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A single emissions trading system for all sectors is the wrong way to go
The German Council of Economic Experts - like the VDMA - advocates market-based solutions for climate protection. However, a single emissions trading system for all sectors would be the wrong way to go.
China's visa policy constrains smooth business exchange
The Chinese government has once again tightened visa procedures and is thus moving further away from the hoped-for opening. The uncertainty within the mechanical engineering industry is growing, data protection violations could be the result.
VDMA: The climate protection gap must be closed with market-based tools!
The mechanical engineering industry is in favour of a revenue-neutral CO2 pricing system. The competitiveness of industry must not be damaged. A new report by the VDMA proposes a revenue-neutral solution - unlike the recommendations of the German Federal Environment Department. The results show a CO2 price of 110 euros per ton.
CO2 pricing must take both consumers and industry into account
Future greenhouse gas pricing must not be geared solely to consumers. The idea contest for an emission-oriented system must be completed by autumn.
Searching for Startups for Mechanical Engineering with Artificial Intelligence
A new VDMA study offers companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector AI-based support in navigating through the global startup scene. For the first time, it reveals which startups are relevant for mechanical engineering and where they are located worldwide. Over 3,000 startups with relevance for our industry are presented in a longlist.
"EU and Mercosur send a strong signal against protectionism."
After 20 years of negotiations, EU and Mercosur agree on a free trade agreement. The potential for mechanical engineering in these South American countries is large.

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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
Machine learning enables efficient control of big data and ensures that software and information technology are becoming increasingly important drivers of innovation in the machinery and equipment sector. The VDMA is therefore setting up a new "Machine Learning" working group to implement recommendations.
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.
14.02.2017
Germany’s woodworking machinery manufacturers had a record year in 2016, topping the all-time high of 2007. Provisional figures indicate that the industry surged past the forecast 5 percent mark to achieve double-digit sales growth.
07.02.2017
Turnover of the total industry rises by 8 percent in 2016 - Paper technology again registers increases in turnover and incoming orders - Printing technology sector stable despite weak exports
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.
04.01.2017
The customers are increasingly asking for energy-efficient products. The sector anticipates positive stimuli both at home and abroad. Overall, the Air-Handling Technology Association forecast an increase in sales of 2 percent for 2017.
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: CO2 pricing with market based instruments
Der VDMA wird als eine Stimme wahrgenommen, die für eine CO2-Bepreisung wirbt. VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann erklärt, was sich dahinter verbirgt und wie sich der VDMA damit im Vergleich zu anderen Modellen der Energiebepreisung positioniert.
Carl Martin Welcker: Mechanical engineering expects tougher times
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker describes the economic outlook for 2019, explains the demands made by the mechanical engineering industry on policy and explains the importance of reducing bureaucracy and tax cuts for the future of the sector.
Thilo Brodtmann: CO2 pricing with market based instruments
Der VDMA wird als eine Stimme wahrgenommen, die für eine CO2-Bepreisung wirbt. VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann erklärt, was sich dahinter verbirgt und wie sich der VDMA damit im Vergleich zu anderen Modellen der Energiebepreisung positioniert.
Carl Martin Welcker: Mechanical engineering expects tougher times
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker describes the economic outlook for 2019, explains the demands made by the mechanical engineering industry on policy and explains the importance of reducing bureaucracy and tax cuts for the future of the sector.

Must Reads

28.06.2019
"How do we work in the digital age?" The VDMA is investigating this question together with IG Metal in its 2nd BarCamp "Arbeit 4.0".
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".
01.03.2019
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
20.02.2019
An employee's entitlement to paid annual leave usually expires at the end of the calendar year only if the employer has previously informed him of his specific holiday entitlement and the expiry periods and the employee has not taken the holiday of his own free will. This was decided by the Federal Labour Court in its judgment of 19.02.2019 (Case No. 9 AZR 541/15).
As part of the initiative "Maschinenhaus - Plattform für innovative Lehre", we offer as a prize the 4th VDMA University Prize. With this award we would like to honour outstanding teaching concepts which stand for more academic success and thus set an example for the importance of teaching.
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.
Mechanical engineering industry expects production to fall in 2019
Forecast: Production declines by 2 percent in real terms - Geopolitical upheavals slow down investment - VDMA President Welcker: Expansion of infrastructure is absolutely necessary - VDMA calls for tax relief to promote investment and innovation
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 03-2019 (June 2019)
Will robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over, lead to massive job displacements and soon send our societies into turmoil? Or are they simply great tools we can use to create a world with increased prosperity, resource efficiency and new cures for terrible diseases? VDMAimpulse did the reality check.
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.
"We need more inventors."
In an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the dissatisfaction of the mechanical engineering industry with federal politics, about important foreign markets and why inventive talent and quality must not be lost in Germany.
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