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"A truce in the trade dispute"
The "Phase 1" trade agreement between China and the USA prevents a further escalation in the trade dispute for the time being. How long the truce will last, however, is open.
"Trade policy with China must be reoriented"
The perception of China as an important trading partner has changed in the mechanical engineering sector. Previously tolerated subsidy distortions and unequal market access are no longer acceptable.
Cloudy November
In November, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell by 15 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
"Take measures against extra-territorial sanctions!"
The mechanical engineering industry in Germany demands that German and European policymakers take a stronger stand against extra-territorial sanctions imposed by states outside the EU.
Results of the Enquete Commission AI illustrate the challenges of the Artificial Intelligence debate
The results of the Enquete Commission "AI and Economy" are generally well received by the VDMA, as KI is clearly named as a key technology for the economy. However, from the VDMA's point of view, increased coordination between science, industry and civil society is absolutely necessary in this important area.
"Extra-territorial sanctions are a threat"
The US sanctions against North Stream 2 are once again an impressive example of the extent to which extra-territorial sanctions threaten the economic and foreign sovereignty of Europe and Germany.

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15.01.2020
The change in drive technology is affecting both the automotive industry and its suppliers. The aim is to strengthen value creation in Germany and Europe through state-of-the-art products and technologies. Change must not be based rigidly on one technology.
14.01.2020
The reluctance of the automotive industry to invest is a burden for the mechanical engineering sector, too. In order to avoid staff cuts, the conditions for extending short-time work must now be set.
18.12.2019
The annoying dispute within the Grand Coalition has led to a postponement of the urgently needed hydrogen strategy once again. The German government must finally do its homework regarding climate policy in 2020.
17.12.2019
The federal and state governments have found a reasonable compromise for the climate package.
13.12.2019
The European Council supports the EU Commission's Green Deal and reaffirms that a concrete action plan must be drawn up to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
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.
Ulrich Ackermann: China - Partner und Competitor
Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade, explains why the mechanical engineering industry's view of China as an important trading partner is currently critical and which measures the EU must therefore now initiate.
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.
Ulrich Ackermann: China - Partner und Competitor
Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade, explains why the mechanical engineering industry's view of China as an important trading partner is currently critical and which measures the EU must therefore now initiate.
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.

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.
21.02.2018
From 1 January 2021, importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from risk areas - so-called conflict minerals - into the EU will be subject to binding due diligence obligations.
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.
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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