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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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04.11.2020
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.
04.11.2020
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.
30.10.2020
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.
28.10.2020
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.
28.10.2020
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.
27.10.2020
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.
22.10.2020
General meeting elects Dr. Markus Baldinger and Alexander Melkus as deputy chairmen.
21.10.2020
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.
15.10.2020
The number of people employed in mechanical and plant engineering has decreased. Short-time work regulations prevent even greater declines.
15.10.2020
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.
14.10.2020
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
14.10.2020
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.
13.10.2020
AM industry: looking ahead to growth opportunities
13.10.2020
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.
12.10.2020
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.
12.10.2020
OPC UA for Machinery and OPC UA for Machine Tools released - umati community tests functionality of both specifications in umati demonstrator
07.10.2020
"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".
06.10.2020
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.
05.10.2020
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.
01.10.2020
30 years after German reunification, the East German mechanical and plant engineering industry is once again having to contend with far-reaching structural change. The association warns against jeopardizing what has been achieved so far.
30.09.2020
Commenting on the general debate in the Bundestag, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann said: "The grand coalition must now look beyond direct crisis management. The fight against corona must not lead to a state economy".
29.09.2020
Letter to Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development: Polemic against associations and companies is a distorted picture of reality
24.09.2020
VDMA and ZVEI, together with 20 companies from the mechanical and electrical engineering industries, have founded the "Industrial Digital Twin Association" (IDTA) as a user organization for Industrie 4.0. The aim of the association is to bring together the parallel development strands towards the industrial digital twin and to develop it as an open source solution together with the member companies.
23.09.2020
On the occasion of the draft budget for 2021, which was approved by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann warns against a permanent debt policy.
22.09.2020
Need for adaptation in market integration and digitization
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
At the five major locations of our industry, the pre-crisis level was only reached again in 2020 in China, where it was even exceeded.
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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