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VDMA: Russia sanctions need to be reconsidered
It is becoming increasingly difficult for the European mechanical engineering industry to maintain its position on the Russian market. The weak ruble exchange rate, the volatile oil price, protectionism and not least the sanctions are causing exporters great headaches. VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker therefore advocates to reconsider the sanctions.
Fiscal Incentives for Research: better late than never!
"Better late than never", commented Hartmut Rauen, Executive Director of the VDMA, on today's Cabinet decision to introduce fiscal incentives for research.
Machinery exports to the EU-28 hold their own bravely
In the first quarter of 2019, Germany exported 43.8 billion euros in machinery. This is 2.1 percent more than in the same period last year (42.9 billion euros).
"U.S. President Trump hasn't taken a safe turn yet"
The EU and the US must use the next 180 days to find a WTO-compliant solution to the customs dispute. The postponement of the American punitive tariffs is only a reprieve.
Mechanical engineering industry enlarges research efforts
Research and development expenditure reaches new record level - Steady increase in R&D employees - Research funding must also address larger medium-sized companies
Escalation of trade war does not help
The increase of American punitive tariffs against China is damaging both countries. Mechanical engineering industry in Europe is also being hit because uncertainty is on the rise.


In the future, the EU wants to examine foreign investments more closely. Technologies such as artificial intelligence or robotics are also affected.
In 2018, the German robotics and automation sector reached the 15 billion euro mark for industry sales for the first time - an increase of 4%.
VDMA Material Handling and Intralogistics Association founds working group +++ First key areas of work defined +++ Next meeting on 27 May 2019 +++ 7 project submissions to the Research Association IFL
Mechanical engineering industry benefits from Swedish customers' high standards - Partner country of Hannover Messe focuses on automation and Artificial Intelligence - Export growth of 3.3 percent, large number of branch offices
Will protectionism or a "digitalized Leninism" overrun the economic order in Europe? Participants at the congress "Maschinenbau vorausgeDACHt" have defended the market econonmy concept - but it must be reformed.
On Thursday in Tübingen, in the presence of the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation was officially presented at an official opening ceremony attended by more than 100 invited guests from industry, politics and science.
At the "Industry Day" in Brussels, Commission President Juncker focused on criteria such as climate and consumer protection.
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers has reacted favourably to the announcement by Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) that the federal government intends to legislate in the foreseeable future on the tax research subsidies long demanded by the VDMA.
On the occasion of the latest labour market figures of the Federal Labour Office, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann demands that temporary employment in the recruitment of skilled workers from third countries should not be ruled out.
Onshore wind energy - installation figures collapse massively, medium- and long-term perspective must be safeguarded by law immediately
Tomorrow's world of work must not be regulated to the letter. The ILO's proposals go to the wrong direction.
The good economic situation in the mechanical engineering of Eastern German continued at the end of 2018. And despite multiple risks, companies remain optimistic.
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers sees sufficient financial scope for comprehensive tax relief.
Also the EU Parliament is intensively discussing how the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be politically addressed. On 14th January, the European Parliament's Industry Committee will vote on a report in which MEPs set out their views on the future of AI.
The EU Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have agreed on the so-called "Cybersecurity Act".
After years of ideologically coloured debates, the VDMA believes that the planned Immigration of Skilled Workers Act is an important step in the right direction.
The Collective Energy Act was passed today by the Federal Council. A comment:
The EU Free Trade Agreement with Japan is an important signal against protectionism and opens up new export opportunities for European industry.
The energy revolution and climate protection needs Power-to-X. The conversion of green electricity into storable gas or synthetic fuel is a key element in achiev-ing Germany's and Europe's energy policy goals.
The EU-Commission convincingly underpins its ambition to coordinate efforts in Europe with the “Coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence”. However, the VDMA demands a clearer focus on industrial applications.
VDMA welcomes the decision of the Federal Network Agency to allocate local frequencies - Complete coverage mandatory for industrial applications - Coverage of 98 percent of households is insufficient
The single European market needs a single piece of legislation to ensure the secure exchange of company and product data. The planned Cybersecurity Act is the wrong approach because it continues the fragmented regime of the Member States.
With the new research framework programme from 2021 to 2027, funding might be distributed according to the watering can principle. However, a targeted programme for key technologies would be important.
Slow procedures affect important supply chains - Significantly more funds needed to rehabilitate dilapidated bridges - First improvements achieved in Hesse and other states
Thilo Brodtmann, VDMA`s Executive Director, takes further responsibility to strengthen the interests of industry at European level.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang März 2019
Der Auftakt ins laufende Jahr war für die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland wenig erfreulich. Im ersten Quartal 2019 wurde in den Auftragsbüchern ein Minus von real 10 Prozent im Vergleich zum gleichen Zeitraum des Vorjahres verbucht. Auch der März brachte einen Orderrückgang von 10 Prozent.
Thilo Brodtmann: Go Vote
Thilo Brodtmann explains the significance of the European election, why the election is important for the mechanical engineering industry and the VDMA's attitude towards the European Union.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang März 2019
Der Auftakt ins laufende Jahr war für die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland wenig erfreulich. Im ersten Quartal 2019 wurde in den Auftragsbüchern ein Minus von real 10 Prozent im Vergleich zum gleichen Zeitraum des Vorjahres verbucht. Auch der März brachte einen Orderrückgang von 10 Prozent.
Thilo Brodtmann: Go Vote
Thilo Brodtmann explains the significance of the European election, why the election is important for the mechanical engineering industry and the VDMA's attitude towards the European Union.

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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).
German joint stand as part of the BMWi foreign trade fair programme - registration deadline 10 May 2019!
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 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.
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".
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
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.
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.
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.
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
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.
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.
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"Companies act more carefully."
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker explains in the Handelsblatt interview of 2 April how the mechanical engineering sector is developing, why Brexit is hurting and why clear regulatory rules are needed in the future as well.
Mechanical engineering damps expectations
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 02-2019 (March 2019)
Industrie 4.0 can only succeed if machine-to-machine communication works across borders and without restrictions. Read in the latest issue of VDMAimpulse why the development of language standards for machines has the highest priority in this development. And how the VDMA plays a decisive role in all this.
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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