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Experience to produce in a pandemic
The VDMA has compiled advice and experience from various companies in the mechanical and plant engineering industry on how they can maintain production despite the pandemic.
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Good ideas in the fight against Corona
Mechanical engineering is there when you need it. In the Corona pandemic, mechanical engineering companies are launching many initiatives to help people in need worldwide.
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News from politics

VDMA strongly advocates within politicians for cushioning the temporary and severe shock for the mechanical engineering industry as best as possible.
27.05.2020
The German mechanical and plant engineering industry is severely affected by the consequences of the Corona pandemic. The national solo efforts and border closures of the EU member states have further exacerbated the economic difficulties. Disrupted supply chains, slumps in incoming orders and liquidity bottlenecks are just some of the direct consequences. The economy needs a fresh start, based on improved competitive conditions, investment and innovation.
27.05.2020
The EU Commission has adapted its work programme and presented a plan for economic recovery after the Corona crisis.
18.05.2020
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research wants to support the production sector in adapting and digitising production lines. To this end, the EU Commission has announced two calls for proposals for this week (week 21).
14.05.2020
The EU-Commission published on 13 May 2020 a so-called tourism and transport package. One aim is to help the EU Member States in gradually lifting the travel restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
08.05.2020
The outbreak of the corona pandemic has also affected the mechanical engineering industry. In the new 5-point plan, VDMA summarises its main demands for a solid, stable and secure European future.
24.04.2020
The adjustment of the tax loss carry-forward gives companies some breathing space, but only provides limited help to medium-sized mechanical engineering companies.
20.04.2020
The extension of the short-time working benefits meets an important requirement of the VDMA, which will provide noticeable relief and planning security for small and medium-sized companies.
20.04.2020
In cooperation with the EU member states, the EU Commission is organising a pan-European hackathon during the weekend (24-26.4.) on the occasion of the coronavirus crisis.
15.04.2020
The measures to combat the corona pandemic must be implemented with consistence. This applies in particular to quarantine rules for persons entering Germany for professional reasons. There must be a smooth, uniform European procedure in this field.
14.04.2020
The Grand Coalition wants to extend the period for which employees can receive short-time work benefits beyond 12 months. Many mechanical engineering companies could benefit from this. The government is thus fulfilling an important demand of the VDMA.
11.05.2020
On 8 May 2020, the EU Commission amended and extended the Temporary Framework for a second time to enable Member States to safeguard jobs and support the economy in the Corona crisis. VDMA summarises the Temporary Framework for State aid.
31.03.2020
The EU Commission has published recommendations on cross-border activities to ensure the free movement of workers during the Corona crisis.
02.04.2020
COVID-19 is a burden on mechanical and plant engineering, as well as other branches of industry. Companies acutely need liquidity to cope with the consequences of the pandemic and to bridge the time until demand resumes. In order to ensure basic supplies and keep the damage to a minimum, economic life must be maintained - where this is justifiable in terms of health policy. The recovery after the crisis must be accompanied by economic policy.
27.03.2020
After numerous Member States have closed their national borders in recent weeks, the EU Commission is now launching an initiative to protect the Internal Market.
26.03.2020
The Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) serves to cushion the economic effects of the corona pandemic on companies in the real economy. The VDMA makes a classification for this.
26.03.2020
VDMA demands that State credit insurers must be allowed to resume operations if the private market fails. Private export credit insurances are in particular relevant for the European business of the mechanical engineering industry.
26.03.2020
"Can I take advantage of the emergency aid proposed by Germany´s Federal Government in the Economic Stabilization Fund?" This question is currently being asked in particular by many mechanical engineering companies that have been struggling with declining orders for some time.
26.03.2020
Two weeks ago Green Deal were the words on everyone’s lips in Brussels. With COVID 19 forcing a sudden change in situation, lockdowns enforced across Europe, new pattern of daily life for individuals and the industry. VDMA asks what is left of the Commission’s flagship “Green Deal” plan?

