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"A political signal for free trade"
The European Council has given the EU mandates to negotiate a free trade agreement with the USA.
"Businesses need clarity on Brexit"
By extending the deadline for Britain's withdrawal, the EU is showing a sense of responsibility. Nevertheless, the mechanical engineering industry hopes that the Brexit drama will soon come to an end.
"Punitive tariffs are no solution"
US punitive tariffs in response to Airbus subsidies will not solve the problem of state aid. Rather, the threat of more and more protectionist measures looms.
"Europe must demand fair competition from China"
VDMA: Instruments to protect the market economy need to be sharpened - Draft of Chinese investment law is not enough - China is and will remain an important partner of the mechanical engineering sector
Mechanical engineering is a pioneer in connecting production
Digital change is making great strides, artificial intelligence, machine learning and 5G have shaped this year's Hannover Messe. The medium-sized mechanical engineering industry is a major driving force behind this change, as the development of OPC UA, the world language for machine communication, shows.
Orders from abroad are declining
The order intake in mechanical engineering is losing momentum and declining for the third time in a row. Domestic growth was unable to compensate for the decline abroad.

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22.02.2019
Technical building valves score points - France remains No. 1 export market - No great expectations for 2019
22.02.2019
Strong year with weak end - China most important sales market - Subdued expectations for 2019
20.02.2019
Synthetic fuels are an essential element of the energy transition, because they bridge the gap between the sectors.
20.02.2019
Ulrich Meißner, tax expert of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), explained the positions and demands of the mechanical and plant engineering industry with regard to tax research promotion in a public hearing of the Finance Committee of the German Bundestag. In a short conversation with the VDMA capital office, he describes his impressions.
19.02.2019
Fewer and fewer young people are interested in vocational training. More and more training places remain vacant. Today, companies have to recruit junior trainees at an early stage. The VDMA's new "Guide for the Promotion of Young Talent" shows how this can be done.
15.02.2019
The results of the first call for tenders for onshore wind energy this year were published today.
15.02.2019
Deputy VDMA Executive Director Hartmut Rauen considers the use of Artificial Intelliegnz to be largely uncritical, even if a discussion about its ethical dimensions is important, said Rauen on the occasion of the Bundestag debate on the AI strategy of the Federal Government.
14.02.2019
In the future, the EU wants to examine foreign investments more closely. Technologies such as artificial intelligence or robotics are also affected.
In 2018, the German robotics and automation sector reached the 15 billion euro mark for industry sales for the first time - an increase of 4%.
12.02.2019
VDMA Material Handling and Intralogistics Association founds working group +++ First key areas of work defined +++ Next meeting on 27 May 2019 +++ 7 project submissions to the Research Association IFL
11.02.2019
Mechanical engineering industry benefits from Swedish customers' high standards - Partner country of Hannover Messe focuses on automation and Artificial Intelligence - Export growth of 3.3 percent, large number of branch offices
08.02.2019
Will protectionism or a "digitalized Leninism" overrun the economic order in Europe? Participants at the congress "Maschinenbau vorausgeDACHt" have defended the market econonmy concept - but it must be reformed.
07.02.2019
On Thursday in Tübingen, in the presence of the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation was officially presented at an official opening ceremony attended by more than 100 invited guests from industry, politics and science.
07.02.2019
At the "Industry Day" in Brussels, Commission President Juncker focused on criteria such as climate and consumer protection.
31.01.2019
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers has reacted favourably to the announcement by Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) that the federal government intends to legislate in the foreseeable future on the tax research subsidies long demanded by the VDMA.
31.01.2019
On the occasion of the latest labour market figures of the Federal Labour Office, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann demands that temporary employment in the recruitment of skilled workers from third countries should not be ruled out.
29.01.2019
Onshore wind energy - installation figures collapse massively, medium- and long-term perspective must be safeguarded by law immediately
22.01.2019
Tomorrow's world of work must not be regulated to the letter. The ILO's proposals go to the wrong direction.
22.01.2019
The good economic situation in the mechanical engineering of Eastern German continued at the end of 2018. And despite multiple risks, companies remain optimistic.
18.01.2019
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers sees sufficient financial scope for comprehensive tax relief.
