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SWIFT must remain open to all banks worldwide!
International payment transactions are the lifeblood for the export driven industry in Europe. The VDMA is therefore calling for rapid clarification of the alleged blockade of Iranian banks by the payment service provider SWIFT. "Any restriction on SWIFT's neutrality is unacceptable," emphasises VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann.
VDMA: America's trade policy needs a correction
America's trade policy is based on protectionism and thus damages global free trade. The chances of change are not too great even after the congress elections, says VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker.
Order books burdened by uncertainty
In September, the order intake in the machinery and plant engineering sector only maintained its previous year's level; it was not enough to achieve the same rate of growth as in previous months.
VDMA: Brazil needs a strong democracy and economic policy reforms
Uncertainty about the country's course continues after presidential election - Machine exports increased significantly at a low level in the first half of the year - Large investment backlog in many sectors
"Italy's budget plans are an alarm signal for the European industry"
VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann supports the reaction of the EU Commission on the dispute over Italy's budget plans.
VDMA: China and USA are heading in the wrong direction
The trade dispute between the world's two largest economic powers is increasingly affecting mechanical engineering industry in Germany. A new study by the VDMA shows that China remains an economic system characterised by political intervention.

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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.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang September 2018
Im September konnte der Auftragseingang im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau lediglich sein Vorjahresniveau halten, für eine Plusrate wie in den Vormonaten hat es nicht gereicht.
David McAllister: Brexit
David McAllister, Mitglied des Europaparlaments, schildert die aktuelle Verhandlungssituation rund um den Brexit und hofft, dass letztlich eine für alle Seiten tragbare Austrittsvereinbarung zwischen Großbritannien und der EU getroffen werden kann.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang September 2018
Im September konnte der Auftragseingang im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau lediglich sein Vorjahresniveau halten, für eine Plusrate wie in den Vormonaten hat es nicht gereicht.
David McAllister: Brexit
David McAllister, Mitglied des Europaparlaments, schildert die aktuelle Verhandlungssituation rund um den Brexit und hofft, dass letztlich eine für alle Seiten tragbare Austrittsvereinbarung zwischen Großbritannien und der EU getroffen werden kann.

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23.10.2018
The Power Systems association and the Working Group Wind Industry are organising a joint stand at HUSUM Wind from 10 to 13 September 2019
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!
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.
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.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 04-2018
Predictive maintenance, trade policy via Twitter and food processing machinery: The latest edition of VDMAimpulse focuses on these issues and more.
More of it: cohesion and freedom of movement in Europe!
The internal market is at the heart of the European Union and without cohesion among European states there are no common solutions for Europe.
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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