News

28.05.2020
The 5th VDMA flash survey shows that almost all machine manufacturers are suffering from the economic consequences of the corona pandemic. But there are also rays of hope.
25.05.2020
The corona pandemic has also affected important foreign markets, such as China, India and Brazil. China is sending out positive signals again, but the situation in India and Brazil is much worse.
22.05.2020
The gradual lifting of compulsory quarantine in Germany for entry and return from EU and EFTA countries is the right thing to do. However, the patchwork of regulations is a great nuisance.
20.05.2020
The Directorate General of Customs (GZD) has reacted to the demands of German industry and published some facilitations.
18.05.2020
The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Homeland Affairs, together with the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, has developed an online procedure with which compensation for loss of earnings under the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) can be applied for.
11.05.2020
Corona weighs heavily in the mechanical engineering sector: order losses and cancellations are becoming increasingly noticeable. The travel restrictions are also causing the companies major problems.
18.05.2020
By decision of 14 May 2020, the temporary derogation from the obligation to make a declaration of incapacity to work by telephone was again extended. This was decided by the responsible Federal Joint Committee for Statutory Health Insurance.
04.05.2020
Guideline for the federal funding of production facilities for personal protective equipment and medical devices used for patient protection and their preliminary products
18.05.2020
On May 14, 2020, the Bundestag decided, among other things, to gradually increase the short-time working allowance.
28.04.2020
The plans of the ministers of education for a step-by-step opening of the schools are a first, important step. The VDMA, however, demands that pre-school care centers also be gradually opened up again.
24.04.2020
Supply chains in the industry are European. Therefore, the rapid opening of borders in Europe must be a top priority in any exit strategy.
23.04.2020
IFAT 2020, which has already been postponed, will be cancelled and the next IFAT will be held in 2022.
22.04.2020
Quarantine measures for entering and returning to Germany vary from one federal state to another. This could bring more friction into production in Europe. The VDMA demands a 5-day regulation that is valid everywhere.
22.04.2020
"The corona virus has arrived at the order intake," states Wolfgang Burchard, Managing Director of the VDMA Fachverband Armaturen. After the majority of companies still achieved positive sales in the first quarter of 2020 and benefited from well-filled order books, the outlook is becoming increasingly gloomy as a result of the collapse of central sales markets.
22.04.2020
Travelling to China has become a big hurdle and at present even impossible. This is where the VDMA wants to help.
The inquiry of the Federal Ministry of Health for the supply and manufacture of infection protection equipment has been terminated for the time being. We would like to thank them for the many hundreds of responses and initiatives.
20.04.2020
The mechanical engineering industry is increasingly feeling the effects of the corona pandemic; orders are reduced or even cancelled. According to the VDMA flash survey, many companies are making capacity adjustments.
Especially in times of crisis, such as the current COVID 19 pandemic, new ways of remaining competitive are needed. Startups often offer quick and unconventional solutions that can help companies quickly, especially in these times.
20.04.2020
The Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Homeland Affairs (BMI) has announced the regulations on issues relating to building contracts to its subordinate department.
16.04.2020
The decision of the Corona Cabinet to promote the establishment and expansion of the production of medical protective equipment is an important investment signal in the view of the VDMA.

Business topics

29.05.2020
The last weeks and months have presented the German mechanical and plant engineering industry with considerable challenges. In a globally networked economy, contracts with suppliers and customers at home and abroad are part of daily business. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these finely tuned supply chains have been considerably disrupted.
20.05.2020
Biggest challenge: lack of digitization strategy and postponement of digitization projects; mechanical engineering well positioned in production-related digitization; portfolio adjustments: Establishment of new business models
18.05.2020
On May 14, 2020, the Bundestag decided, among other things, to gradually increase the short-time working allowance.
15.05.2020
Also present during Corona
18.05.2020
By decision of 14 May 2020, the temporary derogation from the obligation to make a declaration of incapacity to work by telephone was again extended. This was decided by the responsible Federal Joint Committee for Statutory Health Insurance.
07.05.2020
Corona continues to have a firm grip on us, the effects on personnel recruitment and the need for young people are uncertain. Your help is therefore required - please let us know our assessments by 8 May 2020.
04.05.2020
Short-time work, home office, sick leave and the opportunities of the crisis. Here you can read an overview of the assessments of the HR managers in our industry. In the download you will find the complete presentation of the results.
22.04.2020
COVID-19 measures to support committees
20.04.2020
In the current situation, on-site assessments are cancelled or replaced by remote audits where possible. For example, the DAkkS currently no longer carries out on-site assessments and the conformity assessment bodies are currently examining how they can maintain certification operations.
17.04.2020
Special occupational health and safety standards have been issued by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for the period of the Covid19 pandemic.
20.04.2020
The loan conditions of KfW Corona Aid were adjusted and improved at short notice.
16.04.2020
At the end of March, the European Competition Network (ECN) published a joint statement in which the continued validity of antitrust law was pointed out, but also the flexibility of antitrust law in view of the current Covid 19 crisis.
16.04.2020
Many VDMA members are currently being asked to provide their business partners with declarations that they operate an "essential production". This raises questions as to why the VDMA has prepared a memo on this topic.
29.05.2020
IHK examinations postponed. Vocational schools closed. What companies can do.
14.04.2020
Many workers commute from their place of residence to another country to work. Home office work and border closures, which are currently ordered in many cases, can have tax disadvantages for cross-border commuters.
07.04.2020
The new KfW quick loan is intended to ensure that those companies that have only run into difficulties as a result of the Corona pandemic can obtain a loan quickly by means of a 100 percent release from liability and by waiving the usual risk assessment.
02.04.2020
With its resolution of March 25, 2020, the Bundestag passed the law to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in civil, insolvency and criminal procedure law.
01.04.2020
The preservation of production is vital for companies. What protective measures must the employer take? How are they to be seen organizationally?
31.03.2020
On 30 March 2020, the Commission published Guidelines for maintaining the free movement of workers during the COVID 19 pandemic.

