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Signal for openness: EU and Japan ratify bilateral free trade agreement
The mechanical engineering sector in Germany welcomes the ratification of the bilateral free trade agreement between the European Union and Japan.
EU must create a level playing field with China
Mechanical engineering companies are demanding significantly more efforts from the EU to eliminate unfair competition on the local Chinese machine market and on export markets.
Cybersecurity Act applies false instruments
ZVEI and VDMA call for European approach to cyber security. However, the EU proposal for third-party certification is only a pseudo-solution.
British plans are a first step - but customs union is necessary
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann comments on Theresa May's joint position for the Brexit.
"The trade dispute is getting down to the nitty-gritty”
In the trade dispute between the EU and the US, a further escalation is imminent. Despite all efforts to defuse the conflict, US President Trump's threat to impose a punitive tariff of 20 percent on cars from Europe remains unresolved.
"Britain must finally present a clear offer"
Industry in Germany and Europe urgently needs clarity on future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom. With regard to Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Berlin, the VDMA calls on the British side to finally state a clear and realistic offer for the time after the Brexit.

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13.11.2017
Good times for the European agricultural machinery industry – profitable harvests and reasonable prices for agricultural products, particularly milk and forage crops, have fuelled the demand for innovative agricultural machinery and tractors in numerous key markets.
02.11.2017
In September, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector continued their growth trajectory, gaining around 12 percent in real terms in comparison with the previous year.
26.10.2017
The construction equipment and building material machine industry is performing well so far in 2017. “Although there is more chaos in the world today than ever before, we have thus far managed to cope with all the challenges that have come in rapid succession,” emphasized Johann Sailer, Chairman of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association at the Association’s general meeting on October 26 in Düsseldorf.
20.10.2017
VDMA views with cautious optimism the fact that the remaining EU Member States are willing to start preparations to negotiate the future trading relationship between the EU and UK.
16.10.2017
Exports increased in the first half of 2017 • Top 3 of the sales markets continue to grow • Focus Fakuma: Injection moulding machine exports with considerable plus
13.10.2017
People travel, use raw materials and live with digitalization. People need clean air. But how is all this being assured? On www.mensch-maschine-fortschritt.de, the VDMA presents four new multimedia reports with answers to questions that arise in our daily lives.
11.10.2017
Batteries are not only of crucial significance for E-Mobility - they are one of the key technologies. Against this background it is absolutely necessary to further develop the battery as an important power-component and to lower its costs in the future.
02.10.2017
VDMA Arbeitsgemeinschaft Großanlagenbau and management consultany Maexpartners publish a joint study on the current status of digitalisation in plant industries.
VDMA raises its 2017 growth forecast for the German robotics and automation industry from 7 to 11 percent.
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.
18.09.2017
The engineering industry gave a basically positive assessment of the European Commission's new industrial strategy. However, now the industry is expecting more than symbolic politics.
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.
12.09.2017
HUSUM Wind is not only the leading trade fair in the German-speaking wind-power market, it is also a key event in a decisive time for the wind industry in Germany.
06.09.2017
Trends and technologies in the development of electrical vehicle drives were in the spotlight at the ninth E-MOTIVE expert forum. VDMA has conducted a study called “Antrieb im Wandel” (“Drives are Changing”), the aim of which is to provide orientation for the mechanical engineering sector during the transformation process.
06.09.2017
To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, VDMA discussed the future of European industry with representatives from the EU institutions at an evening reception in Brussels.
06.09.2017
There is every reason for the positive mood currently enjoyed by European agricultural machinery manufacturers.
01.09.2017
After the disappointing outcome of the latest round of Brexit negotiations, the mechanical engineering association VDMA is worried about an urgently needed agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
Ulrich Ackermann: EU must create a level playing field with China
A large number of high subsidies, linked to the "Made in China 2025" strategy or to state-owned companies in general, distort local competition in favour of domestic Chinese companies. "These subsidized or non-market-oriented mechanical engineering companies are increasingly conquering the global export markets including the EU and distorting international competition," says Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Mai 2018
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau in Deutschland hat im Mai 2018 sein Vorjahresergebnis nur knapp verfehlt (real minus 1 Prozent). Während das Inlandsgeschäft leicht zulegen konnte (plus 1 Prozent), gab es bei den Bestellungen aus dem Ausland ein Minus von 2 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr.
Ulrich Ackermann: EU must create a level playing field with China
A large number of high subsidies, linked to the "Made in China 2025" strategy or to state-owned companies in general, distort local competition in favour of domestic Chinese companies. "These subsidized or non-market-oriented mechanical engineering companies are increasingly conquering the global export markets including the EU and distorting international competition," says Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Mai 2018
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau in Deutschland hat im Mai 2018 sein Vorjahresergebnis nur knapp verfehlt (real minus 1 Prozent). Während das Inlandsgeschäft leicht zulegen konnte (plus 1 Prozent), gab es bei den Bestellungen aus dem Ausland ein Minus von 2 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr.

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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
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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.
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.
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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.
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