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Cooperate with startups: An opportunity for mechanical engineering
Mechanical engineering and start-ups are working together more and more frequently - and with success: three out of five start-up cooperations in mechanical engineering have been successful in the long term. However, this is far from exploiting all potential. The new study "Strong together" by VDMA and UnternehmerTUM reveals obstacles to cooperation and identifies strategies that machine making companies can use to increase their chances of successful cooperation with start-ups.
VDMA demands honest revision of social costs
According to press reports, social contributions are to increase above the 40 percent guarantee of the federal government. VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann therefore demands a review of social spending.
EU climate targets: "Innovation and market forces instead of regulation and tax money"
Efforts for climate protection must be increased. However, the proposal for greenhouse gas reduction now presented by the EU Commission shows considerable weaknesses in European climate policy.
EU-China Investment Agreement: an agreement must come in 2020!
The virtual EU summit with China has raised hopes which must now finally be followed by action. Especially in times of intensified global protectionism, positive signals for international trade are needed.
China's visa policy harms Europe and the People's Republic
Technical personnel must be able to travel abroad to commission or maintain machines and systems even in times of the pandemic. However, the entry regulations of important partner countries make these assignments more difficult. China has by far the most bureaucratic and complicated requirements.
"Hope for a Brexit agreement drops to an absolute minimum"
Due to the behaviour of Great Britain in the past few days, hopes of an agreement are minimal. Companies that have not yet developed measures for a hard Brexit should now start as soon as possible.

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24.01.2020
Important visit to the VDMA: Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz discusses the major issues of global politics as well as the details of corporate taxation with the VDMA Executive Board. MEP Daniel Caspary calls on entrepreneurs to raise their voice for Europe.
22.01.2020
In the fall of 2019, cooled customer demand had left a clear mark on the order situation. The many and varied trading risks remained in place at the end of the year - but the companies were still able to avert a further downward trend. In addition, companies are again more optimistic about their future business opportunities.
The change in drive technology is affecting both the automotive industry and its suppliers. The aim is to strengthen value creation in Germany and Europe through state-of-the-art products and technologies. Change must not be based rigidly on one technology.
14.01.2020
The reluctance of the automotive industry to invest is a burden for the mechanical engineering sector, too. In order to avoid staff cuts, the conditions for extending short-time work must now be set.
18.12.2019
The annoying dispute within the Grand Coalition has led to a postponement of the urgently needed hydrogen strategy once again. The German government must finally do its homework regarding climate policy in 2020.
17.12.2019
The federal and state governments have found a reasonable compromise for the climate package.
13.12.2019
The European Council supports the EU Commission's Green Deal and reaffirms that a concrete action plan must be drawn up to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
03.12.2019
The latest PISA study by the OECD does not give Germany's schools a good report. The head of the VDMA education department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls for technical instruction to be included in the curriculum.
03.12.2019
The current business climate survey by VDMA Battery Production shows the growth expectations of machine and plant manufacturers in battery production. Sales growth of 4 percent is expected for the current year. By 2020, the figure should even be 9 percent - and this in an environment of global economic weakness and trade disputes.
02.12.2019
The Grand Coalition could continue to come under fire after the election of the new SPD leadership. With this leadership duo, the SPD is moving further away from the market economy.
The German robotics and automation sector cannot escape the economic slowdown in the mechanical engineering industry: For 2019, the industry expects sales to fall by 5 percent to 14.3 billion euros.
21.11.2019
City state recognises EU standards - Last tariffs will be dismantled in the coming years - Agreements with further ASEAN states must follow
15.11.2019
The climate protection law passed today by the Grand Coalition must be comprehensively improved. More efficiency through the market instead of detailed political intervention must be the motto.
07.11.2019
The introduction of tax incentives for research marks an important milestone in German innovation policy.
06.11.2019
The Grand Coalition's mid-term review is sobering. The focus of its work was on a costly expansion of the welfare state, not on the country's economic future.
05.11.2019
The planned purchase premiums for electric cars will lead to expensive consequences. It would be better to invest taxpayers' money in technology-open research and development.
04.11.2019
Hydrogen technology is ready for the step from the laboratory into practice. For this reason, the Federal Government must now quickly provide its strategy with concrete measures. This opens up new competitive opportunities for the mechanical engineering sector.
