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Mechanical engineers disapprove of the new US sanctions resolutions against Russia
Incoming orders in mechanical engineering June 2017 – Mechanical engineering starts full-swing into the second half of the year
Mechanical engineering companies in Germany are optimistic for the second half of the year. In the first half of 2017, incoming orders rose by four percent in real terms.
Things we take for granted
On the "Humans-Machines-Progress" Internet portal, VDMA shows what is truly behind the things we take for granted in two new multimedia reports
Europe must set a good example in terms of free trade
Europe has found itself with a great opportunity to promote free trade with partner countries authoritatively. The mechanical engineering industry is appealing to the EU and its member states to take advantage of this opportunity and ensure European prosperity for decades to come.
European investment control would be an own goal
Several EU states are pressing for control of investments at European level. VDMA warns against making Europe an unattractive location for foreign investors.
Brexit negotiations are all about limiting damages
VDMA publishes list of demands for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU


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.
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.
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.
Plastic has been making life easier for people for many decades and is indispensable for many industrial processes.
"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.
The British Parliament tries to make sure that there will be no hard Brexit after all. Nevertheless, companies must continue to prepare for it.
Supplement to the 10-points-plan of the economic and environmental associations
10-point plan for the revival of wind energy expansion
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.
Weak start to the year 2019 - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - Slight increase in sales expected for 2019
German construction industry remains on course - US sales market scores with strong demand - Long-term expectations remain subdued
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.
The mechanical engineering companies in Hesse achieved only stagnation in sales in the first half of the year.
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.
June this year had three working days less than 2018, which is why the 29 percent drop in orders received by mechanical engineering companies in Saarland in June, which was particularly severe for the first time this year, should not be overestimated.
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.
The Grand Coalition wants to change the working hours law. Companies should get more leeway in the future so that they can adapt their working hours to the requirements of increasing digitalisation, demands the VDMA.
The EU Commission has carried out a public consultation on "Sustainability requirements for batteries" in order to assess opportunities to promote the sustainable design and use of batteries.
The US and the EU have agreed on trade in beef and veal - now a free trade agreement must follow, eliminating all industrial tariffs.
Orders received by mechanical engineering companies in Saarland continue to fluctuate sharply, albeit not as strongly as in the previous year.
The mechanical engineering companies in Rhineland-Palatinate recorded sales growth for six years, but sales fell by 5.5 percent in the first five months of 2019. Only domestic sales rose again by 7.7 percent in May 2019; in the preceding months, negative rates had also been recorded here.
Historically low expansion despite very good growth prospects - urgently resolve approval backlog
Companies' business expectations for 2019 have deteriorated significantly compared with 2018. "In the current year we can at best speak of a sideways movement," said Dr. Mathias Kammüller, Chairman of the VDMA Baden-Württemberg, to journalists in Stuttgart on 24 July.
Mechanical engineering sees itself as responsible for finding new solutions to achieve the Paris climate targets. Power-to-X is a promising technology that is now ready for use in normal operation. Politicians, too, have now recognised the potential of converting green electricity.
The French Parliament has ratified the CETA agreement. Now the Bundestag is called upon to follow suit quickly.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders Juli 2019
New orders in the German mechanical engineering sector also fell in July, but the pace of the decline slowed compared with the previous months. Orders fell 3 percent short of the previous year's level in real terms, with domestic orders down 4 percent and orders from abroad down 3 percent.
Dr. Jörg Friedrich: Technikunterricht in Deutschland
Deutschland braucht ein verpflichtendes Schulfach Technik an allen Schulformen in allen Bundesländern! Warum der VDMA das fordert, erklärt Dr. Jörg Friedrich, Leiter VDMA Bildung in einem kurzen Videostatement.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders Juli 2019
New orders in the German mechanical engineering sector also fell in July, but the pace of the decline slowed compared with the previous months. Orders fell 3 percent short of the previous year's level in real terms, with domestic orders down 4 percent and orders from abroad down 3 percent.
Dr. Jörg Friedrich: Technikunterricht in Deutschland
Deutschland braucht ein verpflichtendes Schulfach Technik an allen Schulformen in allen Bundesländern! Warum der VDMA das fordert, erklärt Dr. Jörg Friedrich, Leiter VDMA Bildung in einem kurzen Videostatement.

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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.
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.
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
"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".
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.
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).
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 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.
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".
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
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.
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.
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.
The German delegation visiting SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard)
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.
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.
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
Comparison of countries Technology education in schools: light and lots of shade
Today, technical knowledge is a fundamental component of general education. However, a comprehensive analysis of the curricula at general schools, which the VDMA has carried out in all the federal states, shows that the curricula of general education are not the same: The vast majority of young people can finish school without ever coming into contact with a proven technical education.
11th German Mechanical Engineering Summit on 15 & 16 October 2019
The leading congress of mechanical and plant engineering: 2 days networking, thinking ahead, changing
"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 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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