Top News

Economic stimulus package for Germany: "Many positive impulses
The mechanical engineering industry considers the 130 billion euro package to be adaquate in order to boost the economy to be fundamentally correct.
Flash survey: Recruitment needs and recruitment of young people in times of Corona
Does the pandemic change the job market for young people? Do young people have to fear for their chances? The VDMA wanted to know more about this for the mechanical and plant engineering industry and surveyed its members.
"European financial aid needs a single market that is operating well"
The EU Commission has adapted its work programme and presented a plan for economic recovery after the Corona crisis.
"Abolish solidarity tax and keep public charges stable!"
The complete abolition of the solidarity tax would be good news. In addition, there must not be any further increases of public charges.
China and India send opposite signals in the Corona crisis
The corona pandemic has also affected important foreign markets, such as China, India and Brazil. China is sending out positive signals again, but the situation in India and Brazil is much worse.
Machinery exports suffer noticeably from the Corona pandemic
Machinery exports are increasingly affected by the Corona pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, they shrank by 6.6 percent to 41.9 billion euros.

News

04.06.2020
The effects of the corona pandemic have hit the German machine and plant construction industry with force in April.
04.06.2020
German and French companies announce progress towards the European data ecosystem GAIA-X together with the Ministers of Economics Peter Altmaier and Bruno Le Maire.
03.06.2020
A further increase in unemployment must be prevented by lowering the financial and legal barriers to new recruitment. This includes the temporary assumption of social contributions.
02.06.2020
A tightening of the Foreign Trade Ordinance, which would be negative for the mechanical engineering industry, is off the table for the time being. However, the risk remains.
02.06.2020
France has opted for purchase premiums for cars. However, the VDMA president warns against the erroneous path of a subsidy race among the EU states.
28.05.2020
The 5th VDMA flash survey shows that almost all machine manufacturers are suffering from the economic consequences of the corona pandemic. But there are also rays of hope.
27.05.2020
Up to now, larger medium-sized companies have been clearly disadvantaged in the promotion of research. It is good that the Ministry of Research now wants to make improvements here.
22.05.2020
The gradual lifting of compulsory quarantine in Germany for entry and return from EU and EFTA countries is the right thing to do. However, the patchwork of regulations is a great nuisance.
20.05.2020
The corona pandemic and the lockdown to contain it have hit society and industry hard - with hitherto unforeseeable consequences. In particular, companies acutely need sufficient liquidity to cope with the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic and to bridge the period until the economy picks up again.
14.05.2020
The corona crisis must not lead to strategic mistakes in the tax system. Companies need a tax system that is conducive to growth.
13.05.2020
At the end of the year, total revenue for the fourth quarter falls by 4 percent for solar equipment manufacturers compared with the previous quarter. Order intake slumps significantly in the 4th quarter. There is a clouded mood for the year 2020.
12.05.2020
Companies urgently need open borders in Europe again. Quarantine regulations must also be dropped.
11.05.2020
Corona weighs heavily in the mechanical engineering sector: order losses and cancellations are becoming increasingly noticeable. The travel restrictions are also causing the companies major problems.
06.05.2020
Study 2020: Annual damage of 7.6 billion euros; Many counterfeits pose a threat to the operation of machines and plants; China remains the main sales country for plagiarism; Companies sue product pirates less and less frequently
04.05.2020
Last year, German manufacturers of woodworking machines achieved a new production record of 3.37 billion euros with a small plus of 0.6 percent according to figures from the Federal Statistical Office.
29.04.2020
The EU can celebrate a success of its free trade strategy: the last chunk of the EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement has been cleared.
28.04.2020
An economic revival in the EU and the Green Deal go hand in hand, if the framework conditions are right. The change must be market-based and technology-neutral.
24.04.2020
The adjustment of the tax loss carry-forward gives companies some breathing space, but only provides limited help to medium-sized mechanical engineering companies.
20.04.2020
The extension of the short-time working benefits meets an important requirement of the VDMA, which will provide noticeable relief and planning security for small and medium-sized companies.
20.04.2020
The mechanical engineering industry is increasingly feeling the effects of the corona pandemic; orders are reduced or even cancelled. According to the VDMA flash survey, many companies are making capacity adjustments.
16.04.2020
The decision of the Corona Cabinet to promote the establishment and expansion of the production of medical protective equipment is an important investment signal in the view of the VDMA.
15.04.2020
The measures to combat the corona pandemic must be implemented with consistence. This applies in particular to quarantine rules for persons entering Germany for professional reasons. There must be a smooth, uniform European procedure in this field.
14.04.2020
According to the latest VDMA survey, the effects of the corona pandemic in China are less severe than was expected only recently. Nevertheless, the mechanical engineering industry is expecting a sharp drop in sales.
14.04.2020
The Grand Coalition wants to extend the period for which employees can receive short-time work benefits beyond 12 months. Many mechanical engineering companies could benefit from this. The government is thus fulfilling an important demand of the VDMA.
The inquiry of the Federal Ministry of Health for the supply and manufacture of infection protection equipment has been terminated for the time being. We would like to thank them for the many hundreds of responses and initiatives.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders April 2020
The effects of the corona pandemic hit the German mechanical and plant engineering industry with force in April.
Bericht Mai 2020
In dem neuen Videoformat "Bericht aus Brüssel" nehmen wir ein Mal pro Monat ein Thema unter die Lupe. Ausgabe Mai 2020.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders April 2020
The effects of the corona pandemic hit the German mechanical and plant engineering industry with force in April.
Bericht Mai 2020
In dem neuen Videoformat "Bericht aus Brüssel" nehmen wir ein Mal pro Monat ein Thema unter die Lupe. Ausgabe Mai 2020.

