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The euro must finally be reformed before it is too late
The success of the german mechanical engineering industry is closely linked to the introduction of the euro. However, 20 years after the launch of the European single currency, the VDMA is concerned that the economic and monetary union is still too susceptible to crises.
Mechanical engineering industry can rely on its export strength
Exports increase by 5.3 percent to 178 billion euros in 2018 - USA just ahead of China in the country ranking - Importance of Eastern Europe as a sales market growing - Brexit pull-forward effects boost exports
New VDMA Dossiers: Fields of Action for Tomorrow's Industry
Digitization and networking of production are fundamentally changing many companies. From training to machine control to business models, companies must break new ground. The VDMA describes important fields of action for Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Intelligence in several new dossiers.
Together for innovative mechanical and plant engineering
VDMA and IG Metall have joined forces with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in an "industry dialogue" in which they have committed themselves to using the economic opportunities arising from digitisation and artificial intelligence to secure the future of mechanical and plant engineering.
Production in mechanical engineering industry slowed down noticeably at the end of last year
Growth for 2018 as a whole only 2 percent in real terms - High order backlog secures companies
Weak result at the end of the year
Mechanical engineers in Germany were able to fill their order books in 2018 as a whole by a pleasing 5 percent in real terms compared with the previous year. However, the year closed with a weak month.

News

27.04.2018
The Federal Network Agency today published the approved projects in the second round of tendering for offshore wind energy, amounting to more than 1,610 MW.
25.04.2018
PV-Industry expects sales growth of 9 percent this year, German technology suppliers score with superior production solutions.
24.04.2018
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 93 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017.
23.04.2018
On the occasion of the Hannover Messe, VDMA Power Systems presented the “Power Plant Engineering Economic Trend 2018”. Before the presentation, the Chairman of VDMA Power Systems and CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Dr. Markus Tacke, explained: “The announcements in the coalition contract regarding climate protection and energy transition must now be acted upon, as European plant engineering can only then assert itself as the forerunner of a leading market for energy systems in global competition.”
19.04.2018
Sales increases with printing and paper converting machines - Order intake remains stable all over - Foreign demand consistently at a high level – China and Russia are important driving forces
The most important finding of the study is: "For mechanical engineering, the mobility transformation process offers opportunities for additional value creation," explained VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker on the occasion of the publication of core results of the study.
12.04.2018
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published the results of the first cross-technology call for tender for onshore wind and solar energy today. For the 200 megawatt (MW) call for tender, 32 bids with a scope of 210 MW for solar plants only were accepted, while the bids submitted for onshore wind power plants were not accepted. The average volume-weighted awarded value is 4.67 ct/kWh.
11.04.2018
Machine exports up 22.5 percent in 2017 - Sanctions continue to weigh on companies - China captures market shares
10.04.2018
Energy efficiency is an elementary building block for achieving better climate protection and successfully advancing the energy revolution.
21.03.2018
The members of the Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers Group (AGAB) booked orders valued at EUR 17.8 billion in 2017, down around 6 percent on the figure for the previous year
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.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Dezember 2018
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland konnten ihre Auftragsbücher im Gesamtjahr 2018 um erfreuliche reale 5 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr füllen. Allerdings schloss das Jahr mit einem schwachen Monat. Im Dezember 2018 verfehlte der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinenbau sein Vorjahresniveau um 8 Prozent.
Hartmut Rauen: Ingenieure für Industrie 4.0
Hartmut Rauen, stellv. Hauptgeschäftsführer des VDMA, unterstreicht die hohe Bedeutung der IMPULS-Studie für den VDMA und seine Maschinenhaus-Initiative, die auf mehr Studienerfolg in den Ingenieurwissenschaften abzielt.
Olaf Wortmann: Auftragseingang Dezember 2018
Die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland konnten ihre Auftragsbücher im Gesamtjahr 2018 um erfreuliche reale 5 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr füllen. Allerdings schloss das Jahr mit einem schwachen Monat. Im Dezember 2018 verfehlte der Auftragseingang im deutschen Maschinenbau sein Vorjahresniveau um 8 Prozent.
Hartmut Rauen: Ingenieure für Industrie 4.0
Hartmut Rauen, stellv. Hauptgeschäftsführer des VDMA, unterstreicht die hohe Bedeutung der IMPULS-Studie für den VDMA und seine Maschinenhaus-Initiative, die auf mehr Studienerfolg in den Ingenieurwissenschaften abzielt.

Must Reads

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.
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.
28.03.2018
Mobility is changing. A global driver for this will be the implementation of the Paris climate resolutions. With its efficient solutions, German mechanical and plant engineering makes an important contribution to change and thus secures employment and prosperity.
13.03.2018
The VDMA Software and Digitisation Association has added new features to its app, which are now available free of charge in the app stores.
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.
10.08.2017
The consulting offer of the professional association software and digitization shows ways to industry 4.0 and successful digital strategies.
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.
Guest article by VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker in FAZ
In the business section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 11 February, VDMA President Welcker writes his position on the "National Industrial Strategy 2030".
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 01-2019
Hannover Messe 2019 is just around the corner (1-5 April 2019). More than 6,500 exhibitors are expected, more than 220,000 visitors as well. Read in the latest issue of VDMAimpulse what’s expecting you there.
2019 - a year of change
2019 will be a year of change. Economic downturns and technological transformations will present many companies with new challenges and also require political action in many areas.
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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