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Job cuts in mechanical engineering remain moderate despite the crisis
The many economic burdens have led to a reduction of 32,000 jobs in the mechanical engineering industry in the first half of the year. An extension of the short-time working allowance would be the right way forward.
Free trade agreements are the means of choice
International competition is increasingly distorted by state export subsidies. For the first time, a VDMA study provides a comprehensive picture of trade barriers in the mechanical engineering sector.
Negative situation for new orders
The global economy, weakened by trade disputes and political upheavals, was additionally hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is also reflected in the significant drop in orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector.
"Subsidies in third countries distort competition"
The VDMA is in favour of the Monopolies Commission scrutinising subsidies from third countries. This is because these subsidies distort production costs and thus create disadvantages for European market participants.
VDMA relieved about summit agreement
It is now important that technology-neutral and cross-sectoral measures are implemented without further detailed government regulations. The EU should rely on entrepreneurial freedom to relaunch the European economy.
"Recovery Plan must set the right course"
The Recovery plan must help the Member States particularly affected by the pandemic. The EU should focus on entrepreneurial freedom.

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18.09.2020
Joint study by VDMA and McKinsey: Almost 80 percent of companies see the need to cooperate on digital business models
18.09.2020
Mechanical engineering and start-ups are working together more and more frequently - and with success: three out of five start-up cooperations in mechanical engineering have been successful in the long term. However, this is far from exploiting all potential. The new study "Strong together" by VDMA and UnternehmerTUM reveals obstacles to cooperation and identifies strategies that machine making companies can use to increase their chances of successful cooperation with start-ups.
16.09.2020
The German government has extended the period for which short-time work benefits are paid to up to 24 months. VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann considers the decision to be correct in principle.
14.09.2020
• VDMA continues successful cooperation in the initiative • Focus on emission reduction and climate-neutral production
11.09.2020
With "20 concrete proposals", the Federal Minister of Economics wants to advance climate protection and strengthen economic power. Peter Altmaier's approach is important, but does not replace concrete policy.
10.09.2020
The companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector in Baden-Württemberg are facing major challenges. In a survey conducted by VDMA Baden-Württemberg, 70 percent of the companies describe their current order situation as weak, poor or very poor.
In the course of ongoing digitalization, the construction of large-scale plants is facing significant market changes, for which companies have to prepare intensively.
08.09.2020
The corona pandemic is causing great reluctance to invest in mechanical and plant engineering. Production is also suffering as a result in the second half of the year. For 2021, the VDMA expects a small production increase of 2 percent.
04.09.2020
The EU Commission has published recommendations for a better coordinated approach to travel restrictions. A European solution is good, but freedom of movement is important at all times, not only during the crisis.
26.08.2020
During the pandemic, the state must enforce hygiene regulations and, where necessary, make improvements. However, a general obligation to wear masks at the workplace would not make sense in mechanical engineering.
26.08.2020
Domestic business remains largely stable in the first half of 2020 I Strong decline on foreign markets I Residential construction is coming through the crisis well
25.08.2020
Stable domestic business ensures sales growth in the first half of the year I Sales decline expected in the second half of the year I Exports to Europe and the USA collapse
21.08.2020
The training of junior staff continues to play an important role in mechanical engineering. In the current year, the companies have taken on around 85 percent of their trained apprentices.
18.08.2020
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, most East German mechanical engineers are sticking to their training plans at the beginning of the new apprenticeship year. However, falling numbers of applicants and large gaps in knowledge mean that many industrial/technical training places remain vacant.
13.08.2020
The VDMA has been accepted into the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. This European organisation which was established by the EU Commission just a few weeks ago is to play a central role in the future in the market ramp-up and large-scale use of climate-neutral hydrogen in Europe. The founding members are 18 CEOs of leading European industrial companies and 12 representatives from politics and civil society.
13.08.2020
The US punitive tariffs in the Airbus dispute also affect companies that have nothing to do with the aircraft subsidies. A relaxation of the trade dispute is urgently needed.
12.08.2020
Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the VDMA is in favor of an extended period of up to 24 months for short-time work compensation.
12.08.2020
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the second quarter of 2020 were 46 per cent down on the same period last year. In the process orders from Germany fell by 36 per cent. 51 per cent fewer orders were received from abroad. In the first half of 2020, the level of orders fell by 35 per cent. Domestic orders were 28 per cent lower than in the previous year. The level of orders from abroad was reduced by 39 per cent.
