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Mechanical engineering exports overcome low point
Export figures for the mechanical engineering industry in Germany are further improving. The lowest point in machinery exports has been overcome. However, patience and efforts are still needed in business and politics before the pre-crisis level is reached.
Economic recovery of the BRIC countries from the perspective of the mechanical engineering industry varies widely
The VDMA survey on the order situation in the BRIC countries shows a mixed picture. For China, the mechanical engineering industry sees an increase in sales for 2020.
Counteract rising unemployment
Commenting on the presentation of the annual report of the German Council of Economic Experts to Chancellor Angela Merkel, VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers said
Enable companies to achieve zero round!
The demand recommendation of the IG Metall executive committee causes head shaking at the VDMA. Because in the Corona crisis there is no room for distribution of higher wages.
New US President Biden - a good day for transatlantic relations
The election victory of Joe Biden is good news for transatlantic relations. The mechanical and plant engineering industry expects a more predictable policy from the new US president, which will also involve the transatlantic partners in Europe more closely again.
"Corona measures point out the right way!"
The new measures for corona control are correct and necessary. Large parts of industry can work on and thus play their part in securing employment.

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07.10.2020
"Especially in times of increasing protectionism, the EU needs a strong trade commissioner who can successfully represent and enforce the advantages of open markets and free trade even against resistance".
06.10.2020
The new future study "Progressive Measuring and Testing Technology 2030" by VDMA Future Business shows trends and disruptions that affect the ability to continuously offer application-oriented top quality in mechanical and plant engineering in the future. Digitalization and new measuring methods from biology and quantum technology are key factors.
05.10.2020
Since many companies want to offer mobile working to their employees beyond the corona crisis, if it is operationally feasible, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann considers a legal claim to a so-called home office to be superfluous.
01.10.2020
30 years after German reunification, the East German mechanical and plant engineering industry is once again having to contend with far-reaching structural change. The association warns against jeopardizing what has been achieved so far.
30.09.2020
Commenting on the general debate in the Bundestag, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann said: "The grand coalition must now look beyond direct crisis management. The fight against corona must not lead to a state economy".
29.09.2020
Letter to Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development: Polemic against associations and companies is a distorted picture of reality
24.09.2020
VDMA and ZVEI, together with 20 companies from the mechanical and electrical engineering industries, have founded the "Industrial Digital Twin Association" (IDTA) as a user organization for Industrie 4.0. The aim of the association is to bring together the parallel development strands towards the industrial digital twin and to develop it as an open source solution together with the member companies.
23.09.2020
On the occasion of the draft budget for 2021, which was approved by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann warns against a permanent debt policy.
22.09.2020
Need for adaptation in market integration and digitization
22.09.2020
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18.09.2020
Joint study by VDMA and McKinsey: Almost 80 percent of companies see the need to cooperate on digital business models
18.09.2020
Mechanical engineering and start-ups are working together more and more frequently - and with success: Three out of five start-up cooperations in the mechanical engineering sector are sustainably successful. However, this is far from exhausting all potential. The new study "Strong together" by VDMA and UnternehmerTUM reveals obstacles to cooperation and identifies strategies that mechanical engineering companies can use to increase their chances of successful cooperation with start-ups.
16.09.2020
The German government has extended the period for which short-time work benefits are paid to up to 24 months. VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann considers the decision to be correct in principle.
14.09.2020
• VDMA continues successful cooperation in the initiative • Focus on emission reduction and climate-neutral production
11.09.2020
With "20 concrete proposals", the Federal Minister of Economics wants to advance climate protection and strengthen economic power. Peter Altmaier's approach is important, but does not replace concrete policy.
10.09.2020
The companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector in Baden-Württemberg are facing major challenges. In a survey conducted by VDMA Baden-Württemberg, 70 percent of the companies describe their current order situation as weak, poor or very poor.
In the course of ongoing digitalization, the construction of large-scale plants is facing significant market changes, for which companies have to prepare intensively.
08.09.2020
The corona pandemic is causing great reluctance to invest in mechanical and plant engineering. Production is also suffering as a result in the second half of the year. For 2021, the VDMA expects a small production increase of 2 percent.
04.09.2020
The EU Commission has published recommendations for a better coordinated approach to travel restrictions. A European solution is good, but freedom of movement is important at all times, not only during the crisis.
26.08.2020
During the pandemic, the state must enforce hygiene regulations and, where necessary, make improvements. However, a general obligation to wear masks at the workplace would not make sense in mechanical engineering.
26.08.2020
Domestic business remains largely stable in the first half of 2020 I Strong decline on foreign markets I Residential construction is coming through the crisis well
21.08.2020
The training of junior staff continues to play an important role in mechanical engineering. In the current year, the companies have taken on around 85 percent of their trained apprentices.
18.08.2020
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, most East German mechanical engineers are sticking to their training plans at the beginning of the new apprenticeship year. However, falling numbers of applicants and large gaps in knowledge mean that many industrial/technical training places remain vacant.
13.08.2020
The VDMA has been accepted into the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. This European organisation which was established by the EU Commission just a few weeks ago is to play a central role in the future in the market ramp-up and large-scale use of climate-neutral hydrogen in Europe. The founding members are 18 CEOs of leading European industrial companies and 12 representatives from politics and civil society.
13.08.2020
The US punitive tariffs in the Airbus dispute also affect companies that have nothing to do with the aircraft subsidies. A relaxation of the trade dispute is urgently needed.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders September 2020
The Mechanical Engineering Industry in Germany is gradually recovering from the consequences of the Corona crisis. Following the seasonal setback in August, incoming orders returned to a positive trend in September 2020.
Interview with Karl Haeusgen
The new VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks in an interview with moderator Ursula Heller about the challenges in mechanical engineering and his upcoming term of office.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders September 2020
The Mechanical Engineering Industry in Germany is gradually recovering from the consequences of the Corona crisis. Following the seasonal setback in August, incoming orders returned to a positive trend in September 2020.
Interview with Karl Haeusgen
The new VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks in an interview with moderator Ursula Heller about the challenges in mechanical engineering and his upcoming term of office.

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24.11.2020
VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann spoke out against a women's quota in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
04.11.2020
In October 2020, the sentiment in industrial companies continued to improve, despite increased pandemic uncertainty.
28.09.2020
The 8th VDMA Corona Flash Survey was conducted on September 23/24. 522 member companies took part. As usual, you will find the detailed results for mechanical engineering and 13 trade associations in the appendix.
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.
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.
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.
In conversation with Elke Büdenbender - training and education in Africa create perspectives for everyone involved
The VDMA and its member companies support the vocational training of young Africans in several countries. Patron of the initiative "Skilled workers for Africa" is Elke Büdenbender. The wife of the German President met with the VDMA for an open discussion about opportunities and challenges on the African continent.
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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