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"Situation on the labour market is a vote against strikes".
The latest figures from the Federal Labour Office reflect the continuing tense economic situation, says VDMA chief executive Thilo Brodtmann.
New Regulation on loss carryback helps only half a percent of companies
In the view of the VDMA, the regulations on loss carryback contained in the Third Corona Tax Assistance Act should be improved. VDMA Vice President Bertram Kawlath explains on the second and third reading of the law in the Bundestag:
Supply chain law only works in close cooperation with the industry
To find a proper solution for the dispute over the Supply Chain Act is becoming increasingly difficult. The VDMA is therefore calling for a fundamental revision of the draft law.
"Supply chain law mainly creates more bureaucracy"
The worst flaws of the Due Diligence Act have been weeded out, but the new legislation will also be noticeably more bureaucratic and burdensome for companies. The fact that the law initially only applies to companies with more than 3000 employees is little consolation
"Data transfer between the EU and the USA needs a legally secure basis".
The transfer of data between the EU and the US quickly needs a secure legal basis. The data protection authorities must act with tact here.
"Double-digit decline in mechanical and plant engineering"
In the crisis year 2020, production in the mechanical and plant engineering sector fell by 12.1 percent in real terms, according to preliminary calculations. This was the worst result since the financial crisis of 2009.

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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.
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.
28.04.2017
The German manufacturers of components and systems for water, wastewater and sludge treatment were able to maintain their exports in 2016 at the high level of the previous year (minus 0.1 percent)
26.04.2017
Machine Learning enables efficient mastery of Big Data and ensures that software and information technology are increasingly becoming the key drivers of innovation in mechanical engineering. The VDMA is therefore setting up a new "Machine Learning" working group to implement recommendations.
26.04.2017
In 2016, the fuel cell industry in Germany achieved a turnover of around EUR 100 million from fuel cell heating devices and power supply systems. Following a lateral movement the previous year, the economic outlook of the VDMA Fuel Cells working group forecasts a growth of 90 percent for the current year based on an industrial survey. Manufacturers can be very optimistic about 2017.
30.03.2017
Positive outlook from OE-A members on the development of organic and printed electronics announced at LOPEC 2017
28.02.2017
In 2016, German manufacturers of construction equipment achieved a turnover of 9.3 billion euros which is an increase of 3 percent compared to 2015. Within the same period world sales of construction equipment declined by 1 percent.
14.02.2017
Germany’s woodworking machinery manufacturers had a record year in 2016, topping the all-time high of 2007. Provisional figures indicate that the industry surged past the forecast 5 percent mark to achieve double-digit sales growth.
07.02.2017
Turnover of the total industry rises by 8 percent in 2016 - Paper technology again registers increases in turnover and incoming orders - Printing technology sector stable despite weak exports
06.02.2017
In the fourth quarter of 2016, order bookings in the German machine tool industry fell by four per cent compared to the preceding year’s equivalent period. Both exports and domestic orders showed a roughly equal decline. For 2016 as a whole, the rise came to seven per cent, with orders from abroad up by ten per cent, while domestic orders ended up at plus/minus zero.
02.02.2017
The German machine tool industry is in an optimistic mood as 2017 gets under way. “For the current year, we are anticipating significant growth in production output of three per cent,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), speaking at the organisation’s annual press conference in Frankfurt am Main.
04.01.2017
The customers are increasingly asking for energy-efficient products. The sector anticipates positive stimuli both at home and abroad. Overall, the Air-Handling Technology Association forecast an increase in sales of 2 percent for 2017.
23.11.2016
Strong growth in exports to Mexico | Free trade agreements of fundamental importance
28.07.2016
In the year’s first half, order bookings increased by a substantial twelve per cent compared to the preceding year’s figure. While domestic order bookings rose by ten per cent, orders from abroad were also up, by 13 per cent.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Exports 2020
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros were exported from Germany and imported for 67 billion euros. Exports were thus 12.0 per cent and imports 13.4 per cent lower than in 2019, as the Federal Statistical Office has reported on the basis of provisional figures.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2020
Die Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer haben das schwierige, von der Corona-Pandemie geprägte Jahr 2020 mit einem versöhnlichen Ausblick beendet. Im Dezember setzte sich der leicht positive Trend der Vormonate fort, die Unternehmen verbuchten insgesamt ein Auftragsplus von real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Exports 2020
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros were exported from Germany and imported for 67 billion euros. Exports were thus 12.0 per cent and imports 13.4 per cent lower than in 2019, as the Federal Statistical Office has reported on the basis of provisional figures.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2020
Die Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer haben das schwierige, von der Corona-Pandemie geprägte Jahr 2020 mit einem versöhnlichen Ausblick beendet. Im Dezember setzte sich der leicht positive Trend der Vormonate fort, die Unternehmen verbuchten insgesamt ein Auftragsplus von real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat.

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22.02.2021
From concept to prototype: the participants of the "OE-A Competition 2021" will showcase the broad spectrum of flexible and printed electronics with their products, prototypes and designs at LOPEC 2021 Online.
03.02.2021
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25.01.2021
The ninth Corona Flash Survey on the economic impact of the Corona pandemic was conducted from 20 to 22 January 2021. 575 member companies participated
24.11.2020
VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann spoke out against a women's quota in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
28.09.2020
The 8th VDMA Corona Flash Survey was conducted on September 23/24. 522 member companies took part. As usual, you will find the detailed results for mechanical engineering and 13 trade associations in the appendix.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Currently, an organisation called "Transparenzregister e.V." is sending mails in different versions.
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.
Mechanical engineering industry regains strength
Companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector will close the crisis year 2020 with significant negative rates, but these will not be as severe as expected.
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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