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Many mechanical engineering companies expect turnover growth again in 2021
After a disappointing year 2020, the majority of mechanical engineering companies are confident that they will achieve nominal turnover increases again 2021.
"Export credit guarantees have a considerable need for improvement"
The Federal export credit guarantees (Hermes cover) need new instruments. The measures of the Ministry of Economics help companies a little, but are too weak in view of the corona situation.
Orders remain on a downward trend
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
"Now active crisis management is required"
After 13 years, Germany is taking over the EU Council Presidency again. What is needed now is a clear focus: creating a coordinated crisis mechanism, protecting the internal market and setting the course for an open trade policy.
Fuel cell will change the vehicle market
From 2030 onwards, the fuel cell will be represented with a significant share in passenger cars, commercial vehicles and mobile machines. A turnover of 11 billion euros for fuel cell components in passenger cars alone is possible in Europe in 2040.
VDMA: "Training bonus only helps to a very limited extent".
According to VDMA training expert Dr. Jörg Friedrich, the Federal Government's training bonus neglects the training efforts of larger medium-sized companies. Nevertheless, he is confident: "The mechanical engineering industry will continue to provide training in large numbers in any case.

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23.03.2020
Trade barriers should be removed in the fight against the corona crisis. The increase in US duties on aircraft imports sent the completely wrong signal.
20.03.2020
In a fire letter to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker spoke out in favour of an immediate extension of the period for which short-time work benefits are paid from 12 to 24 months.
19.03.2020
To combat the corona pandemic, the mechanical engineering industry will continue to ensure the operation of vital infrastructure. To this end, supply chains must be maintained.
19.03.2020
Despite all the uncertainties: In 2019, Thuringia's machine and plant manufacturers passed the 3 billion euro sales mark for the second year in a row - and set a new record.
17.03.2020
In December, domestic new orders fell for the ninth time this year and fluctuated quite strongly. From abroad they only increased in July, October, November and December. The overall balance of incoming orders and thus the outlook for the next six months therefore remains clearly negative at -6.9% from January to December 2019.
17.03.2020
The corona pandemic is hitting the mechanical engineering sector more and more severely. According to a VDMA flash survey, almost 60 percent of companies are already affected by disruptions in supply chains. Capacity adjustments are following.
12.03.2020
The mechanical engineering industry in Germany is experiencing an even more difficult year than expected. The burdens that have already been felt for some time - trade conflicts, global economic weakness, structural change in the automotive industry - are now being compounded by the corona virus with its unforeseeable consequences for the economy as a whole.
11.03.2020
Durability, reuse, repair and recycling of products: The EU Commission's Action Plan on Circular Economy advocates the circular reuse and further processing of raw materials and products.
05.03.2020
At the beginning of the year, mechanical engineering in Germany experienced a surprisingly good start. In January, incoming orders rose by 7 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
05.03.2020
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 will be postponed to the week of 13 to 17 July 2020. Deutsche Messe AG is thus responding to global developments relating to Covid-19 (coronavirus).
05.03.2020
Production volume 2019 increased by 7 percent +++ Export volume of German suppliers grows to 16.7 billion euros
04.03.2020
The EU Commission has published a proposal for a European climate law and defined climate neutrality in it. VDMA welcomes the definition, but misses an international dimension in the climate law.
03.03.2020
The industry in Germany is under enormous pressure. The corona virus temporarily increases these stresses. The most important task of the federal government is to avoid panic. Support measures for companies must now be implemented quickly.
03.03.2020
German construction industry remains on course - USA new top sales market for the valve industry - Long-term expectations remain subdued
03.03.2020
Sales up 2 percent - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - stagnation expected for 2020
02.03.2020
The Skilled Worker Immigration Act makes a significant contribution to effectively counteracting the shortage of skilled workers. Implementation must now take place without new bureaucratic hurdles.
24.02.2020
A market with a lot of potential, but at the same time many imponderables - this is how Indonesia, the partner country of this year's Hanover Fair, presents itself to the mechanical engineering companies from Germany.
19.02.2020
Europe wants to play the leading role in the development of artificial intelligence (AI).
14.02.2020
The VDMA calls on the German government to work within the EU to ensure that a sustainable and forward-looking free trade agreement with Great Britain can be concluded as quickly as possible.
11.02.2020
The plenary of the European Parliament voted on the Free Trade Agreement and the Investment Protection Agreement with Vietnam on 12 February 2020.
06.02.2020
In 2018, the mechanical engineering sector increased its spending on innovations by 8 percent. This is shown by the latest innovation survey of the ZEW. The biggest obstacle to innovation was the lack of skilled workers. But the lack of financing also prevented some innovation successes.
05.02.2020
The waiver of a charge alone is not sufficient to help the companies.
03.02.2020
The use of hydrogen is indispensable for the desired climate neutrality. The draft of a National Hydrogen Strategy now presented by the Federal Ministry of Economics is an important building block for this, because without hydrogen and other Power-to-X products we will not be able to achieve the Paris climate targets.
31.01.2020
After years of negotiations the time has come: the British are leaving the European Union. During the transition period nothing major will change. But the EU and UK immediately need to start negotiating a free trade agreement.
29.01.2020
The Coal Exit Act can only be the first step. Now more commitment to other technologies is needed. In addition, further burdens on industry must be avoided.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders May 2020
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Hartmut Rauen: Studie "Antrieb im Wandel - Brennstoffzelle"
Die Brennstoffzelle bietet großes Potenzial, immer mehr Fahrzeuge werden damit ausgerüstet. Dazu braucht es großes Know-how, das im Maschinenbau vorhanden ist. Hartmut Rauen beschreibt den Weg zur erfolgreichen Nutzung der Brennstoffzellentechnologie.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders May 2020
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Hartmut Rauen: Studie "Antrieb im Wandel - Brennstoffzelle"
Die Brennstoffzelle bietet großes Potenzial, immer mehr Fahrzeuge werden damit ausgerüstet. Dazu braucht es großes Know-how, das im Maschinenbau vorhanden ist. Hartmut Rauen beschreibt den Weg zur erfolgreichen Nutzung der Brennstoffzellentechnologie.

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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.
16.09.2019
The jury has decided: Four universities will have the chance to be named "Best Machine House 2019" at the award ceremony on 29 October 2019 in Berlin. You are already guaranteed 20,000 euros in prize money.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
22.08.2019
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, in|pact media Verlag publishes a special publication "Zukunft Deutschland - Innovationen, Technologien, Chancen" in the Handelsblatt.
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
Mechanical Engineering - Pacemaker of the "Industrial Transformation"
Mechanical engineering is the pacemaker of the "Industrial Transformation". At the Digital Days of the Hanover Fair on 14 and 15 July 2020, the VDMA will present some of the fields in which mechanical engineers are playing a decisive role in shaping change.
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.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Jan Vogt, HAHN Automation
Main actor in part 3 is Jan Vogt from VDMA member HAHN Automation in Rheinböllen in the Hunsrück. He is team leader in the area "Robot & Vision" and explains the exciting facets of his job as well as the special features of HAHN as an employer.
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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