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"Rule out lockdown, keep borders open!"
A new lockdown would be devastating for the economy. The mechanical and plant engineering industry therefore expects the Chancellor to rule out a lockdown categorically.
VDMA demands a new start for the Supply Chain act
The Regulatory Control Council too has clearly criticized the Federal Government in connection with the Supply Chain Act. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann thus demands a complete restart of the legislative process.
Karl Haeusgen elected as new VDMA President
VDMA general assembly elects Henrik Schunk and Bertram Kawlath as vice presidents
VDMA: Politics must return to market economy principles
The mechanical and plant engineering industry, like the entire industry, will have to live with the consequences of the corona pandemic for a long time to come. This makes it all the more important that medium-sized companies are not burdened with even greater burdens.
"Tentative easing at best"
In August, companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector posted a 14 percent drop in real orders. This is the smallest decline on a monthly basis since the beginning of the corona crisis.
VDMA on the Special Meeting of the European Council: "EU citizens expect a robust economic perspective“
During the crisis, the EU is winning the confidence of its citizens, Member States are losing it. The European Council must now set the course to increase this trust with sound economic policies.

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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.
The Greens have tabled a bill in the German Bundestag on tax incentives for research, which, in the opinion of Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, would be of little use to medium-sized industrial companies.
12.10.2018
Mit der Verordnung über Anlagen zum Umgang mit wassergefährdenden Stoffen (AwSV) wurde der anlagenbezogene Gewässerschutz einer bundeseinheitlichen Regelung unterworfen. Der Vollzug ist jedoch nach wie vor uneinheitlich.
11.10.2018
Bureaucratic hurdles for the posting of workers are a burden for the mechanical engineering industry. In Brussels, the VDMA discussed possible easements in the posting of employees with representatives from politics and industry.
09.10.2018
Negotiations are currently under way at EU level to reorganise the CO2 fleet regulation for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The EU Commission's proposal currently gives manufacturers only two instruments at their disposal to improve their CO2 balance.
01.10.2018
The very far-reaching requirements for the posting of workers to other EU countries make it increasingly difficult for German mechanical engineering companies to do business within the EU Single Market.
26.09.2018
Topic of the VDMA Press Club: “How Europe will maintain its leading position in the wind industry”
21.09.2018
Investments in thin-film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 89 percent, Asian business broader positioned. New orders increased significantly in the second quarter.
13.09.2018
The European Parliament has approved a resolution on the implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy with the aim of increasing the recycling rate in the EU.
07.09.2018
The EU is currently negotiating greater control over investment from China. At an event in Brussels, representatives of the mechanical engineering sector argued in favour of market opening in China rather than investment barriers in Europe.
05.09.2018
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has approved a new framework for the conformity and enforcement of product legislation, paving the way for better monitoring of the internal market.
04.09.2018
The German shipbuilding and offshore supplier industry, which employs 63,500 highly qualified people, is expecting a slight rise in orders this year after the order books were successfully filled in 2017.
21.08.2018
Matthias Zelinger, energy policy spokesman of the VDMA, comments on EU Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all countries involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.
21.08.2018
Matthias Zelinger, spokesman for energy policy for the VDMA, comments on Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU's climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all states involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.
15.08.2018
"Germany is the technology leader on the international markets and intends to remain so. Therefore, there is an urgent need for action on the part of education policy in digitizing our schools," comments Jörg Friedrich, head of the VDMA Education Department, on the results of the latest education monitor of the Cologne Institute of the German Economy (IW).
26.07.2018
Following the record expansion year 2017 for onshore wind energy in Germany, new installations are declining in 2018 as expected.
Interview with Karl Haeusgen
The new VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks in an interview with moderator Ursula Heller about the challenges in mechanical engineering and his upcoming term of office.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang August 2020
Im August hat sich das Bild einer allenfalls zaghaften Entspannung der Auftragslage im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau bestätigt. Die Unternehmen verbuchten ein reales Orderminus von 14 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr. Das ist seit Beginn der Corona-Krise der geringste Rückgang auf Monatsbasis.
Interview with Karl Haeusgen
The new VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks in an interview with moderator Ursula Heller about the challenges in mechanical engineering and his upcoming term of office.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang August 2020
Im August hat sich das Bild einer allenfalls zaghaften Entspannung der Auftragslage im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau bestätigt. Die Unternehmen verbuchten ein reales Orderminus von 14 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr. Das ist seit Beginn der Corona-Krise der geringste Rückgang auf Monatsbasis.

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05.10.2020
While machine production in the first seven months of the year fell considerably short of the previous year's figures at the major mechanical engineering sites in the EU-27, the USA and Japan, the industry in China is back on course for growth.
28.09.2020
The 8th VDMA Corona Flash Survey was conducted on September 23/24. 522 member companies took part. As usual, you will find the detailed results for mechanical engineering and 13 trade associations in the appendix.
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.
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.
Training and education in Africa create perspectives for all participants
The VDMA and its member companies support the vocational training of young Africans in several countries. Patron of the initiative "Skilled workers for Africa" is Elke Büdenbender. The wife of the German President met with the VDMA for an open discussion about opportunities and challenges on the African continent.
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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