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New drive technologies, new fuels and transportation solutions: Tomorrow's mobility is cross-linked, resource-saving, efficient - and an opportunity for mechanical engineering. Since with adapted business models and technologies, companies in Germany can successfully shape the change in drive systems and generate additional value.


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Vehicle Electrification and Transformation of the Industry

The third edition of the study series deals with the electrification of the powertrain and its impact on the industry.

Fuel cell will change the vehicle market

From 2030 on, the fuel cell will be represented with a significant share in passenger cars, commercial vehicles and mobile machines. Sales of 11 billion euros for fuel cell components in passenger cars alone are possible in Europe in 2040.

Drive in change - the best solutions emerge in competition

The change in mobility can no longer be halted. The variety of requirements in the respective markets also requires a variety of available technologies. Hybridization and electrification are gaining momentum, as is the development of decarbonized synthetic fuels known as eFuels. Tomorrow's mobility is based on mechanical engineering - and requires open technology.

Startups in the focus of the industry

Cooperations with startups are also gaining importance in mechanical engineering. With the Startup-Machine, the VDMA offers its members a versatile tool box for matchmaking and networking.

Supply Chain Technologies for the European Supply Industry

How do Europe's transport and logistics companies feel about new technologies, such as drones? A new study by Panasonic reveals the answer.

The road to the hydrogen economy

Around half of global energy consumption can be supplied by green electricity in the future - alternatives will be needed for the other half. Hydrogen will play a very decisive role in this - for example as the basis for synthetic fuels.

The road to the hydrogen economy

A climate-neutral future needs energy from renewable sources - and hydrogen. H2 will play a crucial role in meeting global energy needs in a climate-friendly way, for example as the basis for synthetic fuels.

The Power-to-X Story

Climate protection requires the worldwide introduction of new technologies for the conversion and storage of energy. P2X is the key technology and offers great opportunities for mechanical and plant engineering.

bauma Innovation Award 2022 – be part of it!

New categories bring a breath of fresh air to the competition and call for entries with forward-looking technology for the construction industry to compete for one of the first places.

International Web Seminar QC4FC "Fuel Cell MEA Production Research

Fuel Cell Workshop initiated by Fraunhofer ISE. In the 8th workshop on production and quality assurance of fuel cells, we will focus on the membrane electrode assembly as "electro-chemical heart" of the mobile fuel cell.

Facts and figures: climate, environment and energy

In our theme publication you will find facts, figures and data on climate, environment, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

New partnership agreed for European battery mechanical engineering

VDMA Battery Production and Fraunhofer Research Production Battery Cell Münster to jointly develop production solutions

"Taxonomy jeopardizes maritime energy transition"

The process for drawing up the EU's financial market taxonomy has now been extended by two months. From the industry's point of view, the taxonomy urgently needs to be improved.

Call to Action - Driving forward the defossilisation of shipping

A "Call for Action" was signed by more than 150 organisations and companies at the end of September to accelerate the pace of the Maritime Energy Transition.

VDMA Overview Hydrogen Strategies Abroad

Virtually all countries that are committed to reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Agreement cannot avoid the topic of hydrogen. Therefore, hardly a month has passed since 2020 without some country presenting its own hydrogen strategy to the public.

EMO Hannover repositions itself

"Hello, new EMO Hannover" was the welcome message at the EMO Hannover Relaunch Conference in the H'Up on the Hannover Exhibition Grounds. On 14 September this year, the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association), organiser of the EMO Hannover, invited international media representatives and EMO Hannover exhibitors to the digital presentation of the new trade fair concept. The concept and the topics were presented with exciting keynotes and stimulating discussions.

The 2nd Automotive theme day took place on Sept. 1st 2021

With exciting insights into onboard chargers, simultaneous engineering and vehicle-2-x communication.

VDMA Business Report Power Transmission Engineering

The digital business report reflects the variety of products and services offered by the association as well as its work results of the last four years.

Developments in battery recycling open up new market segment

VDMA publishes brochure on battery recycling

Comparison VDA 5050 vs. MassRobotics AMR

VDA 5050 is not the only interface being developed for automated guided vehicles. KIT has created a comparison with the MassRobotics Interoperability Standard for us.

6th Marketplace Supplier Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

The 6th Marketplace Suppliers Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology took place on August 17, 2021 and again brought together stakeholders from the hydrogen and fuel cell technology supplier industry.

Mobility of the future must be produced in Germany

The sustainable mobility of the future must be produced in Germany. Innovative strength and technological competitiveness are crucial for this. Openness to technology is the order of the day.

Members Directory VDMA Engines and Systems

This members directory is intended to help you to find the right industrial partner for your specific task.

Power-to-X fuels open up new perspectives for climate protection and the labor market

New PtX potential atlas on energy sources from solar and wind energy.

Federal government, states and industry agree on roadmap for market ramp-up of climate-friendly PtL aviation fuels

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer and the President of the German Air Transport Association BDL, Peter Gerber, signed the "PtL Roadmap" together with representatives of other federal and state ministries as well as the aviation industry, mineral oil industry and plant manufacturers and operators.

Open Letter: Fossil fuels are the problem, not the engine

It is not the engine that is the problem, but the fossil fuel, which must therefore be replaced by CO2-free alternatives as soon as possible.

Activities of the Technical Advisory Board Industrial Trucks

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"Fit for 55" needs more than just one technology

The "Fit for 55" climate package will permanently shape and change society and the economy in Europe. But the change can only succeed with courageous political decisions - for example if planning procedures are drastically shortened. Europe must also develop the competence for new production technologies such as fuel cells or eFuels.

