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"Abolish solidarity tax and keep public charges stable!"
The complete abolition of the solidarity tax would be good news. In addition, there must not be any further increases of public charges.
China and India send opposite signals in the Corona crisis
The corona pandemic has also affected important foreign markets, such as China, India and Brazil. China is sending out positive signals again, but the situation in India and Brazil is much worse.
Machinery exports suffer noticeably from the Corona pandemic
Machinery exports are increasingly affected by the Corona pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, they shrank by 6.6 percent to 41.9 billion euros.
"Tougher rules for approval of investments sends the wrong signal".
The examination of foreign investments must not be tightened now. More state control damages the competitiveness of the medium-sized mechanical engineering industry.
First signs of a storm
The corona pandemic reached the mechanical engineering industry at the end of the first quarter: in March 2020, order intake fell short of the previous year's level by 9 percent in real terms.
"Looseinig of corona restrictions is an important signal"
The Mechanical engineering industry supports the gradual loosening of the corona restrictions. It would now also be necessary to re-open borders in Europe and make sure that regulations within the EU are uniformly implied.

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30.03.2020
Lack of orders is a major concern for tool manufacturers - 2020 forecast withdrawn
30.03.2020
China largely responsible for growth
30.03.2020
The Federal Minister of Finance announces to reform the tax loss carryback. The VDMA supports this plan because it would provide the companies with urgently needed liquidity.
26.03.2020
The Hannover Messe will be cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The cancellation is regrettable, but it is the only right decision, emphasises VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann.
The companies of the VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers' group performed well in a volatile market environment characterised by strong price and competitive pressure.
23.03.2020
Encryption of data and blackmail are among the greatest challenges for cybersecurity; 40 percent of companies are affected by successful attacks via social engineering and phishing; companies must prepare for the worst case scenario; VDMA and VSMA offer comprehensive support
23.03.2020
Trade barriers should be removed in the fight against the corona crisis. The increase in US duties on aircraft imports sent the completely wrong signal.
20.03.2020
In a fire letter to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker spoke out in favour of an immediate extension of the period for which short-time work benefits are paid from 12 to 24 months.
19.03.2020
To combat the corona pandemic, the mechanical engineering industry will continue to ensure the operation of vital infrastructure. To this end, supply chains must be maintained.
19.03.2020
Despite all the uncertainties: In 2019, Thuringia's machine and plant manufacturers passed the 3 billion euro sales mark for the second year in a row - and set a new record.
17.03.2020
In December, domestic new orders fell for the ninth time this year and fluctuated quite strongly. From abroad they only increased in July, October, November and December. The overall balance of incoming orders and thus the outlook for the next six months therefore remains clearly negative at -6.9% from January to December 2019.
17.03.2020
The corona pandemic is hitting the mechanical engineering sector more and more severely. According to a VDMA flash survey, almost 60 percent of companies are already affected by disruptions in supply chains. Capacity adjustments are following.
12.03.2020
The mechanical engineering industry in Germany is experiencing an even more difficult year than expected. The burdens that have already been felt for some time - trade conflicts, global economic weakness, structural change in the automotive industry - are now being compounded by the corona virus with its unforeseeable consequences for the economy as a whole.
11.03.2020
Durability, reuse, repair and recycling of products: The EU Commission's Action Plan on Circular Economy advocates the circular reuse and further processing of raw materials and products.
05.03.2020
At the beginning of the year, mechanical engineering in Germany experienced a surprisingly good start. In January, incoming orders rose by 7 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
05.03.2020
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 will be postponed to the week of 13 to 17 July 2020. Deutsche Messe AG is thus responding to global developments relating to Covid-19 (coronavirus).
05.03.2020
Production volume 2019 increased by 7 percent +++ Export volume of German suppliers grows to 16.7 billion euros
04.03.2020
The EU Commission has published a proposal for a European climate law and defined climate neutrality in it. VDMA welcomes the definition, but misses an international dimension in the climate law.
03.03.2020
The industry in Germany is under enormous pressure. The corona virus temporarily increases these stresses. The most important task of the federal government is to avoid panic. Support measures for companies must now be implemented quickly.
