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Business expectations for China continue to improve
The 4th VDMA Flash Survey on China shows that the business situation for more and more mechanical engineering companies is improving. At the same time, challenges in the competitive situation remain and entry restrictions to China are a hindrance.
Export-oriented mechanical engineering industry needs strong industrial fairs
Strong  international industrial fairs are important platforms that contribute significantly to strengthen the global competitiveness of the mechanical and plant engineering industry. The VDMA therefore supports the efforts of the German government to welcome more trade fair visitors and exhibitors to Germany again.
VDMA demands honest revision of social costs
According to press reports, social contributions are to increase above the 40 percent guarantee of the federal government. VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann therefore demands a review of social spending.
EU climate targets: "Innovation and market forces instead of regulation and tax money"
Efforts for climate protection must be increased. However, the proposal for greenhouse gas reduction now presented by the EU Commission shows considerable weaknesses in European climate policy.
EU-China Investment Agreement: an agreement must come in 2020!
The virtual EU summit with China has raised hopes which must now finally be followed by action. Especially in times of intensified global protectionism, positive signals for international trade are needed.
China's visa policy harms Europe and the People's Republic
Technical personnel must be able to travel abroad to commission or maintain machines and systems even in times of the pandemic. However, the entry regulations of important partner countries make these assignments more difficult. China has by far the most bureaucratic and complicated requirements.

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11.01.2019
Also the EU Parliament is intensively discussing how the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be politically addressed. On 14th January, the European Parliament's Industry Committee will vote on a report in which MEPs set out their views on the future of AI.
21.12.2018
The EU Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have agreed on the so-called "Cybersecurity Act".
19.12.2018
After years of ideologically coloured debates, the VDMA believes that the planned Immigration of Skilled Workers Act is an important step in the right direction.
14.12.2018
The Collective Energy Act was passed today by the Federal Council. A comment:
12.12.2018
The EU Free Trade Agreement with Japan is an important signal against protectionism and opens up new export opportunities for European industry.
11.12.2018
The energy revolution and climate protection needs Power-to-X. The conversion of green electricity into storable gas or synthetic fuel is a key element in achiev-ing Germany's and Europe's energy policy goals.
10.12.2018
The EU-Commission convincingly underpins its ambition to coordinate efforts in Europe with the “Coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence”. However, the VDMA demands a clearer focus on industrial applications.
26.11.2018
VDMA welcomes the decision of the Federal Network Agency to allocate local frequencies - Complete coverage mandatory for industrial applications - Coverage of 98 percent of households is insufficient
23.11.2018
The single European market needs a single piece of legislation to ensure the secure exchange of company and product data. The planned Cybersecurity Act is the wrong approach because it continues the fragmented regime of the Member States.
21.11.2018
With the new research framework programme from 2021 to 2027, funding might be distributed according to the watering can principle. However, a targeted programme for key technologies would be important.
15.11.2018
Slow procedures affect important supply chains - Significantly more funds needed to rehabilitate dilapidated bridges - First improvements achieved in Hesse and other states
15.11.2018
Thilo Brodtmann, VDMA`s Executive Director, takes further responsibility to strengthen the interests of industry at European level.
15.11.2018
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann has made a clear commitment to collective bargaining autonomy. "It is evidence that employers and employees in general can largely regulate their relationship on their own." At best, the state should set a loose labour law framework, according to Brodtmann.
14.11.2018
In the view of VDMA, latest progress made in the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU are positive. However, it is too early to give the all-clear sign.
08.11.2018
Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, has sharply criticised the pension package passed in the Bundestag with the votes of the CDU/CSU and SPD: "Basically, the money of our great-grandchildren is already being spent today".
07.11.2018
The economy is cooling down. Moreover, the uncertainties surrounding the election results in the USA are not diminishing. VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers calls on the federal government to finally prove its willingness and ability to act.
31.10.2018
The coalition parties have agreed on the cornerstones of the energy collection law.
31.10.2018
Ten printing and paper machinery manufacturers present themselves together in Shanghai under the label “Made in Germany” - Joint presentation at the fair receives good feedback - Increased numbers of visitors and exhibitors underline the importance of the All in Print China as supra-regional leading trade fair
30.10.2018
The latest labour market figures of the Federal Employment Agency show a rampant shortage of skilled workers. According to Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, the Federal Government is jointly responsible for this.
19.10.2018
The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the fourth and final round of tenders for onshore wind energy in 2018. The tender for 670 megawatts (MW) was clearly under-subscribed with bids of 363 MW and the average award value was 6.26 ct/kWh.
18.10.2018
Mechanical engineering is the most important employer of engineers. With its key technologies of intelligent production, our industry is the German innovation machine. Despite all the joy about the top position that Germany occupies according to a current analysis of the World Economic Forum, the following applies: Our innovation system must become even better.
17.10.2018
An award for entrepreneurs "with great technological vision and a lot of heart and soul", is how the jury describes the German Mechanical Engineering Award. Ten outstanding corporate leaders have already received it, now it has been awarded to a woman for the first time at the evening reception of the mechanical engineering summit.
17.10.2018
Industry expects sales growth of 4 percent this year. German technology suppliers score with superior production solutions.
15.10.2018
"The historic result of the state elections speaks for itself. For the CSU, it is obviously no longer enough to refer to the good status quo in Bavaria," explained Claudia Haimer, chairwoman of the VDMA Bavaria following the state elections in Bavaria.
15.10.2018
The transmission system operators announced the amount of the EEG levy and offshore grid levy for the year 2019.
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020

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03.09.2020
In June 2020, production losses in the mechanical engineering sector continued to decline worldwide. Nevertheless, the half-year results show a double-digit minus in most countries.
01.09.2020
Climate-neutral production is a challenge along the entire value chain and employs many companies. For this reason, the VDMA has now published a practical guide for mechanical and plant engineering.
How must cooperation and innovation processes change in the age of digitisation? Which extensions of value-added networks come into question? And how can suitable partners be identified? Answers to these and other questions are provided in a new study by the IMPULS Foundation.
640 member companies took part in the 7th Corona Flash Survey of the VDMA. In the appendix of this article you will find exclusively the comprehensive results and at the beginning of next week also the evaluations of the trade associations.
23.06.2020
At HANNOVER MESSE - Digital Days on 15 July, the guide and descriptions of nine use cases on 5G in mechanical and plant engineering will be published. The occasion is the VDMA panel discussion "5G in mechanical engineering: from technology push to market pull". The guide and the use cases have been available exclusively to VDMA members since April 2020.
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
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.
The VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association has launched a new knowledge portal on sustainable packaging and packaging technologies.
Please take the opportunity to give us feedback on the technical implementation and the economic effort you have made.
The DAkkS has currently stopped the on-site assessments. These will be replaced by remote assessments.
At present, an organisation Transparenzregister e.V. sends out e-mails in different versions requesting companies to register in the transparency register within 10 days using the link provided in the e-mail.
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
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.
Friend or foe? - Dealing with foreign investors
Mechanical engineering is at home all over the world; Made in Germany still enjoys an excellent reputation. This is why many foreign investors want to invest in the local companies. But does the industry want that too? Or does it prefer to be protected? The Industry Podcast with VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker.
Video series "Young Professionals for Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering offers young professionals many attractive jobs and career development opportunities. The VDMA has produced a video series on this subject with member companies - four exciting clips have been created that whet the appetite for more.
Tax research promotion: How does the new instrument work?
The Research Allowance Act came into force on 1 January 2020. Here you can find out who benefits from the new tax incentives, what you have to take into account and how the VDMA will support you with this type of subsidy.
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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