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VDMA: Russia sanctions need to be reconsidered
It is becoming increasingly difficult for the European mechanical engineering industry to maintain its position on the Russian market. The weak ruble exchange rate, the volatile oil price, protectionism and not least the sanctions are causing exporters great headaches. VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker therefore advocates to reconsider the sanctions.
Fiscal Incentives for Research: better late than never!
"Better late than never", commented Hartmut Rauen, Executive Director of the VDMA, on today's Cabinet decision to introduce fiscal incentives for research.
Machinery exports to the EU-28 hold their own bravely
In the first quarter of 2019, Germany exported 43.8 billion euros in machinery. This is 2.1 percent more than in the same period last year (42.9 billion euros).
"U.S. President Trump hasn't taken a safe turn yet"
The EU and the US must use the next 180 days to find a WTO-compliant solution to the customs dispute. The postponement of the American punitive tariffs is only a reprieve.
Mechanical engineering industry enlarges research efforts
Research and development expenditure reaches new record level - Steady increase in R&D employees - Research funding must also address larger medium-sized companies
Escalation of trade war does not help
The increase of American punitive tariffs against China is damaging both countries. Mechanical engineering industry in Europe is also being hit because uncertainty is on the rise.


The resignation of Prime Minister May makes a chaotic Brexit more likely than ever. Businesses should take urgent precautions.
European policy must also make its contribution do ensure that industry can meet its current challenges.
The technology roadmap must be filled with life quickly: The aim is the defossilisation of shipping. Federal Ministry of Economics supports the development of new technologies.
Medium-sized industrial companies are increasingly seeking access to start-ups in order to jointly accelerate digital change and develop future technologies - from robot programming for everyone to navigation solutions for entire fleets of driverless transport systems.
In cooperation with Noerr LLP, the legal department of the VDMA developed a comprehensive guide on data sovereignty in the field of mechanical engineering industry, which provides member companies with valuable information on contractual possibilities of data allocations.
In the course of ongoing digitalization, the construction of large-scale plants is facing significant market changes, for which companies have to prepare intensively. This is the core result of a new, broad-based benchmark study by the VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers’ Group (AGAB) and PwC Capital Projects & Infrastructure.
Minister President Winfried Kretschmann awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg on 18 May, including the VDMA Past President Dr. Ing. h. c. Manfred Wittenstein. Kretschmann honoured Wittenstein as the "leading engineer and entrepreneur personality of our time".
VDMA and Fraunhofer have created a new platform for innovations with the Hacking Engineering Hackathon - Startups successfully develop solutions for challenges given to them by industrial companies - 11 international teams take part in the pilot competition in Berlin
Environmental policy and economic prosperity are not opposites. However, product regulation must not overburden companies.
Revenues grow by 8 percent in 2018. Incoming orders up again after weak phase at year end
Industry has great expectations in Texprocess
Regulation at European level also benefits the export-driven mechanical engineering sector. However, the EU must prevent unnecessary burdens on businesses.
Professor Claus Oetter, Managing Director of VDMA Software and Digitisation, calls for a stronger possibility of differentiation for industry at the meeting of the Data Ethics Commission and the question of an ethical design of society.
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker welcomes the fact that parliamentary deliberations on the immigration law of skilled empolyees have finally begun.
In 2018, machine production by manufacturers of meat processing machinery grew by almost 5 percent to 1.16 billion euros.
Federal Minister Peter Altmaier represents Germany at the Silk Road Conference in Beijing.
The majority of East German machine and plant manufacturers are currently looking to good business. However, the outlook is slowly becoming gloomier.
Many countries have or are developing product requirements for machine safety and environmental protection. Machine manufacturers are therefore often forced to build machines differently. To make matters worse, there are mandatory third party tests. Instead, the VDMA advocates effective market surveillance.
In 2018, mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg increased its sales by 3.3 percent compared to the previous year to a record 85.4 billion euros. Measured by the total turnover of the German mechanical engineering industry, almost every third machine comes from Baden-Württemberg.
The German mechanical and plant engineering industry can draw a proud balance for its companies on the occasion of the vocational training report adopted by the Federal Government on Wednesday: The number of trainees in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector rose again in 2018.
The mechanical engineering industry sees the guidelines of the EU expert group on the use of AI as an important contribution in the public debate, but warns against drawing red lines too early.
