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"The Brexit is coming - a free trade agreement must follow."
Following Boris Johnson's election victory, companies can prepare for a Brexit on 31 January 2020. Now we must work flat out on a free trade agreement.
WTO before cardiac arrest
Because the American government is blocking the replacement of judges, the WTO Arbitration Court is threatened with inability to act. This is equivalent to cardiac arrest, comments Ulrich Ackermann, Head of the Foreign Trade Department at VDMA.
The order situation is not getting better
The order situation for machine manufacturers from Germany has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again negative in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).
Number of mechanical engineers at record level
Mechanical and plant engineering continues to set new records for engineering employment. This is shown by the new VDMA engineering survey, which is carried out every three years.
Industrial strategy: Improve the competitiveness of small and medium-sized industrial enterprises!
On the occasion of the presentation of the Industrial Strategy 2030 by Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker made a statement.
"EU class action lawsuit opens door to abuse"
The EU could soon make class actions possible. The VDMA warns against waves of lawsuits against medium-sized companies.

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03.10.2019
The US has announced punitive tariffs on European products in response to Airbus subsidies. The VDMA calls for constructive solutions.
02.10.2019
Member survey of the AG Additive Manufacturing in VDMA
26.09.2019
Dialogue is better than isolation: In Brussels, the VDMA promotes international cooperation in trade and climate policy.
26.09.2019
VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment: Total sales 13 percent lower than in previous quarter. Export ratio again exceeds 96 percent. Value chain: Components grow significantly.
25.09.2019
Posting workers to other EU countries is currently associated with disproportionate bureaucracy. In a recent report, the Commission ignores the problem.
24.09.2019
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker criticises the climate package announced by the Grand Coalition: CO2 prices are set too low.
24.09.2019
To ensure that vocational training remains a success story, the head of the VDMA training department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls for strong investment in vocational schools.
19.09.2019
The plans of Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil to subsidise trade union dues are "absurd" from the point of view of VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers.
12.09.2019
The new VDMA guideline supports the topic of machine learning and shows step by step how the introduction can take place in your own company.
10.09.2019
In addition to the topics of digitisation, climate policy and a stable economy, the new EU Commission also wants to focus more on reducing bureaucracy.
10.09.2019
Plastic has been making life easier for people for many decades and is indispensable for many industrial processes.
09.09.2019
"When it comes to tax incentives for research, we hope for 'Struck's law' - no law leaves the Bundestag as it is introduced," emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, at today's hearing of the Bundestag Finance Committee on tax incentives for research.
05.09.2019
The British Parliament tries to make sure that there will be no hard Brexit after all. Nevertheless, companies must continue to prepare for it.
04.09.2019
Supplement to the 10-points-plan of the economic and environmental associations
04.09.2019
10-point plan for the revival of wind energy expansion
04.09.2019
Sustainable, medium-sized and growth-oriented: this is how the future governments in Brandenburg and Saxony must shape industrial policy for the next five years. Above all, it is necessary to push ahead with education, infrastructure and bureaucracy reduction.
03.09.2019
Weak start to the year 2019 - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - Slight increase in sales expected for 2019
03.09.2019
German construction industry remains on course - US sales market scores with strong demand - Long-term expectations remain subdued
28.08.2019
The meeting at the HF Mixing Group was about, among other things, how rules for the posting of skilled workers within the EU can be simplified for industrial companies.
22.08.2019
The new building is the VDMA's clear commitment to Frankfurt as a location, whose central location in Europe represents a major advantage for its members. The existing building and the new building will in future offer an ensemble with an attractive campus character for dialogue and networking activities.
15.08.2019
Declining numbers of applicants and young people with considerable knowledge gaps in MINT subjects as well as inadequate social skills make it difficult for East German mechanical engineers to find suitable trainees for industrial occupations.
08.08.2019
The Grand Coalition wants to change the working hours law. Companies should get more leeway in the future so that they can adapt their working hours to the requirements of increasing digitalisation, demands the VDMA.
05.08.2019
The EU Commission has carried out a public consultation on "Sustainability requirements for batteries" in order to assess opportunities to promote the sustainable design and use of batteries.
03.08.2019
The US and the EU have agreed on trade in beef and veal - now a free trade agreement must follow, eliminating all industrial tariffs.
25.07.2019
Historically low expansion despite very good growth prospects - urgently resolve approval backlog
Carl Martin Welcker: Forecast Mechanical Engineering 2020
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders October 2019
The order situation for the german mechanical engineering industry has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again double-digit in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).
Carl Martin Welcker: Forecast Mechanical Engineering 2020
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders October 2019
The order situation for the german mechanical engineering industry has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again double-digit in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).

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09.12.2019
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.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
22.08.2019
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, in|pact media Verlag publishes a special publication "Zukunft Deutschland - Innovationen, Technologien, Chancen" in the Handelsblatt.
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
15.05.2019
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on 14.05.2019 that Member States must oblige employers to set up a system to measure daily working time (ECJ, judgment of 14.05.2019 - C-55/18).
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.
Mechanical engineering has to assert itself in a difficult environment
Mechanical engineering companies from Germany have to hold their own in an increasingly difficult economic environment. The year 2019 was marked by a weak global economy, increasingly harsh threats and sanctions in the global trade disputes, as well as a far-reaching structural change in the automotive industry.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Tobias Holzhäuer, IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
Young professionals find attractive jobs in mechanical engineering. Hardly any other industry is so versatile and brings different disciplines together so closely. As a supplier and user, mechanical engineering is at the heart of today's and tomorrow's technologies, providing solutions and making things possible. Clever minds with Motivation is welcome here - there is a lot to discover and to develop!
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 05-2019 (December 2019)
Hydrogen: Much more than a hype. If you want to protect the climate and reduce CO2 emissions, you must not avoid Power-to-X technologies - the conversion of electricity into gas or liquid fuels. Mechanical engineering is ready for the step out of the lab. Politics, too?
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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