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Corona pandemic damages supply chains in mechanical engineering
The mechanical engineering industry is feeling the consequences of the corona pandemic with increasing force. A second current survey by the VDMA, which was answered by 965 member companies, clearly shows this.
"Aid is important - but no state participation without an expiry date".
In the corona crisis, companies need liquidity above all. The planned economic stabilisation fund is an important measure. However, it must not completely override the basic principles of the market economy.
Tariff agreement in the metal industry: A necessity of the hour
A crisis pact instead of a wage war: Employers and IG Metall have set an important signal in North Rhine-Westphalia. Because a long, hard wage fight would be irresponsible in view of the Corona pandemic.
World market for machinery grows slightly in 2019
New machines and plants were in demand worldwide last year as well. However, business already took place under more difficult conditions: The changes in the automotive industry, the trade war between the USA and China and the global rise in protectionism left their mark on the books.
"Goods and commuters still need open borders"
Border closures due to corona must not impede the movement of goods. Commuters must also be allowed to reach their workplaces in other European countries.
“EU industrial strategy must not forget markets and SMEs”
Green, digital and fit for the world market: this is the path the EU Commission wants to take European industry down. Too much state intervention would be the wrong way to go.

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01.04.2020
The EU and 15 other members of the WTO have agreed on an interim solution to resolve trade disputes - China is also involved.
31.03.2020
The corona pandemic is also having a strong impact on the labour market. It is therefore necessary to immediately extend the period for which short-time work benefits are paid to 24 months.
31.03.2020
The EU Commission has published recommendations on cross-border activities to ensure the free movement of workers during the Corona crisis.
30.03.2020
Lack of orders is a major concern for tool manufacturers - 2020 forecast withdrawn
30.03.2020
China largely responsible for growth
30.03.2020
The Federal Minister of Finance announces to reform the tax loss carryback. The VDMA supports this plan because it would provide the companies with urgently needed liquidity.
26.03.2020
The Hannover Messe will be cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The cancellation is regrettable, but it is the only right decision, emphasises VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann.
The companies of the VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers' group performed well in a volatile market environment characterised by strong price and competitive pressure.
23.03.2020
Encryption of data and blackmail are among the greatest challenges for cybersecurity; 40 percent of companies are affected by successful attacks via social engineering and phishing; companies must prepare for the worst case scenario; VDMA and VSMA offer comprehensive support
23.03.2020
Trade barriers should be removed in the fight against the corona crisis. The increase in US duties on aircraft imports sent the completely wrong signal.
20.03.2020
In a fire letter to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker spoke out in favour of an immediate extension of the period for which short-time work benefits are paid from 12 to 24 months.
19.03.2020
To combat the corona pandemic, the mechanical engineering industry will continue to ensure the operation of vital infrastructure. To this end, supply chains must be maintained.
19.03.2020
Urgent request from the Federal Ministry of Health for the production of infection protection equipment
19.03.2020
Despite all the uncertainties: In 2019, Thuringia's machine and plant manufacturers passed the 3 billion euro sales mark for the second year in a row - and set a new record.
17.03.2020
In December, domestic new orders fell for the ninth time this year and fluctuated quite strongly. From abroad they only increased in July, October, November and December. The overall balance of incoming orders and thus the outlook for the next six months therefore remains clearly negative at -6.9% from January to December 2019.
17.03.2020
The corona pandemic is hitting the mechanical engineering sector more and more severely. According to a VDMA flash survey, almost 60 percent of companies are already affected by disruptions in supply chains. Capacity adjustments are following.
12.03.2020
The mechanical engineering industry in Germany is experiencing an even more difficult year than expected. The burdens that have already been felt for some time - trade conflicts, global economic weakness, structural change in the automotive industry - are now being compounded by the corona virus with its unforeseeable consequences for the economy as a whole.
11.03.2020
Durability, reuse, repair and recycling of products: The EU Commission's Action Plan on Circular Economy advocates the circular reuse and further processing of raw materials and products.
05.03.2020
At the beginning of the year, mechanical engineering in Germany experienced a surprisingly good start. In January, incoming orders rose by 7 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
05.03.2020
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 will be postponed to the week of 13 to 17 July 2020. Deutsche Messe AG is thus responding to global developments relating to Covid-19 (coronavirus).
05.03.2020
Production volume 2019 increased by 7 percent +++ Export volume of German suppliers grows to 16.7 billion euros
04.03.2020
The EU Commission has published a proposal for a European climate law and defined climate neutrality in it. VDMA welcomes the definition, but misses an international dimension in the climate law.
03.03.2020
The industry in Germany is under enormous pressure. The corona virus temporarily increases these stresses. The most important task of the federal government is to avoid panic. Support measures for companies must now be implemented quickly.
03.03.2020
German construction industry remains on course - USA new top sales market for the valve industry - Long-term expectations remain subdued
03.03.2020
Sales up 2 percent - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - stagnation expected for 2020
Thilo Brodtmann: "Mechanical engineering is facing the corona crisis".
Mechanical engineering will face the challenges of the coronavirus. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann knows about the strengths of the industry and the association.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders January 2020
At the beginning of the year, mechanical engineering in Germany made a surprisingly good start. In January, incoming orders rose by 7 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Thilo Brodtmann: "Mechanical engineering is facing the corona crisis".
Mechanical engineering will face the challenges of the coronavirus. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann knows about the strengths of the industry and the association.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders January 2020
At the beginning of the year, mechanical engineering in Germany made a surprisingly good start. In January, incoming orders rose by 7 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.

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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)
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.
"Exceptional situation requires exceptional measures"
The mechanical engineering sector supports the German government's major aid package. However, the state must now start to develop strategies for the economic recovery.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Thomas Adermann, DEUTZ AG
Part 2 continues with Thomas Adermann, Lead System Engineer at DEUTZ AG. The young engineer has been with DEUTZ for about three years and works on the E-DEUTZ electrification project of the traditional engine manufacturer.
Tax research promotion: How does the new instrument work?
The Research Allowance Act came into force on 1 January 2020. Here you can find out who benefits from the new tax incentives, what you have to take into account and how the VDMA will support you with this type of subsidy.
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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