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The digital world is changing the rules of the market and confronts mechanical and plant engineering with the task of actively shaping the dynamic change. Business Strategies helps - with information on all business issues, current management trends, and by providing support in day-to-day operations and strategic planning.

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Supply chains of the future - increasing resilience

VDMA Foreign Trade offers sourcing events with different regional focuses

Exchange on the topic of multiple talents

In the one-hour online exchange, the essence of multitalentedness was illuminated and made tangible through examples provided by the speaker.

Advantages of automated purchasing processes: Insight into practice

Digitized and automated processes take the pressure off purchasing. For example, collaboration with suppliers can be made much more efficient. Here are some practical solutions.

VDMA Control Technology Working Group

Current topics: Environmental Requirements & Sustainability in Automation Technology | Market Study Servo Drives in Mechanical Engineering | VDMA Semiconductor Study | New Directives & Regulations MV, UKCA, RED, EU Data Act, AI Act, NIS2, CRA

University cooperations and other approaches to student retention

To meet the demand for highly qualified specialists at an early stage, some companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector are cooperating with universities - the possibilities are diverse.

Successfully developing products through digital networking

Data is the blood of the complex organism of product development. The results report "Digital Product Development" by the WZL of RWTH Aachen University and the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) compactly shows how the many pieces of information can be effectively linked.

VDMA BarCamp Skilled Workforce Retention on November 23, 2023 in Frankfurt/M.

On November 23, 2023, the free VDMA event will take place at Kap Europa, Osloer Straße 5, 60327 Frankfurt am Main from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We update the VDMA salary study!

The VDMA salary survey provides a detailed overview of the status quo regarding the salaries of a good 160 typical positions in our industry.

Weak global economy weighs on machinery and plant engineering sector

Due to the lack of new orders, production in the machinery and plant engineering sector will shrink in the second half of 2023. The VDMA expects production to decline by 2 per cent in real terms for the year as a whole.

NRW initiative "Europe - Experience and Learn

The "Europe - Experience and Learn" initiative of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Youth Parliament in Germany e.V. is designed to help trainees gain EU experience abroad.

Sales representative list process technology Romania published

VDMA offers agent lists for selected process technology markets. In June 2023, the trade representative list Romania was published by VDMA for the first time.

Sales Representative List Process Technology ASEAN updated

The VDMA offers representative lists for selected process technology markets. In August 2023, the trade representative list ASEAN was reissued by the VDMA.

Customized products for price-sensitive customers

A new study by the IMPULS Foundation highlights the opportunities of a new way of thinking and developing products – frugal innovations. The study will be published in Stuttgart on September 28th, 2023.

The update of the benchmarks has been started

This year, the Quality Management, Accounting, Manufacturing and Assembly, and Development and Design benchmarks will be updated.

Production as a Service: Promoting Growth through Asset Sharing

Sharing production resources with other partners offers opportunities for manufacturers and users at the same time. The IMPULS Foundation published the study "Production as a Service" on this topic.

Research and development at a glance

Since 2012, spending on R&D by the manufacturing sector in Germany has increased by more than a third. The machinery and equipment manufacturing industry has seen above-average develeopment.

Sickness-related absences also on the rise in the mechanical and plant engineering sector

Sick leave is also on the rise in the mechanical and plant engineering sector. The event took a closer look at the current development and discussed the possibilities of preventive measures.

The VDA Volume 5.1 can be commented on

In the automotive industry, measurements are increasingly being performed using feedback inline measurement systems. The applications in the measuring room are decreasing. For this reason, the VDA has revised Volume 5.1.

Attracting and retaining women for technical careers in mechanical engineering

Change is needed in various areas of education and working life to attract more women to technical professions. Learn what companies can do in concrete terms in our new event formats.

Revision of ISO 9001:2015 to start earlier after all

Based on the result of a member survey, ISO TC 176/SC2 will start the planned revision already this year instead of 2025.

Facts and figures: Research and innovation

In our theme publication you will find facts and figures on research and development, innovations and patents in machinery and equipment manufacturing.

Facts and figures: Education and workforce in machinery and equipment manufacturing

In our theme publications, you will find facts, figures and data related to vocational training, engineering courses, skilled workers, mechanical engineers and women in machinery and equipment manufacturing.

Supplier self-disclosure on cybersecurity

The VDMA Supplier Self-Assessment is a standardised questionnaire that companies can use with suppliers regardless of specific procurement purposes. Highly topical with the mapping of regulatory requirements from MVO and CRA.

Successful personnel marketing and use of databases

The shortage of skilled workers is back and leads to production bottlenecks in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. Many companies are asking themselves how to attract qualified employees and retain them in the long term.

