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VDMA: New federal government must follow up on Macron’s proposals
After the speech by the French President on the Future of Europe, the debate on a reform of the EU needs to gather pace in the Member States.
Mechanical engineering sector expecting a production plus of three percent in real terms in 2018
In Germany, the largest sales market, all the signs point to expansion in 2018. The capacities in the industry have not been this stretched since 2008 and the number of customer complaints about capacity bottlenecks for machines and systems is multiplying.
Strong increase – including in the domestic market
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany saw positive development in July, increasing by 10 percent in real terms compared to the previous year.
VDMA: Politicians must speed up the broadband expansion!
Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of the VDMA, accuses policymakers of recklessly putting the competitive opportunities of industrial medium-sized companies at risk during the expansion of Industrie 4.0. “Germany needs to shift up a gear especially in the field of broadband expansion,” demands Rauen.
ASEAN states continue to offer opportunities
Machinery exports to South East Asia are increasing, but growth by competitors from China and Korea is significantly stronger
Production in mechanical engineering kicks into gear
The effects of the improved market situation in many important sales regions are leaving their mark on the production of mechanical engineering companies in Germany. According to preliminary figures for the first half of 2017, companies ramped up their production capacities by 2.4 percent (adjusted for price) compared to previous year’s levels.

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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.
PV-Industry expects sales growth of 9 percent this year, German technology suppliers score with superior production solutions.
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
The most important finding of the study is: "For mechanical engineering, the mobility transformation process offers opportunities for additional value creation," explained VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker on the occasion of the publication of core results of the study.
• Power transmission engineering and fluid power are providing the central building blocks for Industrie 4.0
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• Comprehensive event program from VDMA associations at the Hannover Messe
12.04.2018
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published the results of the first cross-technology call for tender for onshore wind and solar energy today. For the 200 megawatt (MW) call for tender, 32 bids with a scope of 210 MW for solar plants only were accepted, while the bids submitted for onshore wind power plants were not accepted. The average volume-weighted awarded value is 4.67 ct/kWh.
11.04.2018
Machine exports up 22.5 percent in 2017 - Sanctions continue to weigh on companies - China captures market shares
10.04.2018
The Eurozone is returning to a stable path of growth. China and USA are the most important sales markets for the industry in 2017 too.
21.03.2018
The members of the Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers Group (AGAB) booked orders valued at EUR 17.8 billion in 2017, down around 6 percent on the figure for the previous year
Fundamental change in factory organization is imminent - Solutions for an increasingly networked world characterized by complexity and individualization - Fourth VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential for the machinery industry
Ulrich Ackermann: EU must create a level playing field with China
A large number of high subsidies, linked to the "Made in China 2025" strategy or to state-owned companies in general, distort local competition in favour of domestic Chinese companies. "These subsidized or non-market-oriented mechanical engineering companies are increasingly conquering the global export markets including the EU and distorting international competition," says Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Mai 2018
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau in Deutschland hat im Mai 2018 sein Vorjahresergebnis nur knapp verfehlt (real minus 1 Prozent). Während das Inlandsgeschäft leicht zulegen konnte (plus 1 Prozent), gab es bei den Bestellungen aus dem Ausland ein Minus von 2 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr.
Ulrich Ackermann: EU must create a level playing field with China
A large number of high subsidies, linked to the "Made in China 2025" strategy or to state-owned companies in general, distort local competition in favour of domestic Chinese companies. "These subsidized or non-market-oriented mechanical engineering companies are increasingly conquering the global export markets including the EU and distorting international competition," says Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Mai 2018
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau in Deutschland hat im Mai 2018 sein Vorjahresergebnis nur knapp verfehlt (real minus 1 Prozent). Während das Inlandsgeschäft leicht zulegen konnte (plus 1 Prozent), gab es bei den Bestellungen aus dem Ausland ein Minus von 2 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr.

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