The VDMA has compiled advice and experience from various companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector on how to maintain production despite a pandemic.
On a special page, the Medical Technology Working Group in the VDMA provides an overview of the development of production capacities for infection protection equipment in Germany and Europe.
Optimally informed - travel restrictions and national measures for work assignments by Corona
According to the VDMA's 5th flash survey, almost all of the North Rhine-Westphalian mechanical and plant engineering companies surveyed see their operations impaired.
Entry into Russia has been possible without special permission since the beginning of April. Normal business trips can also be planned again.
Negative PCR test or antigen test required for entry.
Air travel to Colombia is slowly resuming (as of 16.06.2021).
Israel is no longer classified as a risk area as of 11/04/2021.
The regulation with new entry restrictions for foreigners was published on 28 May. (Status 17.06.2021)
It is possible to send employees to Egypt. A PCR test must be available upon entry. (as of 28.04.2021)
Visa requirement extended until May 1, 2021. Procedure simplified.
In principle, entry is again permitted for foreigners. But there are conditions. Travellers from Germany do not have to be in quarantine at present.
The currently spreading "Coronavirus" leads to considerable uncertainty in the personal as well as professional area.
Prime Minister issues regulations for partial reopening of air borders from 1 June 2021 (as of 21/06/2021).
On 9 June 2021, the Federal Cabinet adopted the Third Ordinance Amending the Short-Time Work Benefits Ordinance.
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has presented a draft for a new version of the Corona - Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, which is scheduled to come into force on 1 July 2021.
End of the patchwork: Federal government standardizes regulations for entry and quarantine as of May 13, 2021. Some state regulations are still in force.
The VDMA offers information events on current foreign trade topics, on the web and live on site.
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.
The EU Commission is drawing its lessons from the Corona pandemic. From the VDMA's point of view, it is clear that only open markets and global partnerships contribute to economic recovery.
The Higher Regional Court of Cologne (Case No.: 1 U 9/21) has ruled that a cancellation of hotel rooms booked before the outbreak of the pandemic justifies a 50/50 split of the booking costs.
Millions of people use elevators every day - but how safe is it in times of a pandemic? The latest episode of the VDMA's industry podcast is about infection-free use of lifts during the Corona pandemic. Even simple measures can make elevators safer for people.
As of May 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of State has expanded opportunities for business travel to the United States. Travel opportunities for VDMA member companies will improve significantly as a result.
Entry without testing and quarantine.
No PCR test required upon entry.
Operations in China continue to require a high level of effort.
The tenth VDMA Corona Flash Survey on the economic impact of the Corona pandemic ran from 30 March to 1 April 2021, with 726 mechanical and plant engineering companies taking part.
Entry by car without PCR test.
The Corona crisis tempts to "short-sightedness": what are the daily case numbers and what is the status of the vaccination progress. However, it is also important to look ahead and ask how Germany is positioning itself as a business location and how it must transform itself. The VDMA is actively involved in this dialogue with politicians.
The Regional Court of Cologne has ruled that the cancellation of a trade fair scheduled for March 2020 at the end of February 2020 was not culpably in breach of duty - despite the absence of an official order at the time.
Quarantine no longer required.
Special test regulations for work assignments
No quarantine for vaccinated travellers (as of June 7, 2021)
As of June 11, 2020, persons from Germany and other countries will be allowed to re-enter Turkey. Since 30.12.2020 a negative PCR test is required upon entry, since 01.06.2021 further facilitations took place.
The uncoordinated border closures during the Corona pandemic have shown that the internal market is not crisis-proof. It must be strengthened, which is why a new Schengen strategy is the right thing to do. Member States must seek European solutions.
5-day quarantine requirement for postings to Italy no longer applies
From contact persons to support programmes: In connection with the corona virus, the federal states have compiled regionally specific information and assistance for companies.
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.
The EU should quickly agree on a single European vaccination passport and introduce the Digital Green Certificate across Europe. This would greatly facilitate the posting of workers within the EU.
To further contain the incidence of infection and the opening strategy agreed on 3 March 2021, rapid and self-testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection by businesses came into focus.
Die neunte Corona-Blitzumfrage zu den wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen der Corona-Pandemie lief vom 20. bis 22. Januar 2021. Es nahmen 575 Unternehmen des Maschinen- und Anlagenbaus teil. Erstmals können durch die rege Beteiligung hierzulande auch Ergebnisse aus Österreich ausgewiesen werden.
The federal and state governments have corrected their decision concerning additional "days of rest" during Easter. This is a good signal: in principle, the dialogue between politics and industry is working, even under the pressure of the Corona pandemic.
As things stand at present, the temporary suspension of the obligation to file for insolvency granted by the legislator under certain conditions will probably expire on 30 April 2021.
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In spring 2020, special arrangements were introduced with regard to the receipt of short-time allowances and the reimbursement of social security contributions to cushion the impact of the Corona pandemic.
The preservation of production is vital for companies. What protective measures must the employer take and can the presumed effect be assumed?
The BMAS has submitted a draft Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, which was approved by the Cabinet on 20 January 2021.
The quarantine rules that have been applied to entry into Austria since 19 December have now been extended. Exceptions to entry continue to apply to commuters and "occupational travellers", among others. Registration prior to entry is mandatory. The province of Tyrol has also been declared a "restricted area".
The federal government has announced that it will involve company doctors in the vaccination strategy at the beginning of June. In order for the campaign against the Corona virus to gain further momentum, the promise must be implemented.
Two new VDMA information leaflets on Covid-19 offer assistance in assessing the risk of infection in enclosed spaces.
The interaction of different measures increases safety in closed rooms. A workshop on aerosol and SARS-CoV-2 brings experts together on an interdisciplinary basis.
Exclusive advisory talks and information, web meetings, an intensive exchange with politicians and publicity campaigns: Even in times of crisis, the VDMA is there for its members.
The corona pandemic is putting operational processes to a severe test. Those responsible for assembly management have had to resolve a particular area of tension in recent weeks. Their task: to maintain construction site operations despite the extensive travel restrictions.
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