News

17.03.2021
The expansion of the training premium is an encouraging signal for more companies to train many young people despite the Corona pandemic. The VDMA points out that vocational orientation in schools and career guidance by employment agencies in particular should be intensified in order to strengthen vocational training.
08.03.2021
The moratorium in the Boeing-Airbus tariff dispute is an important signal for transatlantic trade relations. Now the focus must be on a final elimination of the tariffs.
05.03.2021
In January 2021, the machinery and plant engineering sector recorded a drop in orders of 10 percent in real terms. This came as little surprise, as unusually high orders for large-scale plant business had dominated the picture in the same month of the previous year.
02.03.2021
Today marks the official launch of the Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA).
25.02.2021
From the VDMA's point of view, the annual report of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI) clearly shows that there is still room for improvement in terms of open-topic and broadly effective funding instruments.
24.02.2021
Even in the second year of the pandemic, the machinery and plant engineering sector will not reach the pre-Corona sales level. The VDMA therefore supports the approach of the employers' associations to consider wage increases next year at the earliest.
19.02.2021
The global Corona crisis has also led to high export losses for machinery and plant manufacturers. In 2020, machinery and equipment worth 160 billion euros was exported from Germany - 12 percent less than in the previous year.
22.01.2021
Since 2013, negotiations on an EU free trade agreement with India have been frozen. It is high time to revive these talks.
17.12.2020
"Made in China 2025" leads to intensified competitive pressure in mechanical and plant engineering. A new study examines various scenarios up to the year 2030. Companies in Europe can continue to benefit from the upswing in the People's Republic, but there is a growing danger of falling exports to the Far East.
02.12.2020
The picture has changed for the machinery and plant manufacturers in China, with business estimates positive again for the first time since autumn 2018. However, travel restrictions remain a major obstacle.
23.11.2020
One year after the conditions for awarding contracts for local industrial and agricultural mobile radio networks came into force, almost 90 applications have already been received by the Federal Network Agency.
11.11.2020
The transatlantic dispute over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing is also a burden to companies in the mechanical engineering sector. A negotiated solution still must be found. Therefore, the VDMA calls for a constructive dialogue between the EU and the USA.
08.11.2020
The election victory of Joe Biden is good news for transatlantic relations. The mechanical and plant engineering industry expects a more predictable policy from the new US president, which will also involve the transatlantic partners in Europe more closely again.
04.11.2020
The Mechanical Engineering Industry in Germany is gradually recovering from the consequences of the corona crisis. After the seasonal setback in August, order intake returned to a positive picture in September 2020.
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
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
11.09.2020
With "20 concrete proposals", the Federal Minister of Economics wants to advance climate protection and strengthen economic power. Peter Altmaier's approach is important, but does not replace concrete policy.
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.
26.08.2020
During the pandemic, the state must enforce hygiene regulations and, where necessary, make improvements. However, a general obligation to wear masks at the workplace would not make sense in mechanical engineering.
21.08.2020
The training of junior staff continues to play an important role in mechanical engineering. In the current year, the companies have taken on around 85 percent of their trained apprentices.
13.08.2020
The US punitive tariffs in the Airbus dispute also affect companies that have nothing to do with the aircraft subsidies. A relaxation of the trade dispute is urgently needed.
22.07.2020
The Covid 19 pandemic has caused a severe economic crisis. Any form of retaliatory tariffs will only exacerbate the situation. It is therefore important that transatlantic trade relations be relaxed, not escalated.
13.07.2020
The EU Parliament has retroactively extended the transitional periods for the installation and sale of engines which belong to the emission stage V. This extension of the deadline offers machine manufacturers an urgently needed planning security.
02.07.2020
Free trade and open borders are indispensable for prosperity and the preservation of many jobs in Germany and Europe. This applies all the more in times when protectionists are increasingly trying to restrict international trade.
25.06.2020
From January 2021, almost every manufacturer of machinery and equipment in Europe will have to enter information on chemical substances used into the database (SCIP) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
18.06.2020
By tightening the Foreign Trade and Payments Act, the Federal Government is sending out a completely wrong signal. If Germany wants to maintain its industrial base in the long term, foreign capital must flow into the country.
04.06.2020
The effects of the corona pandemic have hit the German machine and plant construction industry with force in April.
03.06.2020
A further increase in unemployment must be prevented by lowering the financial and legal barriers to new recruitment. This includes the temporary assumption of social contributions.
02.06.2020
A tightening of the Foreign Trade Ordinance, which would be negative for the mechanical engineering industry, is off the table for the time being. However, the risk remains.
02.06.2020
France has opted for purchase premiums for cars. However, the VDMA president warns against the erroneous path of a subsidy race among the EU states.
28.05.2020
The 5th VDMA flash survey shows that almost all machine manufacturers are suffering from the economic consequences of the corona pandemic. But there are also rays of hope.
27.05.2020
Up to now, larger medium-sized companies have been clearly disadvantaged in the promotion of research. It is good that the Ministry of Research now wants to make improvements here.
22.05.2020
The gradual lifting of compulsory quarantine in Germany for entry and return from EU and EFTA countries is the right thing to do. However, the patchwork of regulations is a great nuisance.
20.05.2020
The corona pandemic and the lockdown to contain it have hit society and industry hard - with hitherto unforeseeable consequences. In particular, companies acutely need sufficient liquidity to cope with the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic and to bridge the period until the economy picks up again.
14.05.2020
The corona crisis must not lead to strategic mistakes in the tax system. Companies need a tax system that is conducive to growth.
12.05.2020
Companies urgently need open borders in Europe again. Quarantine regulations must also be dropped.
11.05.2020
Corona weighs heavily in the mechanical engineering sector: order losses and cancellations are becoming increasingly noticeable. The travel restrictions are also causing the companies major problems.
29.04.2020
The EU can celebrate a success of its free trade strategy: the last chunk of the EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement has been cleared.
28.04.2020
An economic revival in the EU and the Green Deal go hand in hand, if the framework conditions are right. The change must be market-based and technology-neutral.
24.04.2020
The adjustment of the tax loss carry-forward gives companies some breathing space, but only provides limited help to medium-sized mechanical engineering companies.
20.04.2020
The extension of the short-time working benefits meets an important requirement of the VDMA, which will provide noticeable relief and planning security for small and medium-sized companies.
20.04.2020
The mechanical engineering industry is increasingly feeling the effects of the corona pandemic; orders are reduced or even cancelled. According to the VDMA flash survey, many companies are making capacity adjustments.
15.04.2020
The measures to combat the corona pandemic must be implemented with consistence. This applies in particular to quarantine rules for persons entering Germany for professional reasons. There must be a smooth, uniform European procedure in this field.
14.04.2020
According to the latest VDMA survey, the effects of the corona pandemic in China are less severe than was expected only recently. Nevertheless, the mechanical engineering industry is expecting a sharp drop in sales.
06.04.2020
The EU counter-tariffs on US tariff increases are understandable, but do not help. An agreement is needed to abolish all industrial tariffs.
01.04.2020
The EU and 15 other members of the WTO have agreed on an interim solution to resolve trade disputes - China is also involved.
31.03.2020
The corona pandemic is also having a strong impact on the labour market. It is therefore necessary to immediately extend the period for which short-time work benefits are paid to 24 months.
30.03.2020
The Federal Minister of Finance announces to reform the tax loss carryback. The VDMA supports this plan because it would provide the companies with urgently needed liquidity.
26.03.2020
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.
23.03.2020
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.
19.03.2020
To combat the corona pandemic, the mechanical engineering industry will continue to ensure the operation of vital infrastructure. To this end, supply chains must be maintained.
17.03.2020
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.
12.03.2020
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.
05.03.2020
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.
03.03.2020
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.

