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Technology makes the world cleaner
Making the world a good deal cleaner, conserving resources and maintaining good air and clear water - that requires state-of-the-art mechanical engineering. Around 3,300 exhibitors are demonstrating at IFAT in Munich that the technologies are ready to efficiently separate and recycle recyclable materials, clean water from plastic waste or purify polluted air. The machine manufacturers from Germany play a leading role here.
Mechanical engineering companies strengthen their presence abroad
Direct investments in foreign mechanical engineering sector increase, investment in German mechanical engineering remains unchanged
Slight decline is no cause for concern
In March, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany decreased by 4 percent in real terms compared with the previous year. However, last year’s result was exceptionally high.
VDMA: EU and USA must end their dispute
Commenting on US President Trump's announcement that the EU will be exempted from duties on steel and aluminium for another month, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann said:
Artificial intelligence offers more opportunities than risks
VDMA considers the latest communication by the European Commission on artificial intelligence as balanced, but it warns that the debate that will now start needs to stay focused on facts.
Product piracy continues to cause great damage in the mechanical engineering industry
VDMA 2018 study: Another 7.3 billion euros in damages - China remains by far the biggest plagiarist - Counterfeits are a security risk

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17.05.2018
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland begrüßen die Strategie der EU-Kommission, die Herstellung von Batteriezellen in Europa mit Hilfe eines Aktionsplans anzugehen.
08.05.2018
Die Europäische Kommission hat die Ergebnisse ihrer Evaluierung der Maschinenrichtlinie vorgelegt. „Wir freuen uns, dass die EU-Kommission die Maschinenrichtlinie auch in Zeiten der Digitalisierung als zweckmäßig einstuft“ sagt Naemi Denz, Mitglied der VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführung.
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
Die Bundesnetzagentur hat heute die Zuschläge der zweiten Ausschreibung für Windenergie auf See veröffentlicht
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
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
20.03.2018
Production in 2017 at pre-crisis levels for the first time in 2007 +++ 3 percent growth expected this year +++ 8 percent growth in exports
14.03.2018
The VDMA is tirelessly fighting for improved market surveillance in Europe. Online trading and fulfillment centers have not simplified the batch situation. The EU Commission has presented a new proposal for market surveillance.
23.02.2018
The EU is working on a uniform European sales law, but the mechanical engineering industry will probably remain largely unaffected.
22.02.2018
Potenziale und Herausforderungen einer umfassenden Energiewende standen im Zentrum von Vorstandssitzung und Mitgliederversammlung des VDMA Motoren und Systeme am 21. und 22. Februar bei Gastgeber Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG in Rostock, auf der zudem ein neues Präsidium gewählt wurde.
20.02.2018
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the first call for tender in 2018 for onshore wind energy.
15.02.2018
Business lagged in the Eurozone in 2017 and there was little movement in the domestic market. The German Valve Manufacturers Association (VDMA) is expecting sales growth of 2% in 2018.
14.02.2018
The German construction equipment industry ended 2017 with turnover of 10.8 billion euros – an increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year. It is the fourth consecutive year of growth for the sector. Incoming orders were 19 percent higher by the end of the year. 2018 is therefore expected to be another good year, with the industry predicting an eight percent increase in turnover.
08.02.2018
The European Parliament has approved the planned reform of emissions trading in Europe. VDMA considers that a stable allowance price is in the economy’s best interests.
08.02.2018
Preliminary calculations by the Federal Statistical Office indicate that, adjusted for price, production in mechanical engineering rose by 3.1 percent last year, reaching a volume of around 212 billion euros thus exceeding the three percent growth predicted by VDMA's economists.
07.02.2018
"The new government is going in the right direction with their commitment to efficiency and faster grid expansion for more renewable energy, but much more consistency is needed."
06.02.2018
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany increased by 7 percent in real terms in December compared to the previous year. Orders from abroad recorded an increase of 5 percent.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang März 2018
Im März sind die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland real um 4 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gesunken. Allerdings lag die Messlatte für den Vorjahresvergleich auch außergewöhnlich hoch. Der März 2017 war geprägt durch viel Großanlagengeschäft, sowohl im Inland als auch im Ausland. Dadurch wurde er zum auftragsstärksten Monat des gesamten vergangenen Jahres.
Wirtschaftspressekonferenz Hannover Messe 2018
VDMA-Präsident Carl Martin Welcker spricht auf der Hannover Messe 2018 über die Erhöhung der Produktionsprognose im deutschen Maschinen- und Anlagenbau von 3 auf 5 Prozent, über das Partnerland Mexiko und die Forderungen der Maschinenbauer an die neue Bundesregierung.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang März 2018
Im März sind die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland real um 4 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gesunken. Allerdings lag die Messlatte für den Vorjahresvergleich auch außergewöhnlich hoch. Der März 2017 war geprägt durch viel Großanlagengeschäft, sowohl im Inland als auch im Ausland. Dadurch wurde er zum auftragsstärksten Monat des gesamten vergangenen Jahres.
Wirtschaftspressekonferenz Hannover Messe 2018
VDMA-Präsident Carl Martin Welcker spricht auf der Hannover Messe 2018 über die Erhöhung der Produktionsprognose im deutschen Maschinen- und Anlagenbau von 3 auf 5 Prozent, über das Partnerland Mexiko und die Forderungen der Maschinenbauer an die neue Bundesregierung.

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29.03.2018
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.
21 company representatives came together on November 28 for the inaugural meeting of the new committee. The focus is on sustainability requirements and the increasing duties of care throughout the delivery chain, as well as the strategic integration of sustainability in the company.
06.09.2017
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.
10.02.2015
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.
Europe works, but it needs to evolve
From the point of view of the mechanical engineering industry, the European idea is a real success model, something people in Europe can be proud of! Nevertheless, there are some points that can still be improved. Because managing the status quo has never been enough.
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.
The VDMA Startup Machine goes live
In the year of its 125th anniversary, the VDMA is launching its Startup Machine: a new grouping that intends to bring together start-up companies and mechanical engineering companies.