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Free trade agreements are the means of choice
International competition is increasingly distorted by state export subsidies. For the first time, a VDMA study provides a comprehensive picture of trade barriers in the mechanical engineering sector.
Negative situation for new orders
The global economy, weakened by trade disputes and political upheavals, was additionally hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is also reflected in the significant drop in orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector.
"Subsidies in third countries distort competition"
The VDMA is in favour of the Monopolies Commission scrutinising subsidies from third countries. This is because these subsidies distort production costs and thus create disadvantages for European market participants.
VDMA relieved about summit agreement
It is now important that technology-neutral and cross-sectoral measures are implemented without further detailed government regulations. The EU should rely on entrepreneurial freedom to relaunch the European economy.
"Recovery Plan must set the right course"
The Recovery plan must help the Member States particularly affected by the pandemic. The EU should focus on entrepreneurial freedom.
Green technologies enable almost 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions in industrial applications
Due to its integration in all sectors, the mechanical and plant engineering industry plays a key role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.


The VDMA has been accepted into the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. This European organisation which was established by the EU Commission just a few weeks ago is to play a central role in the future in the market ramp-up and large-scale use of climate-neutral hydrogen in Europe. The founding members are 18 CEOs of leading European industrial companies and 12 representatives from politics and civil society.
The US punitive tariffs in the Airbus dispute also affect companies that have nothing to do with the aircraft subsidies. A relaxation of the trade dispute is urgently needed.
Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the VDMA is in favor of an extended period of up to 24 months for short-time work compensation.
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the second quarter of 2020 were 46 per cent down on the same period last year. In the process orders from Germany fell by 36 per cent. 51 per cent fewer orders were received from abroad. In the first half of 2020, the level of orders fell by 35 per cent. Domestic orders were 28 per cent lower than in the previous year. The level of orders from abroad was reduced by 39 per cent.
On 21st July the European Council reached an agreement on the EU budget and the "Next Generation EU" recovery fund. VDMA did an analysis.
The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) has noted a drastic decline in job vacancies. Fabian Seus, head of the VDMA Competence Center Labor Market, therefore demands legal relief for new hires.
Covid-19 pandemic has left its mark
The Covid 19 pandemic has caused a severe economic crisis. Any form of retaliatory tariffs will only exacerbate the situation. It is therefore important that transatlantic trade relations be relaxed, not escalated.
At the beginning of July, the European Parliament (plenum) rejected the motion for a resolution on the REACHLaw Consortium's application for authorisation of chromium VI. An important milestone towards more planning security for the VDMA members.
Six young companies beat more than 50 applicants in the "Startup Speed Pitch". VDMA Startup-Machine awards a prize to the young company with the greatest potential for the mechanical engineering industry.
The Federal Statistical Office is registering rising unemployment in the manufacturing industry - from the point of view of the VDMA, the Federal Government must draw the consequence from this to facilitate employment.
The corona virus pandemic is leaving ever deeper marks on the East German mechanical engineering industry. But slowly, some confidence is returning.
The EU Parliament has retroactively extended the transitional periods for the installation and sale of engines which belong to the emission stage V. This extension of the deadline offers machine manufacturers an urgently needed planning security.
The EU Commission has published its EU hydrogen strategy and strategy for integrating energy systems. An important step from the point of view of the VDMA. A fully integrated energy system is the key to a climate-neutral future and economic success.
The Corona pandemic is hitting the export-strong Bavarian mechanical and plant engineering industry with full force. In a recent VDMA survey, 70 percent of the companies report serious declines in incoming orders. "There has never been such a crisis before. Its duration and consequences are therefore difficult to assess at present. Uncertainty and the lack of investment are placing a heavy burden on the Bavarian mechanical and plant engineering industry," explains Claudia Haimer, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of VDMA Bavaria at the Annual Press Conference 2020.
Free trade and open borders are indispensable for prosperity and the preservation of many jobs in Germany and Europe. This applies all the more in times when protectionists are increasingly trying to restrict international trade.
The labour market figures show that an extension of short-time work would be urgently necessary. A decision must be taken quickly, as the companies need planning security.
From January 2021, almost every manufacturer of machinery and equipment in Europe will have to enter information on chemical substances used into the database (SCIP) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Total sales in the 1st quarter of 2020 for photovoltaics machine manufacturers are less than 50 percent of the previous year's level. Order intake promises recovery. 90 percent of Asian orders come from China.
The VDMA clearly rejects a de facto ban on contracts for work and services for all industries, as demanded by some politicians
2019: Growth in sales, incoming orders and workforce - 2020: Upturn halted by Corona crisis - Key market drivers: digitalization, diversification and green drive
By tightening the Foreign Trade and Payments Act, the Federal Government is sending out a completely wrong signal. If Germany wants to maintain its industrial base in the long term, foreign capital must flow into the country.
Robotics and automation from Germany cannot escape from the economic consequences of the corona crisis: VDMA R+A is currently expecting a drop in sales of at least 20 percent for 2020. The fundamental growth prospects of the industry, however, are positive for the time after COVID-19.
Climate protection needs hydrogen, modern plant engineering and political clarity. This clarity is finally foreseeable with the hydrogen strategy.
Also in the fourth round of negotiations on Britain's withdrawal, no agreement was reached between the EU and the UK. A hard Brexit is now approaching.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders June and first half year 2020
The companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books in the first six months of the current year. In the first half of 2020, they recorded a drop in orders of 16 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Summer 2020
The new EU plastic tax
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders June and first half year 2020
The companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books in the first six months of the current year. In the first half of 2020, they recorded a drop in orders of 16 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Summer 2020
The new EU plastic tax

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Pessimism continued to decline in July. For the third time in a row, the business climate in European industry improved.
640 member companies took part in the 7th Corona Flash Survey of the VDMA. In the appendix of this article you will find exclusively the comprehensive results and at the beginning of next week also the evaluations of the trade associations.
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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.
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.
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.
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Friend or foe? - Dealing with foreign investors
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Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Jan Vogt, HAHN Automation
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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
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