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Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) researches information worldwide, including those for the mechanical engineering sector. With the GTAI e-mail alert service on demand, you are always up to date. VDMA-members get GTAI-information free of charge.

We guide you through the data jungle

The Economics and Statistics department provides you with all industry-relevant economic and market information. Benefit from our expertise and use our statistics as a basis for smart business decisions.

Successful abroad - Export topics

VDMA Foreign Trade supports you in all aspects of your export business. We provide you with up-to-date and easy-to-understand information on topics relevant to mechanical engineering.

Board discusses economy, federal policy, entrepreneur tour

Scarce and expensive: The enormous supply difficulties and price increases for material also influenced the board meeting. The look behind the scenes of federal politics was also informative.

Hermes counter-guarantee against financing bottlenecks

The state Hermes cover also helps with "working capital", namely advance payment and contract guarantees for exports.

NuV: Machinery production in the 1st half of 2021 is on the rise

In the first half of the year, production in the specialist sector of food processing and packaging machinery grew by 5 percent above the comparable figure for the previous year, according to provisional data from the Federal Statistical Office.

Austria: Business climate remains at a very high level

Despite increasing impairments in the supply chain and the shortage of skilled workers, the business climate in the Austrian mechanical and plant engineering sector remains at a very high level. However, there are initial signs of a slowdown in momentum.

Order intake NuV August - Weak month

In August, incoming orders in the food processing and packaging machinery sector were 1 percent higher than in the same month last year. Almost 3 percent more orders were received from abroad, and almost 6 percent less from Germany.

Order intake and sales continue to grow strongly

Saarland's mechanical engineering sector can boast growth in incoming orders of over 33 percent for domestic and 27 percent from abroad and sales growth of 20 percent in August 2021.

WTO procedure on procurement by State-owned enterprises

The EU-Commission initiated in July 2021 the WTO dispute settlement procedure with Russia on procurement for State-owned enterprises. VDMA supports this procedure.

Our international trade fairs - VDMA's process techology pavilions lists

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.

Process engineering: Data sheet external trade of machines

Development of German exports of mechanical engineering/process engineering machinery and apparatus, country shares, most important machinery supplier countries incl. goods shares, EU exports

Curious about the state Hermes cover

Hermes Cover is an instrument of state foreign trade promotion. The range of cover extends along the entire value chain.

Textile and clothing industry

Georgia's clothing industry offers great potential for expansion. Fashion designers are looking for business partners abroad.

Textile and clothing industry

Uzbekistan is developing into an international industry hotspot. The industry is one of the top investment sectors in the manufacturing industry.

September 2021 closes with 2,630 tractor registrations in Germany

In September 2021, the registrations of new tractors in Germany were 6,0 percent under the same month last year.

Help measure globalization!

The statistical offices of the Federal Government and the Länder are currently conducting a voluntary survey on global value chains on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The survey takes place in several countries of the European Union and will contribute to a better understanding of globalization. The VDMA hopes for your support.

Construction machinery and building materials plant sectors ride roller coaster

The order intake is shining, but delays in the supply chain as well as a lack of raw materials and rising material prices are leading to delivery problems and uncertainties in the calculation.

Raw materials and intermediate products - shortages in the supply chains

Shortages and rising prices of intermediate products are a well-known phenomenon that is regularly observed in the upswing following a sharp downturn. In 2021, however, this effect is more pronounced than after previous crises.

Economic recovery divided

Order intake grows for the ninth month. The recovery in sales is not yet there.

Dynamics in Germany and Europe

The solar machinery sector is showing a significant increase in incoming orders. A strong increase in sales is expected for 2022. The Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact mainly in noticeable supply-side disruptions.The export market is showing new momentum.

Valves in figures and pictures

The most important key figures of the industry at a glance.

Number of week

With 1.34 million employees, mechanical and plant engineering is the key industry in Germany with the highest employment.

Economic bulletin international

Shortages of components and raw materials have worsened and are partially limiting production growth in the mechanical engineering sector.

Things to know for travellers to Saudi Arabia

Where do Saudi travellers need to register, how does the app work, what to look out for?

Mechanical Engineering NRW: Order intake clearly positive

Incoming orders in North Rhine-Westphalia's mechanical and plant engineering sector in August 2021 were 45 percent up on the same month last year.

New orders in eastern Germany in June 2021

The monthly figures on order intake in the eastern German and all-German mechanical engineering sectors complement our quarterly trend survey.

Significant growth also in August

New orders in Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering sector in August 2021

Strong growth on a weak basis

Despite all the supply bottlenecks, the order books in the mechanical engineering industry were continuously filled up strongly in August.

Will the Russian-Belarusian union state come in 2023?

Moscow and Minsk have been negotiating deeper integration for three years. After presidential elections in Belarus in 2020, Russia is fast-tracking the project.

Statistics service: Compact presentation of valve key figures

As an important service, VDMA Armaturen offers member companies regular updates on important industry facts concerning the building and industrial valves industry.

Economic situation Industrial valves: foreign business drives sales

In August, domestic and foreign sales of industrial valves manufacturers were clearly up again for the first time after several months of lull.

Business cycle Building valves: Upward trend also in August

After a somewhat weaker previous month, the domestic and foreign business of German building fittings manufacturers picked up again strongly in August.

Raw material information service non-ferrous metals

Monthly tracking of the market development of valve-relevant raw materials with a focus on non-ferrous metals.

Global chemical economy picks up speed

The VDMA informs its members twice a year about the development of the chemical industry in Brazil, China, France, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, USA and the United Kingdom.

