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Export-oriented mechanical engineering industry needs strong industrial fairs
Strong  international industrial fairs are important platforms that contribute significantly to strengthen the global competitiveness of the mechanical and plant engineering industry. The VDMA therefore supports the efforts of the German government to welcome more trade fair visitors and exhibitors to Germany again.
VDMA demands honest revision of social costs
According to press reports, social contributions are to increase above the 40 percent guarantee of the federal government. VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann therefore demands a review of social spending.
EU climate targets: "Innovation and market forces instead of regulation and tax money"
Efforts for climate protection must be increased. However, the proposal for greenhouse gas reduction now presented by the EU Commission shows considerable weaknesses in European climate policy.
EU-China Investment Agreement: an agreement must come in 2020!
The virtual EU summit with China has raised hopes which must now finally be followed by action. Especially in times of intensified global protectionism, positive signals for international trade are needed.
China's visa policy harms Europe and the People's Republic
Technical personnel must be able to travel abroad to commission or maintain machines and systems even in times of the pandemic. However, the entry regulations of important partner countries make these assignments more difficult. China has by far the most bureaucratic and complicated requirements.
"Hope for a Brexit agreement drops to an absolute minimum"
Due to the behaviour of Great Britain in the past few days, hopes of an agreement are minimal. Companies that have not yet developed measures for a hard Brexit should now start as soon as possible.

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16.07.2020
Six young companies beat more than 50 applicants in the "Startup Speed Pitch". VDMA Startup-Machine awards a prize to the young company with the greatest potential for the mechanical engineering industry.
15.07.2020
The Federal Statistical Office is registering rising unemployment in the manufacturing industry - from the point of view of the VDMA, the Federal Government must draw the consequence from this to facilitate employment.
15.07.2020
The corona virus pandemic is leaving ever deeper marks on the East German mechanical engineering industry. But slowly, some confidence is returning.
13.07.2020
The EU Parliament has retroactively extended the transitional periods for the installation and sale of engines which belong to the emission stage V. This extension of the deadline offers machine manufacturers an urgently needed planning security.
08.07.2020
The EU Commission has published its EU hydrogen strategy and strategy for integrating energy systems. An important step from the point of view of the VDMA. A fully integrated energy system is the key to a climate-neutral future and economic success.
The Corona pandemic is hitting the export-strong Bavarian mechanical and plant engineering industry with full force. In a recent VDMA survey, 70 percent of the companies report serious declines in incoming orders. "There has never been such a crisis before. Its duration and consequences are therefore difficult to assess at present. Uncertainty and the lack of investment are placing a heavy burden on the Bavarian mechanical and plant engineering industry," explains Claudia Haimer, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of VDMA Bavaria at the Annual Press Conference 2020.
02.07.2020
Free trade and open borders are indispensable for prosperity and the preservation of many jobs in Germany and Europe. This applies all the more in times when protectionists are increasingly trying to restrict international trade.
01.07.2020
The labour market figures show that an extension of short-time work would be urgently necessary. A decision must be taken quickly, as the companies need planning security.
25.06.2020
From January 2021, almost every manufacturer of machinery and equipment in Europe will have to enter information on chemical substances used into the database (SCIP) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
24.06.2020
Total sales in the 1st quarter of 2020 for photovoltaics machine manufacturers are less than 50 percent of the previous year's level. Order intake promises recovery. 90 percent of Asian orders come from China.
18.06.2020
The VDMA clearly rejects a de facto ban on contracts for work and services for all industries, as demanded by some politicians
18.06.2020
2019: Growth in sales, incoming orders and workforce - 2020: Upturn halted by Corona crisis - Key market drivers: digitalization, diversification and green drive
18.06.2020
By tightening the Foreign Trade and Payments Act, the Federal Government is sending out a completely wrong signal. If Germany wants to maintain its industrial base in the long term, foreign capital must flow into the country.
Robotics and automation from Germany cannot escape from the economic consequences of the corona crisis: VDMA R+A is currently expecting a drop in sales of at least 20 percent for 2020. The fundamental growth prospects of the industry, however, are positive for the time after COVID-19.
09.06.2020
Climate protection needs hydrogen, modern plant engineering and political clarity. This clarity is finally foreseeable with the hydrogen strategy.
05.06.2020
Also in the fourth round of negotiations on Britain's withdrawal, no agreement was reached between the EU and the UK. A hard Brexit is now approaching.
04.06.2020
The effects of the corona pandemic have hit the German machine and plant construction industry with force in April.
04.06.2020
German and French companies announce progress towards the European data ecosystem GAIA-X together with the Ministers of Economics Peter Altmaier and Bruno Le Maire.
03.06.2020
A further increase in unemployment must be prevented by lowering the financial and legal barriers to new recruitment. This includes the temporary assumption of social contributions.
02.06.2020
A tightening of the Foreign Trade Ordinance, which would be negative for the mechanical engineering industry, is off the table for the time being. However, the risk remains.
02.06.2020
France has opted for purchase premiums for cars. However, the VDMA president warns against the erroneous path of a subsidy race among the EU states.
28.05.2020
The 5th VDMA flash survey shows that almost all machine manufacturers are suffering from the economic consequences of the corona pandemic. But there are also rays of hope.
27.05.2020
Up to now, larger medium-sized companies have been clearly disadvantaged in the promotion of research. It is good that the Ministry of Research now wants to make improvements here.
22.05.2020
The gradual lifting of compulsory quarantine in Germany for entry and return from EU and EFTA countries is the right thing to do. However, the patchwork of regulations is a great nuisance.
20.05.2020
The corona pandemic and the lockdown to contain it have hit society and industry hard - with hitherto unforeseeable consequences. In particular, companies acutely need sufficient liquidity to cope with the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic and to bridge the period until the economy picks up again.
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020

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03.09.2020
In June 2020, production losses in the mechanical engineering sector continued to decline worldwide. Nevertheless, the half-year results show a double-digit minus in most countries.
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.
27.08.2020
The German Council Presidency will focus on the problems in European standardization and the potential of standardization for the circular economy and the Green Deal - be there and join the discussion!
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.
640 member companies took part in the 7th Corona Flash Survey of the VDMA. In the appendix of this article you will find exclusively the comprehensive results and at the beginning of next week also the evaluations of the trade associations.
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.
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
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.
Friend or foe? - Dealing with foreign investors
Mechanical engineering is at home all over the world; Made in Germany still enjoys an excellent reputation. This is why many foreign investors want to invest in the local companies. But does the industry want that too? Or does it prefer to be protected? The Industry Podcast with VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker.
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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