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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.

Significant tightening of the AQD

At the end of 2021, the WHO presented new guideline values for ambient air quality, and in October 2022, the EU Commission presented a proposal to revise the Air Quality Directive (AQD). Now the EU Parliament has adopted drastic tightening measures.

VDMA EMINT and OE-A participate in PFAS consultation

VDMA EMINT and OE-A are taking a stand for their members and have participated in the consultation on the PFAS restriction.

"We need a sustainable fuel strategy"

Promoting alternative drives and fuels in agriculture

Away from fossil fuels in agricultural technology

The agricultural machinery industry acts as an enabler of climate-friendly drives in agribusiness. In a position paper that has just been published, VDMA Agricultural Machinery defines the framework for alternative fuels and drives in agriculture.

European mechanical engineering as an enabler for electromobility!

On September 11, the Department of Battery Production and Hybrid Lightweight Technologies conducted an exciting event on the topic of electromobility in Detroit.

Open letter on eFuels

Companies and associations along the eFuels value chain have now written a joint open letter to German Transport Minister Volker Wissing

"Potential of drones far from exhausted"

Drones offer interesting potential applications in the industrial environment. Nevertheless, they still rarely take off here. Those who shy away from the regulatory burden can rely on external support.

GreenTech from mechanical and plant engineering

Battery production and lightweight technologies in focus at VDMA networking event on 11 September 2023 in Detroit

Brochure "Production of electrolyzer systems"

Electrolysis systems play a crucial role in the hydrogen economy

Fast and safe inspection of cement plants by drone

The bird's eye view and powerful camera technology make drones highly interesting for mechanical and plant engineering as well. An example from thyssenkrupp Polysius GmbH shows what this can look like in practice.

German hydrogen strategy at a glance

Hydrogen is the only way to make industry and transportation climate-friendly. The German government wants to support the market ramp-up with its hydrogen strategy, among other things.

Fuel EU Maritime: strong signal for more climate protection on the high seas

Quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the high seas is the central goal of the Fuel EU Maritime Regulation, which has now been adopted by the European Council.

"Building the hydrogen economy needs more speed"

The National Hydrogen Strategy is an important building block for achieving the climate targets and offers good opportunities for the mechanical engineering sector to contribute its expertise. However, this adaptation comes plenty late.

Wireless connectivity - added value for machine and plant engineering

Wireless communication technologies have evolved rapidly in terms of reliability, data volume, power consumption or latency, opening up huge opportunities for machine builders.

15th International Conference E-MOTIVE

The International Conference on Electric Vehicle Drives and E-Mobility will be held in Schweinfurt, Germany, Sept. 27-28, 23.

IEA proposes hydrogen classes based on emissions

In preparation for the G7 Summit in Japan, the IEA drafted a classification system for hydrogen, based on emissions released in the manufacturing process.

Key topics of bauma 2025

Digitalisation and sustainability - these are the trendsetting requirements for our industry, which are reflected in the five key topics of bauma 2025.

EV Outlook 2023 Analysis

In its EV Outlook 2023, the IEA presents current trends in the global EV market. This has continued to grow strongly over the past year and is driving further innovation.

Laser applications in battery production

In cooperation with VDMA Battery Production, Fraunhofer FFB has conducted an application study on laser applications in battery production. The results are published here in full exclusively for VDMA members.

Review VDMA Annual Conference 2023 of the Battery Production Department

Around 170 participants, a wealth of current information and news on the topic of battery production, and positive feedback across the board - these were the conclusion of the 2023 Annual Conference of the Battery Production Department's.

General Meeting Fluid Power Research Fund 2023

During the non-public general meeting of the Fluid Technology Research Fund on June 15, 2023, research bodies presented proposals for precompetitive joint research projects.

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).

The VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group at hy-fcell 2023

Experience innovative technology trends and creative design ideas around hydrogen and fuel cells at hy-fcell Stuttgart from September 13-14, 2023.

CSR reporting in mechanical and plant engineering

The strategic anchoring of sustainability in the company is gaining in importance: Increasing transparency obligations with regard to sustainability will in future also affect medium-sized companies to some extent.

14th IFK 2024 - International Fluid Power Colloquium

The 14th IFK will be held in Dresden, Germany, March 19-21, 2024, and is one of the world's most important conferences in the field of fluid-mechatronic drive, control and feedback control technology.

RED II delegated acts enter into force

In order for the use of hydrogen and derivatives to be recognized in the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), two legal acts in particular are important. They now enter into force.

VDMA Expert Group Europe: Decarbonization - complexity increases

At the inaugural meeting of the VDMA Expert Group Europe on May 16, process technology members exchanged views for the first time on the market development of oil gas petrochemicals H2/biogas/LNG specifically in D-A-CH and EUROPE. Topics were current trends in plant engineering, decarbonization, chemical recycling and future focal points of the expert group.

Sales growth in 2022

Current challenges and crises are offset by opportunities. Companies expect lower sales growth for the current year.

Using drones to inspire STEM

A different way of arousing interest in technical professions: at the DroneMasters Academy, children and young people discover future technologies in an exciting way - with drones.

EMINT key technologies spring survey: continued positive development expected

According to the EMINT Spring 2023 Business Climate Survey, all EMINT industries remain optimistic about 2023.

"Flying Sprinters" for logistics

Use cases for drone applications in logistics to keep in mind.

