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Technology makes the world cleaner
Making the world a good deal cleaner, conserving resources and maintaining good air and clear water - that requires state-of-the-art mechanical engineering. Around 3,300 exhibitors are demonstrating at IFAT in Munich that the technologies are ready to efficiently separate and recycle recyclable materials, clean water from plastic waste or purify polluted air. The machine manufacturers from Germany play a leading role here.
Mechanical engineering companies strengthen their presence abroad
Direct investments in foreign mechanical engineering sector increase, investment in German mechanical engineering remains unchanged
Slight decline is no cause for concern
In March, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany decreased by 4 percent in real terms compared with the previous year. However, last year’s result was exceptionally high.
VDMA: EU and USA must end their dispute
Commenting on US President Trump's announcement that the EU will be exempted from duties on steel and aluminium for another month, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann said:
Artificial intelligence offers more opportunities than risks
VDMA considers the latest communication by the European Commission on artificial intelligence as balanced, but it warns that the debate that will now start needs to stay focused on facts.
Product piracy continues to cause great damage in the mechanical engineering industry
VDMA 2018 study: Another 7.3 billion euros in damages - China remains by far the biggest plagiarist - Counterfeits are a security risk

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05.02.2018
“The German machine tool industry is setting one production record after another.” With this good news, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, opened the organisation’s annual press conference. In 2017, the sector achieved growth of four per cent, and will thus, according to the provisional results, reach a volume of around 15.7 billion euros. For 2018, the VDW is expecting production output to increase by another five per cent.
05.02.2018
Im vierten Quartal 2017 stieg der Auftragseingang der deutschen Werkzeugmaschinenindustrie im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum um 24 Prozent. Dabei legten die Bestellungen aus dem Inland um 48 Prozent zu. Die Auslandsorders wuchsen um 13 Prozent. Für 2017 gilt insgesamt ein Plus von 8 Prozent. Dabei kletterten die Inlandsaufträge um 10 Prozent nach oben, während die Auslandsbestellungen mit 7 Prozent Plus abschlossen. Hier positionierten sich die Euroländer als Zugpferd.
26.01.2018
In just under 100 days from now, the European General Data Protection Regulation will come into force. The European Commission has now published guidelines to ensure a smooth implementation.
22.01.2018
VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers on the new outlook for the world economy:
18.01.2018
With a total output capacity of more than 5.3 GW, offshore wind turbines make an increasing contribution to the security of Germany’s energy supply.
17.01.2018
Industry performs better than expected. Prices of raw material and a shortage of skilled workers are dampening the mood.
16.01.2018
The German Maritime LNG Platform and VDMA have agreed a collaborative partnership. By co-operating and mutually supporting each other, the Platform’s Managing Director, Tessa Rodewaldt, and the Managing Director of VDMA Engines and Systems, Peter Müller-Baum, envision a range of constructive opportunities to jointly drive forward future innovation in the shipping sector.
16.01.2018
The EU hopes to reduce or entirely do away with plastic waste in Europe. In view of VDMA, this initiative can indeed help leverage existing potentials.
04.01.2018
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 81 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017
21.12.2017
One year after presenting the Clean Energy Package, the EU Energy Ministers have discussed the outstanding central points and agreed on common positions on the topics of the internal market in electricity, governance regulations and support of renewable energies.
12.12.2017
Sales in mechanical engineering sector surpass EUR 220 billion mark for the first time in 2017- Increase in sales to more than EUR 230 billion expected for 2018
22.11.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the third and final EEG (Renewable Energies Act) bidding round for onshore wind energy in 2017
21.11.2017
Electric power as the foundation for other forms of energy provides solutions for a wide range of applications - Mechanical engineering is a key industry for climate protection - Third VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry
13.11.2017
Good times for the European agricultural machinery industry – profitable harvests and reasonable prices for agricultural products, particularly milk and forage crops, have fuelled the demand for innovative agricultural machinery and tractors in numerous key markets.
02.11.2017
In September, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector continued their growth trajectory, gaining around 12 percent in real terms in comparison with the previous year.
26.10.2017
The construction equipment and building material machine industry is performing well so far in 2017. “Although there is more chaos in the world today than ever before, we have thus far managed to cope with all the challenges that have come in rapid succession,” emphasized Johann Sailer, Chairman of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association at the Association’s general meeting on October 26 in Düsseldorf.
20.10.2017
VDMA views with cautious optimism the fact that the remaining EU Member States are willing to start preparations to negotiate the future trading relationship between the EU and UK.
16.10.2017
Exports increased in the first half of 2017 • Top 3 of the sales markets continue to grow • Focus Fakuma: Injection moulding machine exports with considerable plus
13.10.2017
People travel, use raw materials and live with digitalization. People need clean air. But how is all this being assured? On www.mensch-maschine-fortschritt.de, the VDMA presents four new multimedia reports with answers to questions that arise in our daily lives.
11.10.2017
Batteries are not only of crucial significance for E-Mobility - they are one of the key technologies. Against this background it is absolutely necessary to further develop the battery as an important power-component and to lower its costs in the future.
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.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang März 2018
Im März sind die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland real um 4 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gesunken. Allerdings lag die Messlatte für den Vorjahresvergleich auch außergewöhnlich hoch. Der März 2017 war geprägt durch viel Großanlagengeschäft, sowohl im Inland als auch im Ausland. Dadurch wurde er zum auftragsstärksten Monat des gesamten vergangenen Jahres.
Wirtschaftspressekonferenz Hannover Messe 2018
VDMA-Präsident Carl Martin Welcker spricht auf der Hannover Messe 2018 über die Erhöhung der Produktionsprognose im deutschen Maschinen- und Anlagenbau von 3 auf 5 Prozent, über das Partnerland Mexiko und die Forderungen der Maschinenbauer an die neue Bundesregierung.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang März 2018
Im März sind die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland real um 4 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gesunken. Allerdings lag die Messlatte für den Vorjahresvergleich auch außergewöhnlich hoch. Der März 2017 war geprägt durch viel Großanlagengeschäft, sowohl im Inland als auch im Ausland. Dadurch wurde er zum auftragsstärksten Monat des gesamten vergangenen Jahres.
Wirtschaftspressekonferenz Hannover Messe 2018
VDMA-Präsident Carl Martin Welcker spricht auf der Hannover Messe 2018 über die Erhöhung der Produktionsprognose im deutschen Maschinen- und Anlagenbau von 3 auf 5 Prozent, über das Partnerland Mexiko und die Forderungen der Maschinenbauer an die neue Bundesregierung.

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29.03.2018
Frankfurt am Main, 29 March 2018. – The dates for the next METAV have been finalised. The International trade fair for metalworking technologies will be held in Düsseldorf from Tuesday to Friday 10 to 13 March 2020.
21 company representatives came together on November 28 for the inaugural meeting of the new committee. The focus is on sustainability requirements and the increasing duties of care throughout the delivery chain, as well as the strategic integration of sustainability in the company.
06.09.2017
The update of the ITRPV will be presented and released on September 6th, 2017 in Shanghai. The information on the technology maturity is now implemented for selected parameters.
10.02.2015
VDMA’s fears that a common European Sales Law would increase transaction costs and legal uncertainty, and would therefore not be a true added-value for companies, have been recognised by decision makers in Brussels.
Europe works, but it needs to evolve
From the point of view of the mechanical engineering industry, the European idea is a real success model, something people in Europe can be proud of! Nevertheless, there are some points that can still be improved. Because managing the status quo has never been enough.
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.
The VDMA Startup Machine goes live
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.