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The Thuringian machine and plant manufacturers would like the coming state government to adopt an active and SME-friendly industrial policy. Among other things, major investments must be made in education and infrastructure and the regulatory frenzy must be curbed.
With his strategy for small and medium-sized enterprises presented today, Peter Altmaier has given small and medium-sized enterprises the importance they deserve. The goverment must now transform this plan into concrete measures.
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, mechanical and plant engineering is once again a mainstay of East German industry. However, some consequences of the German-German separation are still present.
According to the OECD report "Education at a Glance 2019", public investment in education is no longer keeping pace with rising student numbers. The head of the VDMA education department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls on the federal government to finally take countermeasures.
Sustainable, medium-sized and growth-oriented: this is how the future governments in Brandenburg and Saxony must shape industrial policy for the next five years. Above all, it is necessary to push ahead with education, infrastructure and bureaucracy reduction.
Hydrogen technology is ready for the step from the laboratory into practice. For this reason, the Federal Government must now quickly provide its strategy with concrete measures. This opens up new competitive opportunities for the mechanical engineering sector.
The VDMA calls on its members to participate in the survey on the German government's National Action Plan for the Business and Human Rights (NAP) by 31 October 2019 and provides extensive supporting material.
A new study by the IMPULS Foundation of the VDMA on digital market foreclosure shows that free data exchange is massively impaired. The effects are particularly hard on small and medium-sized enterprises.
The consequences of the trade dispute between the USA and China are becoming increasingly noticeable. Production and incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector have declined. The mechanical engineering industry expects more short-time work. At the same time, it stands ready to improve climate protection with its technologies.
"When it comes to tax incentives for research, we hope for 'Struck's law' - no law leaves the Bundestag as it is introduced," emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, at today's hearing of the Bundestag Finance Committee on tax incentives for research.
The new building is the VDMA's clear commitment to Frankfurt as a location, whose central location in Europe represents a major advantage for its members. The existing building and the new building will in future offer an ensemble with an attractive campus character for dialogue and networking activities.
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.
Small and medium-sized enterprises and the Union are to find each other better again. CDU/CSU faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus wants to steer a clear course "pro Mittelstand" - and thus finds a lot of support in mechanical engineering.
In May 2019, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell again by 7 percent in real terms. While domestic demand almost stagnated (minus 1 per cent), orders from abroad were 9 per cent below the previous year's relatively high level.
Hardly any other lead environmental market profits as much from digitisation as the environmental service branch - it can become the decisive instrument for the dissemination and acceleration of the environmental service branch and for new opportunities through new business models.
Professor Claus Oetter, Managing Director of VDMA Software and Digitisation, calls for a stronger possibility of differentiation for industry at the meeting of the Data Ethics Commission and the question of an ethical design of society.
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.
Even medium-sized companies can successfully commercialize new business models - VDMA guide shows strategies for commercializing digital services in mechanical engineering - Manufacturers must act more frequently like software houses
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.
"Digitisation must become a top topic in engineering science university teaching", emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of the VDMA, on the occasion of the annual report published on 27 February by the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI).
Mechanical engineering industry benefits from Swedish customers' high standards - Partner country of Hannover Messe focuses on automation and Artificial Intelligence - Export growth of 3.3 percent, large number of branch offices
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.
On Thursday in Tübingen, in the presence of the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation was officially presented at an official opening ceremony attended by more than 100 invited guests from industry, politics and science.
Will protectionism or a "digitalized Leninism" overrun the economic order in Europe? Participants at the congress "Maschinenbau vorausgeDACHt" have defended the market econonmy concept - but it must be reformed.
On the occasion of the latest labour market figures of the Federal Labour Office, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann demands that temporary employment in the recruitment of skilled workers from third countries should not be ruled out.
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers has reacted favourably to the announcement by Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) that the federal government intends to legislate in the foreseeable future on the tax research subsidies long demanded by the VDMA.
The Greens have tabled a bill in the German Bundestag on tax incentives for research, which, in the opinion of Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA, would be of little use to medium-sized industrial companies.
An award for entrepreneurs "with great technological vision and a lot of heart and soul", is how the jury describes the German Mechanical Engineering Award. Ten outstanding corporate leaders have already received it, now it has been awarded to a woman for the first time at the evening reception of the mechanical engineering summit.
Mechanical engineering is the most important employer of engineers. With its key technologies of intelligent production, our industry is the German innovation machine. Despite all the joy about the top position that Germany occupies according to a current analysis of the World Economic Forum, the following applies: Our innovation system must become even better.
The latest labour market figures of the Federal Employment Agency show a rampant shortage of skilled workers. According to Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, the Federal Government is jointly responsible for this.
The economy is cooling down. Moreover, the uncertainties surrounding the election results in the USA are not diminishing. VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers calls on the federal government to finally prove its willingness and ability to act.
Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, has sharply criticised the pension package passed in the Bundestag with the votes of the CDU/CSU and SPD: "Basically, the money of our great-grandchildren is already being spent today".
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.
Matthias Zelinger, spokesman for energy policy for the VDMA, comments on Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU's climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all states involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.
At its ordinary meeting, the Main Board of the VDMA elected Henrik Schunk (on the left, next to VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker and VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen), a family entrepreneur, as Vice President of the association.
The VDMA is tirelessly fighting for improved market surveillance in Europe. Online trading and fulfillment centers have not simplified the batch situation. The EU Commission has presented a new proposal for market surveillance.
Preliminary calculations by the Federal Statistical Office indicate that, adjusted for price, production in mechanical engineering rose by 3.1 percent last year, reaching a volume of around 212 billion euros thus exceeding the three percent growth predicted by VDMA's economists.
People travel, use raw materials and live with digitalization. People need clean air. But how is all this being assured? On www.mensch-maschine-fortschritt.de, the VDMA presents four new multimedia reports with answers to questions that arise in our daily lives.
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