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"A truce in the trade dispute"
The "Phase 1" trade agreement between China and the USA prevents a further escalation in the trade dispute for the time being. How long the truce will last, however, is open.
"Trade policy with China must be reoriented"
The perception of China as an important trading partner has changed in the mechanical engineering sector. Previously tolerated subsidy distortions and unequal market access are no longer acceptable.
Cloudy November
In November, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell by 15 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
"Take measures against extra-territorial sanctions!"
The mechanical engineering industry in Germany demands that German and European policymakers take a stronger stand against extra-territorial sanctions imposed by states outside the EU.
Results of the Enquete Commission AI illustrate the challenges of the Artificial Intelligence debate
The results of the Enquete Commission "AI and Economy" are generally well received by the VDMA, as KI is clearly named as a key technology for the economy. However, from the VDMA's point of view, increased coordination between science, industry and civil society is absolutely necessary in this important area.
"Extra-territorial sanctions are a threat"
The US sanctions against North Stream 2 are once again an impressive example of the extent to which extra-territorial sanctions threaten the economic and foreign sovereignty of Europe and Germany.

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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.
09.07.2019
Companies expect an increase in security incidents - most frequent consequences: Capital damage and loss of production
09.07.2019
Sales in the 1st quarter of 2019 are 14 percent above the expectations of mechanical engineers, Vietnam replaces Taiwan as 2nd largest market behind China, Export ratio reaches almost 100 percent
04.07.2019
Small and medium-sized enterprises and the Union are to find each other better again. CDU/CSU faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus wants to steer a clear course "pro Mittelstand" - and thus finds a lot of support in mechanical engineering.
03.07.2019
For an industrial country like Germany, a stable power supply is a decisive location factor.
02.07.2019
In May 2019, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell again by 7 percent in real terms. While domestic demand almost stagnated (minus 1 per cent), orders from abroad were 9 per cent below the previous year's relatively high level.
26.06.2019
A recent report shows policymakers the way to a better future with useful AI applications, but without excesses such as the all-round monitoring of citizens.
25.06.2019
The free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam includes the almost complete abolition of all customs duties.
• Sales in 2018 up again for the first time in three years • Strong growth of 3.7% in incoming orders • Digital maritime energy transition is to make shipping more eco-friendly • Outlook uncertain in China
19.06.2019
The production of food processing and packaging machinery rose by 8 percent in 2018. This was not only a record figure, but also the highest growth rate in the current decade.
14.06.2019
After ten years of growth and doubling of sales in the German plastics and rubber machinery sector the turning point has now been reached
13.06.2019
A chaotic exit from the EU by the UK is currently more likely than ever. In that case, industry faces disruptions of trade flows and supply chains.
06.06.2019
From the point of view of the VDMA, the resolution of 6 June on the continuation of the science pacts by the heads of government of the federal and state governments is an important political signal for the importance of higher education teaching. However, the science pacts are still a long way from achieving equivalence between research and teaching: the scope of funding for teaching remains far behind that of research.
Ulrich Ackermann: China - Partner und Competitor
Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade, explains why the mechanical engineering industry's view of China as an important trading partner is currently critical and which measures the EU must therefore now initiate.
Carl Martin Welcker: Forecast Mechanical Engineering 2020
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.
Ulrich Ackermann: China - Partner und Competitor
Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade, explains why the mechanical engineering industry's view of China as an important trading partner is currently critical and which measures the EU must therefore now initiate.
Carl Martin Welcker: Forecast Mechanical Engineering 2020
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.

Must Reads

18.12.2019
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.
09.12.2019
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.
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
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.
Mechanical engineering has to assert itself in a difficult environment
Mechanical engineering companies from Germany have to hold their own in an increasingly difficult economic environment. The year 2019 was marked by a weak global economy, increasingly harsh threats and sanctions in the global trade disputes, as well as a far-reaching structural change in the automotive industry.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Tobias Holzhäuer, IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
Young professionals find attractive jobs in mechanical engineering. Hardly any other industry is so versatile and brings different disciplines together so closely. As a supplier and user, mechanical engineering is at the heart of today's and tomorrow's technologies, providing solutions and making things possible. Clever minds with Motivation is welcome here - there is a lot to discover and to develop!
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 05-2019 (December 2019)
Hydrogen: Much more than a hype. If you want to protect the climate and reduce CO2 emissions, you must not avoid Power-to-X technologies - the conversion of electricity into gas or liquid fuels. Mechanical engineering is ready for the step out of the lab. Politics, too?
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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