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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

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

On the death of Prof. Dr.-Ing Bernd Stoffel

It is with great regret that we had to take note of the death of Prof. Dr. Bernd Stoffel.

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.

Research funding for the future of value creation

The BMBF supports innovations in production, services and work that focus on people through various funding measures.

BMWi "Investments in the Future for Vehicle Manufacturers and the Supplier Industry

The automotive industry is currently experiencing enormous upheavals. This requires investments in new concepts and processes, new products, qualification and production facilities.

BMWi funding for small and medium-sized enterprises: "ZIM

The Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) is a nationwide funding programme that is open to all technologies and sectors.

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

Quantum leaps in mechanical engineering

Quantum computing has the potential to literally turn our world upside down.

New R&D survey

In April, the "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft" started its new survey on research and development (R&D) in the industry in 2020. The results are highly significant.

Facts and figures: Research and innovation in mechanical engineering

In our theme publication you will find facts and figures on research and development, innovations and patents in mechanical engineering.

VDMA exhibition lists for important process industries

Every year, more than 600 VDMA members supply process technology components and systems to 150 countries around the world. Here you will find the current process technology trade fair lists.

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.

Future for the combustion engine?

The current study "Drivetrain in Transition" examines the future of mobility. It predicts that the combustion engine will lose much of its importance, but also considers an alternative scenario.

Hydrogen map is in the making

In order to be able to exploit the enormous possibilities offered by hydrogen, the Federal Government has developed the national hydrogen strategy. It is flanked by research projects supported by for example the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Sterner of the East Bavarian Technical University Regensburg, the Hydrogen Atlas of Germany is being developed in cooperation with the VDMA.

Transformation of mobility in full swing

By 2040, around 45 percent of vehicles worldwide will be powered purely by electricity or fuel cells. For the mechanical engineering industry, this means opportunities and challenges, which are examined in the third edition of the study "Drivetrain in Transition".

Research and development remain strong pillars in mechanical and plant engineering

The machinery and plant engineering sector spent a record amount on research and development in 2019. And even during the Corona pandemic, companies continue to focus on innovation

#btw21: Tax policy for more investments

As a globally networked industry, the mechanical and plant engineering sector has been hit hard by the effects of the Corona crisis. After securing liquidity through tax measures, among other things, the task now is to flank the recovery and strengthen growth.

Research & development remain strong pillars in mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering in Germany spent a total of €8.2 billion on research and development in 2019.

"Speed is part of innovation"

Gordon Riske, Chairman of the Board of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association, explains what intralogistics manufacturers should improve, the role start-ups play in the industry and how the IFOY AWARD has developed.

DERA Issue "Battery Raw Materials for Electromobility"

In order to present information on the raw material requirements for e-mobility more clearly in a brochure, the DERA issue "Battery raw materials for electromobility" has been published.

First live test of the VDA 5050

End of March in an exhibition hall in Dortmund: six automated guided vehicles from different manufacturers set off on a test area. The highlight: they operate together in one control system and have completed the first live test of the VDA 5050.

bauma postponed to fall 2022

Following intensive discussions between Messe München, top industry representatives and the bauma Advisory Board, bauma will now take place from October 24 to 30, 2022.

Euro 7: Negotiations enter decisive phase

The EU Commission will draw up a final proposal on Euro 7 in the next few months, thus starting the formal Brussels legislative process.

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.

Political initiatives push electromobility

China is increasingly becoming the lead market for electromobility. National and regional programs in particular are driving development. More and more car manufacturers are reflecting this in their production figures.

Advice offered by the federal government on how to get started in research funding

Almost every company in the mechanical and plant engineering sector has R&D projects and ideas. Public funding is available for them. You can find an overview here.

Funding for LNG as a marine fuel

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has now published the 3rd funding call for LNG as a marine fuel.

#btw21: Climate policy for more innovations

German mechanical and plant engineering stands for turning megatrends into economic opportunities, especially in climate protection. These include the circular economy, the availability of renewable energies, the development of a hydrogen economy and the transformation in mobility. The technical solutions to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions are already available today.

Maritime energy transition: an industry on course

The course has been set: greenhouse gas emissions in international shipping are to be reduced by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared with 2008 - an ambitious target.

Industrial Drone Arena @ HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition

At the Industrial Drone Arena at HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition, five companies will be demonstrating what tasks drones can perform in industry and logistics today and in the future. The audience will also see the drones in action.

bauma Innovation Award 2022

Kick-off on 3 May 2021 - Great events cast their shadows ahead, including the presentation of the bauma Innovation Award on bauma from 24 - 30 October 2022, which is traditionally the opening event of the trade fair week.

Interface for automated guided vehicles passes practical test

The manufacturer-independent networking of automated guided vehicles has taken a major step forward. Six companies tested the VDA 5050 interface together with their vehicles at the AGV Mesh-Up. The event was part of this year's TEST CAMP Intralogistics of the IFOY AWARD.

METAV on the Net - A lesson in the digitalisation of the trade fair world

After four virtual trade fair days, METAV digital came to an end on 26 March. "It was a solution to the current situation with a new format in which 80 exhibitors participated with great enthusiasm and commitment," says Stephanie Simon, responsible at the VDW for organising the fair.

Standardized machine language - plug festivals are on the horizon

The goal of the Machines in Construction MIC 4.0 working group is to create uniform standards across manufacturers for digital communication between construction machines.

"It is not the combustion engine that is the problem, but the fossil fuels"

The machinery and plant engineering industry is looking for its opportunities even in times of the Corona pandemic. In an interview with the "Tagesspiegel", VDMA President Karl Haeusgen talks about trade policy, the supply chain law and the combustion engine.

"IFL is an tremendous door opener".

Since 2005, the Research Association IFL (Forschungsgemeinschaft Intralogistik / Fördertechnik und Logistiksysteme (IFL) e.V.) has already funded 53 research projects for the intralogistics industry.

METAV digital is in the starting blocks

In exactly one week, the time has come: METAV digital will be launched under the motto "Networking simply threefold". Almost 80 exhibitors from six countries will be there. It is the first exclusively digital event for the metalworking sector organised by the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association), Frankfurt am Main.

Oil & Gas Indonesia 09/2021 Federal participation - deadline 12.5.

Every two years the Oil & Gas Indonesia Exhibition, the most important trade fair for petrochemicals and oil & gas production technology, takes place in Jakarta. Interested companies can register now.

"AGVs should no longer be niche solutions in the future"

Florian Kratzer, International Key Account Manager Automated Solutions at STILL GmbH on the AGV Mesh-Up.

Mobility is changing - mechanical engineering makes it possible

Mobility is becoming more diverse. The change in mobility is set. Hybridization and electrification are increasingly becoming the standard. Mechanical engineering is the focus here - it produces mobility.

OGA Malaysia 2021 postponed to December - new registration deadline

Due to the pandemic, the show date has been moved from June to 7-9 December 2021. The registration deadline for the federal participation is now 10 September 2021.

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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.

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