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125 years of VDMA: Humans - Machines - Progress
VDMA was founded as the Verein deutscher Maschinenbau-Anstalten in Cologne on November 15, 1892, and will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year.
VDMA: “Europe’s industry needs European cooperation”
Following the recent referendum and the likelihood of new elections in Italy, VDMA is very concerned that domestic political conflicts in EU member states are increasingly becoming a burden for the European economy as a whole.
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in October 2016 – Lack of large-scale orders in October
Incoming orders in mechanical engineering in October fell short of the previous year's level by 10 percent in real terms. Orders from abroad dropped by fifteen percent.
VDMA: EU energy union can make clean energy secure and affordable
The European Commission has put forward concrete plans for a single European market for energy – a proposal that VDMA backs in principle.
Machine Learning will shape the future
Machine Learning, a special sector of artificial intelligence, will shape the digital transformation of the economy and thus be extremely important for the machinery industry as well
“America first” policy is a bad sign for the global economy
VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann criticizes the announcements made by the US President-elect Donald Trump.

News

22.01.2018
VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers on the new outlook for the world economy:
17.01.2018
Industry performs better than expected. Prices of raw material and a shortage of skilled workers are dampening the mood.
16.01.2018
The German Maritime LNG Platform and VDMA have agreed a collaborative partnership. By co-operating and mutually supporting each other, the Platform’s Managing Director, Tessa Rodewaldt, and the Managing Director of VDMA Engines and Systems, Peter Müller-Baum, envision a range of constructive opportunities to jointly drive forward future innovation in the shipping sector.
16.01.2018
The EU hopes to reduce or entirely do away with plastic waste in Europe. In view of VDMA, this initiative can indeed help leverage existing potentials.
04.01.2018
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 81 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017
21.12.2017
One year after presenting the Clean Energy Package, the EU Energy Ministers have discussed the outstanding central points and agreed on common positions on the topics of the internal market in electricity, governance regulations and support of renewable energies.
12.12.2017
Sales in mechanical engineering sector surpass EUR 220 billion mark for the first time in 2017- Increase in sales to more than EUR 230 billion expected for 2018
22.11.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the third and final EEG (Renewable Energies Act) bidding round for onshore wind energy in 2017
21.11.2017
Electric power as the foundation for other forms of energy provides solutions for a wide range of applications - Mechanical engineering is a key industry for climate protection - Third VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry
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.
Increase in turnover in 2017 and promising outlook for 2018 for the sector
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.
Thilo Brodtmann: GroKo muss sich an Sondierungsergebnisse halten
VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann schildert die Haltung des deutschen Maschinenbaus zu der geplanten Neuauflage der Großen Koaltion und fordert alle Beteiligten auf, sich an die Sondierungsergebnisse zu halten und darüber hinaus die wichtigen Zukunftsthemen nicht aus den Augen zu verlieren.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang November 2017
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland sind im November 2017 um real 14 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gestiegen. „Besonders erfreulich ist der Zuwachs der Inlandsbestellungen um 20 Prozent“, sagt VDMA-Chefvolkswirt Dr. Ralph Wiechers
Thilo Brodtmann: GroKo muss sich an Sondierungsergebnisse halten
VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann schildert die Haltung des deutschen Maschinenbaus zu der geplanten Neuauflage der Großen Koaltion und fordert alle Beteiligten auf, sich an die Sondierungsergebnisse zu halten und darüber hinaus die wichtigen Zukunftsthemen nicht aus den Augen zu verlieren.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang November 2017
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland sind im November 2017 um real 14 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gestiegen. „Besonders erfreulich ist der Zuwachs der Inlandsbestellungen um 20 Prozent“, sagt VDMA-Chefvolkswirt Dr. Ralph Wiechers

Must Reads

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.