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Mechanical engineering industry creates 32,000 new jobs
VDMA: Workforce expansion is remarkable, but not sufficient for production requirements - Production in the first four months of 2018 has increased by 4.2 percent
New EU research policy sidelines industry
The mechanical engineering industry is worried that the new EU research programme "Horizon Europe" is weakening the role of industry in European research policy
Domestic demand is catching up strongly
In April, the mechanical engineering sector's order books recorded a double-digit growth of 12 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
EU finally needs clear rules for posted workers
A Patchwork in Europe causes high bureaucratic expenditure within companies.
VDMA: International trade is not a poker game!
Politics must return to the path of the world trade order under the direction of the WTO.
VDMA: High time for an investment agreement with China
Mechanical engineers from Europe should be able to invest in local companies in China just as much as Chinese companies in this country can. The VDMA therefore strongly demands an investment agreement between the EU and China.

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05.05.2017
Despite all heterogeneity, German manufacturers of building material machinery are expecting a broadly based boost this year. Even at the end of 2016 the orders received in most subsectors had risen considerably compared with the previous year.
04.05.2017
The German food processing and packaging machinery manufacturing companies look forward to the interpack trade fair full of confidence. “For years, our industry has shown a positive development and the German manufacturers can look back on a record year," said Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Packaging and Packaging Machinery Association, at interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf.
03.05.2017
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2017 were 6 per cent up on the previous year. Domestic demand rose by 2 per cent, while overseas orders grew by 8 per cent.
26.04.2017
Machine learning enables efficient control of big data and ensures that software and information technology are becoming increasingly important drivers of innovation in the machinery and equipment sector. The VDMA is therefore setting up a new "Machine Learning" working group to implement recommendations.
26.04.2017
In 2016, the fuel cell industry in Germany achieved a turnover of around EUR 100 million from fuel cell heating devices and power supply systems. Following a lateral movement the previous year, the economic outlook of the VDMA Fuel Cells working group forecasts a growth of 90 percent for the current year based on an industrial survey. Manufacturers can be very optimistic about 2017.
30.03.2017
Positive outlook from OE-A members on the development of organic and printed electronics announced at LOPEC 2017
28.02.2017
In 2016, German manufacturers of construction equipment achieved a turnover of 9.3 billion euros which is an increase of 3 percent compared to 2015. Within the same period world sales of construction equipment declined by 1 percent.
07.02.2017
Turnover of the total industry rises by 8 percent in 2016 - Paper technology again registers increases in turnover and incoming orders - Printing technology sector stable despite weak exports
06.02.2017
In the fourth quarter of 2016, order bookings in the German machine tool industry fell by four per cent compared to the preceding year’s equivalent period. Both exports and domestic orders showed a roughly equal decline. For 2016 as a whole, the rise came to seven per cent, with orders from abroad up by ten per cent, while domestic orders ended up at plus/minus zero.
02.02.2017
The German machine tool industry is in an optimistic mood as 2017 gets under way. “For the current year, we are anticipating significant growth in production output of three per cent,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), speaking at the organisation’s annual press conference in Frankfurt am Main.
23.11.2016
Strong growth in exports to Mexico | Free trade agreements of fundamental importance
28.07.2016
In the year’s first half, order bookings increased by a substantial twelve per cent compared to the preceding year’s figure. While domestic order bookings rose by ten per cent, orders from abroad were also up, by 13 per cent.
Holger Kunze: Brexit looms
What happens in March 2019? How could Great Britain‘s “farewell” from the EU take place? Holger Kunze, Director VDMA European Office, talks about the looming Brexit.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang April 2018
Im April konnte der Maschinenbau in seinen Auftragsbüchern insgesamt wieder ein zweistelliges Wachstum von real plus 12 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr verbuchen. Die Auslandsbestellungen stiegen um real 8 Prozent.
Holger Kunze: Brexit looms
What happens in March 2019? How could Great Britain‘s “farewell” from the EU take place? Holger Kunze, Director VDMA European Office, talks about the looming Brexit.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang April 2018
Im April konnte der Maschinenbau in seinen Auftragsbüchern insgesamt wieder ein zweistelliges Wachstum von real plus 12 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr verbuchen. Die Auslandsbestellungen stiegen um real 8 Prozent.

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automatica – the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics in Munich - opens its doors on June 19 and promises to break all records. Our team is strongly involved! Here comes our Highlights Guide:
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.
Europe works, but it needs to evolve
From the point of view of the mechanical engineering industry, the European idea is a real success model, something people in Europe can be proud of! Nevertheless, there are some points that can still be improved. Because managing the status quo has never been enough.
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.
The VDMA Startup Machine goes live
In the year of its 125th anniversary, the VDMA is launching its Startup Machine: a new grouping that intends to bring together start-up companies and mechanical engineering companies.