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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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21.09.2018
Investments in thin-film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 89 percent, Asian business broader positioned. New orders increased significantly in the second quarter.
07.09.2018
The EU is currently negotiating greater control over investment from China. At an event in Brussels, representatives of the mechanical engineering sector argued in favour of market opening in China rather than investment barriers in Europe.
04.09.2018
The German shipbuilding and offshore supplier industry, which employs 63,500 highly qualified people, is expecting a slight rise in orders this year after the order books were successfully filled in 2017.
21.08.2018
Matthias Zelinger, spokesman for energy policy for the VDMA, comments on Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU's climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all states involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.
17.08.2018
In the first half of the year, good exports to the USA and China meant that business was thriving. External economic conditions are indeed becoming more difficult; the sector is nevertheless expecting a 4 percent increase in turnover in 2018.
17.08.2018
Declining exports and weak business nationally have made life difficult for building valve manufacturers in the first half of 2018. The association anticipates an increase in turnover of 2 percent in 2018.
26.07.2018
Following the record expansion year 2017 for onshore wind energy in Germany, new installations are declining in 2018 as expected.
19.07.2018
Standstill in energy policy must come to an end ‐ German government´s 65 percent target can only be achieved with more offshore wind energy ‐ Current projects up to 2020 are progressing according to plan
10.07.2018
Incoming orders up again at last, by 2.7 percent • Technological development focusing on maritime energy transition • Digital service becoming increasingly important
05.07.2018
In May 2018, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell slightly short of the previous year's result.
• VDMA survey: plastics and metal technologies already in use in many companies • Prototyping remains the most common application, serial applications are also increasing
28.06.2018
At its ordinary meeting, the Main Board of the VDMA elected Henrik Schunk (on the left, next to VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker and VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen), a family entrepreneur, as Vice President of the association.
20.06.2018
Exports grow in the first four months of 2018 by 4.4 percent - Imports up by 1.5 percent - USA and China still on the upswing, UK and Turkish business declinin
19.06.2018
Investments in thin film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 93 percent, Asian business broader positioned. Order intake drops in the first quarter.
14.06.2018
In 2017, sales of German foundry equipment manufacturers recovered considerably, by 6 percent compared with the previous year. This was especially due to a rise in sales to countries outside the Eurozone, which grew by 25 percent on average compared with 2016. On average during the course of the year, orders received rose by 3 percent, starting from the strong base reached in the previous year. While there was a slight fall in orders from Germany, the positive trend in orders from the Eurozone continued.
14.06.2018
For last year, the results of the latest economic situation survey of the Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills sector of the Metallurgy specialist association indicate sales growth in the low double-digit range (12 percent) for last year. As regards orders received, there was also a slight upward trend in the second half of 2017 (up 3 percent). Growth was significantly more pronounced in the large industrial plant segment*. However, with a total value of slightly more than €1.5 billion, the production volume in Germany was about 5 percent below the figure for the previous year.
24.05.2018
In 2017, the production of food processing and packaging machinery rose by 4.8 percent to a record level of more than 14 billion euros. The prospects for the current year remain positive.
08.05.2018
The European Commission has classified the Machinery Directive as fit for purpose - even in times of digitalization.
04.05.2018
US remains most important export market - Strong export increase to Italy, Brazil and Russia - Good order income for 2018, however, concerns about skills shortage
03.05.2018
The EU Commission proposes a substantial increase in research and development expenditure for the budget for the financial period 2021 to 2027.
27.04.2018
The Federal Network Agency today published the approved projects in the second round of tendering for offshore wind energy, amounting to more than 1,610 MW.
25.04.2018
PV-Industry expects sales growth of 9 percent this year, German technology suppliers score with superior production solutions.
24.04.2018
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 93 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017.
23.04.2018
On the occasion of the Hannover Messe, VDMA Power Systems presented the “Power Plant Engineering Economic Trend 2018”. Before the presentation, the Chairman of VDMA Power Systems and CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Dr. Markus Tacke, explained: “The announcements in the coalition contract regarding climate protection and energy transition must now be acted upon, as European plant engineering can only then assert itself as the forerunner of a leading market for energy systems in global competition.”
19.04.2018
Sales increases with printing and paper converting machines - Order intake remains stable all over - Foreign demand consistently at a high level – China and Russia are important driving forces
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Produktionsprognose 2019
Welchen Produktionszuwachs erwartet der VDMA für 2019? Chefvolkswirt Dr. Ralph Wiechers erläutert die Aussichten für den Maschinenbau.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Juli 2018
Im Juli hat der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinenbau sein Vorjahresniveau um real 3 Prozent übertroffen. Die Bestellungen aus dem Inland setzten ihren Wachstumskurs mit einem Zuwachs von 9 Prozent ungebremst fort.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Produktionsprognose 2019
Welchen Produktionszuwachs erwartet der VDMA für 2019? Chefvolkswirt Dr. Ralph Wiechers erläutert die Aussichten für den Maschinenbau.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Juli 2018
Im Juli hat der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinenbau sein Vorjahresniveau um real 3 Prozent übertroffen. Die Bestellungen aus dem Inland setzten ihren Wachstumskurs mit einem Zuwachs von 9 Prozent ungebremst fort.

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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!
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.
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.
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.
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