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German machinery exports shrink in 2019
Weak industrial production worldwide and growing protectionism have left their mark on the export balance of mechanical engineering companies from Germany.
VDMA: The right response to economic weakness
The grand coalition has agreed in a draft bill on a decree authorization to extend short-time work. VDMA Executive Manager Thilo Brodtmann criticizes that the extension is tied to qualification measures.
Need for qualification for industry 4.0 is still great
Analysis of 1700 questionnaires shows deficits in specialist knowledge about industry 4.0 Universities must develop curricula for industry 4.0 Employees must be prepared for digital change through further training strategies
Year end without surprise
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared to the previous year, the order books for 2019 as a whole show a real decline of 9 percent.
"Foreign investors must not be placed under general suspicion"
The German government wants to control foreign investments even more strictly in the future. This is the wrong way: a tightening of the Foreign Trade Act leads to more dirigiste industrial policy.
Extension of short-time working allowance must be done quickly!
The decision to extend the short-time working allowance is correct. However, a link with qualification measures only makes sense for companies that are suffering from structural change.

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13.05.2019
Industry has great expectations in Texprocess
10.05.2019
Regulation at European level also benefits the export-driven mechanical engineering sector. However, the EU must prevent unnecessary burdens on businesses.
08.05.2019
Professor Claus Oetter, Managing Director of VDMA Software and Digitisation, calls for a stronger possibility of differentiation for industry at the meeting of the Data Ethics Commission and the question of an ethical design of society.
08.05.2019
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker welcomes the fact that parliamentary deliberations on the immigration law of skilled empolyees have finally begun.
04.05.2019
In 2018, machine production by manufacturers of meat processing machinery grew by almost 5 percent to 1.16 billion euros.
26.04.2019
Federal Minister Peter Altmaier represents Germany at the Silk Road Conference in Beijing.
25.04.2019
The majority of East German machine and plant manufacturers are currently looking to good business. However, the outlook is slowly becoming gloomier.
23.04.2019
Many countries have or are developing product requirements for machine safety and environmental protection. Machine manufacturers are therefore often forced to build machines differently. To make matters worse, there are mandatory third party tests. Instead, the VDMA advocates effective market surveillance.
16.04.2019
In 2018, mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg increased its sales by 3.3 percent compared to the previous year to a record 85.4 billion euros. Measured by the total turnover of the German mechanical engineering industry, almost every third machine comes from Baden-Württemberg.
10.04.2019
The German mechanical and plant engineering industry can draw a proud balance for its companies on the occasion of the vocational training report adopted by the Federal Government on Wednesday: The number of trainees in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector rose again in 2018.
08.04.2019
The mechanical engineering industry sees the guidelines of the EU expert group on the use of AI as an important contribution in the public debate, but warns against drawing red lines too early.
08.04.2019
On 11 and 12 April, the EU Member States and the EU Commission will once again deal with the approval of chromium VI in the REACH Regulatory Committee under the regime of the European Chemicals Regulation REACH.
04.04.2019
Even medium-sized companies can successfully commercialize new business models - VDMA guide shows strategies for commercializing digital services in mechanical engineering - Manufacturers must act more frequently like software houses
03.04.2019
High capacity utilization of surface technology companies. automotive industry, automotive suppliers and metalworking industry as important target industries.
03.04.2019
VDMA supports the new concept of Deutsche Messe AG as conceptual sponsor of Hannover Messe - Focus on industry transformation - More attractiveness and networking for exhibitors and visitors
27.03.2019
New sales record and the highest number of employees since the mid-1990s. Thüringer Maschinen- und Anlagenbau transferred the momentum of the previous year to 2018.
26.03.2019
At 18.3 billion euros, incoming orders booked in Germany by members of the VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers´ Group (AGAB) in 2018 were 3 percent up on the previous year (2017: 17.8 billion euros).
25.03.2019
Waste Treatment and Recycling Technology continues to grow steadily. Sales increase by 2.9 percent in 2018 - expectations fulfilled. Industry expects a good 3 percent growth for 2019
20.03.2019
Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, misses a clear course for the future of the federal government when Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz presents the federal budget.
14.03.2019
The European Parliament has set new hurdles for a free trade agreement with the US. Even if the European Council makes the final decision, this is a signal against free trade.
13.03.2019
PV module prices fell by more than 30 percent in 2018. Reduced manufacturing costs as well as increased cell and module efficiencies support this.
11.03.2019
Companies in mechanical engineering and plant construction regard start-ups as strategically important partners for the future of their industry. A survey of VDMA members shows that almost three-quarters of companies plan to cooperate with start-ups in the next three years. Small and medium-sized companies are also on the move in the start-up world.
07.03.2019
2018 production volume grows by 5 percent +++ Significant increase of 8 percent in exports +++ 3 percent growth expected in current year
07.03.2019
A new all-time high in total sales and again more than 13,000 employees: The machine and plant manufacturers from Saxony-Anhalt continued their growth course in 2018.
05.03.2019
Steady export volume of 4.6 billion euros: EU, China and USA remain the most important sales markets; Stable business climate in German printing and paper machine manufacturing; Industry is in search for skilled workers
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders December 2019
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared with the previous year, order books for 2019 as a whole are down 9 percent in real terms.
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains, what will change after Brexit and talks about the importance of Great Britain for the German mechanical engineering industry.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders December 2019
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared with the previous year, order books for 2019 as a whole are down 9 percent in real terms.
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains, what will change after Brexit and talks about the importance of Great Britain for the German mechanical engineering industry.

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17.02.2020
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
23.01.2020
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.
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.
"China should focus on market economy reforms"
China is a very important trading partner for the mechanical engineering industry. In an interview with the Logistik Journal, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker explains why politicians must push for genuine market economy reforms in China
Corona virus: Current VDMA information
The VDMA closely monitors the developments around the corona virus and provides VDMA members with specific information on legal and insurance-related issues.
Tax research promotion: How does the new instrument work?
The Research Allowance Act came into force on 1 January 2020. You can find out here who benefits from the new tax incentives, what you have to take into account and how the VDMA will support you in doing so.
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!
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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