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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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04.06.2018
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29.05.2018
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29.03.2018
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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.
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.
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?
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Humans – Machines – Progress – The film
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