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"Climate protection from a single source"
Regarding the Climate Cabinet meeting, the industry expects political courage and a coherent, reliable overall package. No climate cement to save the peace in the Groko.
"Criticism of the Mercosur Agreement would be purely symbolic"
The Mercosur Agreement would allow the EU to build political pressure on the Brazilian President. Brazil too has a very considerable interest in free trade.
Individual mobility needs more than battery-operated electric vehicles
To achieve climate protection in the transport sector, politicians are relying almost exclusively on electromobility. But the CO2 avoidance costs of battery-powered electric vehicles are far too high.
"Leveraged, consumer-oriented spending programs are the wrong way to go."
The 'black zero' is up for discussion in the Bundestag. However, new consumer-oriented spending programmes would be the wrong way to go and would not help the export-oriented industry.
Incoming orders: A little breather
New orders in the German mechanical engineering sector fell in July, but the pace of the decline slowed compared with the previous months. Orders fell 3 percent short of the previous year's level in real terms, with domestic orders down 4 percent and orders from abroad down 3 percent.
China unsettles investors
European mechanical engineering industry needs fair market access in China instead of new hurdles such as the planned "social credit rating system" for companies. On her trip to China, Chancellor Angela Merkel must take the controversial trade issues forward in the interest of industry.

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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
13.11.2017
Good times for the European agricultural machinery industry – profitable harvests and reasonable prices for agricultural products, particularly milk and forage crops, have fuelled the demand for innovative agricultural machinery and tractors in numerous key markets.
02.11.2017
In September, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector continued their growth trajectory, gaining around 12 percent in real terms in comparison with the previous year.
26.10.2017
The construction equipment and building material machine industry is performing well so far in 2017. “Although there is more chaos in the world today than ever before, we have thus far managed to cope with all the challenges that have come in rapid succession,” emphasized Johann Sailer, Chairman of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association at the Association’s general meeting on October 26 in Düsseldorf.
20.10.2017
VDMA views with cautious optimism the fact that the remaining EU Member States are willing to start preparations to negotiate the future trading relationship between the EU and UK.
16.10.2017
Exports increased in the first half of 2017 • Top 3 of the sales markets continue to grow • Focus Fakuma: Injection moulding machine exports with considerable plus
13.10.2017
People travel, use raw materials and live with digitalization. People need clean air. But how is all this being assured? On www.mensch-maschine-fortschritt.de, the VDMA presents four new multimedia reports with answers to questions that arise in our daily lives.
11.10.2017
Batteries are not only of crucial significance for E-Mobility - they are one of the key technologies. Against this background it is absolutely necessary to further develop the battery as an important power-component and to lower its costs in the future.
02.10.2017
VDMA Arbeitsgemeinschaft Großanlagenbau and management consultany Maexpartners publish a joint study on the current status of digitalisation in plant industries.
VDMA raises its 2017 growth forecast for the German robotics and automation industry from 7 to 11 percent.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders Juli 2019
New orders in the German mechanical engineering sector also fell in July, but the pace of the decline slowed compared with the previous months. Orders fell 3 percent short of the previous year's level in real terms, with domestic orders down 4 percent and orders from abroad down 3 percent.
Dr. Jörg Friedrich: Technikunterricht in Deutschland
Deutschland braucht ein verpflichtendes Schulfach Technik an allen Schulformen in allen Bundesländern! Warum der VDMA das fordert, erklärt Dr. Jörg Friedrich, Leiter VDMA Bildung in einem kurzen Videostatement.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders Juli 2019
New orders in the German mechanical engineering sector also fell in July, but the pace of the decline slowed compared with the previous months. Orders fell 3 percent short of the previous year's level in real terms, with domestic orders down 4 percent and orders from abroad down 3 percent.
Dr. Jörg Friedrich: Technikunterricht in Deutschland
Deutschland braucht ein verpflichtendes Schulfach Technik an allen Schulformen in allen Bundesländern! Warum der VDMA das fordert, erklärt Dr. Jörg Friedrich, Leiter VDMA Bildung in einem kurzen Videostatement.

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17.09.2019
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.
16.09.2019
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
08.08.2019
"How do we work in the digital age?" The VDMA is investigating this question together with IG Metal in its 2nd BarCamp "Arbeit 4.0".
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
From 10 to 13 September 2019 the German wind trade fair HUSUM Wind will take place. What moves the industry nationally will be presented in Husum.
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.
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.
Comparison of countries Technology education in schools: light and lots of shade
Today, technical knowledge is a fundamental component of general education. However, a comprehensive analysis of the curricula at general schools, which the VDMA has carried out in all the federal states, shows that the curricula of general education are not the same: The vast majority of young people can finish school without ever coming into contact with a proven technical education.
11th German Mechanical Engineering Summit on 15 & 16 October 2019
The leading congress of mechanical and plant engineering: 2 days networking, thinking ahead, changing
"Control the market with a CO2 price."
Mechanical engineering wants to lead the way in climate protection. In the "SZ" interview, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker calls for a market-economy reform of the entire energy pricing system - and an honest debate about the consequences.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 03-2019 (June 2019)
Will robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over, lead to massive job displacements and soon send our societies into turmoil? Or are they simply great tools we can use to create a world with increased prosperity, resource efficiency and new cures for terrible diseases? VDMAimpulse did the reality check.
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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