VDMA State Associations

25.03.2020
For your information and convenience, we have compiled an overview of the measures taken to support companies at state and federal level as well as the corresponding contact details and web addresses. We hope that this will support you in your work. If you have any questions or general queries or concerns in these difficult times, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For your information and convenience, we have compiled an overview and the corresponding contact details and web addresses below. We hope that this will help you in your work. If you have any questions or general queries or concerns during this difficult period, please do not hesitate to contact us.
08.05.2020
All information specific to the state of Hesse has been compiled on a single Internet site for all departments. Among other things, all ordinances and general ordinances on combating the corona virus are available here at a glance and as downloads.
25.03.2020
Liquidity assistance, information, contact persons, support programmes and much more: in connection with the corona virus, each federal state has compiled regionally specific information and contact points for companies - partly with its own funds, partly for the implementation and design of the programmes set up by the federal government.
Various information portals are available to member companies for dealing with the corona pandemic: in addition to a central VDMA website, the North Rhine-Westphalia regional association also offers a constantly updated website with NRW-specific information.
VDMA Nordrhein-Westfalen & Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner GmbH offer VDMA member companies consulting services for securing liquidity in the crisis.
The "Procurement" task force of the NRW ministries coordinates inquiries and offers via a central e-mail address.
From contact persons to support programmes: In connection with the corona virus, the federal states have compiled regionally specific information and assistance for companies.
21.04.2020
The worldwide spread of the corona virus (2019-nCoV) also leads to numerous questions for companies. The Ministry of Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture publishes important information and contact persons for affected companies.
06.05.2020
The Saarland state government is expanding its package of measures to help Saarland companies in the Corona crisis.
26.05.2020
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27.03.2020
List of contact points in the authorities of the individual federal states

Information about countries and travelling

Are you currently planning a business trip abroad and have questions about visas, travel security or the deployment of mechanics? The VDMA Foreign Trade Association team will support you!
29.05.2020
New provisions have been in force since 13 April. Tests after arrival remain mandatory.
28.05.2020
India is increasingly fighting the effects of the coronavirus.
28.05.2020
In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in other parts of the world, China had decided to suspend the entry of foreigners holding currently valid visas or residence permits from 28 March 2020.
26.05.2020
UPDATE 24.05: The lockdown in Argentina has been extended until 7 June 2020. Air traffic is to be paused until autumn.
25.05.2020
The air and ferry connections have been discontinued and the borders closed. Only goods traffic is possible (status 22.05.2020).
25.05.2020
The secondment of employees to Egypt is currently failing due to a lack of travel opportunities. (Status: 22.05.2020)
25.05.2020
At the moment there are no possibilities to let employees travel to Saudi Arabia. (Status: 22.05.2020)
25.05.2020
Since 10 April, persons entering and returning to Germany have had to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Exceptions vary from state to state.
22.05.2020
Since 14 March 2020, persons from, among others, Germany are no longer allowed to enter Turkey. On 19 March the borders were almost completely closed.
20.05.2020
Entry into the UAE is only possible with a residence permit and additional permission. (Status: 19.05.2020)
20.05.2020
Issuing of exemption permits for fitters is currently being monitored at the border crossing (update 20.05.2020)
Czech Republic - installation work with negative corona test possible (updated 28.05.2020)
19.05.2020
Cross-border trade in services still allowed (update 19.05.2020)
19.05.2020
Lockerungen seit dem 18. Mai 2020 in Kraft (Aktualisierung vom 20.05.2020)
Relaxation of the rules for the deployment of fitters (update 27.05.2020)
19.05.2020
Entry only possible with registration certificate. Update 19.05.2020
15.05.2020
Entry ban for non-Japanese remains.
14.05.2020
Certification of the customer of central importance (status 26.05.2020)
07.05.2020
No clear regulations of the British governments (Status: 25.05.2020)
Carl Martin Welcker: "Together we will overcome this crisis"
The Corona pandemic is a unique challenge for all companies. However, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker is confident that mechanical engineering will once again prove its strength.
Campaign "WE produce for..." sets exclamation mark
With the campaign "WIR produzieren für..." (WE produce for...), the VDMA is focusing on the great importance of mechanical and plant engineering in times of the corona crisis.
Sharp drop in orders and cancellations hit mechanical engineering hard
The mechanical engineering industry is increasingly feeling the consequences of the Corona pandemic. A fourth VDMA survey, which was answered by 724 member companies, paints an oppressive picture.
Development of production capacities for infection control equipment
On a special page, the Medical Technology Working Group of the VDMA provides an overview of the establishment of production capacities for infection protection equipment in Germany and Europe.
Frank Brückner
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