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VDMA: The right response to economic weakness
The grand coalition has agreed in a draft bill on a decree authorization to extend short-time work. VDMA Executive Manager Thilo Brodtmann criticizes that the extension is tied to qualification measures.
Need for qualification for industry 4.0 is still great
Analysis of 1700 questionnaires shows deficits in specialist knowledge about industry 4.0 Universities must develop curricula for industry 4.0 Employees must be prepared for digital change through further training strategies
Year end without surprise
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared to the previous year, the order books for 2019 as a whole show a real decline of 9 percent.
"Foreign investors must not be placed under general suspicion"
The German government wants to control foreign investments even more strictly in the future. This is the wrong way: a tightening of the Foreign Trade Act leads to more dirigiste industrial policy.
Extension of short-time working allowance must be done quickly!
The decision to extend the short-time working allowance is correct. However, a link with qualification measures only makes sense for companies that are suffering from structural change.
"Germany as a business location remains under pressure"
The Annual Economic Report 2020 is no sigh of relief. Above all, companies need simpler and less bureaucratic tax legislation.

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10.09.2019
In addition to the topics of digitisation, climate policy and a stable economy, the new EU Commission also wants to focus more on reducing bureaucracy.
10.09.2019
Plastic has been making life easier for people for many decades and is indispensable for many industrial processes.
09.09.2019
"When it comes to tax incentives for research, we hope for 'Struck's law' - no law leaves the Bundestag as it is introduced," emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, at today's hearing of the Bundestag Finance Committee on tax incentives for research.
05.09.2019
The British Parliament tries to make sure that there will be no hard Brexit after all. Nevertheless, companies must continue to prepare for it.
04.09.2019
Supplement to the 10-points-plan of the economic and environmental associations
04.09.2019
10-point plan for the revival of wind energy expansion
04.09.2019
Sustainable, medium-sized and growth-oriented: this is how the future governments in Brandenburg and Saxony must shape industrial policy for the next five years. Above all, it is necessary to push ahead with education, infrastructure and bureaucracy reduction.
03.09.2019
Weak start to the year 2019 - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - Slight increase in sales expected for 2019
03.09.2019
German construction industry remains on course - US sales market scores with strong demand - Long-term expectations remain subdued
28.08.2019
The meeting at the HF Mixing Group was about, among other things, how rules for the posting of skilled workers within the EU can be simplified for industrial companies.
22.08.2019
The new building is the VDMA's clear commitment to Frankfurt as a location, whose central location in Europe represents a major advantage for its members. The existing building and the new building will in future offer an ensemble with an attractive campus character for dialogue and networking activities.
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.
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.
17.07.2019
In the course of ongoing digitalization, the construction of large-scale plants is facing significant market changes, for which companies have to prepare intensively. This is the core result of a new, broad-based benchmark study by the VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers’ Group (AGAB) and PwC Capital Projects & Infrastructure.
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.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders December 2019
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared with the previous year, order books for 2019 as a whole are down 9 percent in real terms.
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains, what will change after Brexit and talks about the importance of Great Britain for the German mechanical engineering industry.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders December 2019
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared with the previous year, order books for 2019 as a whole are down 9 percent in real terms.
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains, what will change after Brexit and talks about the importance of Great Britain for the German mechanical engineering industry.

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17.02.2020
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
The Research Allowance Act came into force on 1 January 2020. You can find out here who benefits from the new tax incentives, what you have to take into account and how the VDMA will support you in doing so.
23.01.2020
At present, an organisation Transparenzregister e.V. sends out e-mails in different versions requesting companies to register in the transparency register within 10 days using the link provided in the e-mail.
18.12.2019
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
09.12.2019
On 14 November 2019, the German Bundestag passed the draft bill for the implementation of the 5th EU Money Laundering Directive.
02.12.2019
On behalf of 17 associations, the VDMA has sent an open letter to Vice-President Frans Timmermans on the importance of hydrogen and P2X in the fight against climate change on the occasion of the first working day of the new Commission.
29.11.2019
The Whistleblower Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 November 2019.
27.11.2019
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
14.11.2019
Update: The tax research subsidy is on the home straight. It is scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2020. Find out what the new funding instrument can do for your company.
12.11.2019
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
20.09.2019
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
16.09.2019
The jury has decided: Four universities will have the chance to be named "Best Machine House 2019" at the award ceremony on 29 October 2019 in Berlin. You are already guaranteed 20,000 euros in prize money.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
22.08.2019
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, in|pact media Verlag publishes a special publication "Zukunft Deutschland - Innovationen, Technologien, Chancen" in the Handelsblatt.
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
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".
"China should focus on market economy reforms"
China is a very important trading partner for the mechanical engineering industry. In an interview with the Logistik Journal, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker explains why politicians must push for genuine market economy reforms in China
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Tobias Holzhäuer, IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
Young professionals find attractive jobs in mechanical engineering. Hardly any other industry is so versatile and brings different disciplines together so closely. As a supplier and user, mechanical engineering is at the heart of today's and tomorrow's technologies, providing solutions and making things possible. Clever minds with Motivation is welcome here - there is a lot to discover and to develop!
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 05-2019 (December 2019)
Hydrogen: Much more than a hype. If you want to protect the climate and reduce CO2 emissions, you must not avoid Power-to-X technologies - the conversion of electricity into gas or liquid fuels. Mechanical engineering is ready for the step out of the lab. Politics, too?
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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