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Machine exports suffer from trade conflicts
The export momentum has slowed considerably. The USA leads the ranking in terms of the most important export countries, ahead of China.
Constitutional court must review plans for the solidarity surcharge
There is no good reason why higher incomes and earnings should continue to be subject to the solidarity surcharge. The Federal Cabinet's plans demand a review by the Federal Constitutional Court.
European photovoltaic production can be profitable
Photovoltaic production in Europe and Germany across the entire value chain is competitive again if the size of the production fab is appropriate. This is the result of a survey by Fraunhofer ISE commissioned by VDMA, comparing the cost ratios of production in Europe and China.
The solidarity surcharge must be completely relinquished!
The solidarity surcharge should be abolished completely after 30 years - and not only for 90 percent of the tax payers.
Order intake in mechanical engineering June 2019: Large orders soften the decline
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books.
Training gap becomes a brake on growth
Training year 2019 starts with 34,000 vacancies in mechanical engineering VDMA members particularly committed to young talent

News

14.06.2019
After ten years of growth and doubling of sales in the German plastics and rubber machinery sector the turning point has now been reached
13.06.2019
A chaotic exit from the EU by the UK is currently more likely than ever. In that case, industry faces disruptions of trade flows and supply chains.
06.06.2019
From the point of view of the VDMA, the resolution of 6 June on the continuation of the science pacts by the heads of government of the federal and state governments is an important political signal for the importance of higher education teaching. However, the science pacts are still a long way from achieving equivalence between research and teaching: the scope of funding for teaching remains far behind that of research.
06.06.2019
The European Commission sees the lack of fast Internet connections as a brake, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.
04.06.2019
Hardly any other lead environmental market profits as much from digitisation as the environmental service branch - it can become the decisive instrument for the dissemination and acceleration of the environmental service branch and for new opportunities through new business models.
27.05.2019
According to figures from the Federal Statistical Office, German manufacturers of woodworking machinery achieved a production record of 3.3 billion euros last year with a plus of 5 percent over the previous year. The predicted increase of 8 percent was thus missed.
24.05.2019
The resignation of Prime Minister May makes a chaotic Brexit more likely than ever. Businesses should take urgent precautions.
24.05.2019
European policy must also make its contribution do ensure that industry can meet its current challenges.
23.05.2019
The technology roadmap must be filled with life quickly: The aim is the defossilisation of shipping. Federal Ministry of Economics supports the development of new technologies.
22.05.2019
Medium-sized industrial companies are increasingly seeking access to start-ups in order to jointly accelerate digital change and develop future technologies - from robot programming for everyone to navigation solutions for entire fleets of driverless transport systems.
21.05.2019
In cooperation with Noerr LLP, the legal department of the VDMA developed a comprehensive guide on data sovereignty in the field of mechanical engineering industry, which provides member companies with valuable information on contractual possibilities of data allocations.
21.05.2019
In the course of ongoing digitalization, the construction of large-scale plants is facing significant market changes, for which companies have to prepare intensively. This is the core result of a new, broad-based benchmark study by the VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers’ Group (AGAB) and PwC Capital Projects & Infrastructure.
20.05.2019
Minister President Winfried Kretschmann awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg on 18 May, including the VDMA Past President Dr. Ing. h. c. Manfred Wittenstein. Kretschmann honoured Wittenstein as the "leading engineer and entrepreneur personality of our time".
20.05.2019
VDMA and Fraunhofer have created a new platform for innovations with the Hacking Engineering Hackathon - Startups successfully develop solutions for challenges given to them by industrial companies - 11 international teams take part in the pilot competition in Berlin
17.05.2019
Environmental policy and economic prosperity are not opposites. However, product regulation must not overburden companies.
15.05.2019
Revenues grow by 8 percent in 2018. Incoming orders up again after weak phase at year end
13.05.2019
Industry has great expectations in Texprocess
10.05.2019
Regulation at European level also benefits the export-driven mechanical engineering sector. However, the EU must prevent unnecessary burdens on businesses.
08.05.2019
Professor Claus Oetter, Managing Director of VDMA Software and Digitisation, calls for a stronger possibility of differentiation for industry at the meeting of the Data Ethics Commission and the question of an ethical design of society.
08.05.2019
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker welcomes the fact that parliamentary deliberations on the immigration law of skilled empolyees have finally begun.
04.05.2019
In 2018, machine production by manufacturers of meat processing machinery grew by almost 5 percent to 1.16 billion euros.
26.04.2019
Federal Minister Peter Altmaier represents Germany at the Silk Road Conference in Beijing.
25.04.2019
The majority of East German machine and plant manufacturers are currently looking to good business. However, the outlook is slowly becoming gloomier.
23.04.2019
Many countries have or are developing product requirements for machine safety and environmental protection. Machine manufacturers are therefore often forced to build machines differently. To make matters worse, there are mandatory third party tests. Instead, the VDMA advocates effective market surveillance.
16.04.2019
In 2018, mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg increased its sales by 3.3 percent compared to the previous year to a record 85.4 billion euros. Measured by the total turnover of the German mechanical engineering industry, almost every third machine comes from Baden-Württemberg.
Dr. Jutta Trube: Solarmodule "Made in Europe" - a new Chance
Dr. Jutta Trube explains why the production of solar modules should return to Europe and under which conditions this step can be worthwhile. She explains the results of a VDMA study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders Junie 2019
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books. In the first half of 2019, orders declindes by 9 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year, with the minus at home and abroad reaching the same level.
Dr. Jutta Trube: Solarmodule "Made in Europe" - a new Chance
Dr. Jutta Trube explains why the production of solar modules should return to Europe and under which conditions this step can be worthwhile. She explains the results of a VDMA study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders Junie 2019
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books. In the first half of 2019, orders declindes by 9 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year, with the minus at home and abroad reaching the same level.

Must Reads

08.08.2019
"How do we work in the digital age?" The VDMA is investigating this question together with IG Metal in its 2nd BarCamp "Arbeit 4.0".
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
From 10 to 13 September 2019 the German wind trade fair HUSUM Wind will take place. What moves the industry nationally will be presented in Husum.
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.
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.
"Control the market with a CO2 price."
Mechanical engineering wants to lead the way in climate protection. In the "SZ" interview, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker calls for a market-economy reform of the entire energy pricing system - and an honest debate about the consequences.
11th German Mechanical Engineering Summit on 15 & 16 October 2019
The leading congress of mechanical and plant engineering: 2 days networking, thinking ahead, changing
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 03-2019 (June 2019)
Will robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over, lead to massive job displacements and soon send our societies into turmoil? Or are they simply great tools we can use to create a world with increased prosperity, resource efficiency and new cures for terrible diseases? VDMAimpulse did the reality check.
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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