Meeting schedule

Meeting schedule VDMA China
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Last Events

04.11.2020
On 18th of November 2020, VDMA will be the main association sponsor for the 3rd Flagship Industrie 4.0 B2B event organised by GMECS. VDMA, the German Engineering Association, shaped the term Industrie 4.0. Today VDMA and its VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0 are constantly driving it forward, one of our main goals is to promote German Industry 4.0 products and solutions to this major market.
03.06.2020
The 2020 VDMA China Management Meeting (CMM) of Agricultural Machinery was held online on June 3rd. The web meeting attracted over 60 participants from members in China and abroad.
28.05.2020
On May 28, VDMA China Beijing Representative Office held its first offline event since the coronavirus pandemic.
28.04.2020
The 28th China Management Meeting for the Construction Equipment Industry was held on April 28th, 2020 online with 31 participants.
04.12.2019
The 21st Woodworking Machinery China management meeting was held at Wision Shangping Zhaipei factory in Foshan, Guangzhou.
28.11.2019
3rd EMINT CMM was held at RCT Power in Suzhou.
27.11.2019
In 2019 the main topic for the CEO Breakfast series was compliance.
21.11.2019
The 15th Machine Tool Management Meeting was held at TRUMPF (China) Co., Ltd in Taicang.
12.11.2019
Not everything can be predicted but some things are already foreseeable.
07.11.2019
This time the CMM took place at the member company Ammann in Shanghai.
01.11.2019
Regularly once a year the VDMA sector Mining is organizing a Management Meeting in China (CMM).
29.10.2019
Digital Transformation in the focus.
29.10.2019
The CMM took place in Weichai Group, a leading Chinese agriculture machinery producer.
24.10.2019
On 24th October, VDMA Smart Manufacturing Forum took place during the PTC trade fair in SNIEC Shanghai.
23.10.2019
The first VDMA Technical Brainstorming Meeting took place on October 23, 2019.
27.09.2019
From September 23 to September 27, 2019 Mr. Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director of VDMA, visited Beijing and Shanghai.
21.06.2019
This time the conference took place at the Kunshan Start-up Factory.
29.05.2019
The 2nd VDMA EMINT CMM was held at Manz Suzhou.
24.05.2019
The VDMA China Technical Networking Meeting was held in Bosch Rexroth China in Beijing.
20.05.2019
More than 20 member companies participated
19.05.2019
A total of 70 participants took part in meeting at Ruhlamat in Suzhou.
13.05.2019
Over 60 guests came to the joined sector CMM. The key topic is digital engineering.
07.05.2019
The 26th China Management Meeting for the Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Industry was held on May 7th, 2019 in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province upon the kind invitation of member company Wacker Neuson.
05.05.2019
The CMM took place at the member company MASCHIO-GASPARDO in Qingdao.
18.04.2019
14th VDW China Machine Tool Management Meeting was held at Beijing, CIMT 2019.
Claudia Barkowsky
Claudia Barkowsky
Chief Representative
VDMA China
Beijing Representative Office
+86 10 8773 0210 Ext. No. 808
Daniel Yoo
Daniel Yoo
Chief Representative
VDMA China
Shanghai Representative Office
+86 21 6248 8029 Ext. No. 708