Global pioneering role in climate protection is possible

With the 'Fit for 55' concept, the European Union is finally focusing on concrete measures to achieve the climate targets. The strengthening of emissions trading and the inclusion of a CO2 price component in the energy taxation directive are steps in the right direction.

OPC UA and drones

OPC UA is an open interface standard that can ensure the interoperability of machines and systems. Platform-independent and manufacturer-independent, drones in the industrial environment could also operate with OPC UA.

The path to eFuels must not be blocked!

With the revision of the CO2 fleet regulation for cars, the European Commission now has a great opportunity to send a signal for technology openness in the field of mobility. It would be a gross mistake if it were now to block the way for other CO2-neutral drive options, such as the use of eFuels.

China Study - Significance for the intralogistics industry

The VDMA, together with the Swiss mechanical engineering association Swissmem and the China consulting company Sinolytics, has drawn up an interim assessment of the "Made in China 2025" strategy, which is also relevant for materials handling and intralogistics.

A test field for drone applications

At the end of March, the National Test Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) opened in Cochstedt.

Kick it like IFOY

The winners of the International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year-Award, IFOY AWARD for short, were announced at a festive awards ceremony at the German Football Museum.

VDMA Wireless Communications working group sets up board of trustees for policy makers

At the end of June, the VDMA Wireless Communications Working Group, together with representatives from industry and politics, established a board of trustees for politics. The initiative came from the VDMA Agricultural Machinery Association.

Intralogistics sector accelerates its growth course

Production forecast for 2021 increased to plus 10 percent +++ Exports catch up in the coming months

Annual Conference VDMA Micro Technologies and Productronic 2021

Joint annual conference of the VDMA Micro Technologies and Productronic sector groups on November 2nd and 3rd 2021 in Hanover at the Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD.

TEME 2030+ cooperation project seeks solutions

A new project called TEME 2030+ is exploring viable ways to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from marine propulsion systems.

Opportunities of digitalization and automation

International study on digitalisation and automation in manufacturing companies, Fraunhofer IML/TU Dortmund

Drones: Application-specific flight permits with SORA

An introduction to the special category and Specific OperationsRisk Assessment (SORA).

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

Drones for intralogistic applications

This whitepaper gives first insights into technical details, possibilities and general conditions of an intralogistics drone application.

Less CO2 in heavy clay production - mechanical engineering shows how it's done

The ECTS Virtual Ceramic Technology exhibition from June 22-24, 2021, promises to present a lot of new information on more climate-friendly brick production. An Innovation Center has been set up specifically for this purpose.

Klimarunde BAU positions itself

Initiative pro climate and resource protection: Both VDMA Construction – Equipment and Plant Engineering and Air-Handling Technology are involved in the initiative.

The structure of the WCM working group

Overview of the structure and the units of the Working Group Wireless Communications for Machines

Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the indoor area

Legal and technical introduction to the use of drones in indoor areas

Combustion engines: fit for the future

Internal combustion engines can already be operated in a completely climate-neutral manner today, opening up considerable potential for rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

EU proposal to extend deadline for transitional engines

The European Commission yesterday, 18 May 2021, published a legislative proposal to amend Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 in relation to the transitional provisions for certain machinery with engines in the power range between 56 kW and 130 kW and above 300 kW to take into account the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Open source entry into the VDA 5050

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.

VDMA: EU proposal to extend deadline for transition engines is on the table

EU Commission presents its proposal on transition provisions to member states.

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"Considering the diversity of mobility which requires future-proof drives, there is no way around being technologically open-minded."

Hartmut Rauen, VDMA Deputy Executive Director

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million of 128 million vehicles

will be equipped with a battery or fuel cell electric powertrain worldwide in 2040.

Source: VDMA-Studie „Antrieb im Wandel – Auswirkungen der Brennstoffzellentechnologie auf den Maschinen- und Anlagenbau und die Zulieferindustrie“

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Power-to-X (P2X) needs a robust strategy for the future
  • In order to be internationally compatible, German plant engineering must establish technological leadership in the field of P2X plants.
  • The foundation for this lies in a strong domestic market from which to further develop technologies and establish new value chains.
  • The Federal Government should work at the EU level to ensure that in future, the level of energy taxes will be determined by the CO2 intensity of the energy sources.

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Brochure: Lithium-ion battery systems in industrial trucks
This free brochure describes the use of lithium-ion technology for industrial trucks and outlines solutions for applying it safely within companies.
Fuel Cells Working Group
The VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group seeks to successfully establish fuel technologies in Germany and position them on global markets. The working group therefore represents the industry's political interests in Germany and increasingly also abroad.
CO2 study by CECE and CEMA (English)
The agricultural and construction machinery industry has had an impressive track record of increasing energy efficiency over the last 50 years. The study "Optimizing our industry 2 reduce emissions" answers the question of how to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO2, in the coming years.
Mobile Machinery Forum
The Mobile Machinery Forum (Mobima) promotes the exchange between OEMs and suppliers at a neutral association level. It facilitates the reconciliation of positions across sectors as well as the initiation of joint projects. Current information is available for download in the regularly published "Mobima Bulletin".
Working Group Machines in Construction MIC 4.0
The Machines in Construction MIC4.0 working group is defining the foundation for machine-to-X communication and developing legally compliant structures for collaboration in the use of machine and process data. All companies interested in the topic of digitalizing construction machinery can become members of the working group.
Working Group Power-to-X for Applications
The VDMA Working Group Power-to-X for Applications are the cross-industry information, communication and cooperation platform for the P2X community and involve stakeholders from development and production to the end user.
Working Group Industrial Drone Solutions
Unmanned flying robots offer numerous application possibilities in logistic and industrial environments. The VDMA Working Group Industrial Drone Solutions is the networking and decision-making platform for all industrial drone suppliers and interested parties.

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