On 11 and 12 April, the EU Member States and the EU Commission will once again deal with the approval of chromium VI in the REACH Regulatory Committee under the regime of the European Chemicals Regulation REACH.
Even medium-sized companies can successfully commercialize new business models - VDMA guide shows strategies for commercializing digital services in mechanical engineering - Manufacturers must act more frequently like software houses
High capacity utilization of surface technology companies. automotive industry, automotive suppliers and metalworking industry as important target industries.
VDMA supports the new concept of Deutsche Messe AG as conceptual sponsor of Hannover Messe - Focus on industry transformation - More attractiveness and networking for exhibitors and visitors
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang März 2019
Der Auftakt ins laufende Jahr war für die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland wenig erfreulich. Im ersten Quartal 2019 wurde in den Auftragsbüchern ein Minus von real 10 Prozent im Vergleich zum gleichen Zeitraum des Vorjahres verbucht. Auch der März brachte einen Orderrückgang von 10 Prozent.
Thilo Brodtmann: Go Vote
Thilo Brodtmann explains the significance of the European election, why the election is important for the mechanical engineering industry and the VDMA's attitude towards the European Union.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang März 2019
Der Auftakt ins laufende Jahr war für die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland wenig erfreulich. Im ersten Quartal 2019 wurde in den Auftragsbüchern ein Minus von real 10 Prozent im Vergleich zum gleichen Zeitraum des Vorjahres verbucht. Auch der März brachte einen Orderrückgang von 10 Prozent.
Thilo Brodtmann: Go Vote
Thilo Brodtmann explains the significance of the European election, why the election is important for the mechanical engineering industry and the VDMA's attitude towards the European Union.

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The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on 14.05.2019 that Member States must oblige employers to set up a system to measure daily working time (ECJ, judgment of 14.05.2019 - C-55/18).
German joint stand as part of the BMWi foreign trade fair programme - registration deadline 10 May 2019!
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 2019
The Trade Secrets Act provides for far-reaching protection of valuable corporate information. The prerequisite, however, is that companies take measures and document them.
Do Europe and Germany need more state industrial policy to survive between the USA and China? VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen sets clear accents in the ZDF programme "Maybritt Illner".
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
An employee's entitlement to paid annual leave usually expires at the end of the calendar year only if the employer has previously informed him of his specific holiday entitlement and the expiry periods and the employee has not taken the holiday of his own free will. This was decided by the Federal Labour Court in its judgment of 19.02.2019 (Case No. 9 AZR 541/15).
As part of the initiative "Maschinenhaus - Plattform für innovative Lehre", we offer as a prize the 4th VDMA University Prize. With this award we would like to honour outstanding teaching concepts which stand for more academic success and thus set an example for the importance of teaching.
The European Commission regards environmental and social standards as an essential part of its economic policy. This offers opportunities for mechanical engineering companies - but also the danger of additional requirements.
Approximately 7,100 companies are currently being contacted by the Federal Government and informed about the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP), with which they are to exercise human rights due diligence along their supply chain.
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
Despite (still) rising student numbers in computer science, the high drop-out rates are a cause for concern. In order to meet the demand for IT specialists in industry 4.0, the quality of teaching must be further improved. The VDMA nacelle initiative is committed to this and will include the field of computer science in the next project phase.
The regulations of the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) to be observed since 25.05.2018 have caused the members of the VDMA some effort in the implementation of the requirements.
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
The USA is the most important export market and investment location for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. At the same time, German companies with capital goods enable the development and modernization of American industry. In politically tense times of transatlantic relations, the EU and the US should strive for a lean free trade agreement and, at the same time, a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With 164 members, the WTO is the best platform for creating competition and free trade.
The aim of the strategic partnership between Labs Network 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich is to develop innovations, technologies and business models at the interface between industry 4.0 and the insurance industry.
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.
"Companies act more carefully."
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker explains in the Handelsblatt interview of 2 April how the mechanical engineering sector is developing, why Brexit is hurting and why clear regulatory rules are needed in the future as well.
Mechanical engineering damps expectations
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 02-2019 (March 2019)
Industrie 4.0 can only succeed if machine-to-machine communication works across borders and without restrictions. Read in the latest issue of VDMAimpulse why the development of language standards for machines has the highest priority in this development. And how the VDMA plays a decisive role in all this.
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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