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Investors remain insecure
In April, new orders in the mechanical engineering sector fell for the fifth consecutive month. Weak domestic business and a lack of foreign orders resulted in a decline of 11 percent compared to the previous year.
"Against a divided Europe"
The European elections have shown: Citizens want a strong EU and a Europe based on partnership. The EU now needs to move forward on key issues such as digitisation and climate change.
VDMA: Russia sanctions need to be reconsidered
It is becoming increasingly difficult for the European mechanical engineering industry to maintain its position on the Russian market. The weak ruble exchange rate, the volatile oil price, protectionism and not least the sanctions are causing exporters great headaches. VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker therefore advocates to reconsider the sanctions.
Machinery exports to the EU-28 hold their own bravely
In the first quarter of 2019, Germany exported 43.8 billion euros in machinery. This is 2.1 percent more than in the same period last year (42.9 billion euros).
"U.S. President Trump hasn't taken a safe turn yet"
The EU and the US must use the next 180 days to find a WTO-compliant solution to the customs dispute. The postponement of the American punitive tariffs is only a reprieve.
Mechanical engineering industry enlarges research efforts
Research and development expenditure reaches new record level - Steady increase in R&D employees - Research funding must also address larger medium-sized companies

News

26.06.2019
A recent report shows policymakers the way to a better future with useful AI applications, but without excesses such as the all-round monitoring of citizens.
25.06.2019
The free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam includes the almost complete abolition of all customs duties.
• Sales in 2018 up again for the first time in three years • Strong growth of 3.7% in incoming orders • Digital maritime energy transition is to make shipping more eco-friendly • Outlook uncertain in China
19.06.2019
The production of food processing and packaging machinery rose by 8 percent in 2018. This was not only a record figure, but also the highest growth rate in the current decade.
14.06.2019
After ten years of growth and doubling of sales in the German plastics and rubber machinery sector the turning point has now been reached
13.06.2019
A chaotic exit from the EU by the UK is currently more likely than ever. In that case, industry faces disruptions of trade flows and supply chains.
06.06.2019
From the point of view of the VDMA, the resolution of 6 June on the continuation of the science pacts by the heads of government of the federal and state governments is an important political signal for the importance of higher education teaching. However, the science pacts are still a long way from achieving equivalence between research and teaching: the scope of funding for teaching remains far behind that of research.
06.06.2019
The European Commission sees the lack of fast Internet connections as a brake, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.
04.06.2019
Hardly any other lead environmental market profits as much from digitisation as the environmental service branch - it can become the decisive instrument for the dissemination and acceleration of the environmental service branch and for new opportunities through new business models.
27.05.2019
According to figures from the Federal Statistical Office, German manufacturers of woodworking machinery achieved a production record of 3.3 billion euros last year with a plus of 5 percent over the previous year. The predicted increase of 8 percent was thus missed.
24.05.2019
The resignation of Prime Minister May makes a chaotic Brexit more likely than ever. Businesses should take urgent precautions.
24.05.2019
European policy must also make its contribution do ensure that industry can meet its current challenges.
23.05.2019
The technology roadmap must be filled with life quickly: The aim is the defossilisation of shipping. Federal Ministry of Economics supports the development of new technologies.
22.05.2019
Medium-sized industrial companies are increasingly seeking access to start-ups in order to jointly accelerate digital change and develop future technologies - from robot programming for everyone to navigation solutions for entire fleets of driverless transport systems.
21.05.2019
In cooperation with Noerr LLP, the legal department of the VDMA developed a comprehensive guide on data sovereignty in the field of mechanical engineering industry, which provides member companies with valuable information on contractual possibilities of data allocations.
21.05.2019
In the course of ongoing digitalization, the construction of large-scale plants is facing significant market changes, for which companies have to prepare intensively. This is the core result of a new, broad-based benchmark study by the VDMA Large Industrial Plant Manufacturers’ Group (AGAB) and PwC Capital Projects & Infrastructure.
20.05.2019
Minister President Winfried Kretschmann awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg on 18 May, including the VDMA Past President Dr. Ing. h. c. Manfred Wittenstein. Kretschmann honoured Wittenstein as the "leading engineer and entrepreneur personality of our time".
20.05.2019
VDMA and Fraunhofer have created a new platform for innovations with the Hacking Engineering Hackathon - Startups successfully develop solutions for challenges given to them by industrial companies - 11 international teams take part in the pilot competition in Berlin
17.05.2019
Environmental policy and economic prosperity are not opposites. However, product regulation must not overburden companies.
15.05.2019
Revenues grow by 8 percent in 2018. Incoming orders up again after weak phase at year end
13.05.2019
Industry has great expectations in Texprocess
10.05.2019
Regulation at European level also benefits the export-driven mechanical engineering sector. However, the EU must prevent unnecessary burdens on businesses.
08.05.2019
Professor Claus Oetter, Managing Director of VDMA Software and Digitisation, calls for a stronger possibility of differentiation for industry at the meeting of the Data Ethics Commission and the question of an ethical design of society.
08.05.2019
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker welcomes the fact that parliamentary deliberations on the immigration law of skilled empolyees have finally begun.
04.05.2019
In 2018, machine production by manufacturers of meat processing machinery grew by almost 5 percent to 1.16 billion euros.
Innovationen für den Maschinenbau in 48 h | Hacking Engineering
Warum nicht einfach mal Herausforderungen im Unternehmen an die Crowd zur Lösung ausschreiben? Diesem Motto folgend haben VDMA und Fraunhofer gemeinsam vom 17.-19. Mai 2019 einen Hackathon für den Maschinenbau in Berlin veranstaltet. Die Unternehmen KSB, Rolls-Royce Power Systems und F&S Bondtec hatten diverse Aufgaben rund um die Themen Datenübertragung, Fernwartung, Augmented Reality und Predictive Maintenance im Gepäck- und Gründer, Forscher und Startups stellten sich den Herausforderungen. Welche fantastischen Lösungen die Teams dabei in nur einem Wochenende geschaffen haben und welchen Nutzen das Format für den Maschinenbau bringt, zeigt die Videodokumentation.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang April 2019
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau haben auch im April enttäuscht: Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr sanken sie um real 11 Prozent. Das war der fünfte Monatsrückgang in Folge.
Innovationen für den Maschinenbau in 48 h | Hacking Engineering
Warum nicht einfach mal Herausforderungen im Unternehmen an die Crowd zur Lösung ausschreiben? Diesem Motto folgend haben VDMA und Fraunhofer gemeinsam vom 17.-19. Mai 2019 einen Hackathon für den Maschinenbau in Berlin veranstaltet. Die Unternehmen KSB, Rolls-Royce Power Systems und F&S Bondtec hatten diverse Aufgaben rund um die Themen Datenübertragung, Fernwartung, Augmented Reality und Predictive Maintenance im Gepäck- und Gründer, Forscher und Startups stellten sich den Herausforderungen. Welche fantastischen Lösungen die Teams dabei in nur einem Wochenende geschaffen haben und welchen Nutzen das Format für den Maschinenbau bringt, zeigt die Videodokumentation.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang April 2019
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau haben auch im April enttäuscht: Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr sanken sie um real 11 Prozent. Das war der fünfte Monatsrückgang in Folge.

