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Mechanical engineering supports Altmaier's demand for fair competitive conditions
China is and will remain an important partner for mechanical engineering. The VDMA therefore supports the demand by Federal Economics Minister Altmaier for fair competitive conditions. The EU and China should rapidly conclude an investment agreement and strengthen instruments to protect the market economy.
"Increasing protectionism threatens the mechanical engineering industry"
The number of trade barriers in world trade continues to rise. This is a real threat for medium-sized mechanical engineering companies.
Set conditions for local 5G frequencies now as fast as possible
After the end of the 5G auction, the VDMA and three other industry associations are pushing for the Federal Network Agency to announce the terms and conditions for the allocation of local frequencies as quickly as possible. This is the only way for the industry to plan its own 5G networks in the production facilities and position itself as a leading supplier for industrial 5G applications.
"Engineering companies don't need tutoring to train their employees."
The VDMA critically evaluates the National Continuing Education Strategy of the Federal Government.
"One big step, but one that fell short!"
German Parliament has cleared the way for a regulated immigration of skilled workers. However, the law remains inadequate with regard to rules such as the recognition of foreign university degrees.
Investors remain insecure
In April, new orders in the mechanical engineering sector fell for the fifth consecutive month. Weak domestic business and a lack of foreign orders resulted in a decline of 11 percent compared to the previous year.

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01.09.2017
After the disappointing outcome of the latest round of Brexit negotiations, the mechanical engineering association VDMA is worried about an urgently needed agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.
29.08.2017
In the year of its 125th anniversary, the VDMA is launching its Startup Machine: a new grouping that intends to bring together start-up companies and mechanical engineering companies.
22.08.2017
In the first half of 2017, the good order situation in many countries drove the export business of mechanical and plant engineering in Germany considerably.
18.08.2017
German Federal Ministery of Agriculture and VDMA confirmed their digitisation strategy for future agribusiness.
15.08.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the second round of the EEG call for tenders for onshore wind turbines.
28.07.2017
We only need water for drinking, cooking and washing, right? Not even close! Water is in everything around us – from paper to clothes, computers and cars. Do you know how much water runs through your hands every day without you knowing it?
27.07.2017
Gross expansion of onshore wind energy by 2,281 megawatts (MW), which equals 790 wind turbines, as high as expected in the first half of 2017
25.07.2017
• Solar industry is investing heavily at the beginning of the year • Record export rate of 95 percent
14.07.2017
Following a good start to the new year, the upward trend has continued both in the construction equipment and the building material machinery industry. The sector expects to increase its total turnover by 5 percent by the end of the year to around 14.6 billion Euros.
13.07.2017
• German Engineering Federation (VDMA): decline in orders in maritime sector in 2017 • Sales down slightly to €11.1 billion • General situation in mechanical engineering industry and digitalization are encouraging signs
30.06.2017
Order intake in the food processing and packaging machinery sector increased by 23 percent in real terms. The Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association expects demand to pick up further in the coming months.
23.06.2017
VDMA gathered representatives from the worlds of politics and the economy in Brussels to coincide with the start of the Brexit negotiations. Their unanimous view was that the UK’s exit from the EU would not be a success for anyone.
23.06.2017
German manufacturers are the undisputed world leaders in exports
13.06.2017
The demand for machinery and equipment for the production, filling and packaging of beverages continuous to be high and reached a new record in 2016.
The solar industry invests at the beginning of the year more cautious. Record export rate of 91 percent. Equipment for the solar industry increases sales by 20 percent in 2016
05.05.2017
Despite all heterogeneity, German manufacturers of building material machinery are expecting a broadly based boost this year. Even at the end of 2016 the orders received in most subsectors had risen considerably compared with the previous year.
04.05.2017
The German food processing and packaging machinery manufacturing companies look forward to the interpack trade fair full of confidence. “For years, our industry has shown a positive development and the German manufacturers can look back on a record year," said Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Packaging and Packaging Machinery Association, at interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf.