Costs and approval times are a massive burden on the location

Clear need for action on transport routes and approval procedures. Only if the transport infrastructure is right can goods reach the customer and the place of use. This also applies in particular to large and heavy technologies for implementing the energy transition.

Wind energy from the North Sea

So far, the offshore potential of the North Sea has remained largely untapped. Now the littoral states want to make speed - and double the wind energy output.

VDMA Construction Site Day: Construction Site Personnel as a Success Factor

The 14th VDMA Construction Site Day 2023 took place on 25 and 26 May in Frankfurt. With a high-profile programme, this annual event is an excellent networking opportunity.

Delegation Green Gases Italy - apply now!

From November - 10, 2023, we will visit Italy's gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries to exchange ideas on supply security and climate-neutral solutions. Visits and presentations to EPCs and industry companies in Milan & Ravenna cluster.

Minister Madsen meets machine builder

The mechanical and plant engineering industry in Schleswig-Holstein demands a clear commitment to Schleswig-Holstein as an industrial location from politicians and expects support in reducing bureaucracy and setting sensible framework conditions.

Challenges with large and heavy transports

Manufacturers of large and heavy goods are increasingly faced with increasing requirements to obtain special permits to use certain routes.

Founding Meeting Expert Group Europe Oil Gas Petrochem H2/Biogas/LNG

By request of the members we will focus for the first time on 16.5. exclusively on the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical and H2/Biogas/LNG markets in EUROPE. In the inaugural meeting of the new "Expert Group Europe" we plan an exchange on the market development in EUROPE and an examination of individual process technology user industries in the most important regions / countries in Europe. Language of the meeting: EN.

VDMA Roadmap Battery Production equipment: Which technology breakthroughs are needed in large-scale production by 2030?

Regarding intelligent, sustainable battery production, it is important to understand the interaction of complex production lines, reduce costs and ensure process stability.

Decided: renewable fuel quota for air traffic

Result of the trialogue on ReFuelEU Aviation: For the first time, there are binding quotas for renewable fuels in aviation.

European associations call for SAF quota

8 European associations now speak out in an open letter in favor of a quota for sustainably produced aviation fuel.

Practical implementation of the calculation of the product carbon footprint

The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) is crucial in the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions. The event outlined how VDMA supports companies in PCF calculation.

Harmonized European regulations for the road safety of mobile machinery

On March 30, the EU Commission presented a proposal for EU type approval for road safety-related requirements for self-propelled machinery.

"Stress Test" for VDA 5050

Take 11 companies, 500 square meters of space, 9 vehicles, and a 5G campus network and mix it all together - and you have the AGV Mesh-Up.

FAQ Power-to-X and hydrogen

Here we are collecting questions and answers about hydrogen. The collection will grow bit by bit. Do you have your own questions? Please feel free to contact us.

Light and shadow for the market ramp-up of hydrogen

In the trilogue negotiations on the Renewable Energy Directive RED III, negotiators missed an opportunity.

The VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group at the Hannover Messe 2023

The VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group will be represented at this year's Hannover Messe in Hall 12, Booth D 35.

eFuels are essential for ambitious climate targets

There will be no ban on internal combustion engines in the EU from 2035 after all. This is the right decision, as synthetic fuels in internal combustion engines are essential for running mobile machinery from excavators to tractors in a climate-neutral way.

20th anniversary of the VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group (AG BZ)

A reason to celebrate! At the 2023 general meeting of the VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group in Frankfurt with around 80 participants, the board was confirmed at the end of February.

Our expert and focus topics

Our expert and focus topics
Digitization alone cannot solve key challenges such as climate protection and resource scarcity. The biologization of industry offers another dimension to Industry 4.0 and a perspective on the future of production. Mechanical engineering plays a key role in this and offers a huge toolbox for biological processes and mechanisms. VDMA focus topic deals with technological solutions for transferring and integrating biology into the world of industrial application.
Electromobility, fuel cells, Power2X - The change in mobility is multi-layered and in the future there will not be just one type of drive on the market. This poses new challenges for the entire industry.
Fuel cell innovation cluster
The innovation cluster for large-scale production of fuel cell stacks (GO-Start BZ) is to support the potentials of an industrialization of stack production in Germany.
Fuel cell
Fuel cells play a central role in CO2-neutral energy supply and are part of national hydrogen strategies.
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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To the point

To the point

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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“

Auf den Punkt Zusammenfassung - Mobilität

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.



Tue. 14.11.23 Wed. 15.11.23

  • Power-to-X

The second "From Production to Application: The #P2X Conference" will focus on practical and technical challenges along the entire value chain of hydrogen and derived products.

Places available

Wed. 27.09.23 Thu. 28.09.23

  • Fuel Cells
  • Seminars
  • Congresses, conferences, information days
  • Hybrid Propulsion
  • Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e.V.
  • E-Mobility
  • Electric Power Transmission Engineering
  • Electric Motors
  • Research, Innovation & Technology
  • Forum Electric Mobility
  • Drive Components
  • Power Transmission Engineering
  • Electronics Assemblies Production Equipment

15th International Conference on Electric Vehicle Drives and E-Mobility

15th International Conference on Electric Vehicle Drives and E-Mobility

Unsere Leistungen

Unsere Leistungen
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.
Our motto is "Produce Future Mobility", and we are bundling the VDMA's diverse competences to prepare member companies for the future of mobility and to support them in their efforts to change.
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".
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.
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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