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Conciliatory end to the year
Machinery and plant manufacturers have closed the books of the the difficult year 2020, which was marked by the Corona pandemic, with a conciliatory outlook. In December, the slightly positive trend of the previous months continued, with companies recording an overall increase in orders of 7 percent in real terms compared to the same month of the previous year.
Corona crisis: Isolation of global supply chains hurts everyone
Everyone loses if the international division of labor ceases to exist. This is the conclusion of a report commissioned by the IMPULS Foundation of the VDMA. Mechanical engineering in particular would suffer disproportionately from the closure of global supply chains due to its strong international integration.
"Fighting the pandemic with consistent tracking".
Other countries show that consistent tracking of infection chains leads to rapid containment of the pandemic. Applying the existing testing and quarantine rules would therefore make more sense than new air travel bans.
Machinery and plant engineering industry feels slight tailwind
Four out of five mechanical engineering companies will see a drop in sales in 2020 despite a strong end of the year. According to the latest VDMA flash survey, however, the outlook for the future is cautiously positive: slight sales growth is in sight for 2021.
"Do not put off a new start for trade relations with the USA!"
Honesty and reliability will return to the White House with US President Joe Biden. The new start for transatlantic trade relations should therefore not be put off any longer.
Mechanical engineering expands share of home office – but production must not be jeopardised!
In the mechanical engineering industry, more and more people are working from home. However, production in the factory halls must not be jeopardised by a home office requirement. Health protection and industrial production can go hand in hand.

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02.03.2021
Today marks the official launch of the Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA).
01.03.2021
New working group founded on 1 March 2021 with 81 founding members - Focus on wireless communication solutions in mechanical and plant engineering
25.02.2021
The dispute over borders is a topic at the EU summit. VDMA is calling for an end to national go-it-alone approaches and for the common European approach to combating pandemics to be pursued.
25.02.2021
From the VDMA's point of view, the annual report of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI) clearly shows that there is still room for improvement in terms of open-topic and broadly effective funding instruments.
25.02.2021
Sharp drop in exports I Bright spot: December
24.02.2021
Strong domestic business I Diversification proves to be an advantage I Slight decline in sales expected for 2021
24.02.2021
Strong growth in domestic business I Trend topics hygiene and digitalization I Cautiously optimistic for 2021
24.02.2021
Even in the second year of the pandemic, the machinery and plant engineering sector will not reach the pre-Corona sales level. The VDMA therefore supports the approach of the employers' associations to consider wage increases next year at the earliest.
22.02.2021
The VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, expects production in the German machine tool industry to grow by 6 per cent to around 12.6 billion euros in 2021. At the association’s annual press conference, Chairman Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop stated that the improved mood in the economy is raising the willingness to invest. “After two years of great restraint, there is now a strong need to make up ground,” he said. The global Purchasing Managers’ Index and the German ifo Business Climate for the capital goods industry are on course for growth.
19.02.2021
Measured by innovation expeditures, Germany is one of the most innovation-friendly countries in the world. The German economy spent a total of just under €177 billion on innovations in 2019. Mechanical engineering came to €17.8 billion - 7% more than in the previous year and more than ever before. These are the findings of the latest study by ZEW Mannheim on innovation activity in the German economy. For the study, more than 13,000 companies from 56 industry groups were surveyed between February and October 2020.
19.02.2021
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros was exported from Germany - 12 percent less than in the previous year.
18.02.2021
The EU Commission continues to focus on opening markets and free trade agreements. This creates reliable framework conditions for exports by the mechanical engineering industry. But the idea that EU trade policy can solve all contentious issues in international politics is wrong.
17.02.2021
The planned Euro 7 emission standard must not reverse the success of the previous Euro standard. The combustion engine remains an important motor for the journey to green mobility, as a necessary part of a hydrogen economy. The planned obligation that new vehicles in Europe must be practically emission-free from 2025 onwards would be an ecological, economic and technological aberration.
16.02.2021
Production volume down 10 percent in 2020 +++ Export business down approx. 15 percent
10.02.2021
The EU Parliament has adopted its position on the new circular economy package. From the VDMA's point of view, this is a good step into the right direction, but too much bureaucracy has to be avoided.
08.02.2021
With a production increase of 5 percent to 9 billion euros, the industry reached a new all-time high in the Corona year.
04.02.2021
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann welcomes the coalition's decision on the loss carryback, but calls for extensions.
03.02.2021
The ongoing difficulties in trade between the EU and the UK are increasingly burdening companies. VDMA is calling for the rules to be adapted and bureaucracy to be reduced.
28.01.2021
Germany needs growth to pay the enormous costs of the Corona crisis and to be able to invest in the future. To achieve this, industry in Germany and Europe must remain competitive.