Annual Report Air Handling Technology 2020

The current annual report of the Air Handling Technology Aassociation is available for VDMA members. The Annual Statistical Report 2020 contains detailed production and foreign trade data (import/export) for all branches of Air Handling Technology. It includes figures for the years 2018 to 2020 for Germany.

UKCA mandatory labelling in the UK: Additional technical requirements for products are not expected for the time being

Interview with Dr. Frank Wohnsland, VDMA Process Engineering Department

Process Technology: Exports - Monthly update

With a monthly update, which is exclusively available for download to VDMA member companies, we inform you promptly about the German exports of process technology.

Water and wastewater engineering: Exports - Monthly update

With a monthly update, which is exclusively available for download to VDMA member companies, we inform you about the German exports of water and wastewater technology in a timely manner.

Mechanical engineering in Rhineland-Palatinate continues to grow strongly

Incoming orders in Rhineland-Palatinate's mechanical engineering sector have already been rising at a double-digit rate since March 2021.

Salary Report China 2021

Salary benchmarks for selected professional positions in the Chinese engineering industry - exclusively for members

AHK Industrial Suppliers Forum

The AHK Industrial Suppliers Forum is an online platform for business contacts in the industrial sector.

Joining technology with value creation in the billions

Germany leads internationally

Sector expert identifies business opportunities in Egypt

An industry expert of the Business Network Africa in Egypt identifies concrete business opportunities for German suppliers in the water industry.

Russia's recycling industry on course for expansion

The modernisation of Russia's waste management industry is getting underway. Plants for sorting, processing and composting are being built. German suppliers are in on the action.

India ramps up investments in water sector

The Indian government wants to connect around 150 million households to the water supply by 2025. To achieve this target, spending will have to be ramped up significantly.

Spain with big plans for hydrogen expansion

Spain has a lot of cheap wind and solar power and 12,000 kilometers of gas pipelines. Green hydrogen should ensure less CO2 emissions and more exports in the future.

Italy construction industry swings to growth

After a long standstill, Italy's construction industry is picking up speed again. Thanks to large subsidies, companies and the state are finally addressing the enormous need for modernization.

Cautiously optimistic outlook Process Technology Russia

Participants of the VDMA Market Talk Oil Gas Petrochem Chemistry discussed the market situation. Gloomier first half of 2021.

Egypt economically stabilized

Egypt's economy has stabilized. Renewable energy and hydrogen are coming into focus and market opportunities are emerging in the food sector. Digitalisation is making progress.

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Economic Development & Business Situation
The economic cycle plays a significant role in almost every area of the economy. After all, it plays a key role in determining the well-being of companies and employees. In fact, it is particularly relevant in the mechanical engineering sector. After all, it plays a key role in determining the well-being of companies and employees in the mechanical engineering sector.
Export Topics
The VDMA provides support on the most important export-related issues, such as customs, export financing and export control. We also monitor and accompany developments in global trade policy.
Statistics database
The VDMA statistics database offers all VDMA member companies fast and convenient access to economic information on all aspects of mechanical engineering. The use of the VDMA Order Intake and Sales Statistics Germany is exclusively reserved for those companies that participate in the survey.
Market development
The engineering markets are constantly on the move worldwide. It is difficult to keep track of everything. The VDMA therefore provides information on current developments as well as on interesting events and trade fairs, advises its members and offers a comprehensive network for market entry analyses.
Market observation & information
Comprehensive information on markets is essential for sustainably and successfully conducting foreign trade. A broad collection of data is just as important as the experience gained through on-site activities, which benefits all members thanks to the VDMA's well established network.
International Business Travel
Globalization necessitates travel throughout the life cycle of a machine: Sales, commissioning, assembly and maintenance. For corporate travel management, this poses an organizational challenge: Do I need a visa, and if so, which type? Which documentation is required? Which regulations apply when posting workers within the EU?
Work assignments in Europe
Regarding work assignments in Europe, three completely different topics - "reporting requirements", "social law: A1 certificate" and "labor law: posting of workers directive" - are increasingly moving into the spotlight.

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"Material bottlenecks are not unusual in an upswing. But in 2021, the mechanical and plant engineering industry as a whole has historically been severely affected by shortages of raw materials and intermediate products."

Thilo Brodtmann, VDMA Chief Executive Director

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of companies in the mechanical engineering sector report noticeable or serious disruptions in their supply chains.

Source: VDMA

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EU needs instruments against economic coercion
  • The high importance of machinery exports makes an active foreign trade policy necessary
  • Open export markets are more important than ever
  • Trade policy instruments must be realigned
  • Labour deployment in the EU must be facilitated

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11. VDMA Corona flash survey with focus on material bottlenecks
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Economic bulletin international
Our monthly bulletin provides periodic updates on economic trends in the international mechanical engineering sector.


Foreign Investments
Here you will find our current overview of the investment plans and budgets of German companies abroad


Germany Economic Bulletin
Data on the economic situation of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry in the current economic context


Germany Foreign Trade in Machinery
Our overview of the EU countries' foreign trade in machinery, broken down into intra and extra trade


Germany Incoming orders
The monthly figures for incoming orders in the German mechanical engineering industry
Database of technical regulations
The VDMA Specifications reflect the technical specifications of the German mechanical engineering industry. The directory contains all VDMA Specifications that are currently valid and in preparation.
VDMA Foreign offices
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Trade fair calendar and database
All trade fairs and dates at a glance: Download our trade fair database and the current trade fair calendar for 2021 here.



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