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Mechanical engineering industry expects production to fall by 2 percent in 2020
A global economic weakness, trade disputes and industrial structural change are weighing on business in mechanical engineering. A rapid upswing is not in sight. However, a good order backlog softens the decline.
Grand coalition sends unclear signal for investment in climate protection
Germany‘s Grand Coalition has managed to start the process of CO2 pricing, but things are going too slowly and the prices for one tonne of CO2 are too low. The VDMA asks for more confidence in the technological possibilities.
"Climate protection from a single source"
Regarding the Climate Cabinet meeting, the industry expects political courage and a coherent, reliable overall package. No climate cement to save the peace in the Groko.
"Criticism of the Mercosur Agreement would be purely symbolic"
The Mercosur Agreement would allow the EU to build political pressure on the Brazilian President. Brazil too has a very considerable interest in free trade.
Individual mobility needs more than battery-operated electric vehicles
To achieve climate protection in the transport sector, politicians are relying almost exclusively on electromobility. But the CO2 avoidance costs of battery-powered electric vehicles are far too high.
"Leveraged, consumer-oriented spending programs are the wrong way to go."
The 'black zero' is up for discussion in the Bundestag. However, new consumer-oriented spending programmes would be the wrong way to go and would not help the export-oriented industry.

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15.10.2019
The consequences of the trade dispute between the USA and China are becoming increasingly noticeable. Production and incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector have declined. The mechanical engineering industry expects more short-time work. At the same time, it stands ready to improve climate protection with its technologies.
13.10.2019
Machine builders expect sales to rise by 3 percent next year. Companies achieve good prices. Good capacity utilization, stable employment situation
11.10.2019
A new study by the IMPULS Foundation of the VDMA on digital market foreclosure shows that free data exchange is massively impaired. The effects are particularly hard on small and medium-sized enterprises.
08.10.2019
VDMA survey: Majority of mechanical engineers plan to equip their products with a 5G interface; innovative approach of private campus networks must not stall; VDMA calls for rapid agreement in favour of draft fees regulation
03.10.2019
The US has announced punitive tariffs on European products in response to Airbus subsidies. The VDMA calls for constructive solutions.
02.10.2019
Member survey of the AG Additive Manufacturing in VDMA
26.09.2019
Dialogue is better than isolation: In Brussels, the VDMA promotes international cooperation in trade and climate policy.
26.09.2019
VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment: Total sales 13 percent lower than in previous quarter. Export ratio again exceeds 96 percent. Value chain: Components grow significantly.
25.09.2019
Posting workers to other EU countries is currently associated with disproportionate bureaucracy. In a recent report, the Commission ignores the problem.
24.09.2019
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker criticises the climate package announced by the Grand Coalition: CO2 prices are set too low.
24.09.2019
To ensure that vocational training remains a success story, the head of the VDMA training department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls for strong investment in vocational schools.
19.09.2019
The plans of Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil to subsidise trade union dues are "absurd" from the point of view of VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers.
12.09.2019
The new VDMA guideline supports the topic of machine learning and shows step by step how the introduction can take place in your own company.
10.09.2019
In addition to the topics of digitisation, climate policy and a stable economy, the new EU Commission also wants to focus more on reducing bureaucracy.
10.09.2019
Plastic has been making life easier for people for many decades and is indispensable for many industrial processes.
09.09.2019
"When it comes to tax incentives for research, we hope for 'Struck's law' - no law leaves the Bundestag as it is introduced," emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, at today's hearing of the Bundestag Finance Committee on tax incentives for research.
05.09.2019
The British Parliament tries to make sure that there will be no hard Brexit after all. Nevertheless, companies must continue to prepare for it.
04.09.2019
Supplement to the 10-points-plan of the economic and environmental associations
04.09.2019
10-point plan for the revival of wind energy expansion
04.09.2019
Sustainable, medium-sized and growth-oriented: this is how the future governments in Brandenburg and Saxony must shape industrial policy for the next five years. Above all, it is necessary to push ahead with education, infrastructure and bureaucracy reduction.
03.09.2019
Weak start to the year 2019 - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - Slight increase in sales expected for 2019
03.09.2019
German construction industry remains on course - US sales market scores with strong demand - Long-term expectations remain subdued
28.08.2019
The meeting at the HF Mixing Group was about, among other things, how rules for the posting of skilled workers within the EU can be simplified for industrial companies.
22.08.2019
The new building is the VDMA's clear commitment to Frankfurt as a location, whose central location in Europe represents a major advantage for its members. The existing building and the new building will in future offer an ensemble with an attractive campus character for dialogue and networking activities.
15.08.2019
Declining numbers of applicants and young people with considerable knowledge gaps in MINT subjects as well as inadequate social skills make it difficult for East German mechanical engineers to find suitable trainees for industrial occupations.
Carl Martin Welcker: German Mechanical Enginerring Summit
Ein schneller Aufschwung ist im Maschinenbau nicht in Sicht, aber die Unternehmen nutzen die schwierige Zeit, um sich fit zu machen. Ein Handelsabkommen zwischen den USA und China würde spürbar Rückenwind bringen.
Hartmut Rauen: 5G im Maschinenbau
Hartmut Rauen, stellv. VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer erklärt, wie der VDMA seine Mitglieder beim Thema 5G unterstützt.
Carl Martin Welcker: German Mechanical Enginerring Summit
Ein schneller Aufschwung ist im Maschinenbau nicht in Sicht, aber die Unternehmen nutzen die schwierige Zeit, um sich fit zu machen. Ein Handelsabkommen zwischen den USA und China würde spürbar Rückenwind bringen.
Hartmut Rauen: 5G im Maschinenbau
Hartmut Rauen, stellv. VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer erklärt, wie der VDMA seine Mitglieder beim Thema 5G unterstützt.

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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.
08.08.2019
"How do we work in the digital age?" The VDMA is investigating this question together with IG Metal in its 2nd BarCamp "Arbeit 4.0".
16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
From 10 to 13 September 2019 the German wind trade fair HUSUM Wind will take place. What moves the industry nationally will be presented in Husum.
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.
05.12.2018
Approximately 7,100 companies are currently being contacted by the Federal Government and informed about the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP), with which they are to exercise human rights due diligence along their supply chain.
04.12.2018
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
29.11.2018
Despite (still) rising student numbers in computer science, the high drop-out rates are a cause for concern. In order to meet the demand for IT specialists in industry 4.0, the quality of teaching must be further improved. The VDMA nacelle initiative is committed to this and will include the field of computer science in the next project phase.
10.10.2018
The regulations of the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) to be observed since 25.05.2018 have caused the members of the VDMA some effort in the implementation of the requirements.
"Control the market with a CO2 price."
Mechanical engineering wants to lead the way in climate protection. In the "SZ" interview, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker calls for a market-economy reform of the entire energy pricing system - and an honest debate about the consequences.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 04-2019 (September 2019)
Solutions for better climate protection are highly complex. A short, but misleading option is to focus only on the price of one ton of CO2. The VDMA has presented a broader conclusive concept.
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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