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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.
Carl Martin Welcker elected new President of VDMA
The family entrepreneur Carl Martin Welcker has been elected the new VDMA President at the General Assembly of the Mechan-ical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) held in Berlin.
Mechanical engineering companies raise warnings against new protectionism and trade barriers
Mechanical engineering companies in Germany are campaigning tirelessly for open markets and free trade around the globe – no ifs or buts. They expect the German federal government to vigorously combat protectionism and the establishment of new trade barriers.
VDMA: Trump’s protectionism would be harmful for everyone!
The United States of America is the largest market for German machinery exports after the EU. The results of the US presidential election are thus subject of great concern in the mechanical engineering industry.

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21.10.2020
The VDMA is calling for a reform of the wage sum rule. The negotiations on the Annual Tax Act would be the appropriate framework for this.
20.10.2020
The vast majority of machinery and plant engineering manufacturers are preparing for a Brexit "no deal" scenario as a precautionary measure. VDMA is once again calling for a renewed effort on the part of politicians.
15.10.2020
The number of people employed in mechanical and plant engineering has decreased. Short-time work regulations prevent even greater declines.
15.10.2020
The industry is still struggling with a weak order situation. However, important key figures indicate that the downward trend is coming to an end. The mood is also brightening somewhat.
14.10.2020
At today's Round Table of the Federal Ministry of Economics on the future of wind farms that are not eligible for EEG subsidies, VDMA Power Systems spoke out against further subsidies for old wind turbines
14.10.2020
The ongoing subsidy dispute between the EU and the USA is also burdening companies in the mechanical engineering sector. A constructive dialogue is therefore needed quickly to abolish punitive tariffs.
13.10.2020
AM industry: looking ahead to growth opportunities
13.10.2020
In view of the forthcoming consultations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister Presidents on how to proceed in the corona pandemic, VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann warns against restrictions on business trips.
12.10.2020
German photovoltaics machine manufacturers are feeling the serious impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the demand side. Their incoming orders drop by more than 70 percent in the second quarter. China, their most important export market, weakens.
12.10.2020
OPC UA for Machinery and OPC UA for Machine Tools released - umati community tests functionality of both specifications in umati demonstrator
07.10.2020
"Especially in times of increasing protectionism, the EU needs a strong trade commissioner who can successfully represent and enforce the advantages of open markets and free trade even against resistance".
06.10.2020
The new future study "Progressive Measuring and Testing Technology 2030" by VDMA Future Business shows trends and disruptions that affect the ability to continue to offer application-oriented top quality in mechanical and plant engineering in the future. Digitalisation and new measuring methods from biology and quantum technology are key factors.
05.10.2020
Since many companies want to offer mobile working to their employees beyond the corona crisis, if it is operationally feasible, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann considers a legal claim to a so-called home office to be superfluous.
01.10.2020
30 years after German reunification, the East German mechanical and plant engineering industry is once again having to contend with far-reaching structural change. The association warns against jeopardizing what has been achieved so far.
30.09.2020
Commenting on the general debate in the Bundestag, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann said: "The grand coalition must now look beyond direct crisis management. The fight against corona must not lead to a state economy".
29.09.2020
Letter to Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development: Polemic against associations and companies is a distorted picture of reality
24.09.2020
VDMA and ZVEI, together with 20 companies from the mechanical and electrical engineering industries, have founded the "Industrial Digital Twin Association" (IDTA) as a user organization for Industrie 4.0. The aim of the association is to bring together the parallel development strands towards the industrial digital twin and to develop it as an open source solution together with the member companies.
23.09.2020
On the occasion of the draft budget for 2021, which was approved by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann warns against a permanent debt policy.
22.09.2020
Need for adaptation in market integration and digitization
22.09.2020
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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 the mechanical engineering sector are sustainably successful. However, this is far from exhausting all potential. The new study "Strong together" by VDMA and UnternehmerTUM reveals obstacles to cooperation and identifies strategies that mechanical engineering 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.
Interview with Karl Haeusgen
The new VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks in an interview with moderator Ursula Heller about the challenges in mechanical engineering and his upcoming term of office.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang August 2020
Im August hat sich das Bild einer allenfalls zaghaften Entspannung der Auftragslage im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau bestätigt. Die Unternehmen verbuchten ein reales Orderminus von 14 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr. Das ist seit Beginn der Corona-Krise der geringste Rückgang auf Monatsbasis.
Interview with Karl Haeusgen
The new VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks in an interview with moderator Ursula Heller about the challenges in mechanical engineering and his upcoming term of office.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang August 2020
Im August hat sich das Bild einer allenfalls zaghaften Entspannung der Auftragslage im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau bestätigt. Die Unternehmen verbuchten ein reales Orderminus von 14 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr. Das ist seit Beginn der Corona-Krise der geringste Rückgang auf Monatsbasis.

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05.10.2020
While machine production in the first seven months of the year fell considerably short of the previous year's figures at the major mechanical engineering sites in the EU-27, the USA and Japan, the industry in China is back on course for growth.
28.09.2020
The 8th VDMA Corona Flash Survey was conducted on September 23/24. 522 member companies took part. As usual, you will find the detailed results for mechanical engineering and 13 trade associations in the appendix.
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.
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.
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.
16.09.2019
The jury has decided: Four universities will have the chance to be named "Best Machine House 2019" at the award ceremony on 29 October 2019 in Berlin. You are already guaranteed 20,000 euros in prize money.
Training and education in Africa create perspectives for all participants
The VDMA and its member companies support the vocational training of young Africans in several countries. Patron of the initiative "Skilled workers for Africa" is Elke Büdenbender. The wife of the German President met with the VDMA for an open discussion about opportunities and challenges on the African continent.
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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