QM-Corner NRW - a new format with a successful start

QM-Corner NRW, that means one topic, one hour, online - the compact exchange among experts from the industry, this time on the topic "Sustainability meets Quality Management".

Operational excellence in production - Digital & Lean

Digitalization and Industry 4.0 make many things seem easier and better, including improving processes in production. But this only becomes successful when viewed through the classic lens of lean management.

Skilled labor alliance for tapping the potential of skilled workers

The shortage of skilled workers is one of the greatest challenges facing our industry.

Talent in technology

Children are tinkerers, researchers, explorers - in their everyday lives they are constantly encountering everyday phenomena and physical laws.

Startup Matchmaking and Tours at EMO Hannover 2023

EMO Hannover in September 2023 is an innovation hub for companies and startups: discover valuable synergies and groundbreaking partnerships that will drive your business development.

You don't talk about salary? We do.

The VDMA salary survey is relaunched! Take part in the survey and get the results for free!

Notes on short-time allowance

Certain requirements must be met before companies and businesses can receive short-time allowance. There are current regulations on this.

Biologicalization of Industry 2035

From bionics to biointelligence – Advances in biology and its fusion with technology and IT are opening up a whole new dimension for machine makers to solve the current challenges of our time. The Scenario Study shows how this can be achieved.

Subdued investment activity continues

Global machinery turnover is expected to grow by just 1 percent in 2023 on a price-adjusted basis. If the economic picture clouds over further in the coming months, stagnation is also possible.

Has sick leave increased?

Members and health insurers are reporting increased sick leave. What is the more accurate picture in our industry? What could be the reasons? Please participate in this current mood picture for the mechanical and plant engineering industry.

Startup Night with Speeddating at EMO Hannover 2023

Startups are a key pioneering group and trendsetters at EMO Hannover, shaping the future of production technology with innovative solutions. An absolute must to have your finger on the pulse of innovation!

Market intelligence in spare parts management

The VDMA Baden-Württemberg conducted an interview with MARKT-PILOT and synthavo on intelligent solutions in the spare parts business in mechanical and plant engineering.

High level exchange of experience in sales at STIWA Group in Gampern

Shortly after the automatic, 26 participants from VDMA members of different industries met at the invitation of the STIWA Group for the practice-oriented ERFA Sales in Gampern, Upper Austria

Associations for better conditions for large and heavy transports

The VDMA has joined forces with another 30 associations and organizations of the German economy in the Association Initiative for Large and Heavy Transport (VI GST) to bring about improvements in large and heavy transports (GST).

Global machinery industry to remain on growth track

The VDMA economists still predict price-adjusted turnover growth of 1 percent for the global mechanical engineering sector in 2023.

Startup Mile at the Mechanical Engineering Summit 2023

Explore new ways, Capture new ideas, Motivate action - these are the guiding themes of the VDMA Startup Machine, which will not be missing at the Mechanical Engineering Summit 2023.

Wanted: Biologization solutions for mechanical engineering

At the Mechanical Engineering Summit 2023 in Berlin, we will be presenting the Startup Award to the startup that opens up new avenues for the future of production through the biologization of industry.

Interactive report on production development

A key indicator in economic analysis is the production trend. It shows the current performance of an industry. Forecasts are also frequently made with regard to production. The VDMA economists therefore always keep a close eye on this indicator.

Manufacturing Data Analytics Study 2023 has been launched

As part of the project "Development of a Roadmap for the Digitization of Quality Assurance", the study to record the current situation has now been launched.

Employer Banding at EREMA Group - PresenceERFA with Workshop

VDMA member companies from Austria and Bavaria met at the EREMA Group in Ansfelden on 06.06.2023 to jointly develop approaches for employee recruitment and retention

Our expert network Future Business

"Collective intelligence" and interdisciplinary collaboration for a heterogeneous industry: Around 50 colleagues support the Competence Center Future Business with their specialist expertise.

QM Corner of VDMA Bavaria establishes itself as new exchange format

The one-hour exchange format of the QM-Corner Bavaria deals with all topics related to quality management with great regularity. Numerous Bavarian companies value the regional exchange among QM colleagues, which is why the circle has now become an important fixture of VDMA Bavaria.

Four time travels to mechanical engineering service in 2035

Future Services 2035 is the topic and title of the latest future picture of the VDMA Competence Center Future Business. In workshops with companies and the Fraunhofer ISI, four futures were developed and recommendations for action were derived.

Successfully dealing with complexity in corporate practice

Two days of future power in Friedrichshafen: at the invitation of Rolls-Royce Power Systems more than 50 participants met on June 06-07,2023 to exchange ideas on increasing complexity in future management.

Transport challenge - Logistics and transport news

The time and financial expenditure for the transport of goods is increasing for companies in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. There is a need for optimization.