Must Reads

16.07.2019
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
15.05.2019
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).
01.04.2019
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 2019
22.03.2019
The Trade Secrets Act provides for far-reaching protection of valuable corporate information. The prerequisite, however, is that companies take measures and document them.
08.03.2019
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".
01.03.2019
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
20.02.2019
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.
31.01.2019
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.
05.12.2018
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.
04.12.2018
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.
10.10.2018
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.
10.10.2018
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
27.09.2018
The USA is the most important export market and investment location for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. At the same time, German companies with capital goods enable the development and modernization of American industry. In politically tense times of transatlantic relations, the EU and the US should strive for a lean free trade agreement and, at the same time, a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With 164 members, the WTO is the best platform for creating competition and free trade.
The aim of the strategic partnership between Labs Network 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich is to develop innovations, technologies and business models at the interface between industry 4.0 and the insurance industry.
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!
02.07.2018
Foreign direct investments in Germany as well as German direct investments abroad ensure the success of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. Unlike in the EU, some economic areas restrict foreign investment for economic and political reasons. This is problematic if investors from these countries who are both state-controlled and financially strong become active in our company at the same time. The commandment is called "reciprocity", equal conditions for common benefit. The political objective must be to achieve the same investment conditions everywhere as in Europe.
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.
Campaign "WE produce for..." sets exclamation mark
With the campaign "WIR produzieren für..." (WE produce for...), the VDMA is focusing on the great importance of mechanical and plant engineering in times of the corona crisis.
"Heaters are as good as cars"
The corona pandemic is also a challenge for the mechanical engineering industry. In an interview with the "F.A.Z.", VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker talks about the situation of companies, individual responsibility and subsidies in the crisis.
Maschinenbau meets Young Professionals - Jan Vogt, HAHN Automation
Main actor in part 3 is Jan Vogt from VDMA member HAHN Automation in Rheinböllen in the Hunsrück. He is team leader in the area "Robot & Vision" and explains the exciting facets of his job as well as the special features of HAHN as an employer.
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.
VDMA Newsletter
Subscribe to our VDMA newsletter: always up to date and in line with your interests.