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Mechanical and plant engineering: Upswing still far from being achieved
Many mechanical and plant engineering companies are once again looking somewhat more sceptically at the coming months. According to a new VDMA survey, only 18 percent of companies expect a return to the sales level of 2019 as early as 2021.
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.

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14.06.2018
In 2017, sales of German foundry equipment manufacturers recovered considerably, by 6 percent compared with the previous year. This was especially due to a rise in sales to countries outside the Eurozone, which grew by 25 percent on average compared with 2016. On average during the course of the year, orders received rose by 3 percent, starting from the strong base reached in the previous year. While there was a slight fall in orders from Germany, the positive trend in orders from the Eurozone continued.
14.06.2018
For last year, the results of the latest economic situation survey of the Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills sector of the Metallurgy specialist association indicate sales growth in the low double-digit range (12 percent) for last year. As regards orders received, there was also a slight upward trend in the second half of 2017 (up 3 percent). Growth was significantly more pronounced in the large industrial plant segment*. However, with a total value of slightly more than €1.5 billion, the production volume in Germany was about 5 percent below the figure for the previous year.
• 2017 bringt Rekordumsatz, Prognose 2018: plus 5 Prozent • China baut Position als führender Markt für Robotik deutlich aus • automatica macht Schnittstelle von Mensch und Maschine erlebbar
24.05.2018
In 2017, the production of food processing and packaging machinery rose by 4.8 percent to a record level of more than 14 billion euros. The prospects for the current year remain positive.
09.05.2018
A basic agreement was reached on the EEG's own supply for new plants in the field of combined heat and power (CHP).
08.05.2018
The European Commission has classified the Machinery Directive as fit for purpose - even in times of digitalization.
04.05.2018
US remains most important export market - Strong export increase to Italy, Brazil and Russia - Good order income for 2018, however, concerns about skills shortage
03.05.2018
The EU Commission proposes a substantial increase in research and development expenditure for the budget for the financial period 2021 to 2027.
27.04.2018
The Federal Network Agency today published the approved projects in the second round of tendering for offshore wind energy, amounting to more than 1,610 MW.
25.04.2018
PV-Industry expects sales growth of 9 percent this year, German technology suppliers score with superior production solutions.
24.04.2018
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 93 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017.
23.04.2018
On the occasion of the Hannover Messe, VDMA Power Systems presented the “Power Plant Engineering Economic Trend 2018”. Before the presentation, the Chairman of VDMA Power Systems and CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Dr. Markus Tacke, explained: “The announcements in the coalition contract regarding climate protection and energy transition must now be acted upon, as European plant engineering can only then assert itself as the forerunner of a leading market for energy systems in global competition.”
19.04.2018
Sales increases with printing and paper converting machines - Order intake remains stable all over - Foreign demand consistently at a high level – China and Russia are important driving forces
The most important finding of the study is: "For mechanical engineering, the mobility transformation process offers opportunities for additional value creation," explained VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker on the occasion of the publication of core results of the study.
12.04.2018
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published the results of the first cross-technology call for tender for onshore wind and solar energy today. For the 200 megawatt (MW) call for tender, 32 bids with a scope of 210 MW for solar plants only were accepted, while the bids submitted for onshore wind power plants were not accepted. The average volume-weighted awarded value is 4.67 ct/kWh.
11.04.2018
Machine exports up 22.5 percent in 2017 - Sanctions continue to weigh on companies - China captures market shares
10.04.2018
Energy efficiency is an elementary building block for achieving better climate protection and successfully advancing the energy revolution.
28.03.2018
VDMA supports EU plastics strategy. Recycling rate is still clearly too low. Innovations for the production of high-quality secondary granulates in progress.
21.03.2018
The members of the Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers Group (AGAB) booked orders valued at EUR 17.8 billion in 2017, down around 6 percent on the figure for the previous year
Fundamental change in factory organization is imminent - Solutions for an increasingly networked world characterized by complexity and individualization - Fourth VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential for the machinery industry
20.03.2018
Production in 2017 at pre-crisis levels for the first time in 2007 +++ 3 percent growth expected this year +++ 8 percent growth in exports
14.03.2018
The VDMA is tirelessly fighting for improved market surveillance in Europe. Online trading and fulfillment centers have not simplified the batch situation. The EU Commission has presented a new proposal for market surveillance.
23.02.2018
The EU is working on a uniform European sales law, but the mechanical engineering industry will probably remain largely unaffected.
20.02.2018
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the first call for tender in 2018 for onshore wind energy.
14.02.2018
The German construction equipment industry ended 2017 with turnover of 10.8 billion euros – an increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year. It is the fourth consecutive year of growth for the sector. Incoming orders were 19 percent higher by the end of the year. 2018 is therefore expected to be another good year, with the industry predicting an eight percent increase in turnover.
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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