Mainfranken has the best German "Maschinenhaus": The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences has won the fourth VDMA University Award. A total of 125,000 euros in prize money was distributed.
29.10.2019
Significant Increase in Successful Security Attacks - Businesses Need Better Government Emergency Assistance - Cyber Resiliency as a Prevention Measure
27.10.2019
The Thuringian machine and plant manufacturers would like the coming state government to adopt an active and SME-friendly industrial policy. Among other things, major investments must be made in education and infrastructure and the regulatory frenzy must be curbed.
25.10.2019
VDMA Power Systems today published a study by Prognos AG.
23.10.2019
The Federal Cabinet today passed a resolution on CO2 pricing, which was evaluated by Matthias Zelinger, Climate and Energy Policy Spokesman of the VDMA.
22.10.2019
The Bundesbank has advocated an increase in the retirement age, which the VDMA also welcomes.
21.10.2019
The VDMA calls on its members to participate in the survey on the German government's National Action Plan for the Business and Human Rights (NAP) by 31 October 2019 and provides extensive supporting material.
15.10.2019
The consequences of the trade dispute between the USA and China are becoming increasingly noticeable. Production and incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector have declined. The mechanical engineering industry expects more short-time work. At the same time, it stands ready to improve climate protection with its technologies.
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020

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03.09.2020
In June 2020, production losses in the mechanical engineering sector continued to decline worldwide. Nevertheless, the half-year results show a double-digit minus in most countries.
01.09.2020
Climate-neutral production is a challenge along the entire value chain and employs many companies. For this reason, the VDMA has now published a practical guide for mechanical and plant engineering.
27.08.2020
The German Council Presidency will focus on the problems in European standardization and the potential of standardization for the circular economy and the Green Deal - be there and join the discussion!
How must cooperation and innovation processes change in the age of digitisation? Which extensions of value-added networks come into question? And how can suitable partners be identified? Answers to these and other questions are provided in a new study by the IMPULS Foundation.
640 member companies took part in the 7th Corona Flash Survey of the VDMA. In the appendix of this article you will find exclusively the comprehensive results and at the beginning of next week also the evaluations of the trade associations.
23.06.2020
At HANNOVER MESSE - Digital Days on 15 July, the guide and descriptions of nine use cases on 5G in mechanical and plant engineering will be published. The occasion is the VDMA panel discussion "5G in mechanical engineering: from technology push to market pull". The guide and the use cases have been available exclusively to VDMA members since April 2020.
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
Corona continues to have a firm grip on us, the effects on personnel recruitment and the need for young people are uncertain. Your help is therefore required - please let us know our assessments by 8 May 2020.
The VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association has launched a new knowledge portal on sustainable packaging and packaging technologies.
Please take the opportunity to give us feedback on the technical implementation and the economic effort you have made.
The DAkkS has currently stopped the on-site assessments. These will be replaced by remote assessments.
At present, an organisation Transparenzregister e.V. sends out e-mails in different versions requesting companies to register in the transparency register within 10 days using the link provided in the e-mail.
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
On 14 November 2019, the German Bundestag passed the draft bill for the implementation of the 5th EU Money Laundering Directive.
02.12.2019
On behalf of 17 associations, the VDMA has sent an open letter to Vice-President Frans Timmermans on the importance of hydrogen and P2X in the fight against climate change on the occasion of the first working day of the new Commission.
29.11.2019
The Whistleblower Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 November 2019.
27.11.2019
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
14.11.2019
Update: The tax research subsidy is on the home straight. It is scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2020. Find out what the new funding instrument can do for your company.
12.11.2019
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
20.09.2019
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
Friend or foe? - Dealing with foreign investors
Mechanical engineering is at home all over the world; Made in Germany still enjoys an excellent reputation. This is why many foreign investors want to invest in the local companies. But does the industry want that too? Or does it prefer to be protected? The Industry Podcast with VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker.
Video series "Young Professionals for Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering offers young professionals many attractive jobs and career development opportunities. The VDMA has produced a video series on this subject with member companies - four exciting clips have been created that whet the appetite for more.
Tax research promotion: How does the new instrument work?
The Research Allowance Act came into force on 1 January 2020. Here you can find out who benefits from the new tax incentives, what you have to take into account and how the VDMA will support you with this type of subsidy.
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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