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Machinery and plant engineering industry feels slight tailwind
Four out of five mechanical engineering companies will see a drop in sales in 2020 despite a strong end of the year. According to the latest VDMA flash survey, however, the outlook for the future is cautiously positive: slight sales growth is in sight for 2021.
"Do not put off a new start for trade relations with the USA!"
Honesty and reliability will return to the White House with US President Joe Biden. The new start for transatlantic trade relations should therefore not be put off any longer.
Mechanical engineering expands share of home office – but production must not be jeopardised!
In the mechanical engineering industry, more and more people are working from home. However, production in the factory halls must not be jeopardised by a home office requirement. Health protection and industrial production can go hand in hand.
Cautious sigh of relief
In November 2020, companies from Germany recorded growth in orders from within Germany as well as from abroad for the first time since the beginning of the reporting year.
"Georgia Senate elections are an important victory for US President Biden".
The chaotic scenes from the US Capitol are harrowing. Nevertheless, the outcome of the Senate elections in the state of Georgia is an important success for Joe Biden. The new administration can now more easily implement its ambitious election promises - a more predictable trade policy can be expected.
VDMA: EU investment agreement with China can be an important milestone
The EU's investment agreement with China is expected to bring improvements in market access as well as a leveling of the playing field for European companies. It will be particularly important that the Chinese commitments can be enforced, if necessary.


Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, takes a fundamentally positive view of the Employment Protection Act passed by the German Bundestag.
Even after the virtual Council meeting, Poland and Hungary are sticking to their veto on the EU budget and Corona recovery fund. VDMA demands that the dispute be settled. Europe now needs a future perspective instead of trouble.
On the occasion of the GAIA-X Summit today and tomorrow, international companies, NGOs as well as representatives from politics and associations will come together in hybrid format to publicly present the new organizational structure of the GAIA-X Foundation. As Europe's leading mechanical engineering network, the VDMA has been a member from the very beginning.
The transatlantic dispute over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing is also a burden to companies in the mechanical engineering sector. A negotiated solution still must be found. Therefore, the VDMA calls for a constructive dialogue between the EU and the USA.
The election victory of Joe Biden is good news for transatlantic relations. The mechanical and plant engineering industry expects a more predictable policy from the new US president, which will also involve the transatlantic partners in Europe more closely again.
After 10 long years of growth, the sales boom for the woodworking machinery industry will come to an end this year. In addition to the economic slowdown already indicated in 2019, the corona pandemic will act as a significant brake.
Seven representatives of German companies in the field of additive manufacturing used the online Russia trip from 26th to 29th October 2020 together with the AHK in Moscow to get in touch with exciting companies and institutes in Russia.
The Mechanical Engineering Industry in Germany is gradually recovering from the consequences of the corona crisis. After the seasonal setback in August, order intake returned to a positive picture in September 2020.
The chances for applicants for a training position in mechanical and plant engineering remain good even in the training year 2020. However, vocational schools must remain open in the coming weeks and months.
Only money for green projects? VDMA President Karl Haeusgen discussed the opportunities, challenges and risks of Sustainable Finance in a virtual panel discussion with representatives of the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the banking world.
The vast majority of machinery and plant engineering manufacturers are preparing for a Brexit "no deal" scenario as a precautionary measure. VDMA is once again calling for a renewed effort on the part of politicians.
Hydrogen and e-fuels are an important contribution to the climate protection strategy - Draft law for the national implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) is not ambitious enough and needs to be revised.
General meeting elects Dr. Markus Baldinger and Alexander Melkus as deputy chairmen.
The VDMA is calling for a reform of the wage sum rule. The negotiations on the Annual Tax Act would be the appropriate framework for this.
The number of people employed in mechanical and plant engineering has decreased. Short-time work regulations prevent even greater declines.
The industry is still struggling with a weak order situation. However, important key figures indicate that the downward trend is coming to an end. The mood is also brightening somewhat.
At today's Round Table of the Federal Ministry of Economics on the future of wind farms that are not eligible for EEG subsidies, VDMA Power Systems spoke out against further subsidies for old wind turbines
The ongoing subsidy dispute between the EU and the USA is also burdening companies in the mechanical engineering sector. A constructive dialogue is therefore needed quickly to abolish punitive tariffs.
AM industry: looking ahead to growth opportunities
In view of the forthcoming consultations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister Presidents on how to proceed in the corona pandemic, VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann warns against restrictions on business trips.
German photovoltaics machine manufacturers are feeling the serious impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the demand side. Their incoming orders drop by more than 70 percent in the second quarter. China, their most important export market, weakens.
OPC UA for Machinery and OPC UA for Machine Tools released - umati community tests functionality of both specifications in umati demonstrator
"Especially in times of increasing protectionism, the EU needs a strong trade commissioner who can successfully represent and enforce the advantages of open markets and free trade even against resistance".
The new future study "Progressive Measuring and Testing Technology 2030" by VDMA Future Business shows trends and disruptions that affect the ability to continuously offer application-oriented top quality in mechanical and plant engineering in the future. Digitalization and new measuring methods from biology and quantum technology are key factors.
Since many companies want to offer mobile working to their employees beyond the corona crisis, if it is operationally feasible, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann considers a legal claim to a so-called home office to be superfluous.
Rückblick 2020 - Ausblick 2021
Die Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer haben während der Pandemie die Produktion immer am Laufen gehalten. VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann ist zuversichtlich, dass 2021 für die Unternehmen besser laufen wird als Corona-Jahr.
Karl Haeusgen: Annual press conference 2020
The mechanical engineering industry has kept ist head up during these difficult times of the pandemic. The VDMA has raised its production forecast for 2021 from plus 2 to plus 4 percent. And the picture could brighten even further if tensions in world trade would ease. VDMA President Karl Haeusgen looks at the upcoming year with cautious optimism.
Rückblick 2020 - Ausblick 2021
Die Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer haben während der Pandemie die Produktion immer am Laufen gehalten. VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann ist zuversichtlich, dass 2021 für die Unternehmen besser laufen wird als Corona-Jahr.
Karl Haeusgen: Annual press conference 2020
The mechanical engineering industry has kept ist head up during these difficult times of the pandemic. The VDMA has raised its production forecast for 2021 from plus 2 to plus 4 percent. And the picture could brighten even further if tensions in world trade would ease. VDMA President Karl Haeusgen looks at the upcoming year with cautious optimism.

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In December 2020, sentiment continued to brighten in many sectors of the European manufacturing industry, including mechanical engineering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Whistleblower Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 November 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.
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.
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
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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