03.05.2017
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2017 were 6 per cent up on the previous year. Domestic demand rose by 2 per cent, while overseas orders grew by 8 per cent.
26.04.2017
Machine learning enables efficient control of big data and ensures that software and information technology are becoming increasingly important drivers of innovation in the machinery and equipment sector. The VDMA is therefore setting up a new "Machine Learning" working group to implement recommendations.
26.04.2017
In 2016, the fuel cell industry in Germany achieved a turnover of around EUR 100 million from fuel cell heating devices and power supply systems. Following a lateral movement the previous year, the economic outlook of the VDMA Fuel Cells working group forecasts a growth of 90 percent for the current year based on an industrial survey. Manufacturers can be very optimistic about 2017.
30.03.2017
Positive outlook from OE-A members on the development of organic and printed electronics announced at LOPEC 2017
28.02.2017
In 2016, German manufacturers of construction equipment achieved a turnover of 9.3 billion euros which is an increase of 3 percent compared to 2015. Within the same period world sales of construction equipment declined by 1 percent.
14.02.2017
Germany’s woodworking machinery manufacturers had a record year in 2016, topping the all-time high of 2007. Provisional figures indicate that the industry surged past the forecast 5 percent mark to achieve double-digit sales growth.
07.02.2017
Turnover of the total industry rises by 8 percent in 2016 - Paper technology again registers increases in turnover and incoming orders - Printing technology sector stable despite weak exports
06.02.2017
In the fourth quarter of 2016, order bookings in the German machine tool industry fell by four per cent compared to the preceding year’s equivalent period. Both exports and domestic orders showed a roughly equal decline. For 2016 as a whole, the rise came to seven per cent, with orders from abroad up by ten per cent, while domestic orders ended up at plus/minus zero.
Innovationen für den Maschinenbau in 48 h | Hacking Engineering
Warum nicht einfach mal Herausforderungen im Unternehmen an die Crowd zur Lösung ausschreiben? Diesem Motto folgend haben VDMA und Fraunhofer gemeinsam vom 17.-19. Mai 2019 einen Hackathon für den Maschinenbau in Berlin veranstaltet. Die Unternehmen KSB, Rolls-Royce Power Systems und F&S Bondtec hatten diverse Aufgaben rund um die Themen Datenübertragung, Fernwartung, Augmented Reality und Predictive Maintenance im Gepäck- und Gründer, Forscher und Startups stellten sich den Herausforderungen. Welche fantastischen Lösungen die Teams dabei in nur einem Wochenende geschaffen haben und welchen Nutzen das Format für den Maschinenbau bringt, zeigt die Videodokumentation.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang April 2019
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau haben auch im April enttäuscht: Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr sanken sie um real 11 Prozent. Das war der fünfte Monatsrückgang in Folge.
Innovationen für den Maschinenbau in 48 h | Hacking Engineering
Warum nicht einfach mal Herausforderungen im Unternehmen an die Crowd zur Lösung ausschreiben? Diesem Motto folgend haben VDMA und Fraunhofer gemeinsam vom 17.-19. Mai 2019 einen Hackathon für den Maschinenbau in Berlin veranstaltet. Die Unternehmen KSB, Rolls-Royce Power Systems und F&S Bondtec hatten diverse Aufgaben rund um die Themen Datenübertragung, Fernwartung, Augmented Reality und Predictive Maintenance im Gepäck- und Gründer, Forscher und Startups stellten sich den Herausforderungen. Welche fantastischen Lösungen die Teams dabei in nur einem Wochenende geschaffen haben und welchen Nutzen das Format für den Maschinenbau bringt, zeigt die Videodokumentation.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang April 2019
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau haben auch im April enttäuscht: Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr sanken sie um real 11 Prozent. Das war der fünfte Monatsrückgang in Folge.

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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.
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.
"We need more inventors."
In an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the dissatisfaction of the mechanical engineering industry with federal politics, about important foreign markets and why inventive talent and quality must not be lost in Germany.
Mechanical engineering damps expectations
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months.
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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