Must Reads

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.
10.10.2018
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
27.09.2018
The USA is the most important export market and investment location for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. At the same time, German companies with capital goods enable the development and modernization of American industry. In politically tense times of transatlantic relations, the EU and the US should strive for a lean free trade agreement and, at the same time, a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With 164 members, the WTO is the best platform for creating competition and free trade.
The aim of the strategic partnership between Labs Network 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich is to develop innovations, technologies and business models at the interface between industry 4.0 and the insurance industry.
15.08.2018
Future Business prepares the next complex trend topic with possible far-reaching effects for the entire mechanical and plant engineering sector. It does not only concern the currently much-discussed future of the plastics industry and waste and recycling technology, but all branches of industry with a connection to materials. Find out how you can contribute!
02.07.2018
Foreign direct investments in Germany as well as German direct investments abroad ensure the success of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. Unlike in the EU, some economic areas restrict foreign investment for economic and political reasons. This is problematic if investors from these countries who are both state-controlled and financially strong become active in our company at the same time. The commandment is called "reciprocity", equal conditions for common benefit. The political objective must be to achieve the same investment conditions everywhere as in Europe.
04.06.2018
The export-oriented German mechanical engineering industry has benefited more than almost any other sector from economic and political integration and having the euro as the single currency. However, the result of the British referendum in favor of Brexit has shaken the EU to its core. Even two years on it is still not completely clear how the EU and the United Kingdom will work together in the future, but the UK must not be granted a special status. The mechanical engineering sector believes that the cohesion of the EU takes priority and demands equal competitive conditions in the EU27 and the UK.
29.05.2018
Frankfurt am Main, 28 May 2018. – Making a visit to the fair simpler, faster and better: this is the goal pursued by the Club of Metalworking, which the VDW launched a few days ago. Membership is free of charge, and offers attractive services for international metalworking experts.
29.03.2018
Frankfurt am Main, 29 March 2018. – The dates for the next METAV have been finalised. The International trade fair for metalworking technologies will be held in Düsseldorf from Tuesday to Friday 10 to 13 March 2020.
"We need more inventors."
In an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the dissatisfaction of the mechanical engineering industry with federal politics, about important foreign markets and why inventive talent and quality must not be lost in Germany.
Mechanical engineering damps expectations
The trade disputes between the world's major economic blocs have lost none of their sharpness or explosiveness in recent months.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, Issue 03-2019 (June 2019)
Will robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over, lead to massive job displacements and soon send our societies into turmoil? Or are they simply great tools we can use to create a world with increased prosperity, resource efficiency and new cures for terrible diseases? VDMAimpulse did the reality check.
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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