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Mechanical engineering exports showing strong growth worldwide
Exports increased by 7.4 percent during the first nine months of 2017 - Imports rose by 3.9 percent - Business with China and Russia on an upswing; business with Great Britain and Turkey declining
VDMA: Climate summit takes an important stand on global cooperation
The German mechanical engineering sector supports an ambitious climate protection program, however, this can only be accomplished with global action.
COP 23: Shipping Industry Demands a “Maritime Energy Transition”
VDMA: No Alternatives to International Climate Protection - Demands for Increased Commitment from IMO - Shipping Must Be Emission-Free in the Long Term
COP 23: Climate Agreement is in the Industry’s Best Interest
VDMA: No Alternatives to International Climate Protection. • Europe Can Only Achieve Climate Goals with Efficient Emissions Trading System
VDMA: Germany must not isolate itself
Mechanical engineers in Germany expect the new government will set the correct economic course immediately after its constitution. VDMA President, Carl Martin Welcker spoke to journalists at the 9th German Maschinenbau-Gipfel (Mechanical Engineering Summit) in Berlin: “We reject isolation tendencies and backwards-looking policies, irrespective of their complexion! Mechanical engineering and the entire German industry thrives on its cosmopolitan outlook and any reversal here would damage our society and our well-being,” Welcker reiterated.
South Korea’s visa policy derails progress and inhibits bilateral trade
South Korea’s current visa policy is turning out to be a burden for the mechanical engineering industry in Germany. Excellent ties, both on a personal and business level, are essential for successful business with the Republic of Korea.


Potenziale und Herausforderungen einer umfassenden Energiewende standen im Zentrum von Vorstandssitzung und Mitgliederversammlung des VDMA Motoren und Systeme am 21. und 22. Februar bei Gastgeber Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG in Rostock, auf der zudem ein neues Präsidium gewählt wurde.
The German construction equipment industry ended 2017 with turnover of 10.8 billion euros – an increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year. It is the fourth consecutive year of growth for the sector. Incoming orders were 19 percent higher by the end of the year. 2018 is therefore expected to be another good year, with the industry predicting an eight percent increase in turnover.
Preliminary calculations by the Federal Statistical Office indicate that, adjusted for price, production in mechanical engineering rose by 3.1 percent last year, reaching a volume of around 212 billion euros thus exceeding the three percent growth predicted by VDMA's economists.
"The new government is going in the right direction with their commitment to efficiency and faster grid expansion for more renewable energy, but much more consistency is needed."
Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany increased by 7 percent in real terms in December compared to the previous year. Orders from abroad recorded an increase of 5 percent.
“The German machine tool industry is setting one production record after another.” With this good news, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, opened the organisation’s annual press conference. In 2017, the sector achieved growth of four per cent, and will thus, according to the provisional results, reach a volume of around 15.7 billion euros. For 2018, the VDW is expecting production output to increase by another five per cent.
Im vierten Quartal 2017 stieg der Auftragseingang der deutschen Werkzeugmaschinenindustrie im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum um 24 Prozent. Dabei legten die Bestellungen aus dem Inland um 48 Prozent zu. Die Auslandsorders wuchsen um 13 Prozent. Für 2017 gilt insgesamt ein Plus von 8 Prozent. Dabei kletterten die Inlandsaufträge um 10 Prozent nach oben, während die Auslandsbestellungen mit 7 Prozent Plus abschlossen. Hier positionierten sich die Euroländer als Zugpferd.
In just under 100 days from now, the European General Data Protection Regulation will come into force. The European Commission has now published guidelines to ensure a smooth implementation.
VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers on the new outlook for the world economy:
With a total output capacity of more than 5.3 GW, offshore wind turbines make an increasing contribution to the security of Germany’s energy supply.
Industry performs better than expected. Prices of raw material and a shortage of skilled workers are dampening the mood.
The German Maritime LNG Platform and VDMA have agreed a collaborative partnership. By co-operating and mutually supporting each other, the Platform’s Managing Director, Tessa Rodewaldt, and the Managing Director of VDMA Engines and Systems, Peter Müller-Baum, envision a range of constructive opportunities to jointly drive forward future innovation in the shipping sector.
The EU hopes to reduce or entirely do away with plastic waste in Europe. In view of VDMA, this initiative can indeed help leverage existing potentials.
Investments by the solar industry in thin film technology contribute disproportionately to success, record export rate of 81 percent, incoming orders declined after a strong start in 2017
One year after presenting the Clean Energy Package, the EU Energy Ministers have discussed the outstanding central points and agreed on common positions on the topics of the internal market in electricity, governance regulations and support of renewable energies.
Sales in mechanical engineering sector surpass EUR 220 billion mark for the first time in 2017- Increase in sales to more than EUR 230 billion expected for 2018
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) today published the results of the third and final EEG (Renewable Energies Act) bidding round for onshore wind energy in 2017
Electric power as the foundation for other forms of energy provides solutions for a wide range of applications - Mechanical engineering is a key industry for climate protection - Third VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry
Good times for the European agricultural machinery industry – profitable harvests and reasonable prices for agricultural products, particularly milk and forage crops, have fuelled the demand for innovative agricultural machinery and tractors in numerous key markets.
In September, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector continued their growth trajectory, gaining around 12 percent in real terms in comparison with the previous year.
The construction equipment and building material machine industry is performing well so far in 2017. “Although there is more chaos in the world today than ever before, we have thus far managed to cope with all the challenges that have come in rapid succession,” emphasized Johann Sailer, Chairman of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association at the Association’s general meeting on October 26 in Düsseldorf.
VDMA views with cautious optimism the fact that the remaining EU Member States are willing to start preparations to negotiate the future trading relationship between the EU and UK.
Exports increased in the first half of 2017 • Top 3 of the sales markets continue to grow • Focus Fakuma: Injection moulding machine exports with considerable plus
People travel, use raw materials and live with digitalization. People need clean air. But how is all this being assured? On, the VDMA presents four new multimedia reports with answers to questions that arise in our daily lives.
Thilo Brodtmann: Koalitionsvertrag - Zaghaft und visionslos
VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann analysiert das Verhandlungsergebnis von Union und SPD zur Neuauflage der Großen Koalition.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2017
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland sind im Dezember um real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gestiegen. Die Auslandsbestellungen verbuchten ein Plus von 5 Prozent. Dabei kamen die Impulse allein aus den Nicht-Euro-Ländern (plus 10 Prozent).
Thilo Brodtmann: Koalitionsvertrag - Zaghaft und visionslos
VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann analysiert das Verhandlungsergebnis von Union und SPD zur Neuauflage der Großen Koalition.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2017
Die Auftragseingänge im Maschinenbau in Deutschland sind im Dezember um real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gestiegen. Die Auslandsbestellungen verbuchten ein Plus von 5 Prozent. Dabei kamen die Impulse allein aus den Nicht-Euro-Ländern (plus 10 Prozent).

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