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Experiences of producing in a pandemic

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.

Establishment of production capacities for infection control equipment

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.

Checklist "Travel restrictions for work assignments by Corona worldwide".

Optimally informed - travel restrictions and national measures for work assignments by Corona

5th survey: Effects of the Corona Pandemic are increasing

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.

Russia: Travel situation and local measures

Entry into Russia has been possible without special permission since the beginning of April. Normal business trips can also be planned again.

France - Fitters can be employed

Negative PCR test or antigen test required for entry.

Colombia - Information on the current Corona situation

Air travel to Colombia is slowly resuming (as of 16.06.2021).

Israel no longer a risk area

Israel is no longer classified as a risk area as of 11/04/2021.

Brazil: Entry with PCR test possible - but "virus variant area

The regulation with new entry restrictions for foreigners was published on 28 May. (Status 17.06.2021)

Egypt is a high incidence area

It is possible to send employees to Egypt. A PCR test must be available upon entry. (as of 28.04.2021)

Corona crisis in Kazakhstan: Entry and local measures

Visa requirement extended until May 1, 2021. Procedure simplified.

Travel to Ukraine possible again

In principle, entry is again permitted for foreigners. But there are conditions. Travellers from Germany do not have to be in quarantine at present.

Labour law aspects of a pandemic - 10th edition published

The currently spreading "Coronavirus" leads to considerable uncertainty in the personal as well as professional area.

Algeria opens borders

Prime Minister issues regulations for partial reopening of air borders from 1 June 2021 (as of 21/06/2021).

Short-time work: special regulations extended again

On 9 June 2021, the Federal Cabinet adopted the Third Ordinance Amending the Short-Time Work Benefits Ordinance.

Corona: New requirements planned from 01 July 2021

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.

Quarantine regulations for entry and return to Germany

End of the patchwork: Federal government standardizes regulations for entry and quarantine as of May 13, 2021. Some state regulations are still in force.

Event programme 2021

The VDMA offers information events on current foreign trade topics, on the web and live on site.

Coronavirus – Informationen für Unternehmen in NRW information for companies in North Rhine-Westphalia

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.

Focus on open markets and global partnerships

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.

Sharing of costs in case of cancellation of hotel rooms due to pandemic

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.

Using lifts safely even in a pandemic

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.

Entry USA - New criteria for issuing an NIE

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.

Belgium - assembly operation possible

Entry without testing and quarantine.

Netherlands - assembly assignment possible

No PCR test required upon entry.

China: No relief in sight for entry conditions

Operations in China continue to require a high level of effort.

10th VDMA Corona Flash Survey - Results

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.

Switzerland - Assemblers possible

Entry by car without PCR test.

And afterwards? Germany as a business location after the Corona crisis

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.

Cancellation of trade fair also a case of force majeure without official order

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.

Denmark - Assembler deployment possible

Quarantine no longer required.

United Kingdom - entries without just cause possible again

Special test regulations for work assignments

Saudi Arabia - borders opened for travellers from Germany

No quarantine for vaccinated travellers (as of June 7, 2021)

Turkey - Update Corona Measures

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.

Further develop the rules of the internal market

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.

Italy: Entry regulations simplified until July 30, 2021

5-day quarantine requirement for postings to Italy no longer applies

Corona virus: Specific offers of the East German federal states

From contact persons to support programmes: In connection with the corona virus, the federal states have compiled regionally specific information and assistance for companies.

Corona crisis: securing supplies

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.

A European green certificate gets Europe moving again

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.

Corona test: Updated requirements for employers

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.

9. VDMA Corona-Blitzumfrage - erstmals mit Österreich-Ergebnissen

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.

"Days of rest" during Easter: backpedaling is the right decision

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.

Insolvency filing obligation probably only suspended until 30.04.2021

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.

Information document "Ventilation and air conditioning systems in times of COVID-19 - Principles of operation and use"

The English edition is available for download.

Short-time work: Extended special regulations as of 01.01.2021

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.

SARS-CoV-2 industrial safety rule with presumption of conformity

The preservation of production is vital for companies. What protective measures must the employer take and can the presumed effect be assumed?

New SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety regulation

The BMAS has submitted a draft Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, which was approved by the Cabinet on 20 January 2021.

Austria extends entry restrictions

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".

Involve company doctors in vaccination campaign in a timely manner

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.

Infection protection through ventilation and air purification technology

Two new VDMA information leaflets on Covid-19 offer assistance in assessing the risk of infection in enclosed spaces.

Indoor air technology of great importance in pandemic response

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.

Corona crisis: VDMA East puts pressure on politics

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.

Default of order due to the Corona restrictions: a case of force majeure?

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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"Over-regulation of the labor market is no less burdensome for many companies than excessive taxes and duties"

Dr. Ralph Wiechers, VDMA

Auf den Punkt: Corona Blitzumfrage Zahl



of all companies expect problems on the demand side to continue to decline.


Auf den Punkt Corona

Economic policy demands in the context of the Corona crisis
  • Immediately: Secure liquidity of the companies
  • Immediately: continue to enable the movement of goods, economic activity and production.
  • Immediately: Prevent industry shutdown
  • Prepare now: Flank restart

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VDMA Corona flash survey
Detailed results of the VDMA flash survey on Corona for the mechanical engineering industry and 18 trade associations
Flash survey: hiring demand and recruiting in times of Corona
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