Joint Economic Positions

TTIP: mechanical engineering firms do not feel threatened by agreement

03.03.2016 Mechanical engineering firms in Germany believe that a well-negotiated TTIP free trade agreement with the USA would represent a major opportunity for more exports to the United States – and certainly do not consider it a threat to their survival.

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VDMA: Mechanical engineering must stay part of TTIP

21.02.2016 The planned free trade agreement TTIP is highly important to the export-oriented small and medium-sized enterprises that characterise the mechanical engineering industry, since it could greatly simplify trade between the EU and the USA.

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Automation is not a threat to the labour market

A recent study by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the future of jobs examines changes in the labour market up until 2020. “We certainly do not share the bleak vision described in the study,” says VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann.

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VDMA: Schengen restrictions damaging to industry

19.01.2016 The German mechanical engineering industry warns of the potential economic damage of restrictions to the Schengen Agreement in Europe.

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Europe needs an Industrie 4.0-check for EU legislation

11.01.2016 The machinery and engineering industry cautions against existing European laws, which could impede the success of Industrie 4.0 in Europe. To this end, the VDMA has published an new strategy paper called "Industrie 4.0 - Mastering the Transition". "2016 will be a trend-setting year for Industrie 4.0", explains Hartmut Rauen, deputy executive director of VDMA.

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Andreas Rade

Managing Director Berlin

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+49 30 306946-16


Fax: 

+49 30 306946-20


andreas.rade@vdma.org

Holger Kunze

Director European Office

Phone: 

+32 2 7068213


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holger.kunze@vdma.org