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"Lean free trade agreement with the USA is necessary"
The EU Commission has presented its proposals for a free trade agreement with the USA. Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director of VDMA, calls for a comprehensive agreement.
VDMA: More growth through tax relief for companies
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers sees sufficient financial scope for comprehensive tax relief.
"Great Britain acts irresponsibly"
The British House of Commons has rejected this agreement for an orderly withdrawal from the EU. VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker criticises this decision.
Universities are facing an enormous change process - Study by the IMPULS Foundation on Engineering Education for Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 is a Chancenthema for mechanical and plant engineering. The digital vision is increasingly becoming industrial reality in production, products and services. New qualifications and skills are needed among engineers. For the IMPULS Foundation, there was nothing more obvious than to question those who are directly affected. Thus, for the first time, the "new" becomes concrete: with a "target profile engineers 4.0" from the perspective of the mechanical engineering industry.
Industry and politics need a China strategy
The VDMA supports the solution approaches of BDI policy paper, but demands that Chinese investments must become more transparent. Companies must adapt to profound changes in the Chinese market.
Orders remain at previous year's level
In November 2018, incoming orders for the German mechanical engineering industry were at previous year's level (+/- 0 percent in real terms).

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15.10.2018
The transmission system operators announced the amount of the EEG levy and offshore grid levy for the year 2019.
The Greens have tabled a bill in the German Bundestag on tax incentives for research, which, in the opinion of Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, would be of little use to medium-sized industrial companies.
12.10.2018
Mit der Verordnung über Anlagen zum Umgang mit wassergefährdenden Stoffen (AwSV) wurde der anlagenbezogene Gewässerschutz einer bundeseinheitlichen Regelung unterworfen. Der Vollzug ist jedoch nach wie vor uneinheitlich.
11.10.2018
Bureaucratic hurdles for the posting of workers are a burden for the mechanical engineering industry. In Brussels, the VDMA discussed possible easements in the posting of employees with representatives from politics and industry.
09.10.2018
Negotiations are currently under way at EU level to reorganise the CO2 fleet regulation for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The EU Commission's proposal currently gives manufacturers only two instruments at their disposal to improve their CO2 balance.
01.10.2018
The very far-reaching requirements for the posting of workers to other EU countries make it increasingly difficult for German mechanical engineering companies to do business within the EU Single Market.
Record number of delegates at the 10th E-MOTIVE expert forum for electric vehicle drives
26.09.2018
Topic of the VDMA Press Club: “How Europe will maintain its leading position in the wind industry”
21.09.2018
Investments in thin-film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 89 percent, Asian business broader positioned. New orders increased significantly in the second quarter.
13.09.2018
The European Parliament has approved a resolution on the implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy with the aim of increasing the recycling rate in the EU.
07.09.2018
The EU is currently negotiating greater control over investment from China. At an event in Brussels, representatives of the mechanical engineering sector argued in favour of market opening in China rather than investment barriers in Europe.
05.09.2018
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has approved a new framework for the conformity and enforcement of product legislation, paving the way for better monitoring of the internal market.
04.09.2018
The German shipbuilding and offshore supplier industry, which employs 63,500 highly qualified people, is expecting a slight rise in orders this year after the order books were successfully filled in 2017.
21.08.2018
Der Energiepolitische Sprecher des VDMA, Matthias Zelinger, kommentiert den Vorschlag von EU-Kommissar Canete, das EU-Klimaschutzziel für 2030 anzuheben. Das Verhalten aller am Pariser Klimaprozess beteiligten Staaten ist entscheidend.
21.08.2018
Matthias Zelinger, spokesman for energy policy for the VDMA, comments on Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU's climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all states involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.
17.08.2018
In the first half of the year, good exports to the USA and China meant that business was thriving. External economic conditions are indeed becoming more difficult; the sector is nevertheless expecting a 4 percent increase in turnover in 2018.
17.08.2018
Declining exports and weak business nationally have made life difficult for building valve manufacturers in the first half of 2018. The association anticipates an increase in turnover of 2 percent in 2018.
26.07.2018
Following the record expansion year 2017 for onshore wind energy in Germany, new installations are declining in 2018 as expected.
19.07.2018
Standstill in energy policy must come to an end ‐ German government´s 65 percent target can only be achieved with more offshore wind energy ‐ Current projects up to 2020 are progressing according to plan
18.07.2018
Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering sector is clearly on course for growth in 2018. Companies are achieving significant growth in order intake, sales and employment. "2018 will be a strong year for mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg. Due to political uncertainties, however, we are facing challenges," said Dr.-Ing. Mathias Kammüller, Chairman of the VDMA Baden-Württemberg, on 18 July 2018 in Stuttgart.
10.07.2018
Incoming orders up again at last, by 2.7 percent • Technological development focusing on maritime energy transition • Digital service becoming increasingly important
05.07.2018
In May 2018, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell slightly short of the previous year's result.
• VDMA survey: plastics and metal technologies already in use in many companies • Prototyping remains the most common application, serial applications are also increasing
28.06.2018
At its ordinary meeting, the Main Board of the VDMA elected Henrik Schunk (on the left, next to VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker and VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen), a family entrepreneur, as Vice President of the association.
19.06.2018
Investments in thin film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 93 percent, Asian business broader positioned. Order intake drops in the first quarter.
Carl Martin Welcker: Annual press conference 2018
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the prospects for mechanical engineering in 2019, the threat to growth, capacity and supply bottlenecks and the demands made by mechanical engineers on the grand coalition in Berlin.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Oktober 2018
Im Oktober konnten die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland ihren Auftragseingang trotz zahlreicher Verunsicherungen deutlich um real 12 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr steigern.
Carl Martin Welcker: Annual press conference 2018
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the prospects for mechanical engineering in 2019, the threat to growth, capacity and supply bottlenecks and the demands made by mechanical engineers on the grand coalition in Berlin.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Oktober 2018
Im Oktober konnten die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland ihren Auftragseingang trotz zahlreicher Verunsicherungen deutlich um real 12 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr steigern.

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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.
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.
28.03.2018
Mobility is changing. A global driver for this will be the implementation of the Paris climate resolutions. With its efficient solutions, German mechanical and plant engineering makes an important contribution to change and thus secures employment and prosperity.
13.03.2018
The VDMA Software and Digitisation Association has added new features to its app, which are now available free of charge in the app stores.
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.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, issue 05-2018 (November 28, 2018)
Management in the age of digitalization, preparations for Brexit, the warehouses of the future and a checklist for cyberattacks: The latest edition of VDMAimpulse focuses on these issues and more.
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.
7. and 8. February 2019: Congress "Mechanical Engineering ahead of schedule".
Economy and prosperity rest on the shoulders of the industrial middle class. And it is also small and medium-sized enterprises that drive technological change with their innovations, even though they are constantly burdened with new burdens and new international risks arise.
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