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Mexico takes a great leap forward
Mechanical engineering exports to the partner country of the Hannover Messe grew considerably in 2017. VDMA trusts in improvements in trade brought on by a new agreement between the EU and Mexico.
Cybersecurity Act: EU must do better!
The European Commission is proposing a Europe-wide framework for IT security. VDMA warns that some of the planned actions would have a negative impact on industry.
Mechanical engineering is driving the digital transformation on platforms, too
Mechanical engineering is succeeding in driving the digital transformation - so far mainly in production, but soon through new business models, too.
“Protectionism First” is not the answer
The “America First” approach is nothing more than a return to the early days of capitalism. World trade is not a zero-sum game where one country wins and another loses.
Brexit: Window-dressing instead of real progress
VDMA disappointed by the diversionary tactics from the British Prime Minister- Association views failure of Brexit negotiations as a possible scenario
Mechanical engineering industry commits to ambitious climate goals
VDMA: Greenhouse gases can be reduced by 80 to 95 percent by 2050, with additional annual costs of EUR 15 billion to 30 billion - Innovations in the mechanical engineering industry will further reduce costs - State cannot act alone, nor give preferential treatment to specific technologies

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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.
Increase in turnover in 2017 and promising outlook for 2018 for the sector
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.
14.09.2017
Investments by the solar industry in the thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success. Record export rate of 97 percent, incoming orders declined in the second quarter after a strong start of the year.
12.09.2017
HUSUM Wind is not only the leading trade fair in the German-speaking wind-power market, it is also a key event in a decisive time for the wind industry in Germany.
06.09.2017
To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, VDMA discussed the future of European industry with representatives from the EU institutions at an evening reception in Brussels.
06.09.2017
There is every reason for the positive mood currently enjoyed by European agricultural machinery manufacturers.
01.09.2017
After the disappointing outcome of the latest round of Brexit negotiations, the mechanical engineering association VDMA is worried about an urgently needed agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.
29.08.2017
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.
22.08.2017
In the first half of 2017, the good order situation in many countries drove the export business of mechanical and plant engineering in Germany considerably.
18.08.2017
German Federal Ministery of Agriculture and VDMA confirmed their digitisation strategy for future agribusiness.
15.08.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the second round of the EEG call for tenders for onshore wind turbines.
28.07.2017
We only need water for drinking, cooking and washing, right? Not even close! Water is in everything around us – from paper to clothes, computers and cars. Do you know how much water runs through your hands every day without you knowing it?
27.07.2017
Gross expansion of onshore wind energy by 2,281 megawatts (MW), which equals 790 wind turbines, as high as expected in the first half of 2017
25.07.2017
• Solar industry is investing heavily at the beginning of the year • Record export rate of 95 percent
14.07.2017
Following a good start to the new year, the upward trend has continued both in the construction equipment and the building material machinery industry. The sector expects to increase its total turnover by 5 percent by the end of the year to around 14.6 billion Euros.
13.07.2017
• German Engineering Federation (VDMA): decline in orders in maritime sector in 2017 • Sales down slightly to €11.1 billion • General situation in mechanical engineering industry and digitalization are encouraging signs
30.06.2017
Order intake in the food processing and packaging machinery sector increased by 23 percent in real terms. The Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association expects demand to pick up further in the coming months.
23.06.2017
VDMA gathered representatives from the worlds of politics and the economy in Brussels to coincide with the start of the Brexit negotiations. Their unanimous view was that the UK’s exit from the EU would not be a success for anyone.
23.06.2017
German manufacturers are the undisputed world leaders in exports
13.06.2017
The demand for machinery and equipment for the production, filling and packaging of beverages continuous to be high and reached a new record in 2016.
The solar industry invests at the beginning of the year more cautious. Record export rate of 91 percent. Equipment for the solar industry increases sales by 20 percent in 2016
05.05.2017
Despite all heterogeneity, German manufacturers of building material machinery are expecting a broadly based boost this year. Even at the end of 2016 the orders received in most subsectors had risen considerably compared with the previous year.
Thilo Brodtmann: Koalitionsvertrag - Zaghaft und visionslos
VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann analysiert das Verhandlungsergebnis von Union und SPD zur Neuauflage der Großen Koalition.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2017
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland sind im Dezember um real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gestiegen. Die Auslandsbestellungen verbuchten ein Plus von 5 Prozent. Dabei kamen die Impulse allein aus den Nicht-Euro-Ländern (plus 10 Prozent).
Thilo Brodtmann: Koalitionsvertrag - Zaghaft und visionslos
VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann analysiert das Verhandlungsergebnis von Union und SPD zur Neuauflage der Großen Koalition.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2017
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland sind im Dezember um real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gestiegen. Die Auslandsbestellungen verbuchten ein Plus von 5 Prozent. Dabei kamen die Impulse allein aus den Nicht-Euro-Ländern (plus 10 Prozent).

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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.
09.08.2017
Cybersecurity is vital when it comes to preparing for digitalization, which continues to be an unstoppable force in mechanical engineering.
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.
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.
What humans create with machines
What are the biggest challenges facing mankind? And what contribution are machines and mechanical engineers already making today to solve them? VDMA has been providing the general public with knowledge on mechanical engineering for 125 years.
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.
Europe – Trailblazer for democracy and digitalization
Mechanical engineers and all other companies in Europe agree that democracy is the necessary basis for the domestic market. And digitalization opens the doors to new ideas, technologies and customers. Europe was the pioneer of democracy and Europe also wants to be a pioneer of digitalization.