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European photovoltaic production can be profitable
Photovoltaic production in Europe and Germany across the entire value chain is competitive again if the size of the production fab is appropriate. This is the result of a survey by Fraunhofer ISE commissioned by VDMA, comparing the cost ratios of production in Europe and China.
The solidarity surcharge must be completely relinquished!
The solidarity surcharge should be abolished completely after 30 years - and not only for 90 percent of the tax payers.
Order intake in mechanical engineering June 2019: Large orders soften the decline
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books.
Training gap becomes a brake on growth
Training year 2019 starts with 34,000 vacancies in mechanical engineering VDMA members particularly committed to young talent
"Medium-sized companies must not be placed under general suspicion."
Those who want to catch money launderers must not place every medium-sized company under general suspicion. VDMA therefore calls on the Union to block the new proposals on the transparency register.
Complete free trade with the USA remains the goal
The number of disagreements in EU-US trade relations remains high. The aim must be to dismantle all industrial tariffs. Positive: Negotiations on technical regulations are progressing.

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19.08.2019
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.
15.08.2019
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.
08.08.2019
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.
05.08.2019
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.
03.08.2019
The US and the EU have agreed on trade in beef and veal - now a free trade agreement must follow, eliminating all industrial tariffs.
01.08.2019
Orders received by mechanical engineering companies in Saarland continue to fluctuate sharply, albeit not as strongly as in the previous year.
30.07.2019
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.
25.07.2019
Historically low expansion despite very good growth prospects - urgently resolve approval backlog
24.07.2019
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.
24.07.2019
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.
23.07.2019
The French Parliament has ratified the CETA agreement. Now the Bundestag is called upon to follow suit quickly.
Companies are already feeling the effects of the economic downturn. Global political uncertainties are further weakening Bavaria's export-driven mechanical engineering sector. Reducing bureaucracy is a must to ensure competitiveness. In order to tackle digitization, infrastructure must fit.
18.07.2019
VDMA regards competition by the Ministry of Economic Affairs as a positive signal for innovation and investment.
18.07.2019
High capacity utilisation and a good order backlog cannot conceal this: The growth momentum in East German mechanical and plant engineering is slowing.
17.07.2019
Naemi Denz, member of the VDMA Executive Board, called for concrete political measures before the Climate Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
11.07.2019
Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has announced the prospect of a rapid free trade agreement with the USA. The negotiations should be conducted without preconditions.
09.07.2019
Companies expect an increase in security incidents - most frequent consequences: Capital damage and loss of production
09.07.2019
Sales in the 1st quarter of 2019 are 14 percent above the expectations of mechanical engineers, Vietnam replaces Taiwan as 2nd largest market behind China, Export ratio reaches almost 100 percent
04.07.2019
Small and medium-sized enterprises and the Union are to find each other better again. CDU/CSU faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus wants to steer a clear course "pro Mittelstand" - and thus finds a lot of support in mechanical engineering.
03.07.2019
For an industrial country like Germany, a stable power supply is a decisive location factor.
02.07.2019
In May 2019, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell again by 7 percent in real terms. While domestic demand almost stagnated (minus 1 per cent), orders from abroad were 9 per cent below the previous year's relatively high level.
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.
Dr. Jutta Trube: Solarmodule "Made in Europe" - a new Chance
Dr. Jutta Trube explains why the production of solar modules should return to Europe and under which conditions this step can be worthwhile. She explains the results of a VDMA study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders Junie 2019
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books. In the first half of 2019, orders declindes by 9 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year, with the minus at home and abroad reaching the same level.
Dr. Jutta Trube: Solarmodule "Made in Europe" - a new Chance
Dr. Jutta Trube explains why the production of solar modules should return to Europe and under which conditions this step can be worthwhile. She explains the results of a VDMA study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders Junie 2019
In the first six months of the current year, mechanical engineering companies in Germany recorded a significant drop in their order books. In the first half of 2019, orders declindes by 9 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year, with the minus at home and abroad reaching the same level.

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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.
28.03.2018
Mobility is changing. A global driver for this will be the implementation of the Paris climate resolutions. With its efficient solutions, German mechanical and plant engineering makes an important contribution to change and thus secures employment and prosperity.
13.03.2018
The VDMA Software and Digitisation Association has added new features to its app, which are now available free of charge in the app stores.
21.02.2018
From 1 January 2021, importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from risk areas - so-called conflict minerals - into the EU will be subject to binding due diligence obligations.
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.
10.08.2017
The consulting offer of the professional association software and digitization shows ways to industry 4.0 and successful digital strategies.
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.
"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.
11th German Mechanical Engineering Summit on 15 & 16 October 2019
The leading congress of mechanical and plant engineering: 2 days networking, thinking ahead, changing
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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