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Euro zone orders are a small ray of hope
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September.
"We finally need an agreement on Brexit."
New elections in Great Britain are a chance for the Brexit process to finally continue. But every further day of uncertainty harms companies.
"A European cloud would be promising."
A European cloud solution (Gaia-X) could help secure the lead of Industry 4.0. The aim must be to improve the framework conditions for modern, digitised production.
Data ethics must be practical for industry
Equal treatment of B2B and B2C not effective, VDMA demands avoidance of even more bureaucracy, perspective for AI internal market in Europe
"Brexit chaos can hopefully be avoided"
There is new hope for the European mechanical engineering industry that the hard Brexit can be prevented. In the long term, the industry supports a trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
Fighting for free trade and against bureaucratic monsters
Chancellor Angela Merkel promises the mechanlical engineering industry her support to uphold free trade and the improvement of the Posting of Workers Directive. At the mechanical engineering summit, she defended the government's climate package.

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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.
02.10.2019
Member survey of the AG Additive Manufacturing in VDMA
26.09.2019
Dialogue is better than isolation: In Brussels, the VDMA promotes international cooperation in trade and climate policy.
26.09.2019
VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment: Total sales 13 percent lower than in previous quarter. Export ratio again exceeds 96 percent. Value chain: Components grow significantly.
25.09.2019
Posting workers to other EU countries is currently associated with disproportionate bureaucracy. In a recent report, the Commission ignores the problem.
24.09.2019
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker criticises the climate package announced by the Grand Coalition: CO2 prices are set too low.
24.09.2019
To ensure that vocational training remains a success story, the head of the VDMA training department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls for strong investment in vocational schools.
19.09.2019
The plans of Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil to subsidise trade union dues are "absurd" from the point of view of VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers.
12.09.2019
The new VDMA guideline supports the topic of machine learning and shows step by step how the introduction can take place in your own company.
Startups @ 5G CMM Expo
Auf der 5G CMM Expo vom 08.-10. Oktober in Hannover präsentiert der VDMA die Potenziale und Anwendungsszenarien von 5G für den Maschinenbau. Ein besonderes Highlight dabei: die Startup Innovation Sessions.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Order intake September 2019 - Balance sheet for the first 9 months in mechanical engineering
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September. In September 2019, companies recorded a 4 percent decline in orders in real terms.
Startups @ 5G CMM Expo
Auf der 5G CMM Expo vom 08.-10. Oktober in Hannover präsentiert der VDMA die Potenziale und Anwendungsszenarien von 5G für den Maschinenbau. Ein besonderes Highlight dabei: die Startup Innovation Sessions.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Order intake September 2019 - Balance sheet for the first 9 months in mechanical engineering
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September. In September 2019, companies recorded a 4 percent decline in orders in real terms.

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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.
"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 04-2019 (September 2019)
Solutions for better climate protection are highly complex. A short, but misleading option is to focus only on the price of one ton of CO2. The VDMA has presented a broader conclusive concept.
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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