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New VDMA Dossiers: Fields of Action for Tomorrow's Industry
Digitization and networking of production are fundamentally changing many companies. From training to machine control to business models, companies must break new ground. The VDMA describes important fields of action for Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Intelligence in several new dossiers.
Together for innovative mechanical and plant engineering
VDMA and IG Metall have joined forces with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in an "industry dialogue" in which they have committed themselves to using the economic opportunities arising from digitisation and artificial intelligence to secure the future of mechanical and plant engineering.
Production in mechanical engineering industry slowed down noticeably at the end of last year
Growth for 2018 as a whole only 2 percent in real terms - High order backlog secures companies
Weak result at the end of the year
Mechanical engineers in Germany were able to fill their order books in 2018 as a whole by a pleasing 5 percent in real terms compared with the previous year. However, the year closed with a weak month.
"Altmaier underestimates the importance of industrial medium-sized companies"
To present the "National Industrial Strategy 2030", VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann explains that Europe's competitiveness depends to a large extent on the flexibility and innovative strength of its industrial SMEs.
"Free trade agreement with Japan sends a signal against protectionism"
Chancellor Merkel's trip to Japan comes at the right time: the free trade agreement between the EU and Japan will bring the two major economic areas closer together.

News

21.08.2018
Der Energiepolitische Sprecher des VDMA, Matthias Zelinger, kommentiert den Vorschlag von EU-Kommissar Canete, das EU-Klimaschutzziel für 2030 anzuheben. Das Verhalten aller am Pariser Klimaprozess beteiligten Staaten ist entscheidend.
21.08.2018
Matthias Zelinger, spokesman for energy policy for the VDMA, comments on Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU's climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all states involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.
17.08.2018
In the first half of the year, good exports to the USA and China meant that business was thriving. External economic conditions are indeed becoming more difficult; the sector is nevertheless expecting a 4 percent increase in turnover in 2018.
17.08.2018
Declining exports and weak business nationally have made life difficult for building valve manufacturers in the first half of 2018. The association anticipates an increase in turnover of 2 percent in 2018.
26.07.2018
Following the record expansion year 2017 for onshore wind energy in Germany, new installations are declining in 2018 as expected.
19.07.2018
Standstill in energy policy must come to an end ‐ German government´s 65 percent target can only be achieved with more offshore wind energy ‐ Current projects up to 2020 are progressing according to plan
18.07.2018
Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering sector is clearly on course for growth in 2018. Companies are achieving significant growth in order intake, sales and employment. "2018 will be a strong year for mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg. Due to political uncertainties, however, we are facing challenges," said Dr.-Ing. Mathias Kammüller, Chairman of the VDMA Baden-Württemberg, on 18 July 2018 in Stuttgart.
10.07.2018
Incoming orders up again at last, by 2.7 percent • Technological development focusing on maritime energy transition • Digital service becoming increasingly important
05.07.2018
In May 2018, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell slightly short of the previous year's result.
• VDMA survey: plastics and metal technologies already in use in many companies • Prototyping remains the most common application, serial applications are also increasing
28.06.2018
At its ordinary meeting, the Main Board of the VDMA elected Henrik Schunk (on the left, next to VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker and VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen), a family entrepreneur, as Vice President of the association.
19.06.2018
Investments in thin film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 93 percent, Asian business broader positioned. Order intake drops in the first quarter.
14.06.2018
In 2017, sales of German foundry equipment manufacturers recovered considerably, by 6 percent compared with the previous year. This was especially due to a rise in sales to countries outside the Eurozone, which grew by 25 percent on average compared with 2016. On average during the course of the year, orders received rose by 3 percent, starting from the strong base reached in the previous year. While there was a slight fall in orders from Germany, the positive trend in orders from the Eurozone continued.
14.06.2018
For last year, the results of the latest economic situation survey of the Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills sector of the Metallurgy specialist association indicate sales growth in the low double-digit range (12 percent) for last year. As regards orders received, there was also a slight upward trend in the second half of 2017 (up 3 percent). Growth was significantly more pronounced in the large industrial plant segment*. However, with a total value of slightly more than €1.5 billion, the production volume in Germany was about 5 percent below the figure for the previous year.
• 2017 bringt Rekordumsatz, Prognose 2018: plus 5 Prozent • China baut Position als führender Markt für Robotik deutlich aus • automatica macht Schnittstelle von Mensch und Maschine erlebbar
24.05.2018
In 2017, the production of food processing and packaging machinery rose by 4.8 percent to a record level of more than 14 billion euros. The prospects for the current year remain positive.
08.05.2018
The European Commission has classified the Machinery Directive as fit for purpose - even in times of digitalization.
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
The Federal Network Agency today published the approved projects in the second round of tendering for offshore wind energy, amounting to more than 1,610 MW.
25.04.2018
PV-Industry expects sales growth of 9 percent this year, German technology suppliers score with superior production solutions.
24.04.2018
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
The most important finding of the study is: "For mechanical engineering, the mobility transformation process offers opportunities for additional value creation," explained VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker on the occasion of the publication of core results of the study.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Dezember 2018
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland konnten ihre Auftragsbücher im Gesamtjahr 2018 um erfreuliche reale 5 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr füllen. Allerdings schloss das Jahr mit einem schwachen Monat. Im Dezember 2018 verfehlte der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinenbau sein Vorjahresniveau um 8 Prozent.
Hartmut Rauen: Ingenieure für Industrie 4.0
Hartmut Rauen, stellv. Hauptgeschäftsführer des VDMA, unterstreicht die hohe Bedeutung der IMPULS-Studie für den VDMA und seine Maschinenhaus-Initiative, die auf mehr Studienerfolg in den Ingenieurwissenschaften abzielt.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Dezember 2018
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland konnten ihre Auftragsbücher im Gesamtjahr 2018 um erfreuliche reale 5 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr füllen. Allerdings schloss das Jahr mit einem schwachen Monat. Im Dezember 2018 verfehlte der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinenbau sein Vorjahresniveau um 8 Prozent.
Hartmut Rauen: Ingenieure für Industrie 4.0
Hartmut Rauen, stellv. Hauptgeschäftsführer des VDMA, unterstreicht die hohe Bedeutung der IMPULS-Studie für den VDMA und seine Maschinenhaus-Initiative, die auf mehr Studienerfolg in den Ingenieurwissenschaften abzielt.

