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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.
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