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German machinery exports shrink in 2019
Weak industrial production worldwide and growing protectionism have left their mark on the export balance of mechanical engineering companies from Germany.
VDMA: The right response to economic weakness
The grand coalition has agreed in a draft bill on a decree authorization to extend short-time work. VDMA Executive Manager Thilo Brodtmann criticizes that the extension is tied to qualification measures.
Need for qualification for industry 4.0 is still great
Analysis of 1700 questionnaires shows deficits in specialist knowledge about industry 4.0 Universities must develop curricula for industry 4.0 Employees must be prepared for digital change through further training strategies
Year end without surprise
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared to the previous year, the order books for 2019 as a whole show a real decline of 9 percent.
"Foreign investors must not be placed under general suspicion"
The German government wants to control foreign investments even more strictly in the future. This is the wrong way: a tightening of the Foreign Trade Act leads to more dirigiste industrial policy.
Extension of short-time working allowance must be done quickly!
The decision to extend the short-time working allowance is correct. However, a link with qualification measures only makes sense for companies that are suffering from structural change.

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19.02.2020
Europe wants to play the leading role in the development of artificial intelligence (AI).
14.02.2020
The VDMA calls on the German government to work within the EU to ensure that a sustainable and forward-looking free trade agreement with Great Britain can be concluded as quickly as possible.
11.02.2020
The plenary of the European Parliament is expected to vote on the Free Trade Agreement and the Investment Protection Agreement with Vietnam on 12 February 2020.
06.02.2020
In 2018, the mechanical engineering sector increased its spending on innovations by 8 percent. This is shown by the latest innovation survey of the ZEW. The biggest obstacle to innovation was the lack of skilled workers. But the lack of financing also prevented some innovation successes.
06.02.2020
The VDMA Legal Department provides legal information in an information sheet for the evaluation of the factual and legal situation in connection with the occurrence of the novel corona virus.
05.02.2020
The waiver of a charge alone is not sufficient to help the companies.
03.02.2020
The use of hydrogen is indispensable for the desired climate neutrality. The draft of a National Hydrogen Strategy now presented by the Federal Ministry of Economics is an important building block for this, because without hydrogen and other Power-to-X products we will not be able to achieve the Paris climate targets.
31.01.2020
After years of negotiations the time has come: the British are leaving the European Union. During the transition period nothing major will change. But the EU and UK immediately need to start negotiating a free trade agreement.
29.01.2020
The Coal Exit Act can only be the first step. Now more commitment to other technologies is needed. In addition, further burdens on industry must be avoided.
28.01.2020
Since December 2019 a growing number of infections with the novel corona virus has been reported in the city of Wuhan and in the Hubei region. This virus has now also been detected in other regions of China. VDMA member companies have already taken measures.
28.01.2020
Around 200 representatives from politics, business, science and the media exchanged views on hydrogen yesterday evening at the FAZ Forum during a joint Parliamentary Evening of the associations DVGW, VDMA and VKU. The discussions focused on the question of what contribution hydrogen and the gas infrastructure in Germany can make to the energy turnaround.
24.01.2020
Important visit to the VDMA: Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz discusses the major issues of global politics as well as the details of corporate taxation with the VDMA Executive Board. MEP Daniel Caspary calls on entrepreneurs to raise their voice for Europe.
22.01.2020
In the fall of 2019, cooled customer demand had left a clear mark on the order situation. The many and varied trading risks remained in place at the end of the year - but the companies were still able to avert a further downward trend. In addition, companies are again more optimistic about their future business opportunities.
15.01.2020
The change in drive technology is affecting both the automotive industry and its suppliers. The aim is to strengthen value creation in Germany and Europe through state-of-the-art products and technologies. Change must not be based rigidly on one technology.
14.01.2020
The reluctance of the automotive industry to invest is a burden for the mechanical engineering sector, too. In order to avoid staff cuts, the conditions for extending short-time work must now be set.
18.12.2019
The annoying dispute within the Grand Coalition has led to a postponement of the urgently needed hydrogen strategy once again. The German government must finally do its homework regarding climate policy in 2020.
17.12.2019
The federal and state governments have found a reasonable compromise for the climate package.
13.12.2019
The European Council supports the EU Commission's Green Deal and reaffirms that a concrete action plan must be drawn up to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
03.12.2019
The latest PISA study by the OECD does not give Germany's schools a good report. The head of the VDMA education department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls for technical instruction to be included in the curriculum.
03.12.2019
The current business climate survey by VDMA Battery Production shows the growth expectations of machine and plant manufacturers in battery production. Sales growth of 4 percent is expected for the current year. By 2020, the figure should even be 9 percent - and this in an environment of global economic weakness and trade disputes.
02.12.2019
The Grand Coalition could continue to come under fire after the election of the new SPD leadership. With this leadership duo, the SPD is moving further away from the market economy.
28.11.2019
Prospects for foreign business somewhat better than domestic developments.
The German robotics and automation sector cannot escape the economic slowdown in the mechanical engineering industry: For 2019, the industry expects sales to fall by 5 percent to 14.3 billion euros.
21.11.2019
City state recognises EU standards - Last tariffs will be dismantled in the coming years - Agreements with further ASEAN states must follow
15.11.2019
The climate protection law passed today by the Grand Coalition must be comprehensively improved. More efficiency through the market instead of detailed political intervention must be the motto.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders December 2019
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared with the previous year, order books for 2019 as a whole are down 9 percent in real terms.
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains, what will change after Brexit and talks about the importance of Great Britain for the German mechanical engineering industry.
Olaf Wortmann: Incoming Orders December 2019
Overall, 2019 was a disappointing year for mechanical engineering companies in Germany. Compared with the previous year, order books for 2019 as a whole are down 9 percent in real terms.
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains, what will change after Brexit and talks about the importance of Great Britain for the German mechanical engineering industry.

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