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Foreign orders remain strong while domestic orders pick up
In October, incoming orders in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector grew by 9 percent in real terms compared to the previous year. Orders from abroad increased by 10 percent.
European Commission takes important stand against product piracy
The EU calls for more consistency in the protection of intellectual property rights across all member states. However, the greatest proportion of product piracy cases originates outside Europe.
Mechanical engineering exports showing strong growth worldwide
Exports increased by 7.4 percent during the first nine months of 2017 - Imports rose by 3.9 percent - Business with China and Russia on an upswing; business with Great Britain and Turkey declining
VDMA: Climate summit takes an important stand on global cooperation
The German mechanical engineering sector supports an ambitious climate protection program, however, this can only be accomplished with global action.
COP 23: Shipping Industry Demands a “Maritime Energy Transition”
VDMA: No Alternatives to International Climate Protection - Demands for Increased Commitment from IMO - Shipping Must Be Emission-Free in the Long Term
COP 23: Climate Agreement is in the Industry’s Best Interest
VDMA: No Alternatives to International Climate Protection. • Europe Can Only Achieve Climate Goals with Efficient Emissions Trading System

News

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.
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.
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
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.
Thilo Brodtmann: Forecast 2018
VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann talks about the economic outlook of German mechanical engineering in 2018, the most important markets and he explains the call of the mechanical engineers on the future German federal government.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Oktober 2017
Im Oktober legte der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinen- und Anlagenbau um real 9 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr zu. Die Auslandsorders erreichten einen Zuwachs von 10 Prozent. Die größte Dynamik kam aus den Euro-Partnerländern.
Thilo Brodtmann: Forecast 2018
VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann talks about the economic outlook of German mechanical engineering in 2018, the most important markets and he explains the call of the mechanical engineers on the future German federal government.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Oktober 2017
Im Oktober legte der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinen- und Anlagenbau um real 9 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr zu. Die Auslandsorders erreichten einen Zuwachs von 10 Prozent. Die größte Dynamik kam aus den Euro-Partnerländern.

Must Reads

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.
09.08.2017
Cybersecurity is vital when it comes to preparing for digitalization, which continues to be an unstoppable force in mechanical engineering.
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
Please enjoy reading our latest issue of 2017.
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.
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.
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.