27.01.2021
The fight against the Corona pandemic is increasingly being fought on the backs of the economy. A general ban on air travel is not only superfluous, it would also cause further serious damage to the European economy.
27.01.2021
Things are looking up again for the industry: At the end of 2020, important key figures showed a slight upward trend. And confidence in better business is also returning.
26.01.2021
The expansion figures for onshore wind for the full year 2020 were published today.
26.01.2021
Confidence in significant sales increase for 2021 prevails at online press conference.
22.01.2021
Since 2013, negotiations on an EU free trade agreement with India have been frozen. It is high time to revive these talks.
21.01.2021
The increasingly resurgent calls for border closures within the EU must be buried as a matter of urgency. Border closures in the internal market would have unforeseeable consequences.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Exports 2020
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros were exported from Germany and imported for 67 billion euros. Exports were thus 12.0 per cent and imports 13.4 per cent lower than in 2019, as the Federal Statistical Office has reported on the basis of provisional figures.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2020
Die Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer haben das schwierige, von der Corona-Pandemie geprägte Jahr 2020 mit einem versöhnlichen Ausblick beendet. Im Dezember setzte sich der leicht positive Trend der Vormonate fort, die Unternehmen verbuchten insgesamt ein Auftragsplus von real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Exports 2020
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros were exported from Germany and imported for 67 billion euros. Exports were thus 12.0 per cent and imports 13.4 per cent lower than in 2019, as the Federal Statistical Office has reported on the basis of provisional figures.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2020
Die Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer haben das schwierige, von der Corona-Pandemie geprägte Jahr 2020 mit einem versöhnlichen Ausblick beendet. Im Dezember setzte sich der leicht positive Trend der Vormonate fort, die Unternehmen verbuchten insgesamt ein Auftragsplus von real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat.

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22.02.2021
From concept to prototype: the participants of the "OE-A Competition 2021" will showcase the broad spectrum of flexible and printed electronics with their products, prototypes and designs at LOPEC 2021 Online.
03.02.2021
At the five major locations of our industry, the pre-crisis level was only reached again in 2020 in China, where it was even exceeded.
25.01.2021
The ninth Corona Flash Survey on the economic impact of the Corona pandemic was conducted from 20 to 22 January 2021. 575 member companies participated
24.11.2020
VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann spoke out against a women's quota in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".
The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
28.09.2020
The 8th VDMA Corona Flash Survey was conducted on September 23/24. 522 member companies took part. As usual, you will find the detailed results for mechanical engineering and 13 trade associations in the appendix.
01.09.2020
Climate-neutral production is a challenge along the entire value chain and employs many companies. For this reason, the VDMA has now published a practical guide for mechanical and plant engineering.
How must cooperation and innovation processes change in the age of digitisation? Which extensions of value-added networks come into question? And how can suitable partners be identified? Answers to these and other questions are provided in a new study by the IMPULS Foundation.
23.06.2020
At HANNOVER MESSE - Digital Days on 15 July, the guide and descriptions of nine use cases on 5G in mechanical and plant engineering will be published. The occasion is the VDMA panel discussion "5G in mechanical engineering: from technology push to market pull". The guide and the use cases have been available exclusively to VDMA members since April 2020.
Corona continues to have a firm grip on us, the effects on personnel recruitment and the need for young people are uncertain. Your help is therefore required - please let us know our assessments by 8 May 2020.
The VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association has launched a new knowledge portal on sustainable packaging and packaging technologies.
Please take the opportunity to give us feedback on the technical implementation and the economic effort you have made.
The DAkkS has currently stopped the on-site assessments. These will be replaced by remote assessments.
Currently, an organisation called "Transparenzregister e.V." is sending mails in different versions.
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
On 14 November 2019, the German Bundestag passed the draft bill for the implementation of the 5th EU Money Laundering Directive.
02.12.2019
On behalf of 17 associations, the VDMA has sent an open letter to Vice-President Frans Timmermans on the importance of hydrogen and P2X in the fight against climate change on the occasion of the first working day of the new Commission.
29.11.2019
The Whistleblower Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 November 2019.
27.11.2019
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
14.11.2019
Update: The tax research subsidy is on the home straight. It is scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2020. Find out what the new funding instrument can do for your company.
Mechanical engineering industry regains strength
Companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector will close the crisis year 2020 with significant negative rates, but these will not be as severe as expected.
Video series "Young Professionals for Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering offers young professionals many attractive jobs and career development opportunities. The VDMA has produced a video series on this subject with member companies - four exciting clips have been created that whet the appetite for more.
Tax research promotion: How does the new instrument work?
The Research Allowance Act came into force on 1 January 2020. Here you can find out who benefits from the new tax incentives, what you have to take into account and how the VDMA will support you with this type of subsidy.
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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