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Mechanical engineering exports overcome low point
Export figures for the mechanical engineering industry in Germany are further improving. The lowest point in machinery exports has been overcome. However, patience and efforts are still needed in business and politics before the pre-crisis level is reached.
Economic recovery of the BRIC countries from the perspective of the mechanical engineering industry varies widely
The VDMA survey on the order situation in the BRIC countries shows a mixed picture. For China, the mechanical engineering industry sees an increase in sales for 2020.
Counteract rising unemployment
Commenting on the presentation of the annual report of the German Council of Economic Experts to Chancellor Angela Merkel, VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers said
Enable companies to achieve zero round!
The demand recommendation of the IG Metall executive committee causes head shaking at the VDMA. Because in the Corona crisis there is no room for distribution of higher wages.
New US President Biden - a good day for transatlantic relations
The election victory of Joe Biden is good news for transatlantic relations. The mechanical and plant engineering industry expects a more predictable policy from the new US president, which will also involve the transatlantic partners in Europe more closely again.
"Corona measures point out the right way!"
The new measures for corona control are correct and necessary. Large parts of industry can work on and thus play their part in securing employment.

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24.11.2020
After the global turnover slump of an estimated 7 percent this year, a turnover growth of 6 percent is predicted for 2021.
24.11.2020
Domestic demand stable despite Corona I Manufacturers focus on digitization I Decline in sales expected for 2021
23.11.2020
One year after the conditions for awarding contracts for local industrial and agricultural mobile radio networks came into force, almost 90 applications have already been received by the Federal Network Agency.
20.11.2020
Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, takes a fundamentally positive view of the Employment Protection Act passed by the German Bundestag.
20.11.2020
Even after the virtual Council meeting, Poland and Hungary are sticking to their veto on the EU budget and Corona recovery fund. VDMA demands that the dispute be settled. Europe now needs a future perspective instead of trouble.
18.11.2020
On the occasion of the GAIA-X Summit today and tomorrow, international companies, NGOs as well as representatives from politics and associations will come together in hybrid format to publicly present the new organizational structure of the GAIA-X Foundation. As Europe's leading mechanical engineering network, the VDMA has been a member from the very beginning.
11.11.2020
The transatlantic dispute over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing is also a burden to companies in the mechanical engineering sector. A negotiated solution still must be found. Therefore, the VDMA calls for a constructive dialogue between the EU and the USA.
08.11.2020
The election victory of Joe Biden is good news for transatlantic relations. The mechanical and plant engineering industry expects a more predictable policy from the new US president, which will also involve the transatlantic partners in Europe more closely again.
06.11.2020
After 10 long years of growth, the sales boom for the woodworking machinery industry will come to an end this year. In addition to the economic slowdown already indicated in 2019, the corona pandemic will act as a significant brake.
04.11.2020
Seven representatives of German companies in the field of additive manufacturing used the online Russia trip from 26th to 29th October 2020 together with the AHK in Moscow to get in touch with exciting companies and institutes in Russia.
04.11.2020
The Mechanical Engineering Industry in Germany is gradually recovering from the consequences of the corona crisis. After the seasonal setback in August, order intake returned to a positive picture in September 2020.
30.10.2020
The chances for applicants for a training position in mechanical and plant engineering remain good even in the training year 2020. However, vocational schools must remain open in the coming weeks and months.
28.10.2020
Only money for green projects? VDMA President Karl Haeusgen discussed the opportunities, challenges and risks of Sustainable Finance in a virtual panel discussion with representatives of the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the banking world.
28.10.2020
The vast majority of machinery and plant engineering manufacturers are preparing for a Brexit "no deal" scenario as a precautionary measure. VDMA is once again calling for a renewed effort on the part of politicians.
27.10.2020
Hydrogen and e-fuels are an important contribution to the climate protection strategy - Draft law for the national implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) is not ambitious enough and needs to be revised.
22.10.2020
General meeting elects Dr. Markus Baldinger and Alexander Melkus as deputy chairmen.
21.10.2020
The VDMA is calling for a reform of the wage sum rule. The negotiations on the Annual Tax Act would be the appropriate framework for this.
15.10.2020
The number of people employed in mechanical and plant engineering has decreased. Short-time work regulations prevent even greater declines.
15.10.2020
The industry is still struggling with a weak order situation. However, important key figures indicate that the downward trend is coming to an end. The mood is also brightening somewhat.
14.10.2020
At today's Round Table of the Federal Ministry of Economics on the future of wind farms that are not eligible for EEG subsidies, VDMA Power Systems spoke out against further subsidies for old wind turbines
14.10.2020
The ongoing subsidy dispute between the EU and the USA is also burdening companies in the mechanical engineering sector. A constructive dialogue is therefore needed quickly to abolish punitive tariffs.
13.10.2020
AM industry: looking ahead to growth opportunities
13.10.2020
In view of the forthcoming consultations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister Presidents on how to proceed in the corona pandemic, VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann warns against restrictions on business trips.
12.10.2020
German photovoltaics machine manufacturers are feeling the serious impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the demand side. Their incoming orders drop by more than 70 percent in the second quarter. China, their most important export market, weakens.
12.10.2020
OPC UA for Machinery and OPC UA for Machine Tools released - umati community tests functionality of both specifications in umati demonstrator
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders September 2020
The Mechanical Engineering Industry in Germany is gradually recovering from the consequences of the Corona crisis. Following the seasonal setback in August, incoming orders returned to a positive trend in September 2020.
Interview with Karl Haeusgen
The new VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks in an interview with moderator Ursula Heller about the challenges in mechanical engineering and his upcoming term of office.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders September 2020
The Mechanical Engineering Industry in Germany is gradually recovering from the consequences of the Corona crisis. Following the seasonal setback in August, incoming orders returned to a positive trend in September 2020.
Interview with Karl Haeusgen
The new VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks in an interview with moderator Ursula Heller about the challenges in mechanical engineering and his upcoming term of office.

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16.09.2019
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.
22.08.2019
Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online
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.
08.08.2019
Since Brussels is unlikely to provide any rapid bureaucratic relief when applying for the A1 certificate, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) has published a recommendation on the "Handling of the A1 certificate for short-term and short-term activities in other EU countries, the EEA states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as well as Switzerland" on the Internet.
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).
02.05.2019
Many members ask themselves the following question: Is it really possible that an A1 certificate is required for a short business trip in Europe? The answer is simple, short and unsatisfactory: Yes!
01.04.2019
Wide range of information and mediation services with demonstrators at Hannover Messe 2019
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.
From 1 January 2021 at the latest, 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.
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.
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.
In conversation with Elke Büdenbender - training and education in Africa create perspectives for everyone involved
The VDMA and its member companies support the vocational training of young Africans in several countries. Patron of the initiative "Skilled workers for Africa" is Elke Büdenbender. The wife of the German President met with the VDMA for an open discussion about opportunities and challenges on the African continent.
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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