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Euro zone orders are a small ray of hope
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September.
"We finally need an agreement on Brexit."
New elections in Great Britain are a chance for the Brexit process to finally continue. But every further day of uncertainty harms companies.
"A European cloud would be promising."
A European cloud solution (Gaia-X) could help secure the lead of Industry 4.0. The aim must be to improve the framework conditions for modern, digitised production.
Data ethics must be practical for industry
Equal treatment of B2B and B2C not effective, VDMA demands avoidance of even more bureaucracy, perspective for AI internal market in Europe
"Brexit chaos can hopefully be avoided"
There is new hope for the European mechanical engineering industry that the hard Brexit can be prevented. In the long term, the industry supports a trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
Fighting for free trade and against bureaucratic monsters
Chancellor Angela Merkel promises the mechanlical engineering industry her support to uphold free trade and the improvement of the Posting of Workers Directive. At the mechanical engineering summit, she defended the government's climate package.

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10.09.2019
In addition to the topics of digitisation, climate policy and a stable economy, the new EU Commission also wants to focus more on reducing bureaucracy.
10.09.2019
Plastic has been making life easier for people for many decades and is indispensable for many industrial processes.
09.09.2019
"When it comes to tax incentives for research, we hope for 'Struck's law' - no law leaves the Bundestag as it is introduced," emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, at today's hearing of the Bundestag Finance Committee on tax incentives for research.
05.09.2019
The British Parliament tries to make sure that there will be no hard Brexit after all. Nevertheless, companies must continue to prepare for it.
04.09.2019
Supplement to the 10-points-plan of the economic and environmental associations
04.09.2019
10-point plan for the revival of wind energy expansion
04.09.2019
Sustainable, medium-sized and growth-oriented: this is how the future governments in Brandenburg and Saxony must shape industrial policy for the next five years. Above all, it is necessary to push ahead with education, infrastructure and bureaucracy reduction.
03.09.2019
Weak start to the year 2019 - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - Slight increase in sales expected for 2019
03.09.2019
German construction industry remains on course - US sales market scores with strong demand - Long-term expectations remain subdued
28.08.2019
The meeting at the HF Mixing Group was about, among other things, how rules for the posting of skilled workers within the EU can be simplified for industrial companies.
22.08.2019
The new building is the VDMA's clear commitment to Frankfurt as a location, whose central location in Europe represents a major advantage for its members. The existing building and the new building will in future offer an ensemble with an attractive campus character for dialogue and networking activities.
15.08.2019
Declining numbers of applicants and young people with considerable knowledge gaps in MINT subjects as well as inadequate social skills make it difficult for East German mechanical engineers to find suitable trainees for industrial occupations.
08.08.2019
The Grand Coalition wants to change the working hours law. Companies should get more leeway in the future so that they can adapt their working hours to the requirements of increasing digitalisation, demands the VDMA.
05.08.2019
The EU Commission has carried out a public consultation on "Sustainability requirements for batteries" in order to assess opportunities to promote the sustainable design and use of batteries.
03.08.2019
The US and the EU have agreed on trade in beef and veal - now a free trade agreement must follow, eliminating all industrial tariffs.
25.07.2019
Historically low expansion despite very good growth prospects - urgently resolve approval backlog
24.07.2019
Companies' business expectations for 2019 have deteriorated significantly compared with 2018. "In the current year we can at best speak of a sideways movement," said Dr. Mathias Kammüller, Chairman of the VDMA Baden-Württemberg, to journalists in Stuttgart on 24 July.
24.07.2019
Mechanical engineering sees itself as responsible for finding new solutions to achieve the Paris climate targets. Power-to-X is a promising technology that is now ready for use in normal operation. Politicians, too, have now recognised the potential of converting green electricity.
23.07.2019
The French Parliament has ratified the CETA agreement. Now the Bundestag is called upon to follow suit quickly.
Companies are already feeling the effects of the economic downturn. Global political uncertainties are further weakening Bavaria's export-driven mechanical engineering sector. Reducing bureaucracy is a must to ensure competitiveness. In order to tackle digitization, infrastructure must fit.
18.07.2019
VDMA regards competition by the Ministry of Economic Affairs as a positive signal for innovation and investment.
18.07.2019
High capacity utilisation and a good order backlog cannot conceal this: The growth momentum in East German mechanical and plant engineering is slowing.
17.07.2019
Naemi Denz, member of the VDMA Executive Board, called for concrete political measures before the Climate Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
17.07.2019
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.
11.07.2019
Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has announced the prospect of a rapid free trade agreement with the USA. The negotiations should be conducted without preconditions.
Startups @ 5G CMM Expo
Auf der 5G CMM Expo vom 08.-10. Oktober in Hannover präsentiert der VDMA die Potenziale und Anwendungsszenarien von 5G für den Maschinenbau. Ein besonderes Highlight dabei: die Startup Innovation Sessions.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Order intake September 2019 - Balance sheet for the first 9 months in mechanical engineering
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September. In September 2019, companies recorded a 4 percent decline in orders in real terms.
Startups @ 5G CMM Expo
Auf der 5G CMM Expo vom 08.-10. Oktober in Hannover präsentiert der VDMA die Potenziale und Anwendungsszenarien von 5G für den Maschinenbau. Ein besonderes Highlight dabei: die Startup Innovation Sessions.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Order intake September 2019 - Balance sheet for the first 9 months in mechanical engineering
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September. In September 2019, companies recorded a 4 percent decline in orders in real terms.

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The POWER-GEN Europe takes place co-located with the European Utility Week from 12th to 14th November 2019 in Paris.
20.09.2019
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
16.09.2019
The jury has decided: Four universities will have the chance to be named "Best Machine House 2019" at the award ceremony on 29 October 2019 in Berlin. You are already guaranteed 20,000 euros in prize money.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
22.08.2019
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, in|pact media Verlag publishes a special publication "Zukunft Deutschland - Innovationen, Technologien, Chancen" in the Handelsblatt.
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
From 10 to 13 September 2019 the German wind trade fair HUSUM Wind will take place. What moves the industry nationally will be presented in Husum.
15.05.2019
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).
01.04.2019
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 2019
22.03.2019
The Trade Secrets Act provides for far-reaching protection of valuable corporate information. The prerequisite, however, is that companies take measures and document them.
08.03.2019
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".
01.03.2019
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
20.02.2019
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.
31.01.2019
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.
05.12.2018
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.
04.12.2018
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
29.11.2018
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.
10.10.2018
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.
"Control the market with a CO2 price."
Mechanical engineering wants to lead the way in climate protection. In the "SZ" interview, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker calls for a market-economy reform of the entire energy pricing system - and an honest debate about the consequences.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 04-2019 (September 2019)
Solutions for better climate protection are highly complex. A short, but misleading option is to focus only on the price of one ton of CO2. The VDMA has presented a broader conclusive concept.
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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