06.08.2020
On 21st July the European Council reached an agreement on the EU budget and the "Next Generation EU" recovery fund. VDMA did an analysis.
04.08.2020
The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) has noted a drastic decline in job vacancies. Fabian Seus, head of the VDMA Competence Center Labor Market, therefore demands legal relief for new hires.
22.07.2020
Covid-19 pandemic has left its mark
22.07.2020
The Covid 19 pandemic has caused a severe economic crisis. Any form of retaliatory tariffs will only exacerbate the situation. It is therefore important that transatlantic trade relations be relaxed, not escalated.
16.07.2020
At the beginning of July, the European Parliament (plenum) rejected the motion for a resolution on the REACHLaw Consortium's application for authorisation of chromium VI. An important milestone towards more planning security for the VDMA members.
16.07.2020
Six young companies beat more than 50 applicants in the "Startup Speed Pitch". VDMA Startup-Machine awards a prize to the young company with the greatest potential for the mechanical engineering industry.
15.07.2020
The Federal Statistical Office is registering rising unemployment in the manufacturing industry - from the point of view of the VDMA, the Federal Government must draw the consequence from this to facilitate employment.
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020

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03.09.2020
In June 2020, production losses in the mechanical engineering sector continued to decline worldwide. Nevertheless, the half-year results show a double-digit minus in most countries.
01.09.2020
Climate-neutral production is a challenge along the entire value chain and employs many companies. For this reason, the VDMA has now published a practical guide for mechanical and plant engineering.
27.08.2020
The German Council Presidency will focus on the problems in European standardization and the potential of standardization for the circular economy and the Green Deal - be there and join the discussion!
How must cooperation and innovation processes change in the age of digitisation? Which extensions of value-added networks come into question? And how can suitable partners be identified? Answers to these and other questions are provided in a new study by the IMPULS Foundation.
640 member companies took part in the 7th Corona Flash Survey of the VDMA. In the appendix of this article you will find exclusively the comprehensive results and at the beginning of next week also the evaluations of the trade associations.
23.06.2020
At HANNOVER MESSE - Digital Days on 15 July, the guide and descriptions of nine use cases on 5G in mechanical and plant engineering will be published. The occasion is the VDMA panel discussion "5G in mechanical engineering: from technology push to market pull". The guide and the use cases have been available exclusively to VDMA members since April 2020.
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
Corona continues to have a firm grip on us, the effects on personnel recruitment and the need for young people are uncertain. Your help is therefore required - please let us know our assessments by 8 May 2020.
The VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association has launched a new knowledge portal on sustainable packaging and packaging technologies.
Please take the opportunity to give us feedback on the technical implementation and the economic effort you have made.
The DAkkS has currently stopped the on-site assessments. These will be replaced by remote assessments.
At present, an organisation Transparenzregister e.V. sends out e-mails in different versions requesting companies to register in the transparency register within 10 days using the link provided in the e-mail.
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
On 14 November 2019, the German Bundestag passed the draft bill for the implementation of the 5th EU Money Laundering Directive.
02.12.2019
On behalf of 17 associations, the VDMA has sent an open letter to Vice-President Frans Timmermans on the importance of hydrogen and P2X in the fight against climate change on the occasion of the first working day of the new Commission.
29.11.2019
The Whistleblower Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 November 2019.
27.11.2019
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
14.11.2019
Update: The tax research subsidy is on the home straight. It is scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2020. Find out what the new funding instrument can do for your company.
12.11.2019
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
20.09.2019
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
Friend or foe? - Dealing with foreign investors
Mechanical engineering is at home all over the world; Made in Germany still enjoys an excellent reputation. This is why many foreign investors want to invest in the local companies. But does the industry want that too? Or does it prefer to be protected? The Industry Podcast with VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker.
Video series "Young Professionals for Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering offers young professionals many attractive jobs and career development opportunities. The VDMA has produced a video series on this subject with member companies - four exciting clips have been created that whet the appetite for more.
Tax research promotion: How does the new instrument work?
The Research Allowance Act came into force on 1 January 2020. Here you can find out who benefits from the new tax incentives, what you have to take into account and how the VDMA will support you with this type of subsidy.
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.
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