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"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.
VDMA: Altmaier addresses exactly the right questions
On the subject of SME strategy, the words of the Minister for Economic Affairs must now be followed by assertiveness and action.

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03.12.2019
The German manufacturers of solar equipment increased their total sales by 12 per cent, while incoming orders rose by 26 per cent compared with the previous quarter. Nevertheless, expectations for the 4th quarter are subdued. Order intake in Asia shows a strong Malaysian market.
03.12.2019
The latest PISA study by the OECD does not give Germany's schools a good report. The head of the VDMA education department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls for technical instruction to be included in the curriculum.
03.12.2019
The current business climate survey by VDMA Battery Production shows the growth expectations of machine and plant manufacturers in battery production. Sales growth of 4 percent is expected for the current year. By 2020, the figure should even be 9 percent - and this in an environment of global economic weakness and trade disputes.
02.12.2019
The Grand Coalition could continue to come under fire after the election of the new SPD leadership. With this leadership duo, the SPD is moving further away from the market economy.
28.11.2019
Prospects for foreign business somewhat better than domestic developments.
The German robotics and automation sector cannot escape the economic slowdown in the mechanical engineering industry: For 2019, the industry expects sales to fall by 5 percent to 14.3 billion euros.
21.11.2019
City state recognises EU standards - Last tariffs will be dismantled in the coming years - Agreements with further ASEAN states must follow
15.11.2019
The climate protection law passed today by the Grand Coalition must be comprehensively improved. More efficiency through the market instead of detailed political intervention must be the motto.
07.11.2019
The introduction of tax incentives for research marks an important milestone in German innovation policy.
06.11.2019
The Grand Coalition's mid-term review is sobering. The focus of its work was on a costly expansion of the welfare state, not on the country's economic future.
05.11.2019
The planned purchase premiums for electric cars will lead to expensive consequences. It would be better to invest taxpayers' money in technology-open research and development.
04.11.2019
Hydrogen technology is ready for the step from the laboratory into practice. For this reason, the Federal Government must now quickly provide its strategy with concrete measures. This opens up new competitive opportunities for the mechanical engineering sector.
Mainfranken has the best German "Maschinenhaus": The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences has won the fourth VDMA University Award. A total of 125,000 euros in prize money was distributed.
29.10.2019
Significant Increase in Successful Security Attacks - Businesses Need Better Government Emergency Assistance - Cyber Resiliency as a Prevention Measure
27.10.2019
The Thuringian machine and plant manufacturers would like the coming state government to adopt an active and SME-friendly industrial policy. Among other things, major investments must be made in education and infrastructure and the regulatory frenzy must be curbed.
25.10.2019
VDMA Power Systems today published a study by Prognos AG.
23.10.2019
The Federal Cabinet today passed a resolution on CO2 pricing, which was evaluated by Matthias Zelinger, Climate and Energy Policy Spokesman of the VDMA.
23.10.2019
The order situation in East German mechanical and plant engineering is increasingly losing momentum. To cushion the effects of the recession, companies are taking a variety of measures. However, short-time work only plays a subordinate role here.
22.10.2019
The Bundesbank has advocated an increase in the retirement age, which the VDMA also welcomes.
21.10.2019
The VDMA calls on its members to participate in the survey on the German government's National Action Plan for the Business and Human Rights (NAP) by 31 October 2019 and provides extensive supporting material.
15.10.2019
The consequences of the trade dispute between the USA and China are becoming increasingly noticeable. Production and incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector have declined. The mechanical engineering industry expects more short-time work. At the same time, it stands ready to improve climate protection with its technologies.
13.10.2019
Machine builders expect sales to rise by 3 percent next year. Companies achieve good prices. Good capacity utilization, stable employment situation
11.10.2019
A new study by the IMPULS Foundation of the VDMA on digital market foreclosure shows that free data exchange is massively impaired. The effects are particularly hard on small and medium-sized enterprises.
08.10.2019
VDMA survey: Majority of mechanical engineers plan to equip their products with a 5G interface; innovative approach of private campus networks must not stall; VDMA calls for rapid agreement in favour of draft fees regulation
03.10.2019
The US has announced punitive tariffs on European products in response to Airbus subsidies. The VDMA calls for constructive solutions.
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.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders October 2019
The order situation for the german mechanical engineering industry has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again double-digit in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).
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.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders October 2019
The order situation for the german mechanical engineering industry has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again double-digit in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).

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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.
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.
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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