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Market development

Machinery markets at a glance: VDMA provides information on current developments, events and trade fairs, advises its members and offers a comprehensive network for market entry analyses.

Statistics database

The VDMA statistics database offers all VDMA member companies fast and convenient access to economic information on all aspects of mechanical engineering.

Export topics

Here you will find answers to your most important questions about exports, such as customs, export financing or export controls. We also monitor and accompany global trade policy developments.

Travel worldwide

Expanded travel in the course of globalization brings with it organizational challenges: Do I need a visa? What documents are required and how can security be guaranteed?

Market monitoring and information

Extensive information on markets is essential for sustainably successful foreign business. For this purpose, the VDMA network offers a broad data base and empirical values through on-site activities.

Economic development and business cycle

The economy in mechanical engineering fluctuates much more than in many consumer goods industries, for example. This makes it all the more important for all companies in the sector to keep an eye on current developments.

Strong comeback of machinery exports in almost all regions

Machinery exports from Germany increased by 29.2 percent year-on-year in April.

Foreign Trade Newsletter on the VDMA Trade Fair Calendar 2021

Up-to-date information with regard to cancellations and postponements in the trade fair world in the newsletter Trade Fair Calendar.

Foreign Trade Newsletter on Sub-Saharan Africa

Current information, analyses and events on the African market in the VDMA Foreign Trade Newsletter.

Foreign Trade Newsletter on South America

Current information, analyses and events on the South American market in the VDMA Foreign Trade Newsletter.

KHIMIA 2021 end of October with federal participation

Trade fairs in Moscow underway - Entry from Europe possible again without problems - Russia strong process technology market - register now

Packaging Machinery: Industry development 2019/2020

Packaging machinery production and export increased again in 2019. Corona pandemic to shape industry development in 2020

German Pavilion at the WETEX in Dubai

At the most important trade fair for water and wastewater technology in the Middle East there is again a joint participation of the Ministry of Economics. The fair will take place from 5 to 7 October.

New construction industry forecasts June 2021

Euroconstruct presents new report with significantly more positive trend. The slump in the European construction industry in 2020 was less severe than initially feared. Following a rapid recovery, construction volumes in Europe are expected to exceed pre-crisis levels as early as 2022.

Construction backlog reaches highest level since 1998

Although about 5 percent more homes were completed in 2020 than in 2019, the construction backlog has reached a new record level of nearly 780,000 homes. There is no relief in sight for 2021.

Virtual Business Initiation Kazakhstan, 20 - 24 September 2021

Business initiation for German companies from the mining/commodities sector in Kazakhstan - Easily find potential customers, sales partners/distributors online.

Foreign Trade Newsletter on Export Financing

Current information, analyses and events on export financing, as well as Hermes cover in the VDMA Foreign Trade Newsletter.

Elevator index down again

Elevator industry sentiment dipped again in May 2021. The Elevator Index fell for the third consecutive month in May 2021. Further, the Corona situation continues to impact expectations in particular.

demopark info fair and novelty award in August in Frankfurt

Dialogue is the order of the day - even when there are no trade fairs.

A turning point in transatlantic trade relations

The EU-US summit is a turning point in transatlantic trade relations. The Boeing and Airbus subsidy dispute will find a solution and the planned "Trade and Technology Council" can ensure that the leading industrial standards of tomorrow are developed.

VDMA focuses on data quality of tractor statistics

As an indicator of the market situation in the agricultural machinery industry, the monthly report on tractor registrations is of essential importance.

VDMA: Exports to Belarus threatened by counter-sanctions

Until 2021, Belarus' economy developed in a relatively stable manner despite the Corona pandemic.

Machinery and plant engineering industry regains tailwind

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).

Business initiation trip to Brazil: Logistics industry & e-commerce

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

News from mechanical engineering in Brazil

The Brazilian market for machinery is much better than the image of the country in the German press. The 320 VDMA member companies in Brazil have good reasons to look positively into the future.

Entry USA - New criteria for issuing an NIE

As of May 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of State has expanded opportunities for business travel to the United States. Travel opportunities for VDMA member companies will improve significantly as a result.

New composition – demands formulated for politics

At the beginning of June 2021, the board members of the VDMA East drew up an issues paper with concrete demands for the VDMA and politicians. And: One comrade-in-arms has left the board.

China Information on metallurgical and overall plant construction

VDMA Metallurgy Newsletter China and the quarterly report "Mechanical Engineering in China at a glance" provide an overview of economic developments in China.

Newsletter for the Middle East and North Africa

Up-to-date information, analyses and events on the markets of Arabia and North Africa in the VDMA Foreign Trade Newsletter.

Philippines focuses on renewable energies

By 2040, renewable energy sources are expected to be responsible for more than half of the energy generated in the Philippines. Parallel investments are being made in gas-fired power plants.

Russia's gas industry wants to become more climate-friendly

Increasing environmental requirements in Europe are putting pressure on Russia's gas companies to operate more ecologically and invest in sustainable technologies. Hydrogen will also play a role.

India invests in waste treatment and recycling

India's waste management sector is still in its infancy. But many projects are planned - from collection and waste treatment to waste incineration and waste-to-energy plants.

EY Parthenon predicts end of construction boom

Falling rental yields, capacity constraints, scarce building land and material shortages mean the industry's growth phase is about to end, EY Parthenon predicts in its latest 2021 building construction forecast.

