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Made ING Germany - Innovations in engineering education
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.
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Climate measures for today and tomorrow: Achieving climate targets 2030
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.
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Germany needs a school subject Technology
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.
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5G makes networked production possible in the first place
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.
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OPC UA: a common language for all machines
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.
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Drive in change - the best solutions emerge in competition
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.
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Artificial intelligence - the future for mechanical engineering
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.
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Number of the week
At the end of 2019, the mechanical engineering sector will have 1.063 million employees. The average number of employees for the year is 1.3% higher than in 2018.
The fight against trade walls is becoming increasingly important
Free market access is vital for the survival of a strong export industry such as mechanical engineering. Increasing protectionism around the globe threatens this success.
Make the EU fit for the future
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.
Industrial SMEs remain Germany's recipe for success
Federal Economics Minister Altmaier has triggered a broad debate with his demand for a national industrial strategy. Mechanical engineering critically evaluates the proposals in detail.

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