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New drive technologies, new fuels and transportation solutions: Tomorrow's mobility is cross-linked, resource-saving, efficient - and an opportunity for mechanical engineering. Since with adapted business models and technologies, companies in Germany can successfully shape the change in drive systems and generate additional value.

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Vehicle Electrification and Transformation of the Industry

The third edition of the study series deals with the electrification of the powertrain and its impact on the industry.

A customized service for perimeter protection and inspections

Drones are playing an increasingly important role in monitoring and inspection tasks in industrial environments. They are becoming increasingly powerful and durable and can therefore be used highly efficiently.

Digital requirements in the food and packaging industry

In February 2024, more than 50 machine manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the food and packaging industry met for a groundbreaking workshop on digitalization. Advanced workshops. Erfa intro: Lecture language is German.

Focus on the future

Research secures value creation and jobs in Germany and Europe. Politicians must create innovation-friendly framework conditions. Openness to technology is essential.

Associations call for reliable battery research funding

The German ecosystem for large-scale production of large-format battery cells is still being established. Research funding is enormously important for this. Cutting it will damage the desired competitiveness.

Study analysis on future CO2 networks in Europe

The Joint Research Center of the European Commission has compared several possible development scenarios for an emerging CO2 transport network in Europe to identify positive and negative factors.

Joint company stand at hy-fcell 2024

Be there on October 8 and 9, 2024 as a co-exhibitor at the joint stand of the VDMA Fuel Cell Working Group at hy-fcell 2024!

Simplifying automation with mobile robots

The IFL recently launched a research project called M2X, which aims to develop an interface specification for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and their environment.

Fuel cell industry guide Germany 2024

Development of the value chain picks up speed

Wireless Communications Guide

The Wireless Communications Guide (WCG) is an orientation aid from the VDMA Wireless Communications for Machines working group for mechanical and plant engineering companies.

Talk&Share | Autonomous mobile robots as a new trend on the market

Autonomous mobile robots (AMR) are a new category of robots that are expanding the range of applications for robotics and will also play a key role on the road to the fully networked factory ("smart factory").

Talk&Share | Explosion protection for wireless

In an era characterized by advanced wireless communication technologies, the mechanical engineering industry faces the challenge of integrating not only innovative solutions, but also safety in potentially explosive environments.

Carbon Management 2035 - Defossilization of the industry as an opportunity

The ninth future study examines the role of carbon management as the key to achieving climate targets. It outlines opportunities and hurdles for industry and society and presents four future scenarios for 2035 and beyond.

The Fuel Cells Working Group at the Hannover Messe 2024

Visit the Fuel Cells Working Group at the Hannover Messe in Hall 12, Stand D 35/25.

"Q&A implementation of hydrogen delegated acts"

The Directorate-General for Energy (ENER) has published a new version of the "Q&A implementation of hydrogen delegated acts".

"Walking Guide H2" to the Hannover Messe

The "Walking guide" is now available again for the Hannover Messe.

VDMA-Baustellentag 2024

Experts from all areas of industrial plant construction met at the VDMA-Baustellentag in Frankfurt on 16 and 17 May 2024.

Tool delivery from the air

Urgent tools can now be ordered by drone delivery in and around Lüdenscheid. This is the first time that such automated flight operations for transport drones have been approved.

Talk & Share: Interactive wireless communication in mechanical engineering

Under the motto "Talk&Share", AG WCM offers an interactive format for the exchange of knowledge and experience on wireless communication in mechanical engineering.

Unique opportunity for Europe's mechanical engineering industry

The demand for gigafactories for battery production will grow enormously. This offers great potential for the European mechanical and plant engineering industry. A study by Porsche Consulting and VDMA sheds light on the details.

Agreement on CO₂ emission limits

EU agrees on lower CO₂ emission limits for heavy commercial vehicles. Exceptions apply for mobile cranes, among others.

Electromobility revolutionizing technologies in the transport industry

Innovative solutions for electric mobility will be presented at the symposium on May 15 in Bangalore and on May 17 in Pune, the central locations for the Indian automotive and supplier industry.

Alternative fuels in agricultural engineering

Despite the low proportion of CO2 emissions in Germany, agricultural engineering is also called upon to research climate-neutral fuels and drives. There are possible solutions, but battery electric systems quickly reach their limits when it comes to large machines.

China: Cars should also use eFuels in future

In contrast to the EU, China wants to remain open to different technologies in road traffic and, in addition to battery-powered electric vehicles, is also focusing on combustion engines powered by eFuels.

Innovation competition "NeueWege.IN.NRW"

Submission deadline for the second round of the innovation competition "NeueWege.IN.NRW - Innovative Mobility and Logistics" funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is April 30, 2024

Seizing the opportunity for more climate protection through eFuels

The VDMA sees the postponement of the vote on the CO2 fleet regulation for heavy commercial vehicles in the European Council as a new opportunity to utilize the climate protection contribution of green eFuels and anchor it in the CO2 fleet regulation.

