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Many mechanical engineering companies expect turnover growth again in 2021
After a disappointing year 2020, the majority of mechanical engineering companies are confident that they will achieve nominal turnover increases again 2021.
"Export credit guarantees have a considerable need for improvement"
The Federal export credit guarantees (Hermes cover) need new instruments. The measures of the Ministry of Economics help companies a little, but are too weak in view of the corona situation.
Orders remain on a downward trend
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
"Now active crisis management is required"
After 13 years, Germany is taking over the EU Council Presidency again. What is needed now is a clear focus: creating a coordinated crisis mechanism, protecting the internal market and setting the course for an open trade policy.
Fuel cell will change the vehicle market
From 2030 onwards, the fuel cell will be represented with a significant share in passenger cars, commercial vehicles and mobile machines. A turnover of 11 billion euros for fuel cell components in passenger cars alone is possible in Europe in 2040.
VDMA: "Training bonus only helps to a very limited extent".
According to VDMA training expert Dr. Jörg Friedrich, the Federal Government's training bonus neglects the training efforts of larger medium-sized companies. Nevertheless, he is confident: "The mechanical engineering industry will continue to provide training in large numbers in any case.

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03.04.2019
High capacity utilization of surface technology companies. automotive industry, automotive suppliers and metalworking industry as important target industries.
03.04.2019
VDMA supports the new concept of Deutsche Messe AG as conceptual sponsor of Hannover Messe - Focus on industry transformation - More attractiveness and networking for exhibitors and visitors
26.03.2019
At 18.3 billion euros, incoming orders booked in Germany by members of the VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers´ Group (AGAB) in 2018 were 3 percent up on the previous year (2017: 17.8 billion euros).
25.03.2019
Waste Treatment and Recycling Technology continues to grow steadily. Sales increase by 2.9 percent in 2018 - expectations fulfilled. Industry expects a good 3 percent growth for 2019
20.03.2019
Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, misses a clear course for the future of the federal government when Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz presents the federal budget.
14.03.2019
The European Parliament has set new hurdles for a free trade agreement with the US. Even if the European Council makes the final decision, this is a signal against free trade.
13.03.2019
PV module prices fell by more than 30 percent in 2018. Reduced manufacturing costs as well as increased cell and module efficiencies support this.
11.03.2019
Companies in mechanical engineering and plant construction regard start-ups as strategically important partners for the future of their industry. A survey of VDMA members shows that almost three-quarters of companies plan to cooperate with start-ups in the next three years. Small and medium-sized companies are also on the move in the start-up world.
07.03.2019
2018 production volume grows by 5 percent +++ Significant increase of 8 percent in exports +++ 3 percent growth expected in current year
05.03.2019
Steady export volume of 4.6 billion euros: EU, China and USA remain the most important sales markets; Stable business climate in German printing and paper machine manufacturing; Industry is in search for skilled workers
27.02.2019
"Digitisation must become a top topic in engineering science university teaching", emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of the VDMA, on the occasion of the annual report published on 27 February by the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI).
20.02.2019
Synthetic fuels are an essential element of the energy transition, because they bridge the gap between the sectors.
20.02.2019
Ulrich Meißner, tax expert of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), explained the positions and demands of the mechanical and plant engineering industry with regard to tax research promotion in a public hearing of the Finance Committee of the German Bundestag. In a short conversation with the VDMA capital office, he describes his impressions.
19.02.2019
Fewer and fewer young people are interested in vocational training. More and more training places remain vacant. Today, companies have to recruit junior trainees at an early stage. The VDMA's new "Guide for the Promotion of Young Talent" shows how this can be done.
15.02.2019
The results of the first call for tenders for onshore wind energy this year were published today.
15.02.2019
Deputy VDMA Executive Director Hartmut Rauen considers the use of Artificial Intelliegnz to be largely uncritical, even if a discussion about its ethical dimensions is important, said Rauen on the occasion of the Bundestag debate on the AI strategy of the Federal Government.
14.02.2019
In the future, the EU wants to examine foreign investments more closely. Technologies such as artificial intelligence or robotics are also affected.
12.02.2019
VDMA Material Handling and Intralogistics Association founds working group +++ First key areas of work defined +++ Next meeting on 27 May 2019 +++ 7 project submissions to the Research Association IFL
11.02.2019
Mechanical engineering industry benefits from Swedish customers' high standards - Partner country of Hannover Messe focuses on automation and Artificial Intelligence - Export growth of 3.3 percent, large number of branch offices
08.02.2019
Will protectionism or a "digitalized Leninism" overrun the economic order in Europe? Participants at the congress "Maschinenbau vorausgeDACHt" have defended the market econonmy concept - but it must be reformed.
07.02.2019
On Thursday in Tübingen, in the presence of the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation was officially presented at an official opening ceremony attended by more than 100 invited guests from industry, politics and science.
07.02.2019
At the "Industry Day" in Brussels, Commission President Juncker focused on criteria such as climate and consumer protection.
31.01.2019
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers has reacted favourably to the announcement by Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) that the federal government intends to legislate in the foreseeable future on the tax research subsidies long demanded by the VDMA.
31.01.2019
On the occasion of the latest labour market figures of the Federal Labour Office, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann demands that temporary employment in the recruitment of skilled workers from third countries should not be ruled out.
29.01.2019
Onshore wind energy - installation figures collapse massively, medium- and long-term perspective must be safeguarded by law immediately
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders May 2020
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Hartmut Rauen: Studie "Antrieb im Wandel - Brennstoffzelle"
Die Brennstoffzelle bietet großes Potenzial, immer mehr Fahrzeuge werden damit ausgerüstet. Dazu braucht es großes Know-how, das im Maschinenbau vorhanden ist. Hartmut Rauen beschreibt den Weg zur erfolgreichen Nutzung der Brennstoffzellentechnologie.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders May 2020
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Hartmut Rauen: Studie "Antrieb im Wandel - Brennstoffzelle"
Die Brennstoffzelle bietet großes Potenzial, immer mehr Fahrzeuge werden damit ausgerüstet. Dazu braucht es großes Know-how, das im Maschinenbau vorhanden ist. Hartmut Rauen beschreibt den Weg zur erfolgreichen Nutzung der Brennstoffzellentechnologie.

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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.
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.
Mechanical Engineering - Pacemaker of the "Industrial Transformation"
Mechanical engineering is the pacemaker of the "Industrial Transformation". At the Digital Days of the Hanover Fair on 14 and 15 July 2020, the VDMA will present some of the fields in which mechanical engineers are playing a decisive role in shaping change.
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.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Jan Vogt, HAHN Automation
Main actor in part 3 is Jan Vogt from VDMA member HAHN Automation in Rheinböllen in the Hunsrück. He is team leader in the area "Robot & Vision" and explains the exciting facets of his job as well as the special features of HAHN as an employer.
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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