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"A political signal for free trade"
The European Council has given the EU mandates to negotiate a free trade agreement with the USA.
"Businesses need clarity on Brexit"
By extending the deadline for Britain's withdrawal, the EU is showing a sense of responsibility. Nevertheless, the mechanical engineering industry hopes that the Brexit drama will soon come to an end.
"Punitive tariffs are no solution"
US punitive tariffs in response to Airbus subsidies will not solve the problem of state aid. Rather, the threat of more and more protectionist measures looms.
"Europe must demand fair competition from China"
VDMA: Instruments to protect the market economy need to be sharpened - Draft of Chinese investment law is not enough - China is and will remain an important partner of the mechanical engineering sector
Mechanical engineering is a pioneer in connecting production
Digital change is making great strides, artificial intelligence, machine learning and 5G have shaped this year's Hannover Messe. The medium-sized mechanical engineering industry is a major driving force behind this change, as the development of OPC UA, the world language for machine communication, shows.
Orders from abroad are declining
The order intake in mechanical engineering is losing momentum and declining for the third time in a row. Domestic growth was unable to compensate for the decline abroad.

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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.
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.
Dr.Ralph Wiechers Auftragseingang Februar 2019
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau verliert an Fahrt. Im Februar verfehlten die Bestellungen ihr Vorjahresniveau um real 10 Prozent. Das war der dritte monatliche Rückgang in Folge.
Carl Martin Welcker: Hannover Messe 2019
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months. The disputes over customs duties and other trade barriers are increasingly unsettling market participants and dampening the investment mood. This is now also reflected in the mechanical engineering business.
Dr.Ralph Wiechers Auftragseingang Februar 2019
Der Auftragseingang im Maschinenbau verliert an Fahrt. Im Februar verfehlten die Bestellungen ihr Vorjahresniveau um real 10 Prozent. Das war der dritte monatliche Rückgang in Folge.
Carl Martin Welcker: Hannover Messe 2019
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months. The disputes over customs duties and other trade barriers are increasingly unsettling market participants and dampening the investment mood. This is now also reflected in the mechanical engineering business.

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German joint stand as part of the BMWi foreign trade fair programme - registration deadline 10 May 2019!
08.04.2019
An innovative corporate culture is an essential prerequisite for surviving in a volatile and complex environment in the long term. At the VDMA conference "Transformation 4.0" we want to give impulses from operational practice as well as from consulting and science.
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.
"Companies act more carefully."
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker explains in the Handelsblatt interview of 2 April how the mechanical engineering sector is developing, why Brexit is hurting and why clear regulatory rules are needed in the future as well.
Mechanical engineering damps expectations
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 02-2019 (March 2019)
Industrie 4.0 can only succeed if machine-to-machine communication works across borders and without restrictions. Read in the latest issue of VDMAimpulse why the development of language standards for machines has the highest priority in this development. And how the VDMA plays a decisive role in all this.
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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