Almost 200,000 engineers are employed in mechanical and plant engineering - a new record. In order to ensure competitiveness, the digital age change must also be reflected in engineering education. Curricula and teaching methods must be further developed. A joint basic engineering science course could improve networking in teaching.
The Paris climate targets need a courageous, all encompassing political solution for Germany and Europe: a concept based on free-market principles, restructuring the energz pricing system. The goal is to achieve a low-carbon economy within the EU. The European emissions trading system was created as a market-oriented measure for this purpose. A meaningful supplementary CO2 pricing is currently under discussion.
A recent VDMA investigation shows that The vast majority of young people can finish school without ever coming into contact with a proven technical education. Germany as a nation of technology cannot really afford this.
The new 5G mobile radio networks have the potential to take production in Germany a big step forward. The medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering companies in Germany and Europe will benefit noticeably from this, as 5G is an important building block for the future viability of the manufacturing industry in Germany.
In the digital production world, machines from different manufacturers must be able to communicate with each other. This requires uniform standards, in the development of which the VDMA is significantly involved: the OPC UA Companion Specifications.
The change in mobility can no longer be halted. The variety of requirements in the respective markets also requires a variety of available technologies. Hybridization and electrification are gaining momentum, as is the development of decarbonized synthetic fuels known as eFuels. Tomorrow's mobility is based on mechanical engineering - and requires open technology.
Artificial intelligence will lead to considerable progress in production - without minimizing the role of humans. Mechanical engineering companies place particular emphasis on the technology of "machine learning" and face up to their responsibility.
Cooperation across borders has long been a reality in mechanical engineering. Therefore, the new President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has to defend Europe’s ability to act - and at the same time push forward reforms for more transparency and democracy.
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