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Signal for openness: EU and Japan ratify bilateral free trade agreement
The mechanical engineering sector in Germany welcomes the ratification of the bilateral free trade agreement between the European Union and Japan.
EU must create a level playing field with China
Mechanical engineering companies are demanding significantly more efforts from the EU to eliminate unfair competition on the local Chinese machine market and on export markets.
Cybersecurity Act applies false instruments
ZVEI and VDMA call for European approach to cyber security. However, the EU proposal for third-party certification is only a pseudo-solution.
British plans are a first step - but customs union is necessary
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann comments on Theresa May's joint position for the Brexit.
"The trade dispute is getting down to the nitty-gritty”
In the trade dispute between the EU and the US, a further escalation is imminent. Despite all efforts to defuse the conflict, US President Trump's threat to impose a punitive tariff of 20 percent on cars from Europe remains unresolved.
"Britain must finally present a clear offer"
Industry in Germany and Europe urgently needs clarity on future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom. With regard to Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Berlin, the VDMA calls on the British side to finally state a clear and realistic offer for the time after the Brexit.

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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.
05.02.2018
“The German machine tool industry is setting one production record after another.” With this good news, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, opened the organisation’s annual press conference. In 2017, the sector achieved growth of four per cent, and will thus, according to the provisional results, reach a volume of around 15.7 billion euros. For 2018, the VDW is expecting production output to increase by another five per cent.
05.02.2018
Im vierten Quartal 2017 stieg der Auftragseingang der deutschen Werkzeugmaschinenindustrie im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum um 24 Prozent. Dabei legten die Bestellungen aus dem Inland um 48 Prozent zu. Die Auslandsorders wuchsen um 13 Prozent. Für 2017 gilt insgesamt ein Plus von 8 Prozent. Dabei kletterten die Inlandsaufträge um 10 Prozent nach oben, während die Auslandsbestellungen mit 7 Prozent Plus abschlossen. Hier positionierten sich die Euroländer als Zugpferd.
26.01.2018
In just under 100 days from now, the European General Data Protection Regulation will come into force. The European Commission has now published guidelines to ensure a smooth implementation.
22.01.2018
VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers on the new outlook for the world economy:
18.01.2018
With a total output capacity of more than 5.3 GW, offshore wind turbines make an increasing contribution to the security of Germany’s energy supply.
17.01.2018
Industry performs better than expected. Prices of raw material and a shortage of skilled workers are dampening the mood.
16.01.2018
The German Maritime LNG Platform and VDMA have agreed a collaborative partnership. By co-operating and mutually supporting each other, the Platform’s Managing Director, Tessa Rodewaldt, and the Managing Director of VDMA Engines and Systems, Peter Müller-Baum, envision a range of constructive opportunities to jointly drive forward future innovation in the shipping sector.
16.01.2018
The EU hopes to reduce or entirely do away with plastic waste in Europe. In view of VDMA, this initiative can indeed help leverage existing potentials.
04.01.2018
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 81 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017
21.12.2017
One year after presenting the Clean Energy Package, the EU Energy Ministers have discussed the outstanding central points and agreed on common positions on the topics of the internal market in electricity, governance regulations and support of renewable energies.
12.12.2017
Sales in mechanical engineering sector surpass EUR 220 billion mark for the first time in 2017- Increase in sales to more than EUR 230 billion expected for 2018
22.11.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the third and final EEG (Renewable Energies Act) bidding round for onshore wind energy in 2017
21.11.2017
Electric power as the foundation for other forms of energy provides solutions for a wide range of applications - Mechanical engineering is a key industry for climate protection - Third VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry
Ulrich Ackermann: EU must create a level playing field with China
A large number of high subsidies, linked to the "Made in China 2025" strategy or to state-owned companies in general, distort local competition in favour of domestic Chinese companies. "These subsidized or non-market-oriented mechanical engineering companies are increasingly conquering the global export markets including the EU and distorting international competition," says Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Mai 2018
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau in Deutschland hat im Mai 2018 sein Vorjahresergebnis nur knapp verfehlt (real minus 1 Prozent). Während das Inlandsgeschäft leicht zulegen konnte (plus 1 Prozent), gab es bei den Bestellungen aus dem Ausland ein Minus von 2 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr.
Ulrich Ackermann: EU must create a level playing field with China
A large number of high subsidies, linked to the "Made in China 2025" strategy or to state-owned companies in general, distort local competition in favour of domestic Chinese companies. "These subsidized or non-market-oriented mechanical engineering companies are increasingly conquering the global export markets including the EU and distorting international competition," says Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Mai 2018
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau in Deutschland hat im Mai 2018 sein Vorjahresergebnis nur knapp verfehlt (real minus 1 Prozent). Während das Inlandsgeschäft leicht zulegen konnte (plus 1 Prozent), gab es bei den Bestellungen aus dem Ausland ein Minus von 2 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr.

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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.
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29.03.2018
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