Must Reads

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.
10.10.2018
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
27.09.2018
The USA is the most important export market and investment location for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. At the same time, German companies with capital goods enable the development and modernization of American industry. In politically tense times of transatlantic relations, the EU and the US should strive for a lean free trade agreement and, at the same time, a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With 164 members, the WTO is the best platform for creating competition and free trade.
The aim of the strategic partnership between Labs Network 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich is to develop innovations, technologies and business models at the interface between industry 4.0 and the insurance industry.
15.08.2018
Future Business prepares the next complex trend topic with possible far-reaching effects for the entire mechanical and plant engineering sector. It does not only concern the currently much-discussed future of the plastics industry and waste and recycling technology, but all branches of industry with a connection to materials. Find out how you can contribute!
02.07.2018
Foreign direct investments in Germany as well as German direct investments abroad ensure the success of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. Unlike in the EU, some economic areas restrict foreign investment for economic and political reasons. This is problematic if investors from these countries who are both state-controlled and financially strong become active in our company at the same time. The commandment is called "reciprocity", equal conditions for common benefit. The political objective must be to achieve the same investment conditions everywhere as in Europe.
04.06.2018
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.
29.05.2018
Frankfurt am Main, 28 May 2018. – Making a visit to the fair simpler, faster and better: this is the goal pursued by the Club of Metalworking, which the VDW launched a few days ago. Membership is free of charge, and offers attractive services for international metalworking experts.
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.
28.03.2018
Mobility is changing. A global driver for this will be the implementation of the Paris climate resolutions. With its efficient solutions, German mechanical and plant engineering makes an important contribution to change and thus secures employment and prosperity.
13.03.2018
The VDMA Software and Digitisation Association has added new features to its app, which are now available free of charge in the app stores.
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.
10.08.2017
The consulting offer of the professional association software and digitization shows ways to industry 4.0 and successful digital strategies.
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.
Guest article by VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker in FAZ
In the business section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 11 February, VDMA President Welcker writes his position on the "National Industrial Strategy 2030".
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 01-2019
Hannover Messe 2019 is just around the corner (1-5 April 2019). More than 6,500 exhibitors are expected, more than 220,000 visitors as well. Read in the latest issue of VDMAimpulse what’s expecting you there.
2019 - a year of change
2019 will be a year of change. Economic downturns and technological transformations will present many companies with new challenges and also require political action in many areas.
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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