Valve markets in focus

Here you will find short economic profiles of countries which are in the special focus of the world economy and which are not without importance for the valve industry.

Management Meetings

Your network in Brazil, China and Russia

Committees and working groups

Here you will find an overview of our committees and working groups for the areas of markets and economic activity as well as technology.

Austria: Mechanical engineering sector optimistic

After a minus of 5 percent in machine production in February 2021 compared to 2020, the Austrian machine and plant construction industry has been showing a steady upward trend since March and is consistently optimistic.

Reform of Dual-Use Regulation: Hardly any impact on mechanical engineering

Brussels has reformed the export control of dual-use goods. For mechanical engineering, hardly anything changes, but: The new version of the Dual-Use Regulation has - once again - become more complicated.

Number of the week

The majority of companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector are planning to recruit new staff. However, companies are threatened by staff shortages, which could become a brake on innovation. About 82% of human resources managers from VDMA member companies report current shortages of skilled personnel.

Supply chain bill is political fiasco

The German supply chain law puts companies under general suspicion. What is needed now is a better European regulation that actually protects human rights without unilaterally harming companies.

Double-digit growth in April - Strong impetus from the euro countries

Incoming orders in the food processing and packaging machinery sector increased significantly in April and were 42 percent higher in real terms than the very weak year-earlier figure due to the Corona crisis.

Textile and clothing industry

Sewing factories feel the slump in demand from Western Europe, gtai

Textile and clothing industry

Ethiopia's boom industry is suffering from business closures in Europe. Asian companies nevertheless continue to invest, gtai

Shortage of skilled personnel worsens again

The majority of companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector are planning to recruit new staff. The situation has improved for young talent as the companies plan to expand their vocational training and dual study programs. Companies, on the other hand, are threatened with personnel bottlenecks that could endanger their innovative thrust.

The monthly "International Bulletin"

Industry is on the upswing worldwide. Tight supply chains are a concern for industrial companies worldwide and are leading to rising input prices.

Exhibition Calendar 2021

Here you will find the Mining exhibition calendar 2021.

BDI Quarterly Report II/2021

Regular report of the BDI on the economic situation of the German economy.

VDMA: Robotics and Automation back on growth track

The robotics and automation sector in Germany will generate sales of €13.4 billion in 2021, an increase of 11 percent - according to the forecast of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association.

METAV 2022 - First trade fair to start in 2019

After almost two years, finally some good news from the German trade fair landscape for metalworking. METAV 2022 is going live in Düsseldorf from 08 to 11 March. The registration documents were sent out last week.

ECTA Online Event "Spotlight Cutting Tools

Cutting tools, market development in Europe - registration now open

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Auf den Punkt Zitat Markets and Economy

"It is about strengthening the locations in Germany and the EU through an active foreign trade policy. This will also be a core task for the future German government."

Ulrich Ackermann, Head of Department Foreign Trade Foreign Trade

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billion euros

was the production value of machinery and equipment manufactured in Germany in 2020 - Germany is one of the largest machinery producers in the world.

Source: Federal Statistical Office, VDMA

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Development policy - better networking with foreign trade promotion needed
  • Take greater account of the needs of companies/businesses when designing development cooperation measures in order to utilize know-how.
  • Focus more on needs-based vocational training together with local partners.
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Other VDMA Services
Download: Mechanical engineering in figures and images 2021
Our brochure "Mechanical Engineering in Figures and Pictures 2021" provides a comprehensive overview of all major figures and statistics relating to the mechanical engineering industry.


Economic bulletin international
Our monthly bulletin provides periodic updates on economic trends in the international mechanical engineering sector.


Foreign Investments
Here you will find our current overview of the investment plans and budgets of German companies abroad
VDMA Corona flash survey
Detailed results of the VDMA flash survey on Corona for the mechanical engineering industry and 18 trade associations


Germany Economic Bulletin
Data on the economic situation of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry in the current economic context


Germany Foreign Trade in Machinery
Our overview of the EU countries' foreign trade in machinery, broken down into intra and extra trade


Germany Incoming orders
The monthly figures for incoming orders in the German mechanical engineering industry
Database of technical regulations
The VDMA Specifications reflect the technical specifications of the German mechanical engineering industry. The directory contains all VDMA Specifications that are currently valid and in preparation.
VDMA Foreign offices
Here you will find links and further information on the VDMA liaison offices located in particularly important foreign markets
Trade fair calendar and database
All trade fairs and dates at a glance: Download our trade fair database and the current trade fair calendar for 2021 here.


Markets & Economy Committee
Ausschuss Außenwirtschaft

The Foreign Trade Committee exchanges views on professional issues and tasks relating to exports. The members represent a cross-section of the mechanical engineering industry. They are part of the company's management or play a key role in exports. The Foreign Trade Committee mainly deals with market strategies for individual countries and regions as well as export issues such as trade policy and foreign trade policy.




Rainer Hundsdörfer

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Ackermann, Ulrich

Markets & Economy Committee
Ausschuss Gesamtwirtschaftliche Fragen

The regular, practical assessment of the international economic situation of the mechanical engineering industry in the committee is an indispensable contribution to the VDMA's economic analysis, including short-term forecasts. In addition, the committee members support the VDMA's economic policy commitment by interpreting and discussing the content of economic developments and interrelationships in a political context.



Bodo Finger

Maschinenfabrik Mönninghoff


Wiechers, Ralph Dr.

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