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VDMA demands a new start for the Supply Chain act
The Regulatory Control Council too has clearly criticized the Federal Government in connection with the Supply Chain Act. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann thus demands a complete restart of the legislative process.
Karl Haeusgen elected as new VDMA President
VDMA general assembly elects Henrik Schunk and Bertram Kawlath as vice presidents
VDMA: Politics must return to market economy principles
The mechanical and plant engineering industry, like the entire industry, will have to live with the consequences of the corona pandemic for a long time to come. This makes it all the more important that medium-sized companies are not burdened with even greater burdens.
"Tentative easing at best"
In August, companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector posted a 14 percent drop in real orders. This is the smallest decline on a monthly basis since the beginning of the corona crisis.
VDMA on the Special Meeting of the European Council: "EU citizens expect a robust economic perspective“
During the crisis, the EU is winning the confidence of its citizens, Member States are losing it. The European Council must now set the course to increase this trust with sound economic policies.
Mechanical and plant engineering: Upswing still far from being achieved
Many mechanical and plant engineering companies are once again looking somewhat more sceptically at the coming months. According to a new VDMA survey, only 18 percent of companies expect a return to the sales level of 2019 as early as 2021.


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.
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.
The number of people employed in mechanical and plant engineering has decreased. Short-time work regulations prevent even greater declines.
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.
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
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.
AM industry: looking ahead to growth opportunities
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.
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.
OPC UA for Machinery and OPC UA for Machine Tools released - umati community tests functionality of both specifications in umati demonstrator
"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".
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.
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.
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.
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".
Letter to Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development: Polemic against associations and companies is a distorted picture of reality
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.
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.
Need for adaptation in market integration and digitization
Joint study by VDMA and McKinsey: Almost 80 percent of companies see the need to cooperate on digital business models
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.
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.
• VDMA continues successful cooperation in the initiative • Focus on emission reduction and climate-neutral production
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobility is changing. A global driver for this will be the implementation of the Paris climate resolutions. With its efficient solutions, German mechanical and plant engineering makes an important contribution to change and thus secures employment and prosperity.
The VDMA Software and Digitisation Association has added new features to its app, which are now available free of charge in the app stores.
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.
In times of record tax revenues, high current account surpluses and simultaneous private investment restraint, the tax system must be reformed in such a way that the framework conditions for private investment and innovation in Germany improve. This must be a core task of the coming Federal Government!
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.
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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