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"The Brexit is coming - a free trade agreement must follow."
Following Boris Johnson's election victory, companies can prepare for a Brexit on 31 January 2020. Now we must work flat out on a free trade agreement.
WTO before cardiac arrest
Because the American government is blocking the replacement of judges, the WTO Arbitration Court is threatened with inability to act. This is equivalent to cardiac arrest, comments Ulrich Ackermann, Head of the Foreign Trade Department at VDMA.
The order situation is not getting better
The order situation for machine manufacturers from Germany has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again negative in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).
Number of mechanical engineers at record level
Mechanical and plant engineering continues to set new records for engineering employment. This is shown by the new VDMA engineering survey, which is carried out every three years.
Industrial strategy: Improve the competitiveness of small and medium-sized industrial enterprises!
On the occasion of the presentation of the Industrial Strategy 2030 by Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker made a statement.
"EU class action lawsuit opens door to abuse"
The EU could soon make class actions possible. The VDMA warns against waves of lawsuits against medium-sized companies.

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08.02.2018
The European Parliament has approved the planned reform of emissions trading in Europe. VDMA considers that a stable allowance price is in the economy’s best interests.
08.02.2018
Preliminary calculations by the Federal Statistical Office indicate that, adjusted for price, production in mechanical engineering rose by 3.1 percent last year, reaching a volume of around 212 billion euros thus exceeding the three percent growth predicted by VDMA's economists.
07.02.2018
"The new government is going in the right direction with their commitment to efficiency and faster grid expansion for more renewable energy, but much more consistency is needed."
06.02.2018
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany increased by 7 percent in real terms in December compared to the previous year. Orders from abroad recorded an increase of 5 percent.
05.02.2018
“The German machine tool industry is setting one production record after another.” With this good news, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, opened the organisation’s annual press conference. In 2017, the sector achieved growth of four per cent, and will thus, according to the provisional results, reach a volume of around 15.7 billion euros. For 2018, the VDW is expecting production output to increase by another five per cent.
05.02.2018
Im vierten Quartal 2017 stieg der Auftragseingang der deutschen Werkzeugmaschinenindustrie im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum um 24 Prozent. Dabei legten die Bestellungen aus dem Inland um 48 Prozent zu. Die Auslandsorders wuchsen um 13 Prozent. Für 2017 gilt insgesamt ein Plus von 8 Prozent. Dabei kletterten die Inlandsaufträge um 10 Prozent nach oben, während die Auslandsbestellungen mit 7 Prozent Plus abschlossen. Hier positionierten sich die Euroländer als Zugpferd.
26.01.2018
In just under 100 days from now, the European General Data Protection Regulation will come into force. The European Commission has now published guidelines to ensure a smooth implementation.
22.01.2018
VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers on the new outlook for the world economy:
18.01.2018
With a total output capacity of more than 5.3 GW, offshore wind turbines make an increasing contribution to the security of Germany’s energy supply.
17.01.2018
Industry performs better than expected. Prices of raw material and a shortage of skilled workers are dampening the mood.
16.01.2018
The German Maritime LNG Platform and VDMA have agreed a collaborative partnership. By co-operating and mutually supporting each other, the Platform’s Managing Director, Tessa Rodewaldt, and the Managing Director of VDMA Engines and Systems, Peter Müller-Baum, envision a range of constructive opportunities to jointly drive forward future innovation in the shipping sector.
16.01.2018
The EU hopes to reduce or entirely do away with plastic waste in Europe. In view of VDMA, this initiative can indeed help leverage existing potentials.
04.01.2018
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 81 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017
21.12.2017
One year after presenting the Clean Energy Package, the EU Energy Ministers have discussed the outstanding central points and agreed on common positions on the topics of the internal market in electricity, governance regulations and support of renewable energies.
12.12.2017
Sales in mechanical engineering sector surpass EUR 220 billion mark for the first time in 2017- Increase in sales to more than EUR 230 billion expected for 2018
22.11.2017
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the third and final EEG (Renewable Energies Act) bidding round for onshore wind energy in 2017
21.11.2017
Electric power as the foundation for other forms of energy provides solutions for a wide range of applications - Mechanical engineering is a key industry for climate protection - Third VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry
13.11.2017
Good times for the European agricultural machinery industry – profitable harvests and reasonable prices for agricultural products, particularly milk and forage crops, have fuelled the demand for innovative agricultural machinery and tractors in numerous key markets.
02.11.2017
In September, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector continued their growth trajectory, gaining around 12 percent in real terms in comparison with the previous year.
26.10.2017
The construction equipment and building material machine industry is performing well so far in 2017. “Although there is more chaos in the world today than ever before, we have thus far managed to cope with all the challenges that have come in rapid succession,” emphasized Johann Sailer, Chairman of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association at the Association’s general meeting on October 26 in Düsseldorf.
20.10.2017
VDMA views with cautious optimism the fact that the remaining EU Member States are willing to start preparations to negotiate the future trading relationship between the EU and UK.
16.10.2017
Exports increased in the first half of 2017 • Top 3 of the sales markets continue to grow • Focus Fakuma: Injection moulding machine exports with considerable plus
13.10.2017
People travel, use raw materials and live with digitalization. People need clean air. But how is all this being assured? On www.mensch-maschine-fortschritt.de, the VDMA presents four new multimedia reports with answers to questions that arise in our daily lives.
11.10.2017
Batteries are not only of crucial significance for E-Mobility - they are one of the key technologies. Against this background it is absolutely necessary to further develop the battery as an important power-component and to lower its costs in the future.
Carl Martin Welcker: Forecast Mechanical Engineering 2020
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders October 2019
The order situation for the german mechanical engineering industry has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again double-digit in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).
Carl Martin Welcker: Forecast Mechanical Engineering 2020
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders October 2019
The order situation for the german mechanical engineering industry has deteriorated once again. In October 2019, order intake was again double-digit in real terms, 11 percent below the previous year's figure, after September had brought a temporary easing (minus 4 percent compared to the previous year).

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09.12.2019
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.
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.
Mechanical engineering has to assert itself in a difficult environment
Mechanical engineering companies from Germany have to hold their own in an increasingly difficult economic environment. The year 2019 was marked by a weak global economy, increasingly harsh threats and sanctions in the global trade disputes, as well as a far-reaching structural change in the automotive industry.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Tobias Holzhäuer, IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
Young professionals find attractive jobs in mechanical engineering. Hardly any other industry is so versatile and brings different disciplines together so closely. As a supplier and user, mechanical engineering is at the heart of today's and tomorrow's technologies, providing solutions and making things possible. Clever minds with Motivation is welcome here - there is a lot to discover and to develop!
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 05-2019 (December 2019)
Hydrogen: Much more than a hype. If you want to protect the climate and reduce CO2 emissions, you must not avoid Power-to-X technologies - the conversion of electricity into gas or liquid fuels. Mechanical engineering is ready for the step out of the lab. Politics, too?
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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