berlin: “We reject isolation tendencies and backwards-looking policies, irrespective of their complexion! Mechanical engineering and the entire German industry thrives on its cosmopolitan outlook and any reversal here would damage our society and our well-being,” Welcker reiterated.
South Korea’s visa policy derails progress and inhibits bilateral trade
South Korea’s current visa policy is turning out to be a burden for the mechanical engineering industry in Germany. Excellent ties, both on a personal and business level, are essential for successful business with the Republic of Korea.
Strong growth in foreign business
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector remain steady: Similar to the situation in July, orders received in August increased by 10 percent in real terms compared to the same month of the previous year.
VDMA: New federal government must follow up on Macron’s proposals
After the speech by the French President on the Future of Europe, the debate on a reform of the EU needs to gather pace in the Member States.
VDMA: The EU must learn from CETA
The entry into force of the trade agreement with Canada is a success for the EU. However, VDMA urges the EU to focus on its competencies in future trade agreements.
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.

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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.
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.
Mensch-Maschine-Fortschritt – der Film
Maschinen machen unser Leben besser – im Großen wie im Kleinen. Ob es um unsere Gesundheit geht, unser Essen oder die vielen Verkehrsmittel, die wir benutzen; ob wir uns die Erde tief im Meer anschauen oder von ganz oben – wir brauchen dazu Maschinen und Menschen, die ihr ganzes Können aufbringen, um die Welt immer Stück für Stück zu einem lebenswerteren Ort zu machen. Dafür steht der Maschinen- und Anlagenbau. Mensch – Maschine - Fortschritt.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang August 2017
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau bleibt gut in Fahrt: Wie schon im Juli legten die Bestellungen auch im August real um 10 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat zu. Erfreulich für die stark exportorientierten Unternehmen dabei war, dass die Nachfrage sowohl aus den Euro-Partnerländern (plus 23 Prozent) als auch aus den Nicht-Euroländern (plus 13 Prozent) kräftig zulegte.
Mensch-Maschine-Fortschritt – der Film
Maschinen machen unser Leben besser – im Großen wie im Kleinen. Ob es um unsere Gesundheit geht, unser Essen oder die vielen Verkehrsmittel, die wir benutzen; ob wir uns die Erde tief im Meer anschauen oder von ganz oben – wir brauchen dazu Maschinen und Menschen, die ihr ganzes Können aufbringen, um die Welt immer Stück für Stück zu einem lebenswerteren Ort zu machen. Dafür steht der Maschinen- und Anlagenbau. Mensch – Maschine - Fortschritt.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang August 2017
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau bleibt gut in Fahrt: Wie schon im Juli legten die Bestellungen auch im August real um 10 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat zu. Erfreulich für die stark exportorientierten Unternehmen dabei war, dass die Nachfrage sowohl aus den Euro-Partnerländern (plus 23 Prozent) als auch aus den Nicht-Euroländern (plus 13 Prozent) kräftig zulegte.

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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
06.09.2017
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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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.
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.
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.