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Machine exports to Turkey decrease significantly
Deliveries shrink in the first few months by almost 5 percent - Currency crisis is making itself felt
Good first half year in mechanical engineering
After a short breather, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany once again showed double-digit growth.
The planned elimination of all industrial tariffs is good news for mechanical engineering
Statement by VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann on the declaration of intent by US President Trump and EU Commission President Juncker in the trade dispute
VDMA: Transatlantic trade requires clear rules instead of crooked deals
The EU needs to keep its calm and set its eyes on long-term perspectives when it comes to tackling the trade dispute with US President Donald Trump.
Signal for openness: EU and Japan ratify bilateral free trade agreement
The mechanical engineering sector in Germany welcomes the ratification of the bilateral free trade agreement between the European Union and Japan.
EU must create a level playing field with China
Mechanical engineering companies are demanding significantly more efforts from the EU to eliminate unfair competition on the local Chinese machine market and on export markets.

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14.07.2017
Following a good start to the new year, the upward trend has continued both in the construction equipment and the building material machinery industry. The sector expects to increase its total turnover by 5 percent by the end of the year to around 14.6 billion Euros.
13.07.2017
• German Engineering Federation (VDMA): decline in orders in maritime sector in 2017 • Sales down slightly to €11.1 billion • General situation in mechanical engineering industry and digitalization are encouraging signs
30.06.2017
Order intake in the food processing and packaging machinery sector increased by 23 percent in real terms. The Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association expects demand to pick up further in the coming months.
23.06.2017
VDMA gathered representatives from the worlds of politics and the economy in Brussels to coincide with the start of the Brexit negotiations. Their unanimous view was that the UK’s exit from the EU would not be a success for anyone.
23.06.2017
German manufacturers are the undisputed world leaders in exports
13.06.2017
The demand for machinery and equipment for the production, filling and packaging of beverages continuous to be high and reached a new record in 2016.
The solar industry invests at the beginning of the year more cautious. Record export rate of 91 percent. Equipment for the solar industry increases sales by 20 percent in 2016
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.
Auftragseingang Maschinenbau, Juni 2018
"Im Juni wurde ein Orderplus von real 13 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr verbucht. Die Impulse kamen nahezu synchron aus dem In- und Ausland (Inland: plus 12 Prozent, Ausland: plus 13 Prozent). Dabei war der Bestellzuwachs aus den Nicht-Euro-Ländern (plus 16 Prozent) deutlich höher als aus den Euro-Partnerländern (plus 7 Prozent)“, sagt VDMA-Chefvolkswirt Dr. Ralph Wiechers.
Ulrich Ackermann: EU must create a level playing field with China
A large number of high subsidies, linked to the "Made in China 2025" strategy or to state-owned companies in general, distort local competition in favour of domestic Chinese companies. "These subsidized or non-market-oriented mechanical engineering companies are increasingly conquering the global export markets including the EU and distorting international competition," says Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.
Auftragseingang Maschinenbau, Juni 2018
"Im Juni wurde ein Orderplus von real 13 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr verbucht. Die Impulse kamen nahezu synchron aus dem In- und Ausland (Inland: plus 12 Prozent, Ausland: plus 13 Prozent). Dabei war der Bestellzuwachs aus den Nicht-Euro-Ländern (plus 16 Prozent) deutlich höher als aus den Euro-Partnerländern (plus 7 Prozent)“, sagt VDMA-Chefvolkswirt Dr. Ralph Wiechers.
Ulrich Ackermann: EU must create a level playing field with China
A large number of high subsidies, linked to the "Made in China 2025" strategy or to state-owned companies in general, distort local competition in favour of domestic Chinese companies. "These subsidized or non-market-oriented mechanical engineering companies are increasingly conquering the global export markets including the EU and distorting international competition," says Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.

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