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New VDMA Dossiers: Fields of Action for Tomorrow's Industry
Digitization and networking of production are fundamentally changing many companies. From training to machine control to business models, companies must break new ground. The VDMA describes important fields of action for Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Intelligence in several new dossiers.
Together for innovative mechanical and plant engineering
VDMA and IG Metall have joined forces with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in an "industry dialogue" in which they have committed themselves to using the economic opportunities arising from digitisation and artificial intelligence to secure the future of mechanical and plant engineering.
Production in mechanical engineering industry slowed down noticeably at the end of last year
Growth for 2018 as a whole only 2 percent in real terms - High order backlog secures companies
Weak result at the end of the year
Mechanical engineers in Germany were able to fill their order books in 2018 as a whole by a pleasing 5 percent in real terms compared with the previous year. However, the year closed with a weak month.
"Altmaier underestimates the importance of industrial medium-sized companies"
To present the "National Industrial Strategy 2030", VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann explains that Europe's competitiveness depends to a large extent on the flexibility and innovative strength of its industrial SMEs.
"Free trade agreement with Japan sends a signal against protectionism"
Chancellor Merkel's trip to Japan comes at the right time: the free trade agreement between the EU and Japan will bring the two major economic areas closer together.

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15.11.2018
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann has made a clear commitment to collective bargaining autonomy. "It is evidence that employers and employees in general can largely regulate their relationship on their own." At best, the state should set a loose labour law framework, according to Brodtmann.
14.11.2018
In the view of VDMA, latest progress made in the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU are positive. However, it is too early to give the all-clear sign.
08.11.2018
Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, has sharply criticised the pension package passed in the Bundestag with the votes of the CDU/CSU and SPD: "Basically, the money of our great-grandchildren is already being spent today".
07.11.2018
The economy is cooling down. Moreover, the uncertainties surrounding the election results in the USA are not diminishing. VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers calls on the federal government to finally prove its willingness and ability to act.
31.10.2018
The coalition parties have agreed on the cornerstones of the energy collection law.
31.10.2018
Ten printing and paper machinery manufacturers present themselves together in Shanghai under the label “Made in Germany” - Joint presentation at the fair receives good feedback - Increased numbers of visitors and exhibitors underline the importance of the All in Print China as supra-regional leading trade fair
30.10.2018
The latest labour market figures of the Federal Employment Agency show a rampant shortage of skilled workers. According to Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, the Federal Government is jointly responsible for this.
19.10.2018
The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the fourth and final round of tenders for onshore wind energy in 2018. The tender for 670 megawatts (MW) was clearly under-subscribed with bids of 363 MW and the average award value was 6.26 ct/kWh.
18.10.2018
Mechanical engineering is the most important employer of engineers. With its key technologies of intelligent production, our industry is the German innovation machine. Despite all the joy about the top position that Germany occupies according to a current analysis of the World Economic Forum, the following applies: Our innovation system must become even better.
17.10.2018
An award for entrepreneurs "with great technological vision and a lot of heart and soul", is how the jury describes the German Mechanical Engineering Award. Ten outstanding corporate leaders have already received it, now it has been awarded to a woman for the first time at the evening reception of the mechanical engineering summit.
17.10.2018
Industry expects sales growth of 4 percent this year. German technology suppliers score with superior production solutions.
16.10.2018
Scale manufacturers develop universal, manufacturer-independent communication interface
15.10.2018
The transmission system operators announced the amount of the EEG levy and offshore grid levy for the year 2019.
The Greens have tabled a bill in the German Bundestag on tax incentives for research, which, in the opinion of Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, would be of little use to medium-sized industrial companies.
12.10.2018
Mit der Verordnung über Anlagen zum Umgang mit wassergefährdenden Stoffen (AwSV) wurde der anlagenbezogene Gewässerschutz einer bundeseinheitlichen Regelung unterworfen. Der Vollzug ist jedoch nach wie vor uneinheitlich.
11.10.2018
Bureaucratic hurdles for the posting of workers are a burden for the mechanical engineering industry. In Brussels, the VDMA discussed possible easements in the posting of employees with representatives from politics and industry.
09.10.2018
Negotiations are currently under way at EU level to reorganise the CO2 fleet regulation for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The EU Commission's proposal currently gives manufacturers only two instruments at their disposal to improve their CO2 balance.
01.10.2018
The very far-reaching requirements for the posting of workers to other EU countries make it increasingly difficult for German mechanical engineering companies to do business within the EU Single Market.
Record number of delegates at the 10th E-MOTIVE expert forum for electric vehicle drives
26.09.2018
Topic of the VDMA Press Club: “How Europe will maintain its leading position in the wind industry”
21.09.2018
Investments in thin-film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 89 percent, Asian business broader positioned. New orders increased significantly in the second quarter.
13.09.2018
The European Parliament has approved a resolution on the implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy with the aim of increasing the recycling rate in the EU.
07.09.2018
The EU is currently negotiating greater control over investment from China. At an event in Brussels, representatives of the mechanical engineering sector argued in favour of market opening in China rather than investment barriers in Europe.
05.09.2018
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has approved a new framework for the conformity and enforcement of product legislation, paving the way for better monitoring of the internal market.
04.09.2018
The German shipbuilding and offshore supplier industry, which employs 63,500 highly qualified people, is expecting a slight rise in orders this year after the order books were successfully filled in 2017.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Dezember 2018
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland konnten ihre Auftragsbücher im Gesamtjahr 2018 um erfreuliche reale 5 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr füllen. Allerdings schloss das Jahr mit einem schwachen Monat. Im Dezember 2018 verfehlte der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinenbau sein Vorjahresniveau um 8 Prozent.
Hartmut Rauen: Ingenieure für Industrie 4.0
Hartmut Rauen, stellv. Hauptgeschäftsführer des VDMA, unterstreicht die hohe Bedeutung der IMPULS-Studie für den VDMA und seine Maschinenhaus-Initiative, die auf mehr Studienerfolg in den Ingenieurwissenschaften abzielt.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Dezember 2018
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland konnten ihre Auftragsbücher im Gesamtjahr 2018 um erfreuliche reale 5 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr füllen. Allerdings schloss das Jahr mit einem schwachen Monat. Im Dezember 2018 verfehlte der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinenbau sein Vorjahresniveau um 8 Prozent.
Hartmut Rauen: Ingenieure für Industrie 4.0
Hartmut Rauen, stellv. Hauptgeschäftsführer des VDMA, unterstreicht die hohe Bedeutung der IMPULS-Studie für den VDMA und seine Maschinenhaus-Initiative, die auf mehr Studienerfolg in den Ingenieurwissenschaften abzielt.

