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"Von der Leyen now deserves support"
European industry counts on a strong and effective policy in Europe. The pro-European forces must therefore work together with the next President of the European Commission on a constructive political agenda for the EU.
A single emissions trading system for all sectors is the wrong way to go
The German Council of Economic Experts - like the VDMA - advocates market-based solutions for climate protection. However, a single emissions trading system for all sectors would be the wrong way to go.
China's visa policy constrains smooth business exchange
The Chinese government has once again tightened visa procedures and is thus moving further away from the hoped-for opening. The uncertainty within the mechanical engineering industry is growing, data protection violations could be the result.
VDMA: The climate protection gap must be closed with market-based tools!
The mechanical engineering industry is in favour of a revenue-neutral CO2 pricing system. The competitiveness of industry must not be damaged. A new report by the VDMA proposes a revenue-neutral solution - unlike the recommendations of the German Federal Environment Department. The results show a CO2 price of 110 euros per ton.
CO2 pricing must take both consumers and industry into account
Future greenhouse gas pricing must not be geared solely to consumers. The idea contest for an emission-oriented system must be completed by autumn.
Searching for Startups for Mechanical Engineering with Artificial Intelligence
A new VDMA study offers companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector AI-based support in navigating through the global startup scene. For the first time, it reveals which startups are relevant for mechanical engineering and where they are located worldwide. Over 3,000 startups with relevance for our industry are presented in a longlist.

News

07.03.2019
2018 production volume grows by 5 percent +++ Significant increase of 8 percent in exports +++ 3 percent growth expected in current year
07.03.2019
A new all-time high in total sales and again more than 13,000 employees: The machine and plant manufacturers from Saxony-Anhalt continued their growth course in 2018.
07.03.2019
The 2018 figures of the State Statistical Office show a remarkable development of Saxon mechanical and plant engineering.
06.03.2019
The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Statistical Office has published the data for mechanical and plant engineering in 2018. Accordingly, the companies achieved a solid result.
05.03.2019
Steady export volume of 4.6 billion euros: EU, China and USA remain the most important sales markets; Stable business climate in German printing and paper machine manufacturing; Industry is in search for skilled workers
The power transmission and fluid power industries are expecting growth of around 3 percent in 2019. The industry focusing on industry 4.0 solutions at the Hannover Messe. The World trade share on the rise.
01.03.2019
With 4.9 percent sales growth, mechanical engineering in Rhineland-Palatinate had a good year in 2018. The remarkable thing about this is that both domestic and foreign sales have increased at almost the same rate.
01.03.2019
The mechanical engineering companies in Hesse had to accept a 4.0 percent decline in sales in 2018. The main reason for this was the 8.3 percent decline in foreign sales, which increased only in October 2018. Above all, sales to other foreign countries fell significantly by 12.6 percent.
27.02.2019
"Digitisation must become a top topic in engineering science university teaching", emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of the VDMA, on the occasion of the annual report published on 27 February by the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI).
22.02.2019
Technical building valves score points - France remains No. 1 export market - No great expectations for 2019
22.02.2019
Strong year with weak end - China most important sales market - Subdued expectations for 2019
20.02.2019
Synthetic fuels are an essential element of the energy transition, because they bridge the gap between the sectors.
20.02.2019
Ulrich Meißner, tax expert of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), explained the positions and demands of the mechanical and plant engineering industry with regard to tax research promotion in a public hearing of the Finance Committee of the German Bundestag. In a short conversation with the VDMA capital office, he describes his impressions.
19.02.2019
Fewer and fewer young people are interested in vocational training. More and more training places remain vacant. Today, companies have to recruit junior trainees at an early stage. The VDMA's new "Guide for the Promotion of Young Talent" shows how this can be done.
15.02.2019
The results of the first call for tenders for onshore wind energy this year were published today.
15.02.2019
Deputy VDMA Executive Director Hartmut Rauen considers the use of Artificial Intelliegnz to be largely uncritical, even if a discussion about its ethical dimensions is important, said Rauen on the occasion of the Bundestag debate on the AI strategy of the Federal Government.
14.02.2019
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%.
12.02.2019
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
11.02.2019
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
08.02.2019
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.
07.02.2019
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.
07.02.2019
At the "Industry Day" in Brussels, Commission President Juncker focused on criteria such as climate and consumer protection.
31.01.2019
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.
31.01.2019
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.
Thilo Brodtmann: CO2 pricing with market based instruments
Der VDMA wird als eine Stimme wahrgenommen, die für eine CO2-Bepreisung wirbt. VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann erklärt, was sich dahinter verbirgt und wie sich der VDMA damit im Vergleich zu anderen Modellen der Energiebepreisung positioniert.
Carl Martin Welcker: Mechanical engineering expects tougher times
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker describes the economic outlook for 2019, explains the demands made by the mechanical engineering industry on policy and explains the importance of reducing bureaucracy and tax cuts for the future of the sector.
Thilo Brodtmann: CO2 pricing with market based instruments
Der VDMA wird als eine Stimme wahrgenommen, die für eine CO2-Bepreisung wirbt. VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann erklärt, was sich dahinter verbirgt und wie sich der VDMA damit im Vergleich zu anderen Modellen der Energiebepreisung positioniert.
Carl Martin Welcker: Mechanical engineering expects tougher times
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker describes the economic outlook for 2019, explains the demands made by the mechanical engineering industry on policy and explains the importance of reducing bureaucracy and tax cuts for the future of the sector.

Must Reads

28.06.2019
"How do we work in the digital age?" The VDMA is investigating this question together with IG Metal in its 2nd BarCamp "Arbeit 4.0".
15.05.2019
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).
01.04.2019
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 2019
22.03.2019
The Trade Secrets Act provides for far-reaching protection of valuable corporate information. The prerequisite, however, is that companies take measures and document them.
08.03.2019
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".
01.03.2019
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
20.02.2019
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.
31.01.2019
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.
05.12.2018
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.
04.12.2018
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
29.11.2018
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.
10.10.2018
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.
10.10.2018
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
27.09.2018
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.
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!
02.07.2018
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.
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.
Mechanical engineering industry expects production to fall in 2019
Forecast: Production declines by 2 percent in real terms - Geopolitical upheavals slow down investment - VDMA President Welcker: Expansion of infrastructure is absolutely necessary - VDMA calls for tax relief to promote investment and innovation
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 03-2019 (June 2019)
Will robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over, lead to massive job displacements and soon send our societies into turmoil? Or are they simply great tools we can use to create a world with increased prosperity, resource efficiency and new cures for terrible diseases? VDMAimpulse did the reality check.
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.
"We need more inventors."
In an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the dissatisfaction of the mechanical engineering industry with federal politics, about important foreign markets and why inventive talent and quality must not be lost in Germany.
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