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VDMA: Germany must not isolate itself
Mechanical engineers in Germany expect the new government will set the correct economic course immediately after its constitution. VDMA President, Carl Martin Welcker spoke to journalists at the 9th German Maschinenbau-Gipfel (Mechanical Engineering Summit) in Berlin: “We reject isolation tendencies and backwards-looking policies, irrespective of their complexion! Mechanical engineering and the entire German industry thrives on its cosmopolitan outlook and any reversal here would damage our society and our well-being,” Welcker reiterated.
South Korea’s visa policy derails progress and inhibits bilateral trade
South Korea’s current visa policy is turning out to be a burden for the mechanical engineering industry in Germany. Excellent ties, both on a personal and business level, are essential for successful business with the Republic of Korea.
Strong growth in foreign business
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector remain steady: Similar to the situation in July, orders received in August increased by 10 percent in real terms compared to the same month of the previous year.
VDMA: New federal government must follow up on Macron’s proposals
After the speech by the French President on the Future of Europe, the debate on a reform of the EU needs to gather pace in the Member States.
VDMA: The EU must learn from CETA
The entry into force of the trade agreement with Canada is a success for the EU. However, VDMA urges the EU to focus on its competencies in future trade agreements.
Mechanical engineering sector expecting a production plus of three percent in real terms in 2018
In Germany, the largest sales market, all the signs point to expansion in 2018. The capacities in the industry have not been this stretched since 2008 and the number of customer complaints about capacity bottlenecks for machines and systems is multiplying.

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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.
27.09.2017
All quiet on the eurozone front. Good framework conditions in spite of some risk factors. The German Valve Manufacturers Association anticipates a moderate increase in turnover of 3 per cent.
27.09.2017
Exports to China and the United States are picking up again. Better framework conditions than in 2016. Risk factors remain. The German Valve Manufacturers Association anticipates a moderate increase in turnover of 2 to 3 per cent.
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
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 negotiations, 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.
15.08.2017
Mining machinery manufacturers from Germany are back on track, with incoming orders increasing by 45 percent in the first half of the year. Closer cooperation with Australia is set to bring further growth.
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.
Mensch-Maschine-Fortschritt – der Film
Maschinen machen unser Leben besser – im Großen wie im Kleinen. Ob es um unsere Gesundheit geht, unser Essen oder die vielen Verkehrsmittel, die wir benutzen; ob wir uns die Erde tief im Meer anschauen oder von ganz oben – wir brauchen dazu Maschinen und Menschen, die ihr ganzes Können aufbringen, um die Welt immer Stück für Stück zu einem lebenswerteren Ort zu machen. Dafür steht der Maschinen- und Anlagenbau. Mensch – Maschine - Fortschritt.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang August 2017
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau bleibt gut in Fahrt: Wie schon im Juli legten die Bestellungen auch im August real um 10 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat zu. Erfreulich für die stark exportorientierten Unternehmen dabei war, dass die Nachfrage sowohl aus den Euro-Partnerländern (plus 23 Prozent) als auch aus den Nicht-Euroländern (plus 13 Prozent) kräftig zulegte.
Mensch-Maschine-Fortschritt – der Film
Maschinen machen unser Leben besser – im Großen wie im Kleinen. Ob es um unsere Gesundheit geht, unser Essen oder die vielen Verkehrsmittel, die wir benutzen; ob wir uns die Erde tief im Meer anschauen oder von ganz oben – wir brauchen dazu Maschinen und Menschen, die ihr ganzes Können aufbringen, um die Welt immer Stück für Stück zu einem lebenswerteren Ort zu machen. Dafür steht der Maschinen- und Anlagenbau. Mensch – Maschine - Fortschritt.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang August 2017
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau bleibt gut in Fahrt: Wie schon im Juli legten die Bestellungen auch im August real um 10 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat zu. Erfreulich für die stark exportorientierten Unternehmen dabei war, dass die Nachfrage sowohl aus den Euro-Partnerländern (plus 23 Prozent) als auch aus den Nicht-Euroländern (plus 13 Prozent) kräftig zulegte.

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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
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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
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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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The VDMA Startup Machine goes live
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Europe – Trailblazer for democracy and digitalization
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