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"The Brexit is coming - a free trade agreement must follow."
Following Boris Johnson's election victory, companies can prepare for a Brexit on 31 January 2020. Now we must work flat out on a free trade agreement.
WTO before cardiac arrest
Because the American government is blocking the replacement of judges, the WTO Arbitration Court is threatened with inability to act. This is equivalent to cardiac arrest, comments Ulrich Ackermann, Head of the Foreign Trade Department at VDMA.
The order situation is not getting better
The order situation for machine manufacturers from Germany has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again negative in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).
Number of mechanical engineers at record level
Mechanical and plant engineering continues to set new records for engineering employment. This is shown by the new VDMA engineering survey, which is carried out every three years.
Industrial strategy: Improve the competitiveness of small and medium-sized industrial enterprises!
On the occasion of the presentation of the Industrial Strategy 2030 by Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker made a statement.
"EU class action lawsuit opens door to abuse"
The EU could soon make class actions possible. The VDMA warns against waves of lawsuits against medium-sized companies.

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02.10.2017
VDMA Arbeitsgemeinschaft Großanlagenbau and management consultany Maexpartners publish a joint study on the current status of digitalisation in plant industries.
VDMA raises its 2017 growth forecast for the German robotics and automation industry from 7 to 11 percent.
19.09.2017
VDMA takes a positive view of the efforts by the European Commission to find a common approach to IT security. Nonetheless, industry warns against costly certification that would offer buyers only the appearance of security.
18.09.2017
The engineering industry gave a basically positive assessment of the European Commission's new industrial strategy. However, now the industry is expecting more than symbolic politics.
14.09.2017
Investments by the solar industry in the thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success. Record export rate of 97 percent, incoming orders declined in the second quarter after a strong start of the year.
12.09.2017
HUSUM Wind is not only the leading trade fair in the German-speaking wind-power market, it is also a key event in a decisive time for the wind industry in Germany.
06.09.2017
To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, VDMA discussed the future of European industry with representatives from the EU institutions at an evening reception in Brussels.
06.09.2017
There is every reason for the positive mood currently enjoyed by European agricultural machinery manufacturers.
01.09.2017
After the disappointing outcome of the latest round of Brexit negotiations, the mechanical engineering association VDMA is worried about an urgently needed agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.
29.08.2017
In the year of its 125th anniversary, the VDMA is launching its Startup Machine: a new grouping that intends to bring together start-up companies and mechanical engineering companies.
22.08.2017
In the first half of 2017, the good order situation in many countries drove the export business of mechanical and plant engineering in Germany considerably.
18.08.2017
German Federal Ministery of Agriculture and VDMA confirmed their digitisation strategy for future agribusiness.
15.08.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the second round of the EEG call for tenders for onshore wind turbines.
28.07.2017
We only need water for drinking, cooking and washing, right? Not even close! Water is in everything around us – from paper to clothes, computers and cars. Do you know how much water runs through your hands every day without you knowing it?
27.07.2017
Gross expansion of onshore wind energy by 2,281 megawatts (MW), which equals 790 wind turbines, as high as expected in the first half of 2017
25.07.2017
• Solar industry is investing heavily at the beginning of the year • Record export rate of 95 percent
14.07.2017
Following a good start to the new year, the upward trend has continued both in the construction equipment and the building material machinery industry. The sector expects to increase its total turnover by 5 percent by the end of the year to around 14.6 billion Euros.
13.07.2017
• German Engineering Federation (VDMA): decline in orders in maritime sector in 2017 • Sales down slightly to €11.1 billion • General situation in mechanical engineering industry and digitalization are encouraging signs
30.06.2017
Order intake in the food processing and packaging machinery sector increased by 23 percent in real terms. The Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association expects demand to pick up further in the coming months.
23.06.2017
VDMA gathered representatives from the worlds of politics and the economy in Brussels to coincide with the start of the Brexit negotiations. Their unanimous view was that the UK’s exit from the EU would not be a success for anyone.
23.06.2017
German manufacturers are the undisputed world leaders in exports
13.06.2017
The demand for machinery and equipment for the production, filling and packaging of beverages continuous to be high and reached a new record in 2016.
