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"Stricter rules for foreign investment lead into the wrong direction“.
The German government wants to tighten the rules for foreign investments. "But that will only further unsettle investors," warns Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director of the VDMA.
"The result of the UN Climate Conference is too hesitant"
At the conference in Katowice, the international community agreed on a common rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Mechanical engineering industry remains robust in a difficult environment
Mechanical engineering companies in Germany successfully defied the trade policy storms in 2018 and even increased their workforces despite many uncertainties.
Strong growth despite uncertainties
Frankfurt, December 4, 2018 – In October, despite numerous uncertainties, mechanical engineering companies in Germany were able to significantly increase their order intake by 12 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Artificial Intelligence helps companies to move ahead
VDMA: Development should not be prematurely slowed down by tight regulations - Mechanical Engineering Industry Association publishes position paper on AI
Progress needed in international climate policy
The mechanical engineering industry calls for a consistent implementation of the Paris Agreement. The global climate targets can only be achieved through an extended use of efficient technologies.

News

Fundamental change in factory organization is imminent - Solutions for an increasingly networked world characterized by complexity and individualization - Fourth VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential for the machinery industry
20.03.2018
Production in 2017 at pre-crisis levels for the first time in 2007 +++ 3 percent growth expected this year +++ 8 percent growth in exports
14.03.2018
The VDMA is tirelessly fighting for improved market surveillance in Europe. Online trading and fulfillment centers have not simplified the batch situation. The EU Commission has presented a new proposal for market surveillance.
23.02.2018
The EU is working on a uniform European sales law, but the mechanical engineering industry will probably remain largely unaffected.
22.02.2018
The potential and challenges of a comprehensive energy transition were the focus of the board meeting and general meeting of VDMA Engines and Systems on February 21 and 22 at Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG in Rostock at which a new Executive Committee was also elected.
20.02.2018
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the first call for tender in 2018 for onshore wind energy.
14.02.2018
The German construction equipment industry ended 2017 with turnover of 10.8 billion euros – an increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year. It is the fourth consecutive year of growth for the sector. Incoming orders were 19 percent higher by the end of the year. 2018 is therefore expected to be another good year, with the industry predicting an eight percent increase in turnover.
08.02.2018
The European Parliament has approved the planned reform of emissions trading in Europe. VDMA considers that a stable allowance price is in the economy’s best interests.
08.02.2018
Preliminary calculations by the Federal Statistical Office indicate that, adjusted for price, production in mechanical engineering rose by 3.1 percent last year, reaching a volume of around 212 billion euros thus exceeding the three percent growth predicted by VDMA's economists.
07.02.2018
"The new government is going in the right direction with their commitment to efficiency and faster grid expansion for more renewable energy, but much more consistency is needed."
06.02.2018
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany increased by 7 percent in real terms in December compared to the previous year. Orders from abroad recorded an increase of 5 percent.
05.02.2018
“The German machine tool industry is setting one production record after another.” With this good news, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, opened the organisation’s annual press conference. In 2017, the sector achieved growth of four per cent, and will thus, according to the provisional results, reach a volume of around 15.7 billion euros. For 2018, the VDW is expecting production output to increase by another five per cent.
05.02.2018
Im vierten Quartal 2017 stieg der Auftragseingang der deutschen Werkzeugmaschinenindustrie im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum um 24 Prozent. Dabei legten die Bestellungen aus dem Inland um 48 Prozent zu. Die Auslandsorders wuchsen um 13 Prozent. Für 2017 gilt insgesamt ein Plus von 8 Prozent. Dabei kletterten die Inlandsaufträge um 10 Prozent nach oben, während die Auslandsbestellungen mit 7 Prozent Plus abschlossen. Hier positionierten sich die Euroländer als Zugpferd.
26.01.2018
In just under 100 days from now, the European General Data Protection Regulation will come into force. The European Commission has now published guidelines to ensure a smooth implementation.
22.01.2018
VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers on the new outlook for the world economy:
18.01.2018
With a total output capacity of more than 5.3 GW, offshore wind turbines make an increasing contribution to the security of Germany’s energy supply.
17.01.2018
Industry performs better than expected. Prices of raw material and a shortage of skilled workers are dampening the mood.
16.01.2018
The German Maritime LNG Platform and VDMA have agreed a collaborative partnership. By co-operating and mutually supporting each other, the Platform’s Managing Director, Tessa Rodewaldt, and the Managing Director of VDMA Engines and Systems, Peter Müller-Baum, envision a range of constructive opportunities to jointly drive forward future innovation in the shipping sector.
16.01.2018
The EU hopes to reduce or entirely do away with plastic waste in Europe. In view of VDMA, this initiative can indeed help leverage existing potentials.
04.01.2018
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 81 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017
21.12.2017
One year after presenting the Clean Energy Package, the EU Energy Ministers have discussed the outstanding central points and agreed on common positions on the topics of the internal market in electricity, governance regulations and support of renewable energies.
12.12.2017
Sales in mechanical engineering sector surpass EUR 220 billion mark for the first time in 2017- Increase in sales to more than EUR 230 billion expected for 2018
22.11.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the third and final EEG (Renewable Energies Act) bidding round for onshore wind energy in 2017
21.11.2017
Electric power as the foundation for other forms of energy provides solutions for a wide range of applications - Mechanical engineering is a key industry for climate protection - Third VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry
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.

Must Reads

04.12.2018
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
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!
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.
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.
More of it: cohesion and freedom of movement in Europe!
The internal market is at the heart of the European Union and without cohesion among European states there are no common solutions for Europe.
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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