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"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.
Making engineer training fit for the future
Appeal to the universities: Change process must be given top priority - Rapid adaptation of curricula and better teaching equipment necessary
Mechanical engineering supports Altmaier's demand for fair competitive conditions
China is and will remain an important partner for mechanical engineering. The VDMA therefore supports the demand by Federal Economics Minister Altmaier for fair competitive conditions. The EU and China should rapidly conclude an investment agreement and strengthen instruments to protect the market economy.
"Increasing protectionism threatens the mechanical engineering industry"
The number of trade barriers in world trade continues to rise. This is a real threat for medium-sized mechanical engineering companies.
Set conditions for local 5G frequencies now as fast as possible
After the end of the 5G auction, the VDMA and three other industry associations are pushing for the Federal Network Agency to announce the terms and conditions for the allocation of local frequencies as quickly as possible. This is the only way for the industry to plan its own 5G networks in the production facilities and position itself as a leading supplier for industrial 5G applications.
"Engineering companies don't need tutoring to train their employees."
The VDMA critically evaluates the National Continuing Education Strategy of the Federal Government.

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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.
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.
09.07.2019
Companies expect an increase in security incidents - most frequent consequences: Capital damage and loss of production
09.07.2019
Sales in the 1st quarter of 2019 are 14 percent above the expectations of mechanical engineers, Vietnam replaces Taiwan as 2nd largest market behind China, Export ratio reaches almost 100 percent
04.07.2019
Small and medium-sized enterprises and the Union are to find each other better again. CDU/CSU faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus wants to steer a clear course "pro Mittelstand" - and thus finds a lot of support in mechanical engineering.
03.07.2019
For an industrial country like Germany, a stable power supply is a decisive location factor.
02.07.2019
In May 2019, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell again by 7 percent in real terms. While domestic demand almost stagnated (minus 1 per cent), orders from abroad were 9 per cent below the previous year's relatively high level.
26.06.2019
A recent report shows policymakers the way to a better future with useful AI applications, but without excesses such as the all-round monitoring of citizens.
25.06.2019
The free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam includes the almost complete abolition of all customs duties.
• Sales in 2018 up again for the first time in three years • Strong growth of 3.7% in incoming orders • Digital maritime energy transition is to make shipping more eco-friendly • Outlook uncertain in China
19.06.2019
The production of food processing and packaging machinery rose by 8 percent in 2018. This was not only a record figure, but also the highest growth rate in the current decade.
14.06.2019
After ten years of growth and doubling of sales in the German plastics and rubber machinery sector the turning point has now been reached
13.06.2019
A chaotic exit from the EU by the UK is currently more likely than ever. In that case, industry faces disruptions of trade flows and supply chains.
06.06.2019
From the point of view of the VDMA, the resolution of 6 June on the continuation of the science pacts by the heads of government of the federal and state governments is an important political signal for the importance of higher education teaching. However, the science pacts are still a long way from achieving equivalence between research and teaching: the scope of funding for teaching remains far behind that of research.
06.06.2019
The European Commission sees the lack of fast Internet connections as a brake, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.
04.06.2019
Hardly any other lead environmental market profits as much from digitisation as the environmental service branch - it can become the decisive instrument for the dissemination and acceleration of the environmental service branch and for new opportunities through new business models.
27.05.2019
According to figures from the Federal Statistical Office, German manufacturers of woodworking machinery achieved a production record of 3.3 billion euros last year with a plus of 5 percent over the previous year. The predicted increase of 8 percent was thus missed.
24.05.2019
The resignation of Prime Minister May makes a chaotic Brexit more likely than ever. Businesses should take urgent precautions.
24.05.2019
European policy must also make its contribution do ensure that industry can meet its current challenges.
23.05.2019
The technology roadmap must be filled with life quickly: The aim is the defossilisation of shipping. Federal Ministry of Economics supports the development of new technologies.
22.05.2019
Medium-sized industrial companies are increasingly seeking access to start-ups in order to jointly accelerate digital change and develop future technologies - from robot programming for everyone to navigation solutions for entire fleets of driverless transport systems.
21.05.2019
In cooperation with Noerr LLP, the legal department of the VDMA developed a comprehensive guide on data sovereignty in the field of mechanical engineering industry, which provides member companies with valuable information on contractual possibilities of data allocations.
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.

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16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
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.
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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