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Many mechanical engineering companies expect turnover growth again in 2021
After a disappointing year 2020, the majority of mechanical engineering companies are confident that they will achieve nominal turnover increases again 2021.
"Export credit guarantees have a considerable need for improvement"
The Federal export credit guarantees (Hermes cover) need new instruments. The measures of the Ministry of Economics help companies a little, but are too weak in view of the corona situation.
Orders remain on a downward trend
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
"Now active crisis management is required"
After 13 years, Germany is taking over the EU Council Presidency again. What is needed now is a clear focus: creating a coordinated crisis mechanism, protecting the internal market and setting the course for an open trade policy.
Fuel cell will change the vehicle market
From 2030 onwards, the fuel cell will be represented with a significant share in passenger cars, commercial vehicles and mobile machines. A turnover of 11 billion euros for fuel cell components in passenger cars alone is possible in Europe in 2040.
VDMA: "Training bonus only helps to a very limited extent".
According to VDMA training expert Dr. Jörg Friedrich, the Federal Government's training bonus neglects the training efforts of larger medium-sized companies. Nevertheless, he is confident: "The mechanical engineering industry will continue to provide training in large numbers in any case.

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08.07.2020
The EU Commission has published its EU hydrogen strategy and strategy for integrating energy systems. An important step from the point of view of the VDMA. A fully integrated energy system is the key to a climate-neutral future and economic success.
The Corona pandemic is hitting the export-strong Bavarian mechanical and plant engineering industry with full force. In a recent VDMA survey, 70 percent of the companies report serious declines in incoming orders. "There has never been such a crisis before. Its duration and consequences are therefore difficult to assess at present. Uncertainty and the lack of investment are placing a heavy burden on the Bavarian mechanical and plant engineering industry," explains Claudia Haimer, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of VDMA Bavaria at the Annual Press Conference 2020.
02.07.2020
Free trade and open borders are indispensable for prosperity and the preservation of many jobs in Germany and Europe. This applies all the more in times when protectionists are increasingly trying to restrict international trade.
01.07.2020
The labour market figures show that an extension of short-time work would be urgently necessary. A decision must be taken quickly, as the companies need planning security.
25.06.2020
From January 2021, almost every manufacturer of machinery and equipment in Europe will have to enter information on chemical substances used into the database (SCIP) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
24.06.2020
Total sales in the 1st quarter of 2020 for photovoltaics machine manufacturers are less than 50 percent of the previous year's level. Order intake promises recovery. 90 percent of Asian orders come from China.
18.06.2020
The VDMA clearly rejects a de facto ban on contracts for work and services for all industries, as demanded by some politicians
18.06.2020
2019: Growth in sales, incoming orders and workforce - 2020: Upturn halted by Corona crisis - Key market drivers: digitalization, diversification and green drive
18.06.2020
By tightening the Foreign Trade and Payments Act, the Federal Government is sending out a completely wrong signal. If Germany wants to maintain its industrial base in the long term, foreign capital must flow into the country.
Robotics and automation from Germany cannot escape from the economic consequences of the corona crisis: VDMA R+A is currently expecting a drop in sales of at least 20 percent for 2020. The fundamental growth prospects of the industry, however, are positive for the time after COVID-19.
09.06.2020
Climate protection needs hydrogen, modern plant engineering and political clarity. This clarity is finally foreseeable with the hydrogen strategy.
05.06.2020
Also in the fourth round of negotiations on Britain's withdrawal, no agreement was reached between the EU and the UK. A hard Brexit is now approaching.
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.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders May 2020
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Hartmut Rauen: Studie "Antrieb im Wandel - Brennstoffzelle"
Die Brennstoffzelle bietet großes Potenzial, immer mehr Fahrzeuge werden damit ausgerüstet. Dazu braucht es großes Know-how, das im Maschinenbau vorhanden ist. Hartmut Rauen beschreibt den Weg zur erfolgreichen Nutzung der Brennstoffzellentechnologie.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders May 2020
The sharp decline in incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector continued in May, as expected. Orders fell by 28 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
Hartmut Rauen: Studie "Antrieb im Wandel - Brennstoffzelle"
Die Brennstoffzelle bietet großes Potenzial, immer mehr Fahrzeuge werden damit ausgerüstet. Dazu braucht es großes Know-how, das im Maschinenbau vorhanden ist. Hartmut Rauen beschreibt den Weg zur erfolgreichen Nutzung der Brennstoffzellentechnologie.

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10.02.2015
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