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"Corona measures point out the right way!"
The new measures for corona control are correct and necessary. Large parts of industry can work on and thus play their part in securing employment.
"Rule out lockdown, keep borders open!"
A new lockdown would be devastating for the economy. The mechanical and plant engineering industry therefore expects the Chancellor to rule out a lockdown categorically.
VDMA demands a new start for the Supply Chain act
The Regulatory Control Council too has clearly criticized the Federal Government in connection with the Supply Chain Act. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann thus demands a complete restart of the legislative process.
No ban on overnight stays for fitters!
In view of the forthcoming consultations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister Presidents on how to proceed in the corona pandemic, VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann warns against restrictions on business trips.
Karl Haeusgen elected as new VDMA President
VDMA general assembly elects Henrik Schunk and Bertram Kawlath as vice presidents
VDMA: Politics must return to market economy principles
The mechanical and plant engineering industry, like the entire industry, will have to live with the consequences of the corona pandemic for a long time to come. This makes it all the more important that medium-sized companies are not burdened with even greater burdens.
"Tentative easing at best"
In August, companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector posted a 14 percent drop in real orders. This is the smallest decline on a monthly basis since the beginning of the corona crisis.
"The fight against corona must not lead to a state economy"
Commenting on the general debate in the Bundestag, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann said: "The grand coalition must now look beyond direct crisis management. The fight against corona must not lead to a state economy".
Mechanical and plant engineering: Upswing still far from being achieved
Many mechanical and plant engineering companies are once again looking somewhat more sceptically at the coming months. According to a new VDMA survey, only 18 percent of companies expect a return to the sales level of 2019 as early as 2021.
VDMA: Tax increases would be the start of the decline
On the occasion of the draft budget for 2021, which was approved by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann warns against a permanent debt policy.

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28.02.2019
From 1 January 2021 at the latest, importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from risk areas - so-called conflict minerals - into the EU will be subject to binding due diligence obligations.
27.10.2020
Hydrogen and e-fuels are an important contribution to the climate protection strategy - Draft law for the national implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) is not ambitious enough and needs to be revised.
21.10.2020
The VDMA is calling for a reform of the wage sum rule. The negotiations on the Annual Tax Act would be the appropriate framework for this.
15.10.2020
The number of people employed in mechanical and plant engineering has decreased. Short-time work regulations prevent even greater declines.
14.10.2020
The ongoing subsidy dispute between the EU and the USA is also burdening companies in the mechanical engineering sector. A constructive dialogue is therefore needed quickly to abolish punitive tariffs.
12.10.2020
OPC UA for Machinery and OPC UA for Machine Tools released - umati community tests functionality of both specifications in umati demonstrator
13.10.2020
In view of the forthcoming consultations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister Presidents on how to proceed in the corona pandemic, VDMA General Manager Thilo Brodtmann warns against restrictions on business trips.
05.10.2020
Since many companies want to offer mobile working to their employees beyond the corona crisis, if it is operationally feasible, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann considers a legal claim to a so-called home office to be superfluous.
30.09.2020
Commenting on the general debate in the Bundestag, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann said: "The grand coalition must now look beyond direct crisis management. The fight against corona must not lead to a state economy".
29.09.2020
Letter to Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development: Polemic against associations and companies is a distorted picture of reality
18.09.2020
Joint study by VDMA and McKinsey: Almost 80 percent of companies see the need to cooperate on digital business models
08.09.2020
The corona pandemic is causing great reluctance to invest in mechanical and plant engineering. Production is also suffering as a result in the second half of the year. For 2021, the VDMA expects a small production increase of 2 percent.
23.09.2020
On the occasion of the draft budget for 2021, which was approved by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann warns against a permanent debt policy.
04.06.2018
The export-oriented German mechanical engineering industry has benefited more than almost any other sector from economic and political integration and having the euro as the single currency. However, the result of the British referendum in favor of Brexit has shaken the EU to its core. Even two years on it is still not completely clear how the EU and the United Kingdom will work together in the future, but the UK must not be granted a special status. The mechanical engineering sector believes that the cohesion of the EU takes priority and demands equal competitive conditions in the EU27 and the UK.
02.07.2018
Foreign direct investments in Germany as well as German direct investments abroad ensure the success of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. Unlike in the EU, some economic areas restrict foreign investment for economic and political reasons. This is problematic if investors from these countries who are both state-controlled and financially strong become active in our company at the same time. The commandment is called "reciprocity", equal conditions for common benefit. The political objective must be to achieve the same investment conditions everywhere as in Europe.
27.09.2018
The USA is the most important export market and investment location for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry. At the same time, German companies with capital goods enable the development and modernization of American industry. In politically tense times of transatlantic relations, the EU and the US should strive for a lean free trade agreement and, at the same time, a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With 164 members, the WTO is the best platform for creating competition and free trade.
15.11.2018
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann has made a clear commitment to collective bargaining autonomy. "It is evidence that employers and employees in general can largely regulate their relationship on their own." At best, the state should set a loose labour law framework, according to Brodtmann.
18.01.2019
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers sees sufficient financial scope for comprehensive tax relief.
15.02.2019
Deputy VDMA Executive Director Hartmut Rauen considers the use of Artificial Intelliegnz to be largely uncritical, even if a discussion about its ethical dimensions is important, said Rauen on the occasion of the Bundestag debate on the AI strategy of the Federal Government.
20.02.2019
Ulrich Meißner, tax expert of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), explained the positions and demands of the mechanical and plant engineering industry with regard to tax research promotion in a public hearing of the Finance Committee of the German Bundestag. In a short conversation with the VDMA capital office, he describes his impressions.
The German mechanical and plant engineering industry can draw a proud balance for its companies on the occasion of the vocational training report adopted by the Federal Government on Wednesday: The number of trainees in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector rose again in 2018.
08.05.2019
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker welcomes the fact that parliamentary deliberations on the immigration law of skilled empolyees have finally begun.
17.07.2019
Naemi Denz, member of the VDMA Executive Board, called for concrete political measures before the Climate Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
08.08.2019
The Grand Coalition wants to change the working hours law. Companies should get more leeway in the future so that they can adapt their working hours to the requirements of increasing digitalisation, demands the VDMA.
19.09.2019
The plans of Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil to subsidise trade union dues are "absurd" from the point of view of VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers.
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Managing Director Berlin
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Press contact Berlin
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