Country-specific product requirements: Where does what apply?

Product labels, mandatory certifications and environmental requirements: Companies must consider local market access conditions and technical trade barriers when exporting to countries outside the EU.

Important questions on this topic

Our expert and focus topics

Our expert and focus topics
Benchmarking is an instrument of controlling and corporate management for the analysis of processes, corporate success and developments.
Business Development
The permanent establishment is a tax fiction that can quickly become complex in its handling. Despite the fact that it is not legally independent, it triggers registration and tax declaration obligations in the source country, for example. The various information is intended to provide a practical, clear introduction to this complex topic.
Organization and Culture
Both organisation and culture are what make up the company "inside". Both have far-reaching effects on the outside, on customers and their needs and on other external partners. Thus, both are a question of successful cooperation inside and outside.
Climate-Neutral Production
Sustainability and resource-conserving business practices remain a long-term challenge for companies. Customers, investors, employees and other stakeholders are increasingly sensitized and recognize or demand the importance of a credible contribution in the form of effective climate management by companies.
Lean Management
All companies solve problems for their customers every day. The tasks are often familiar, but they are also often new. Lean management is an approach that has been tried and tested for decades and can also be used by machine and plant manufacturers to make themselves fit for a successful future.
Future Business
Trendscouting - Foresight - Startups: We are tracking the future of mechanical engineering. Well structured and across all sectors within VDMA, in the almost infinite variety of complex topics for the next 10-15 years. Our goal: to identify trends and disruptions relevant to machine makers at an early stage and make them usable, to point out new business opportunities and to build networks.
Startups transform trending topics into new technologies and products that will be of importance in the future of mechanical engineering. Startups employ novel work practices which mechanical engineers should be aware of.
Plant Engineering
Mechanical and plant engineering companies from all over Europe are involved in the VDMA. Mechanical engineering is a familiar term to many, but what characterizes plant engineering?
Personnel Marketing & Recruitment
The shortage of skilled workers has arrived in the present. The labour market has turned and companies are receiving a decreasing number of applications. Demography, digitalisation, democratisation and decentralisation pose major challenges for the economy. Personnel recruitment must now take new paths.
Standort Deutschland
Many medium-sized mechanical engineering companies have regional roots and are highly competitive internationally from their home region. To ensure that this remains the case, excellent site conditions and a good industrial policy are absolutely essential.

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"Measurability in product management - oha, very difficult.... Nice that there is now the guide and a super overview of KPIs in product management."

Bianca Illner, Managing Director Business Advisory

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Future scenarios

The "Future Services 2035" study paints four pictures of the future, showing the different development paths that services can take for mechanical and plant engineering in the next decade.

Source: VDMA Study Future Services 2035

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Digital spare parts management: success factors from practice
  • A well-organized and efficient spare parts management
  • Establishment of a dealer network for better supply of spare parts
  • Standardization and automation of services

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Job description made easy
Job description, classification, career and competencies made easy - access HR Online Manager for 4 weeks free of charge.


VDMA Excel calculation for forecasting life cycle costs
Life cycle costing (LCC) is very much in vogue, because it allows us to assess the value of "Made in Germany" in monetary terms. For this reason, more and more mechanical engineering customers are inquiring with their suppliers about the follow-up costs of their investment.
Checklist Safety for Service Missions during the Pandemic
Our checklist will help you increase the safety of service staff during urgently needed field work assignments. It provides references to useful sources of information and offers a basis for WEB experience exchanges among VDMA divisions.
Fitness check - where does your company stand compared to the best in the industry?
Do you know how well your company compares to the best in the industry? Find out: on our "Fitness Checks" platform, you can use the online assessment tool to measure and compare your performance currently in the areas of service, quality management and innovation & quality using topic-specific success criteria.
Incoterms 2020
In September 2019, the new Incoterms 2020 were published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The 11 trade clauses govern the transfer of risks and costs in sales contracts.
Investment calculator 4.0
The model-based online tool "Investment Calculator 4.0" and the accompanying guide offer you valuable support in the economic evaluation of digitization projects.
Salary survey
The VDMA salary study shows what engineers and IT specialists earn in a medium-sized company and provides, among other things, approaches for company-specific salary benchmarking.


Overview Liquidity Support
In challenging times, companies rely on sufficient liquidity. In our overview, we have compiled various instruments, programs and information for you.
Startup Radar Dashboard - Find startups for mechanical engineering online
Discover startup contacts and trends for mechanical engineering worldwide?! The new digital startup search platform helps to find suitable partners.
Peacoq trend radar platform - exploring trends for mechanical engineering online
The VDMA Future Business Trendradar has reached the next level: All content is now digital - making it more accessible for research, display and customization.



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