03.03.2020
German construction industry remains on course - USA new top sales market for the valve industry - Long-term expectations remain subdued
03.03.2020
Sales up 2 percent - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - stagnation expected for 2020
02.03.2020
The Skilled Worker Immigration Act makes a significant contribution to effectively counteracting the shortage of skilled workers. Implementation must now take place without new bureaucratic hurdles.
24.02.2020
A market with a lot of potential, but at the same time many imponderables - this is how Indonesia, the partner country of this year's Hanover Fair, presents itself to the mechanical engineering companies from Germany.
19.02.2020
Europe wants to play the leading role in the development of artificial intelligence (AI).
14.02.2020
The VDMA calls on the German government to work within the EU to ensure that a sustainable and forward-looking free trade agreement with Great Britain can be concluded as quickly as possible.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders March 2020
The corona pandemic reached the mechanical engineering industry at the end of the first quarter: in March 2020, order intake fell short of the previous year's level by 9 percent in real terms. Domestic orders fell by 2 percent. The decline in foreign orders was more pronounced at 12 percent.
New video Report from Brussels
In the new video format "Report from Brussels" we take a closer look at a topic once a month. This time: the EU Commission's crisis management on the occasion of the Corona crisis.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders March 2020
The corona pandemic reached the mechanical engineering industry at the end of the first quarter: in March 2020, order intake fell short of the previous year's level by 9 percent in real terms. Domestic orders fell by 2 percent. The decline in foreign orders was more pronounced at 12 percent.
New video Report from Brussels
In the new video format "Report from Brussels" we take a closer look at a topic once a month. This time: the EU Commission's crisis management on the occasion of the Corona crisis.

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The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
12.05.2020
METAV Web sessions start on 15 June 2020 - digital platform for metalworking informs about solutions for production in the post-Corona era
07.05.2020
Corona continues to have a firm grip on us, the effects on personnel recruitment and the need for young people are uncertain. Your help is therefore required - please let us know our assessments by 8 May 2020.
07.05.2020
The new webinar series on the topic of "Climate-neutral production" has been launched. You missed the webinar? No problem! You can watch the recording here.
07.05.2020
The VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association has launched a new knowledge portal on sustainable packaging and packaging technologies.
Please take the opportunity to give us feedback on the technical implementation and the economic effort you have made.
The DAkkS has currently stopped the on-site assessments. These will be replaced by remote assessments.
At present, an organisation Transparenzregister e.V. sends out e-mails in different versions requesting companies to register in the transparency register within 10 days using the link provided in the e-mail.
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
On 14 November 2019, the German Bundestag passed the draft bill for the implementation of the 5th EU Money Laundering Directive.
02.12.2019
On behalf of 17 associations, the VDMA has sent an open letter to Vice-President Frans Timmermans on the importance of hydrogen and P2X in the fight against climate change on the occasion of the first working day of the new Commission.
29.11.2019
The Whistleblower Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 November 2019.
27.11.2019
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
14.11.2019
Update: The tax research subsidy is on the home straight. It is scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2020. Find out what the new funding instrument can do for your company.
12.11.2019
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
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.
Campaign "WE produce for..." sets exclamation mark
With the campaign "WIR produzieren für..." (WE produce for...), the VDMA is focusing on the great importance of mechanical and plant engineering in times of the corona crisis.
"Heaters are as good as cars"
The corona pandemic is also a challenge for the mechanical engineering industry. In an interview with the "F.A.Z.", VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the situation of companies, individual responsibility and subsidies in the crisis.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Jan Vogt, HAHN Automation
Main actor in part 3 is Jan Vogt from VDMA member HAHN Automation in Rheinböllen in the Hunsrück. He is team leader in the area "Robot & Vision" and explains the exciting facets of his job as well as the special features of HAHN as an employer.
Tax research promotion: How does the new instrument work?
The Research Allowance Act came into force on 1 January 2020. Here you can find out who benefits from the new tax incentives, what you have to take into account and how the VDMA will support you with this type of subsidy.
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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