The solar industry invests at the beginning of the year more cautious. Record export rate of 91 percent. Equipment for the solar industry increases sales by 20 percent in 2016
05.05.2017
Despite all heterogeneity, German manufacturers of building material machinery are expecting a broadly based boost this year. Even at the end of 2016 the orders received in most subsectors had risen considerably compared with the previous year.
04.05.2017
The German food processing and packaging machinery manufacturing companies look forward to the interpack trade fair full of confidence. “For years, our industry has shown a positive development and the German manufacturers can look back on a record year," said Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Packaging and Packaging Machinery Association, at interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf.
Carl Martin Welcker: Forecast Mechanical Engineering 2020
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders October 2019
The order situation for the german mechanical engineering industry has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again double-digit in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).
Carl Martin Welcker: Forecast Mechanical Engineering 2020
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders October 2019
The order situation for the german mechanical engineering industry has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again double-digit in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).

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09.12.2019
On 14 November 2019, the German Bundestag passed the draft bill for the implementation of the 5th EU Money Laundering Directive.
02.12.2019
On behalf of 17 associations, the VDMA has sent an open letter to Vice-President Frans Timmermans on the importance of hydrogen and P2X in the fight against climate change on the occasion of the first working day of the new Commission.
29.11.2019
The Whistleblower Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 November 2019.
27.11.2019
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
14.11.2019
Update: The tax research subsidy is on the home straight. It is scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2020. Find out what the new funding instrument can do for your company.
12.11.2019
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
20.09.2019
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
16.09.2019
The jury has decided: Four universities will have the chance to be named "Best Machine House 2019" at the award ceremony on 29 October 2019 in Berlin. You are already guaranteed 20,000 euros in prize money.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
22.08.2019
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, in|pact media Verlag publishes a special publication "Zukunft Deutschland - Innovationen, Technologien, Chancen" in the Handelsblatt.
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
15.05.2019
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on 14.05.2019 that Member States must oblige employers to set up a system to measure daily working time (ECJ, judgment of 14.05.2019 - C-55/18).
01.04.2019
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 2019
22.03.2019
The Trade Secrets Act provides for far-reaching protection of valuable corporate information. The prerequisite, however, is that companies take measures and document them.
08.03.2019
Do Europe and Germany need more state industrial policy to survive between the USA and China? VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen sets clear accents in the ZDF programme "Maybritt Illner".
01.03.2019
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
20.02.2019
An employee's entitlement to paid annual leave usually expires at the end of the calendar year only if the employer has previously informed him of his specific holiday entitlement and the expiry periods and the employee has not taken the holiday of his own free will. This was decided by the Federal Labour Court in its judgment of 19.02.2019 (Case No. 9 AZR 541/15).
As part of the initiative "Maschinenhaus - Plattform für innovative Lehre", we offer as a prize the 4th VDMA University Prize. With this award we would like to honour outstanding teaching concepts which stand for more academic success and thus set an example for the importance of teaching.
31.01.2019
The European Commission regards environmental and social standards as an essential part of its economic policy. This offers opportunities for mechanical engineering companies - but also the danger of additional requirements.
Mechanical engineering has to assert itself in a difficult environment
Mechanical engineering companies from Germany have to hold their own in an increasingly difficult economic environment. The year 2019 was marked by a weak global economy, increasingly harsh threats and sanctions in the global trade disputes, as well as a far-reaching structural change in the automotive industry.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Tobias Holzhäuer, IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
Young professionals find attractive jobs in mechanical engineering. Hardly any other industry is so versatile and brings different disciplines together so closely. As a supplier and user, mechanical engineering is at the heart of today's and tomorrow's technologies, providing solutions and making things possible. Clever minds with Motivation is welcome here - there is a lot to discover and to develop!
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 05-2019 (December 2019)
Hydrogen: Much more than a hype. If you want to protect the climate and reduce CO2 emissions, you must not avoid Power-to-X technologies - the conversion of electricity into gas or liquid fuels. Mechanical engineering is ready for the step out of the lab. Politics, too?
Humans – Machines – Progress – The film
Machines improve our lives – on a large and small scale. Whether for our health, food or the many means of transportation that we use; whether we are looking at the ground deep below the sea or from high above – we need machines and people who utilize their skills to make the world a better place to live. That is the aim of mechanical and plant engineering. Humans – Machines – Progress.
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