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"Situation on the labour market is a vote against strikes".
The latest figures from the Federal Labour Office reflect the continuing tense economic situation, says VDMA chief executive Thilo Brodtmann.
New Regulation on loss carryback helps only half a percent of companies
In the view of the VDMA, the regulations on loss carryback contained in the Third Corona Tax Assistance Act should be improved. VDMA Vice President Bertram Kawlath explains on the second and third reading of the law in the Bundestag:
Supply chain law only works in close cooperation with the industry
To find a proper solution for the dispute over the Supply Chain Act is becoming increasingly difficult. The VDMA is therefore calling for a fundamental revision of the draft law.
"Supply chain law mainly creates more bureaucracy"
The worst flaws of the Due Diligence Act have been weeded out, but the new legislation will also be noticeably more bureaucratic and burdensome for companies. The fact that the law initially only applies to companies with more than 3000 employees is little consolation
"Data transfer between the EU and the USA needs a legally secure basis".
The transfer of data between the EU and the US quickly needs a secure legal basis. The data protection authorities must act with tact here.
"Double-digit decline in mechanical and plant engineering"
In the crisis year 2020, production in the mechanical and plant engineering sector fell by 12.1 percent in real terms, according to preliminary calculations. This was the worst result since the financial crisis of 2009.

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02.03.2021
Today marks the official launch of the Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA).
01.03.2021
New working group founded on 1 March 2021 with 81 founding members - Focus on wireless communication solutions in mechanical and plant engineering
25.02.2021
The dispute over borders is a topic at the EU summit. VDMA is calling for an end to national go-it-alone approaches and for the common European approach to combating pandemics to be pursued.
25.02.2021
From the VDMA's point of view, the annual report of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI) clearly shows that there is still room for improvement in terms of open-topic and broadly effective funding instruments.
25.02.2021
Sharp drop in exports I Bright spot: December
24.02.2021
Strong domestic business I Diversification proves to be an advantage I Slight decline in sales expected for 2021
24.02.2021
Strong growth in domestic business I Trend topics hygiene and digitalization I Cautiously optimistic for 2021
24.02.2021
Even in the second year of the pandemic, the machinery and plant engineering sector will not reach the pre-Corona sales level. The VDMA therefore supports the approach of the employers' associations to consider wage increases next year at the earliest.
22.02.2021
The VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, expects production in the German machine tool industry to grow by 6 per cent to around 12.6 billion euros in 2021. At the association’s annual press conference, Chairman Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop stated that the improved mood in the economy is raising the willingness to invest. “After two years of great restraint, there is now a strong need to make up ground,” he said. The global Purchasing Managers’ Index and the German ifo Business Climate for the capital goods industry are on course for growth.
19.02.2021
Measured by innovation expeditures, Germany is one of the most innovation-friendly countries in the world. The German economy spent a total of just under €177 billion on innovations in 2019. Mechanical engineering came to €17.8 billion - 7% more than in the previous year and more than ever before. These are the findings of the latest study by ZEW Mannheim on innovation activity in the German economy. For the study, more than 13,000 companies from 56 industry groups were surveyed between February and October 2020.
19.02.2021
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros was exported from Germany - 12 percent less than in the previous year.
18.02.2021
The EU Commission continues to focus on opening markets and free trade agreements. This creates reliable framework conditions for exports by the mechanical engineering industry. But the idea that EU trade policy can solve all contentious issues in international politics is wrong.
17.02.2021
The planned Euro 7 emission standard must not reverse the success of the previous Euro standard. The combustion engine remains an important motor for the journey to green mobility, as a necessary part of a hydrogen economy. The planned obligation that new vehicles in Europe must be practically emission-free from 2025 onwards would be an ecological, economic and technological aberration.
16.02.2021
Production volume down 10 percent in 2020 +++ Export business down approx. 15 percent
10.02.2021
The EU Parliament has adopted its position on the new circular economy package. From the VDMA's point of view, this is a good step into the right direction, but too much bureaucracy has to be avoided.
08.02.2021
With a production increase of 5 percent to 9 billion euros, the industry reached a new all-time high in the Corona year.
04.02.2021
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann welcomes the coalition's decision on the loss carryback, but calls for extensions.
03.02.2021
The ongoing difficulties in trade between the EU and the UK are increasingly burdening companies. VDMA is calling for the rules to be adapted and bureaucracy to be reduced.
28.01.2021
Germany needs growth to pay the enormous costs of the Corona crisis and to be able to invest in the future. To achieve this, industry in Germany and Europe must remain competitive.
27.01.2021
The fight against the Corona pandemic is increasingly being fought on the backs of the economy. A general ban on air travel is not only superfluous, it would also cause further serious damage to the European economy.
27.01.2021
Things are looking up again for the industry: At the end of 2020, important key figures showed a slight upward trend. And confidence in better business is also returning.
26.01.2021
The expansion figures for onshore wind for the full year 2020 were published today.
26.01.2021
Confidence in significant sales increase for 2021 prevails at online press conference.
22.01.2021
Since 2013, negotiations on an EU free trade agreement with India have been frozen. It is high time to revive these talks.
21.01.2021
The increasingly resurgent calls for border closures within the EU must be buried as a matter of urgency. Border closures in the internal market would have unforeseeable consequences.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Exports 2020
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros were exported from Germany and imported for 67 billion euros. Exports were thus 12.0 per cent and imports 13.4 per cent lower than in 2019, as the Federal Statistical Office has reported on the basis of provisional figures.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2020
Die Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer haben das schwierige, von der Corona-Pandemie geprägte Jahr 2020 mit einem versöhnlichen Ausblick beendet. Im Dezember setzte sich der leicht positive Trend der Vormonate fort, die Unternehmen verbuchten insgesamt ein Auftragsplus von real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Exports 2020
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros were exported from Germany and imported for 67 billion euros. Exports were thus 12.0 per cent and imports 13.4 per cent lower than in 2019, as the Federal Statistical Office has reported on the basis of provisional figures.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Auftragseingang Dezember 2020
Die Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer haben das schwierige, von der Corona-Pandemie geprägte Jahr 2020 mit einem versöhnlichen Ausblick beendet. Im Dezember setzte sich der leicht positive Trend der Vormonate fort, die Unternehmen verbuchten insgesamt ein Auftragsplus von real 7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat.

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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.
The aim of the strategic partnership between Labs Network 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich is to develop innovations, technologies and business models at the interface between industry 4.0 and the insurance industry.
15.08.2018
Future Business prepares the next complex trend topic with possible far-reaching effects for the entire mechanical and plant engineering sector. It does not only concern the currently much-discussed future of the plastics industry and waste and recycling technology, but all branches of industry with a connection to materials. Find out how you can contribute!
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.
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.
Mechanical engineering industry regains strength
Companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector will close the crisis year 2020 with significant negative rates, but these will not be as severe as expected.
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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