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Mechanical engineering in figures and pictures

A deep insight into the numerical world of mechanical engineering

Mechanical and plant engineering is one of the world's most important industrial sectors. We show the wide range of its economic indicators - presented in interactive charts and tables.

VDMA General Assembly


The mechanical and plant engineering industry is unique - just like its member companies. Under the motto "Unique." the industry will meet on 11 October for its general assembly to discuss the challenges of the coming years. 

European Policy

For of a competitive Europe

Europe is the home market for the machinery and equipment manufacturing industry, one of the largest industrial sectors in the EU economy. VDMA therefore stands for a competitive EU.

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Viewpoints and Press Releases


"Positive plans for Europe's industry, commitment to free trade is missing"
The old and new EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to strengthen the competitiveness of European industry. This is the right approach, but she lacks a commitment to free trade.

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Sustainable transformation
The cold forming specialist Profiroll in Bad Düben has been dealing with the growing sustainability requirements for years. This openness to innovation is now helping the company to meet the new European CSRD obligations.


Engineering Future: Young talents shape the future!

Engineering Future: Young talents shape the future!
Carina Witzel and technical sales
Carina Witzel has been a sales engineer at SEW-EURODRIVE Hamburg since 2022. She loves the combination of technology and communication in her job.
Jennifer Korte and the machine tools
Jennifer Korte has been associated with DMG Mori since her studies. She now works as a development engineer for machine tools.
Cindy Cierpka and the wind turbines Duplicate 2
Greta Bernard works as an industrial engineer at Bosch Rexroth in Lohr am Main.
Cindy Cierpka and the wind turbines
Cindy Cierpka is studying electrical engineering and, as a working student at the Nordex Group, is part of a team that develops and tests test benches for wind turbines. The subject area also provides plenty of material for her bachelor's thesis, which she will be starting shortly. ​​​​​​​
Eva Buchta and the power grid of the future
Eva Buchta works in the research and development department of Siemens AG on the expansion of renewable energies.
High-tech grippers and young talents
Isabell Haas and Jochen Krieger not only shaping the future of gripping technology for their employer Schunk SE & Co. KG, but also the digital transformation in mechanical engineering.
Precise technology, young minds
Florian Schlund and Jonathan Krauß present the groundbreaking LMD technology - an impressive insight into the progressive world of toolcraft GmbH.
Focus on electrification
Find out how a young engineer in the E-DEUTZ electrification project has been working for three years on an electric powertrain for construction and agricultural machinery and is helping to shape the future of mobility in these industries.
Intelligence in industrial cameras and the way to the future
Discover why industrial cameras need to be intelligent in the future and the impact this will have on areas such as vineyards.
Behind the scenes at HAHN Automation: Unique technologies and working atmosphere
Discover the fascination behind automation solutions and how HAHN Automation not only delivers innovative technologies, but also creates a unique working environment.



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The mechanical and plant engineering companies employ around 3 million people in the EU-27, more than 1.2 million of them in Germany alone. This makes mechanical and plant engineering the largest employer among the capital goods industries, both in the EU-27 and in Germany.


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