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Euro zone orders are a small ray of hope
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September.
"We finally need an agreement on Brexit."
New elections in Great Britain are a chance for the Brexit process to finally continue. But every further day of uncertainty harms companies.
"A European cloud would be promising."
A European cloud solution (Gaia-X) could help secure the lead of Industry 4.0. The aim must be to improve the framework conditions for modern, digitised production.
Data ethics must be practical for industry
Equal treatment of B2B and B2C not effective, VDMA demands avoidance of even more bureaucracy, perspective for AI internal market in Europe
"Brexit chaos can hopefully be avoided"
There is new hope for the European mechanical engineering industry that the hard Brexit can be prevented. In the long term, the industry supports a trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
Fighting for free trade and against bureaucratic monsters
Chancellor Angela Merkel promises the mechanlical engineering industry her support to uphold free trade and the improvement of the Posting of Workers Directive. At the mechanical engineering summit, she defended the government's climate package.

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Record number of delegates at the 10th E-MOTIVE expert forum for electric vehicle drives
26.09.2018
Topic of the VDMA Press Club: “How Europe will maintain its leading position in the wind industry”
21.09.2018
Investments in thin-film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 89 percent, Asian business broader positioned. New orders increased significantly in the second quarter.
13.09.2018
The European Parliament has approved a resolution on the implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy with the aim of increasing the recycling rate in the EU.
07.09.2018
The EU is currently negotiating greater control over investment from China. At an event in Brussels, representatives of the mechanical engineering sector argued in favour of market opening in China rather than investment barriers in Europe.
05.09.2018
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has approved a new framework for the conformity and enforcement of product legislation, paving the way for better monitoring of the internal market.
04.09.2018
The German shipbuilding and offshore supplier industry, which employs 63,500 highly qualified people, is expecting a slight rise in orders this year after the order books were successfully filled in 2017.
21.08.2018
Der Energiepolitische Sprecher des VDMA, Matthias Zelinger, kommentiert den Vorschlag von EU-Kommissar Canete, das EU-Klimaschutzziel für 2030 anzuheben. Das Verhalten aller am Pariser Klimaprozess beteiligten Staaten ist entscheidend.
21.08.2018
Matthias Zelinger, spokesman for energy policy for the VDMA, comments on Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU's climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all states involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.
26.07.2018
Following the record expansion year 2017 for onshore wind energy in Germany, new installations are declining in 2018 as expected.
19.07.2018
Standstill in energy policy must come to an end ‐ German government´s 65 percent target can only be achieved with more offshore wind energy ‐ Current projects up to 2020 are progressing according to plan
18.07.2018
Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering sector is clearly on course for growth in 2018. Companies are achieving significant growth in order intake, sales and employment. "2018 will be a strong year for mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg. Due to political uncertainties, however, we are facing challenges," said Dr.-Ing. Mathias Kammüller, Chairman of the VDMA Baden-Württemberg, on 18 July 2018 in Stuttgart.
10.07.2018
Incoming orders up again at last, by 2.7 percent • Technological development focusing on maritime energy transition • Digital service becoming increasingly important
05.07.2018
In May 2018, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell slightly short of the previous year's result.
• VDMA survey: plastics and metal technologies already in use in many companies • Prototyping remains the most common application, serial applications are also increasing
28.06.2018
At its ordinary meeting, the Main Board of the VDMA elected Henrik Schunk (on the left, next to VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker and VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen), a family entrepreneur, as Vice President of the association.
21.06.2018
In view of the standstill in energy policy, the VDMA Power Systems trade association, as a representative of energy plant construction, is calling for the urgent adoption of amendments to energy policy legislation that have already been negotiated.
19.06.2018
Investments in thin film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 93 percent, Asian business broader positioned. Order intake drops in the first quarter.
14.06.2018
In 2017, sales of German foundry equipment manufacturers recovered considerably, by 6 percent compared with the previous year. This was especially due to a rise in sales to countries outside the Eurozone, which grew by 25 percent on average compared with 2016. On average during the course of the year, orders received rose by 3 percent, starting from the strong base reached in the previous year. While there was a slight fall in orders from Germany, the positive trend in orders from the Eurozone continued.
14.06.2018
For last year, the results of the latest economic situation survey of the Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills sector of the Metallurgy specialist association indicate sales growth in the low double-digit range (12 percent) for last year. As regards orders received, there was also a slight upward trend in the second half of 2017 (up 3 percent). Growth was significantly more pronounced in the large industrial plant segment*. However, with a total value of slightly more than €1.5 billion, the production volume in Germany was about 5 percent below the figure for the previous year.
• 2017 bringt Rekordumsatz, Prognose 2018: plus 5 Prozent • China baut Position als führender Markt für Robotik deutlich aus • automatica macht Schnittstelle von Mensch und Maschine erlebbar
24.05.2018
In 2017, the production of food processing and packaging machinery rose by 4.8 percent to a record level of more than 14 billion euros. The prospects for the current year remain positive.
09.05.2018
A basic agreement was reached on the EEG's own supply for new plants in the field of combined heat and power (CHP).
08.05.2018
The European Commission has classified the Machinery Directive as fit for purpose - even in times of digitalization.
04.05.2018
US remains most important export market - Strong export increase to Italy, Brazil and Russia - Good order income for 2018, however, concerns about skills shortage
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Order intake September 2019 - Balance sheet for the first 9 months in mechanical engineering
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September. In September 2019, companies recorded a 4 percent decline in orders in real terms.
Hartmut Rauen: Between 5G and Gaia-X - Mechanical engineering industry in digital change
Digital-based business models that secure and extend industry 4.0 lead - Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of VDMA, explains why a European cloud solution would be important for Germany and Europe and also explains the importance of 5G for industrial SMEs.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Order intake September 2019 - Balance sheet for the first 9 months in mechanical engineering
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September. In September 2019, companies recorded a 4 percent decline in orders in real terms.
Hartmut Rauen: Between 5G and Gaia-X - Mechanical engineering industry in digital change
Digital-based business models that secure and extend industry 4.0 lead - Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of VDMA, explains why a European cloud solution would be important for Germany and Europe and also explains the importance of 5G for industrial SMEs.

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12.11.2019
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
The POWER-GEN Europe takes place co-located with the European Utility Week from 12th to 14th November 2019 in Paris.
20.09.2019
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
16.09.2019
The jury has decided: Four universities will have the chance to be named "Best Machine House 2019" at the award ceremony on 29 October 2019 in Berlin. You are already guaranteed 20,000 euros in prize money.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
22.08.2019
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, in|pact media Verlag publishes a special publication "Zukunft Deutschland - Innovationen, Technologien, Chancen" in the Handelsblatt.
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
15.05.2019
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on 14.05.2019 that Member States must oblige employers to set up a system to measure daily working time (ECJ, judgment of 14.05.2019 - C-55/18).
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.
"Control the market with a CO2 price."
Mechanical engineering wants to lead the way in climate protection. In the "SZ" interview, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker calls for a market-economy reform of the entire energy pricing system - and an honest debate about the consequences.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 04-2019 (September 2019)
Solutions for better climate protection are highly complex. A short, but misleading option is to focus only on the price of one ton of CO2. The VDMA has presented a broader conclusive concept.
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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