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Meeting efficiency is even more important in today's digital communications. In the download you will find tips, tools and checklists for meetings and for structuring the different communication channels.
The quality of products and services is the basis for success in the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. Every company, whether certified to ISO 9001:2015 or not, has a functioning quality management system. However, there are major differences in its effectiveness.
The VDMA has compiled advice and experience from various companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector on how to maintain production despite a pandemic.
Companies that want to become more agile, faster and more innovative subject their regulations and processes to a regular garbage collection.
The political establishment has agreed on further facilitations for company rescues. Since 01.01.2021, facilitated restructuring procedures can be applied under certain conditions.
For most machine and plant manufacturers, the product development process is probably the most important part of their value chain. The engineering often makes the difference to the competition - especially when individual customer requirements are taken into account.
This year's exchange of experience in the Claims Management series of topics provided concrete tips for contract drafting and contract review.
Material costs account for the largest share of total costs in mechanical and plant engineering. At the same time, the trouble-free supply of materials is a prerequisite for on-time deliveries. The optimal organization of purchasing and materials management therefore has a decisive influence on competitiveness.
The triad between market intelligence, product development and product life cycle
Lean management is a corporate philosophy that has been tried and tested for decades. Machine and plant manufacturers can also use the method to expand their problem-solving competence and benefit from continuous improvement processes - not only in production.
42 percent of AI startups for mechanical engineering come from Europe. Process optimization, visual quality control and predictive maintenance as key innovation fields. Financing is lacking in Europe.
There is great potential in the cooperation between startups and mechanical engineering. The prerequisite is that both parties find each other and master the challenges of cooperation. VDMA Startup-Machine helps companies to get started.
Mechanical engineering and startups are working together more and more frequently - and with success: Three out of five startup cooperations in mechanical engineering have been a lasting success. But this does not mean that all potentials have been exhausted.
New network of industrial excellence - AI supports solution-oriented access to automation - Strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs
International study on digitalisation and automation in manufacturing companies, Fraunhofer IML/TU Dortmund
In the corporate world, software robots have the potential to take over administrative tasks, reduce the workload of employees and increase efficiency.
The business climate in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany recently grew for the seventh time in succession, with a balance of +34.0 in May. The business situation made a further upward leap (+41.2) and business expectations are also at a high level (+27.0).
Virtual business initiation for German companies for IT and mechanical engineering solutions for the logistics industry, e-commerce and warehouse technology, 13 - 17 September 2021
Industry is on the upswing worldwide. Tight supply chains are a concern for industrial companies worldwide and are leading to rising input prices.
This whitepaper gives first insights into technical details, possibilities and general conditions of an intralogistics drone application.
The VDMA East working groups provide important impulses for your daily work. They show best practice examples, provide valuable suggestions and promote contacts among members - currently also in web meetings.
A strongly rising order intake, better capacity utilization and a real production increase of 6.0 percent in the first four months of the current year: The economic momentum in the mechanical engineering industry is increasingly gaining momentum.
The Bundestag is currently debating the government's draft for a company master data register and the introduction of a uniform national business number for companies.
In terms of incoming orders in April 2021, mechanical and plant engineering companies in NRW recorded a year-on-year increase of 83 percent.
Bringing startups and mechanical engineering together - with a focus on problems and topics. This is the objective of the web seminar series "Startup solutions for mechanical engineering" by ProduktionNRW and Startup-Machine.
Your support is needed: On behalf of the VDMA, the Kienbaum Institute @ ISM is conducting a study aimed at identifying the new competence requirements resulting from the digital transformation in our member companies.
In our theme publications, you will find facts, figures and data related to vocational training, engineering courses, skilled workers, mechanical engineers and women in mechanical engineering.
New Work and corporate agility are among the megatrends in society and business. The transformation is happening slowly, but inexorably. The reason for this is not only the changing expectations of employees and social changes, but above all the rapidly changing framework conditions of business due to digitalization, among other things. The mechanical and plant engineering sector must increase its speed of innovation and reaction. Classic management principles are increasingly reaching their limits here. With this series of events, the VDMA offers you the opportunity to drill deep into various aspects of New Work and Agility. In addition to a brief input, workshops will focus on the transfer into practice. Due to the modular structure, you have the option of booking individual topics or the entire series. Of course we are also available for consultation afterwards.
In view of the increasing number of crises and disruptions, intelligent production planning is more important than ever. At the same time, a survey significantly supported by the WGP (Scientific Society for Production Engineering) has shown that two thirds of companies are not satisfied with their production planning.
In April, the "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft" started its new survey on research and development (R&D) in the industry in 2020. The results are highly significant.
Companies face the challenge of equipping themselves for rapid change in terms of organization, leadership and collaboration. Three guides/studies can provide support.
In our theme publication you will find facts and figures on research and development, innovations and patents in mechanical engineering.
Digitalization is also advancing rapidly in warehousing. Drones make it possible to record inventory in the warehouse even in hard-to-reach places with relatively little effort.
The VDA 5050 communication interface has a special role to play in the "Flow-Pro" research project: as part of a transaction platform, it is intended to help the ground- and air-bound transport units of the logistics network organize themselves.
The EU Commission forecasts 9 percent price-adjusted growth in investment in machinery and equipment in 2021 and another 7 percent in 2022.
The structure of the participating companies has changed significantly in some cases.
The current CMI study investigates the influence of innovation and quality performance on corporate success and how these are influenced by the topics of strategy, organization, management and culture.
In engineering and design departments, significantly fewer key figures are generally used to control processes than in production, for example. The VDMA Central Working Group Engineering has compiled an overview of key figures with this focus.
Key figures are of essential importance for production processes and have been present in manufacturing and assembly for a long time. The Zentraler Arbeitskreis Produktion (Central Working Group for Production) of VDMA has therefore intensively dealt with what a lowest common denominator of important key figures could look like for the control of production areas in mechanical and plant engineering. The primary goal was to define internal indicators that would help the management of production areas to control those successfully. The focus was therefore not on the collection of benchmarks to compare a production area with others within or outside the company.
WGP develops assistance for more resilient production. The term resilience has been on everyone's lips since the pandemic at the latest - especially with regard to the future design of industry.
A frequently sought-after key figure in personnel management is the sickness rate. Here you can find industry averages.
The goal is the continuous support of production processes in order to assist workers with detailed instructions and to increase quality and productivity.
42% of mechanical engineering companies in Germany reported production constraints due to a shortage of materials in April - Highest value since 1991.
The central working group on personnel takes up current topics of personnel work and makes them transferable for the practice of our members.
From contact persons to support programmes: In connection with the corona virus, the federal states have compiled regionally specific information and assistance for companies.
Data and algorithms are central building blocks of digital transformation, innovative business models and new services in an increasingly complex market environment. Especially the mechanical and plant engineering industry, which generates enormous amounts of data with sensors installed in machines, can secure decisive added value and competitive advantages through the targeted analysis of data.
Mechanical engineering in Germany spent a total of €8.2 billion on research and development in 2019.
Gordon Riske, Chairman of the Board of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association, explains what intralogistics manufacturers should improve, the role start-ups play in the industry and how the IFOY AWARD has developed.
Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, i.e. SMEs, and classic medium-sized companies, a step into unknown territory in the form of a new subsidiary, a joint venture or another participation is a difficult challenge - especially the first time and under current circumstances. There are a number of aspects to consider, such as organisational aspects, liability issues, reporting content and the appropriate risk assessment.
Current information, analyses and events on the Russian market as well as the markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. A service of the VDMA Foreign Trade.
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