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"Exceptional situation requires exceptional measures"
The mechanical engineering sector supports the German government's major aid package. However, the state must now start to develop strategies for the economic recovery.
"Aid is important - but no state participation without an expiry date".
In the corona crisis, companies need liquidity above all. The planned economic stabilisation fund is an important measure. However, it must not completely override the basic principles of the market economy.
Tariff agreement in the metal industry: A necessity of the hour
A crisis pact instead of a wage war: Employers and IG Metall have set an important signal in North Rhine-Westphalia. Because a long, hard wage fight would be irresponsible in view of the Corona pandemic.
VDMA-President Welcker calls on Federal Minister Heil to extend short-time work
In a fire letter to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker spoke out in favour of an immediate extension of the period for which short-time work benefits are paid from 12 to 24 months.
World market for machinery grows slightly in 2019
New machines and plants were in demand worldwide last year as well. However, business already took place under more difficult conditions: The changes in the automotive industry, the trade war between the USA and China and the global rise in protectionism left their mark on the books.
"Goods and commuters still need open borders"
Border closures due to corona must not impede the movement of goods. Commuters must also be allowed to reach their workplaces in other European countries.
Grand Coalition take the right decisions in the Corona crisis
The right sign at the right time: The Grand Coalition has made good and fast-acting decisions to support medium-sized companies in their fight against the Corona crisis.
"Temporary support for companies is called for"
The damage caused by the corona virus is almost impossible to estimate. The mechanical engineering industry now needs temporary support from the government concerning short-time work.
Debt ceiling not at issue
Regarding the plans of the Ministry of Finance to soften the debt ceiling, VCI, VDMA and ZVEI state: "The debt ceiling is no option for the three sectors."
Mützenich visits Welcker
A "Cologne meeting" took place during the visit of SPD faction leader Dr. Rolf Mützenich to the medium-sized company of VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker. Thus the delegate from the Cologne III constituency was able to come by bike to find out about current industrial policy issues directly from the machine tool manufacturer located on the banks of the Rhine. The focus was on the bleak economic outlook, which, among other things, put the issue of short-time working compensation on the agenda. Welcker made it clear that what matters here now is that the design is as unbureaucratic as possible. The fact that Mützenich comes from a foreign policy background was demonstrated by the very well-founded exchange on trade policy and developments in the USA and China. Both agreed that strengthening Europe must also be central from an economic policy perspective.

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The Hannover Messe will be cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The cancellation is regrettable, but it is the only right decision, emphasises VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann.
Trade barriers should be removed in the fight against the corona crisis. The increase in US duties on aircraft imports sent the completely wrong signal.
In a fire letter to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker spoke out in favour of an immediate extension of the period for which short-time work benefits are paid from 12 to 24 months.
The corona pandemic is hitting the mechanical engineering sector more and more severely. According to a VDMA flash survey, almost 60 percent of companies are already affected by disruptions in supply chains. Capacity adjustments are following.
The mechanical engineering industry in Germany is experiencing an even more difficult year than expected. The burdens that have already been felt for some time - trade conflicts, global economic weakness, structural change in the automotive industry - are now being compounded by the corona virus with its unforeseeable consequences for the economy as a whole.
At the beginning of the year, mechanical engineering in Germany experienced a surprisingly good start. In January, incoming orders rose by 7 percent in real terms compared with the previous year.
The industry in Germany is under enormous pressure. The corona virus temporarily increases these stresses. The most important task of the federal government is to avoid panic. Support measures for companies must now be implemented quickly.
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.
The Skilled Worker Immigration Act makes a significant contribution to effectively counteracting the shortage of skilled workers. Implementation must now take place without new bureaucratic hurdles.
A market with a lot of potential, but at the same time many imponderables - this is how Indonesia, the partner country of this year's Hanover Fair, presents itself to the mechanical engineering companies from Germany.
The VDMA calls on the German government to work within the EU to ensure that a sustainable and forward-looking free trade agreement with Great Britain can be concluded as quickly as possible.
Sales in mechanical engineering sector surpass EUR 220 billion mark for the first time in 2017- Increase in sales to more than EUR 230 billion expected for 2018
After years of negotiations the time has come: the British are leaving the European Union. During the transition period nothing major will change. But the EU and UK immediately need to start negotiating a free trade agreement.
The waiver of a charge alone is not sufficient to help the companies.
The Coal Exit Act can only be the first step. Now more commitment to other technologies is needed. In addition, further burdens on industry must be avoided.
Since December 2019 a growing number of infections with the novel corona virus has been reported in the city of Wuhan and in the Hubei region. This virus has now also been detected in other regions of China. VDMA member companies have already taken measures.
Around 200 representatives from politics, business, science and the media exchanged views on hydrogen yesterday evening at the FAZ Forum during a joint Parliamentary Evening of the associations DVGW, VDMA and VKU. The discussions focused on the question of what contribution hydrogen and the gas infrastructure in Germany can make to the energy turnaround.
Important visit to the VDMA: Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz discusses the major issues of global politics as well as the details of corporate taxation with the VDMA Executive Board. MEP Daniel Caspary calls on entrepreneurs to raise their voice for Europe.
The change in drive technology is affecting both the automotive industry and its suppliers. The aim is to strengthen value creation in Germany and Europe through state-of-the-art products and technologies. Change must not be based rigidly on one technology.
The reluctance of the automotive industry to invest is a burden for the mechanical engineering sector, too. In order to avoid staff cuts, the conditions for extending short-time work must now be set.
The annoying dispute within the Grand Coalition has led to a postponement of the urgently needed hydrogen strategy once again. The German government must finally do its homework regarding climate policy in 2020.
The federal and state governments have found a reasonable compromise for the climate package.
The European Council supports the EU Commission's Green Deal and reaffirms that a concrete action plan must be drawn up to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
The latest PISA study by the OECD does not give Germany's schools a good report. The head of the VDMA education department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls for technical instruction to be included in the curriculum.
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