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Business expectations for China continue to improve
The 4th VDMA Flash Survey on China shows that the business situation for more and more mechanical engineering companies is improving. At the same time, challenges in the competitive situation remain and entry restrictions to China are a hindrance.
Export-oriented mechanical engineering industry needs strong industrial fairs
Strong  international industrial fairs are important platforms that contribute significantly to strengthen the global competitiveness of the mechanical and plant engineering industry. The VDMA therefore supports the efforts of the German government to welcome more trade fair visitors and exhibitors to Germany again.
VDMA demands honest revision of social costs
According to press reports, social contributions are to increase above the 40 percent guarantee of the federal government. VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann therefore demands a review of social spending.
EU climate targets: "Innovation and market forces instead of regulation and tax money"
Efforts for climate protection must be increased. However, the proposal for greenhouse gas reduction now presented by the EU Commission shows considerable weaknesses in European climate policy.
EU-China Investment Agreement: an agreement must come in 2020!
The virtual EU summit with China has raised hopes which must now finally be followed by action. Especially in times of intensified global protectionism, positive signals for international trade are needed.
China's visa policy harms Europe and the People's Republic
Technical personnel must be able to travel abroad to commission or maintain machines and systems even in times of the pandemic. However, the entry regulations of important partner countries make these assignments more difficult. China has by far the most bureaucratic and complicated requirements.

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23.09.2020
On the occasion of the draft budget for 2021, which was approved by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann warns against a permanent debt policy.
22.09.2020
Need for adaptation in market integration and digitization
22.09.2020
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18.09.2020
Joint study by VDMA and McKinsey: Almost 80 percent of companies see the need to cooperate on digital business models
18.09.2020
Mechanical engineering and start-ups are working together more and more frequently - and with success: three out of five start-up cooperations in mechanical engineering have been successful in the long term. However, this is far from exploiting all potential. The new study "Strong together" by VDMA and UnternehmerTUM reveals obstacles to cooperation and identifies strategies that machine making companies can use to increase their chances of successful cooperation with start-ups.
16.09.2020
The German government has extended the period for which short-time work benefits are paid to up to 24 months. VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann considers the decision to be correct in principle.
14.09.2020
• VDMA continues successful cooperation in the initiative • Focus on emission reduction and climate-neutral production
11.09.2020
With "20 concrete proposals", the Federal Minister of Economics wants to advance climate protection and strengthen economic power. Peter Altmaier's approach is important, but does not replace concrete policy.
10.09.2020
The companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector in Baden-Württemberg are facing major challenges. In a survey conducted by VDMA Baden-Württemberg, 70 percent of the companies describe their current order situation as weak, poor or very poor.
In the course of ongoing digitalization, the construction of large-scale plants is facing significant market changes, for which companies have to prepare intensively.
08.09.2020
The corona pandemic is causing great reluctance to invest in mechanical and plant engineering. Production is also suffering as a result in the second half of the year. For 2021, the VDMA expects a small production increase of 2 percent.
04.09.2020
The EU Commission has published recommendations for a better coordinated approach to travel restrictions. A European solution is good, but freedom of movement is important at all times, not only during the crisis.
26.08.2020
During the pandemic, the state must enforce hygiene regulations and, where necessary, make improvements. However, a general obligation to wear masks at the workplace would not make sense in mechanical engineering.
26.08.2020
Domestic business remains largely stable in the first half of 2020 I Strong decline on foreign markets I Residential construction is coming through the crisis well
25.08.2020
Stable domestic business ensures sales growth in the first half of the year I Sales decline expected in the second half of the year I Exports to Europe and the USA collapse
21.08.2020
The training of junior staff continues to play an important role in mechanical engineering. In the current year, the companies have taken on around 85 percent of their trained apprentices.
18.08.2020
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, most East German mechanical engineers are sticking to their training plans at the beginning of the new apprenticeship year. However, falling numbers of applicants and large gaps in knowledge mean that many industrial/technical training places remain vacant.
13.08.2020
The VDMA has been accepted into the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. This European organisation which was established by the EU Commission just a few weeks ago is to play a central role in the future in the market ramp-up and large-scale use of climate-neutral hydrogen in Europe. The founding members are 18 CEOs of leading European industrial companies and 12 representatives from politics and civil society.
13.08.2020
The US punitive tariffs in the Airbus dispute also affect companies that have nothing to do with the aircraft subsidies. A relaxation of the trade dispute is urgently needed.
12.08.2020
Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the VDMA is in favor of an extended period of up to 24 months for short-time work compensation.
12.08.2020
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the second quarter of 2020 were 46 per cent down on the same period last year. In the process orders from Germany fell by 36 per cent. 51 per cent fewer orders were received from abroad. In the first half of 2020, the level of orders fell by 35 per cent. Domestic orders were 28 per cent lower than in the previous year. The level of orders from abroad was reduced by 39 per cent.
06.08.2020
On 21st July the European Council reached an agreement on the EU budget and the "Next Generation EU" recovery fund. VDMA did an analysis.
04.08.2020
The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) has noted a drastic decline in job vacancies. Fabian Seus, head of the VDMA Competence Center Labor Market, therefore demands legal relief for new hires.
22.07.2020
Covid-19 pandemic has left its mark
22.07.2020
The Covid 19 pandemic has caused a severe economic crisis. Any form of retaliatory tariffs will only exacerbate the situation. It is therefore important that transatlantic trade relations be relaxed, not escalated.
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020
Hartmut Rauen: "Gemeinsam stark - Maschinenbau und Startups"
Maschinenbau und Startups arbeiten immer häufiger zusammen – und dies mit Erfolg: Drei von fünf Startup-Kooperationen im Maschinenbau sind nachhaltig gelungen.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Production Forecast 2020/21
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is fighting against the consequences of the global corona pandemic, but also against protectionism in international trade, which continues to be a burden - and consequently expects production to fall by 17 percent in 2020

Must Reads

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.
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.
01.08.2017
In times of record tax revenues, high current account surpluses and simultaneous private investment restraint, the tax system must be reformed in such a way that the framework conditions for private investment and innovation in Germany improve. This must be a core task of the coming Federal Government!
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.
Friend or foe? - Dealing with foreign investors
Mechanical engineering is at home all over the world; Made in Germany still enjoys an excellent reputation. This is why many foreign investors want to invest in the local companies. But does the industry want that too? Or does it prefer to be protected? The Industry Podcast with VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker.
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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