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"Lean free trade agreement with the USA is necessary"
The EU Commission has presented its proposals for a free trade agreement with the USA. Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director of VDMA, calls for a comprehensive agreement.
VDMA: More growth through tax relief for companies
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers sees sufficient financial scope for comprehensive tax relief.
"Great Britain acts irresponsibly"
The British House of Commons has rejected this agreement for an orderly withdrawal from the EU. VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker criticises this decision.
Universities are facing an enormous change process - Study by the IMPULS Foundation on Engineering Education for Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 is a Chancenthema for mechanical and plant engineering. The digital vision is increasingly becoming industrial reality in production, products and services. New qualifications and skills are needed among engineers. For the IMPULS Foundation, there was nothing more obvious than to question those who are directly affected. Thus, for the first time, the "new" becomes concrete: with a "target profile engineers 4.0" from the perspective of the mechanical engineering industry.
Industry and politics need a China strategy
The VDMA supports the solution approaches of BDI policy paper, but demands that Chinese investments must become more transparent. Companies must adapt to profound changes in the Chinese market.
Orders remain at previous year's level
In November 2018, incoming orders for the German mechanical engineering industry were at previous year's level (+/- 0 percent in real terms).

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19.09.2017
VDMA takes a positive view of the efforts by the European Commission to find a common approach to IT security. Nonetheless, industry warns against costly certification that would offer buyers only the appearance of security.
18.09.2017
The engineering industry gave a basically positive assessment of the European Commission's new industrial strategy. However, now the industry is expecting more than symbolic politics.
14.09.2017
Investments by the solar industry in the thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success. Record export rate of 97 percent, incoming orders declined in the second quarter after a strong start of the year.
12.09.2017
HUSUM Wind is not only the leading trade fair in the German-speaking wind-power market, it is also a key event in a decisive time for the wind industry in Germany.
06.09.2017
Trends and technologies in the development of electrical vehicle drives were in the spotlight at the ninth E-MOTIVE expert forum. VDMA has conducted a study called “Antrieb im Wandel” (“Drives are Changing”), the aim of which is to provide orientation for the mechanical engineering sector during the transformation process.
06.09.2017
To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, VDMA discussed the future of European industry with representatives from the EU institutions at an evening reception in Brussels.
06.09.2017
There is every reason for the positive mood currently enjoyed by European agricultural machinery manufacturers.
01.09.2017
After the disappointing outcome of the latest round of Brexit negotiations, the mechanical engineering association VDMA is worried about an urgently needed agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.
29.08.2017
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.
22.08.2017
In the first half of 2017, the good order situation in many countries drove the export business of mechanical and plant engineering in Germany considerably.
18.08.2017
German Federal Ministery of Agriculture and VDMA confirmed their digitisation strategy for future agribusiness.
15.08.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the second round of the EEG call for tenders for onshore wind turbines.
28.07.2017
We only need water for drinking, cooking and washing, right? Not even close! Water is in everything around us – from paper to clothes, computers and cars. Do you know how much water runs through your hands every day without you knowing it?
27.07.2017
Gross expansion of onshore wind energy by 2,281 megawatts (MW), which equals 790 wind turbines, as high as expected in the first half of 2017
25.07.2017
• Solar industry is investing heavily at the beginning of the year • Record export rate of 95 percent
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.
Carl Martin Welcker: Annual press conference 2018
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the prospects for mechanical engineering in 2019, the threat to growth, capacity and supply bottlenecks and the demands made by mechanical engineers on the grand coalition in Berlin.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Oktober 2018
Im Oktober konnten die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland ihren Auftragseingang trotz zahlreicher Verunsicherungen deutlich um real 12 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr steigern.
Carl Martin Welcker: Annual press conference 2018
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the prospects for mechanical engineering in 2019, the threat to growth, capacity and supply bottlenecks and the demands made by mechanical engineers on the grand coalition in Berlin.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Oktober 2018
Im Oktober konnten die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland ihren Auftragseingang trotz zahlreicher Verunsicherungen deutlich um real 12 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr steigern.

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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.
10.02.2015
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 05-2018 (November 28, 2018)
Management in the age of digitalization, preparations for Brexit, the warehouses of the future and a checklist for cyberattacks: The latest edition of VDMAimpulse focuses on these issues and more.
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.
7. and 8. February 2019: Congress "Mechanical Engineering ahead of schedule".
Economy and prosperity rest on the shoulders of the industrial middle class. And it is also small and medium-sized enterprises that drive technological change with their innovations, even though they are constantly burdened with new burdens and new international risks arise.
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