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Carl Martin Welcker elected new President of VDMA
The family entrepreneur Carl Martin Welcker has been elected the new VDMA President at the General Assembly of the Mechan-ical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) held in Berlin.
Mechanical engineering companies raise warnings against new protectionism and trade barriers
Mechanical engineering companies in Germany are campaigning tirelessly for open markets and free trade around the globe – no ifs or buts. They expect the German federal government to vigorously combat protectionism and the establishment of new trade barriers.
VDMA: Trump’s protectionism would be harmful for everyone!
The United States of America is the largest market for German machinery exports after the EU. The results of the US presidential election are thus subject of great concern in the mechanical engineering industry.
Breaking even in September
Incoming orders in mechanical engineering in September were on a par with those in the same month of last year. Domestic orders saw an increase of two percent (rounded), while orders from abroad stagnated.
VDMA: Stagnation followed by a slight increase in growth
Despite all the difficulties on many important foreign markets, mechanical engi-neering companies expect a slight upturn in their business in the coming year.
Automation is not a threat to the labour market
A recent study by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the future of jobs examines changes in the labour market up until 2020. “We certainly do not share the bleak vision described in the study,” says VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann.

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14.12.2018
The Collective Energy Act was passed today by the Federal Council. A comment:
11.12.2018
The energy revolution and climate protection needs Power-to-X. The conversion of green electricity into storable gas or synthetic fuel is a key element in achiev-ing Germany's and Europe's energy policy goals.
10.12.2018
The EU-Commission convincingly underpins its ambition to coordinate efforts in Europe with the “Coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence”. However, the VDMA demands a clearer focus on industrial applications.
21.11.2018
With the new research framework programme from 2021 to 2027, funding might be distributed according to the watering can principle. However, a targeted programme for key technologies would be important.
15.11.2018
Thilo Brodtmann, VDMA`s Executive Director, takes further responsibility to strengthen the interests of industry at European level.
14.11.2018
In the view of VDMA, latest progress made in the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU are positive. However, it is too early to give the all-clear sign.
31.10.2018
The coalition parties have agreed on the cornerstones of the energy collection law.
31.10.2018
Ten printing and paper machinery manufacturers present themselves together in Shanghai under the label “Made in Germany” - Joint presentation at the fair receives good feedback - Increased numbers of visitors and exhibitors underline the importance of the All in Print China as supra-regional leading trade fair
19.10.2018
The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the fourth and final round of tenders for onshore wind energy in 2018. The tender for 670 megawatts (MW) was clearly under-subscribed with bids of 363 MW and the average award value was 6.26 ct/kWh.
17.10.2018
Industry expects sales growth of 4 percent this year. German technology suppliers score with superior production solutions.
16.10.2018
Scale manufacturers develop universal, manufacturer-independent communication interface
15.10.2018
The transmission system operators announced the amount of the EEG levy and offshore grid levy for the year 2019.
12.10.2018
Mit der Verordnung über Anlagen zum Umgang mit wassergefährdenden Stoffen (AwSV) wurde der anlagenbezogene Gewässerschutz einer bundeseinheitlichen Regelung unterworfen. Der Vollzug ist jedoch nach wie vor uneinheitlich.
11.10.2018
Bureaucratic hurdles for the posting of workers are a burden for the mechanical engineering industry. In Brussels, the VDMA discussed possible easements in the posting of employees with representatives from politics and industry.
09.10.2018
Negotiations are currently under way at EU level to reorganise the CO2 fleet regulation for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The EU Commission's proposal currently gives manufacturers only two instruments at their disposal to improve their CO2 balance.
01.10.2018
The very far-reaching requirements for the posting of workers to other EU countries make it increasingly difficult for German mechanical engineering companies to do business within the EU Single Market.
Record number of delegates at the 10th E-MOTIVE expert forum for electric vehicle drives
26.09.2018
Topic of the VDMA Press Club: “How Europe will maintain its leading position in the wind industry”
21.09.2018
Investments in thin-film technology contribute above average to success of the German equipment industry. Record export rate of 89 percent, Asian business broader positioned. New orders increased significantly in the second quarter.
13.09.2018
The European Parliament has approved a resolution on the implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy with the aim of increasing the recycling rate in the EU.
07.09.2018
The EU is currently negotiating greater control over investment from China. At an event in Brussels, representatives of the mechanical engineering sector argued in favour of market opening in China rather than investment barriers in Europe.
05.09.2018
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has approved a new framework for the conformity and enforcement of product legislation, paving the way for better monitoring of the internal market.
04.09.2018
The German shipbuilding and offshore supplier industry, which employs 63,500 highly qualified people, is expecting a slight rise in orders this year after the order books were successfully filled in 2017.
21.08.2018
Matthias Zelinger, spokesman for energy policy for the VDMA, comments on Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU's climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all states involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.
17.08.2018
In the first half of the year, good exports to the USA and China meant that business was thriving. External economic conditions are indeed becoming more difficult; the sector is nevertheless expecting a 4 percent increase in turnover in 2018.
Carl Martin Welcker: Annual press conference 2018
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the prospects for mechanical engineering in 2019, the threat to growth, capacity and supply bottlenecks and the demands made by mechanical engineers on the grand coalition in Berlin.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Oktober 2018
Im Oktober konnten die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland ihren Auftragseingang trotz zahlreicher Verunsicherungen deutlich um real 12 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr steigern.
Carl Martin Welcker: Annual press conference 2018
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the prospects for mechanical engineering in 2019, the threat to growth, capacity and supply bottlenecks and the demands made by mechanical engineers on the grand coalition in Berlin.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Oktober 2018
Im Oktober konnten die Maschinenbauer in Deutschland ihren Auftragseingang trotz zahlreicher Verunsicherungen deutlich um real 12 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr steigern.

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04.12.2018
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
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!
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.
06.09.2017
The update of the ITRPV will be presented and released on September 6th, 2017 in Shanghai. The information on the technology maturity is now implemented for selected parameters.
10.02.2015
VDMA’s fears that a common European Sales Law would increase transaction costs and legal uncertainty, and would therefore not be a true added-value for companies, have been recognised by decision makers in Brussels.
Now online: VDMAimpulse, issue 05-2018 (November 28, 2018)
Management in the age of digitalization, preparations for Brexit, the warehouses of the future and a checklist for cyberattacks: The latest edition of VDMAimpulse focuses on these issues and more.
More of it: cohesion and freedom of movement in Europe!
The internal market is at the heart of the European Union and without cohesion among European states there are no common solutions for Europe.
Humans – Machines – Progress – The film
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