Must Reads

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.
04.06.2018
The export-oriented German mechanical engineering industry has benefited more than almost any other sector from economic and political integration and having the euro as the single currency. However, the result of the British referendum in favor of Brexit has shaken the EU to its core. Even two years on it is still not completely clear how the EU and the United Kingdom will work together in the future, but the UK must not be granted a special status. The mechanical engineering sector believes that the cohesion of the EU takes priority and demands equal competitive conditions in the EU27 and the UK.
29.05.2018
Frankfurt am Main, 28 May 2018. – Making a visit to the fair simpler, faster and better: this is the goal pursued by the Club of Metalworking, which the VDW launched a few days ago. Membership is free of charge, and offers attractive services for international metalworking experts.
29.03.2018
Frankfurt am Main, 29 March 2018. – The dates for the next METAV have been finalised. The International trade fair for metalworking technologies will be held in Düsseldorf from Tuesday to Friday 10 to 13 March 2020.
28.03.2018
Mobility is changing. A global driver for this will be the implementation of the Paris climate resolutions. With its efficient solutions, German mechanical and plant engineering makes an important contribution to change and thus secures employment and prosperity.
13.03.2018
The VDMA Software and Digitisation Association has added new features to its app, which are now available free of charge in the app stores.
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.
10.08.2017
The consulting offer of the professional association software and digitization shows ways to industry 4.0 and successful digital strategies.
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.
Guest article by VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker in FAZ
In the business section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 11 February, VDMA President Welcker writes his position on the "National Industrial Strategy 2030".
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 01-2019
Hannover Messe 2019 is just around the corner (1-5 April 2019). More than 6,500 exhibitors are expected, more than 220,000 visitors as well. Read in the latest issue of VDMAimpulse what’s expecting you there.
2019 - a year of change
2019 will be a year of change. Economic downturns and technological transformations will present many companies with new challenges and also require political action in many areas.
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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