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.
Dr.Ralph Wiechers Auftragseingang Februar 2019
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau verliert an Fahrt. Im Februar verfehlten die Bestellungen ihr Vorjahresniveau um real 10 Prozent. Das war der dritte monatliche Rückgang in Folge.
Carl Martin Welcker: Hannover Messe 2019
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months. The disputes over customs duties and other trade barriers are increasingly unsettling market participants and dampening the investment mood. This is now also reflected in the mechanical engineering business.
Dr.Ralph Wiechers Auftragseingang Februar 2019
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau verliert an Fahrt. Im Februar verfehlten die Bestellungen ihr Vorjahresniveau um real 10 Prozent. Das war der dritte monatliche Rückgang in Folge.
Carl Martin Welcker: Hannover Messe 2019
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months. The disputes over customs duties and other trade barriers are increasingly unsettling market participants and dampening the investment mood. This is now also reflected in the mechanical engineering business.

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German joint stand as part of the BMWi foreign trade fair programme - registration deadline 10 May 2019!
08.04.2019
An innovative corporate culture is an essential prerequisite for surviving in a volatile and complex environment in the long term. At the VDMA conference "Transformation 4.0" we want to give impulses from operational practice as well as from consulting and science.
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.
05.12.2018
Approximately 7,100 companies are currently being contacted by the Federal Government and informed about the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP), with which they are to exercise human rights due diligence along their supply chain.
04.12.2018
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
29.11.2018
Despite (still) rising student numbers in computer science, the high drop-out rates are a cause for concern. In order to meet the demand for IT specialists in industry 4.0, the quality of teaching must be further improved. The VDMA nacelle initiative is committed to this and will include the field of computer science in the next project phase.
10.10.2018
The regulations of the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) to be observed since 25.05.2018 have caused the members of the VDMA some effort in the implementation of the requirements.
10.10.2018
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
27.09.2018
The USA is the most important export market and investment location for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. At the same time, German companies with capital goods enable the development and modernization of American industry. In politically tense times of transatlantic relations, the EU and the US should strive for a lean free trade agreement and, at the same time, a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With 164 members, the WTO is the best platform for creating competition and free trade.
The aim of the strategic partnership between Labs Network 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich is to develop innovations, technologies and business models at the interface between industry 4.0 and the insurance industry.
15.08.2018
Future Business prepares the next complex trend topic with possible far-reaching effects for the entire mechanical and plant engineering sector. It does not only concern the currently much-discussed future of the plastics industry and waste and recycling technology, but all branches of industry with a connection to materials. Find out how you can contribute!
02.07.2018
Foreign direct investments in Germany as well as German direct investments abroad ensure the success of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. Unlike in the EU, some economic areas restrict foreign investment for economic and political reasons. This is problematic if investors from these countries who are both state-controlled and financially strong become active in our company at the same time. The commandment is called "reciprocity", equal conditions for common benefit. The political objective must be to achieve the same investment conditions everywhere as in Europe.
04.06.2018
The export-oriented German mechanical engineering industry has benefited more than almost any other sector from economic and political integration and having the euro as the single currency. However, the result of the British referendum in favor of Brexit has shaken the EU to its core. Even two years on it is still not completely clear how the EU and the United Kingdom will work together in the future, but the UK must not be granted a special status. The mechanical engineering sector believes that the cohesion of the EU takes priority and demands equal competitive conditions in the EU27 and the UK.
29.05.2018
Frankfurt am Main, 28 May 2018. – Making a visit to the fair simpler, faster and better: this is the goal pursued by the Club of Metalworking, which the VDW launched a few days ago. Membership is free of charge, and offers attractive services for international metalworking experts.
"Companies act more carefully."
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker explains in the Handelsblatt interview of 2 April how the mechanical engineering sector is developing, why Brexit is hurting and why clear regulatory rules are needed in the future as well.
Mechanical engineering damps expectations
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 02-2019 (March 2019)
Industrie 4.0 can only succeed if machine-to-machine communication works across borders and without restrictions. Read in the latest issue of VDMAimpulse why the development of language standards for machines has the highest priority in this development. And how the VDMA plays a decisive role in all this.
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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