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How is mechanical engineering developing in the age of global value chains? Where do your competitors come from? What support is available for market development? What regulations must be observed when exporting? What needs to be considered when deploying employees and regarding visas for foreign guests? Together we will find answers to your questions.

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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?

Employment situation remains tense

The many economic burdens have led to a decline in the number of employees in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany amounting to 43,700 in 2020.

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.

Foreign value added contributions of the most important countries and industries

The Corona pandemic brings large parts of production at home and abroad to a standstill. Where mechanical engineering companies continue to produce in Germany, bottlenecks in the supply of foreign input products may quickly arise as the virus spreads globally and measures are taken to combat it.

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.

Isolation of global supply chains hurts everyone

veryone loses if the international division of labor ceases to exist. This is the conclusion of a report commissioned by the IMPULS Foundation of the VDMA. Mechanical engineering in particular would suffer disproportionately from the closure of global supply chains due to its strong international integration.

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.

Statistics database

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

Info sheet export financing for download

Ask the customer the right questions in order to initiate export financing with Hermes Cover.

Representative offices abroad

China, India, Japan, Russia or Brazil: The VDMA representative offices abroad support you with your involvement in the most important foreign markets.

Foreign trade policy - significance for mechanical engineering

As an industry, mechanical and plant engineering is existentially dependent on exports from Germany and on its own activities directly on site in the target market. With both in mind, the VDMA is promoting the right framework conditions in Brussels and Berlin.

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"A free world requires free trade. This is the only reasonable basic formula regarding international cooperation."

Ulrich Ackermann, VDMA Head of Foreign Trade Department

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Percent of machinery and plants

manufactured in Germany are sold abroad.

Source: Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt), VDMA

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A strong and united Europe is more important today than ever before
  • The VDMA and its members represent free access for machinery and plants, for capital and also for people across all markets
  • VDMA calls for the EU to conclude free trade agreements with all major countries
  • The VDMA calls for a European research and innovation initiative

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Other VDMA Services
Download: Mechanical engineering in figures and images 2020
Our brochure "Mechanical Engineering in Figures and Pictures 2020" 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 13 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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Around 3,300 primarily medium-sized member companies in the capital goods industry make the VDMA the largest industrial association in Europe and the most important network organization in the industry.

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