VDMA: "Standardization for autonomous agricultural machinery" workshop held in Frankfurt

At the last board meeting of the Agricultural Machinery Standards Group (NLA) in October 2023, the desire arose to organize the standardization of autonomous agricultural machinery.

VDMA: Proposed standard for autonomous tillage technology in preparation

The VDMA invited a separate working group (CEMA PT4 Smallgroup) consisting of CEMA members to Frankfurt.

The Key to the Future of Battery Production

The study "Battery Manufacturing 2030: Collaborating at Warp Speed" by Porsche Consulting on behalf of the VDMA provides groundbreaking insights for European companies that offer production solutions for battery manufacturing.

"Do not jeopardize the transformation of aviation and shipping"

The cuts to previously earmarked budget funds from the Climate and Transformation Fund (KTF) that have now become known are delaying the transformation of the economy and society.

P2X4A downloads at a glance

To make searching easier, we have listed important downloads from the Power-to-X for Applications area here. Is something missing? Please let us know!

Nigeria: Facts & Figures Oil & Gas, Biomass, H2 (2023)

Here you will find a VDMA assessment of the market for process technology suppliers with a focus on oil & gas, LNG, biomass and H2 applications as well as information sources.

New brochure: Recycling lithium-ion batteries

VDMA Battery Production and the VDMA Waste and Recycling Technology Association have revised and published the brochure "Recycling of lithium-ion batteries" together with the PEM Chair at RWTH Aachen University and TU Braunschweig.

Transfer accelerator for sustainable battery cell production

Fraunhofer ISI, Fraunhofer FFB, Kompetenznetzwerk Lithium-Ionen-Batterien (KLiB) and VDMA are supporting the SynBatt research projects for intelligently networked, sustainable large-scale battery cell production as part of the "BETSY" funding initiative.

VDMA Productronic looks forward to a successful productronica 2023

productronica 2023 in Munich came to a successful close on November 17, 2023.

Stopped for the moment

Implementation of EU Directive 2021/2118: Introduction of compulsory insurance for self-propelled machinery with a maximum design speed above 6 - 20 km/h on public roads.

The drone delivers

As part of a research project in the Odenwald, food can be ordered online and delivered to remote villages by drone and cargo bike.

AUMA: Introduction of ETIAS postponed to 2025

The EU Commission has postponed the introduction of an electronic entry system - similar to the US ESTA - once again. The new launch date is set for May 2025.

Technology and Research Day

Machinery regulations, research, digitalisation, standardisation - these are all highly relevant topics for the construction machinery sector.

Practical conference on Power-to-X enters its 3rd round

A specialist conference dedicated to technical issues relating to hydrogen and P2X will be held for the third time in 2024.

Mobile robotics: Recommendations for signaling

Standardized and comprehensible signals can increase safety and acceptance when people encounter mobile robots and automated vehicles. A proposal for standardized signalling is now available for the first time.

Ramp-up of green fuels for aviation and shipping

Together with Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann, we have now provided information at an event in Brussels.

"The EU's attitude of refusal is preventing the green energy import"

Shipping and aviation should make their contribution to achieving climate targets, in particular through the use of CO2-neutral fuels. But there are serious problems.

Synthetic fuels: Import impossible?

The energy transition can only succeed with synthetic fuels as a partner to renewable energies. However, current EU law stands in the way of importing these resources to Europe.

Review "Robotics and Automation meets Hydrogen Technology"

In order to achieve the predicted political goals in the field of hydrogen, the "robotics and automation" sector will become a decisive player for the necessary scaling of hydrogen production capacities.

Fit for 55

We have looked at, summarized and assessed the legislation from the European Fit for 55 that touches on P2X.

13th Colloquium on Mobile Hydraulics 8.-9. Oct. 2024 in Karlsruhe

Digitalization, sustainability and increasing competition with other drive technologies pose challenges for mobile hydraulics. The latest concepts, solutions and developments will be presented and discussed at the colloquium.

Connectivity at your fingertips

Mahr GmbH presents two digital calipers on loan to umati. The handy demonstrators will make the benefits of the OPC UA interface standard tangible at events worldwide in the future.

Tackling emissions reduction with an open approach to technology

In a joint letter, a broad alliance is calling on the German government to commit to a technology-neutral approach in the negotiations on CO2 emission standards for heavy commercial vehicles in the EU Council of Ministers.

Significant tightening of the AQD

At the end of 2021, the WHO presented new guideline values for ambient air quality, and in October 2022, the EU Commission presented a proposal to revise the Air Quality Directive (AQD). Now the EU Parliament has adopted drastic tightening measures.

Our expert and focus topics

Our expert and focus topics
Digitization alone cannot solve key challenges such as climate protection and resource scarcity. The biologization of industry offers another dimension to Industry 4.0 and a perspective on the future of production. Mechanical engineering plays a key role in this and offers a huge toolbox for biological processes and mechanisms. VDMA focus topic deals with technological solutions for transferring and integrating biology into the world of industrial application.
Electromobility, fuel cells, Power2X - The change in mobility is multi-layered and in the future there will not be just one type of drive on the market. This poses new challenges for the entire industry.
Fuel cell innovation cluster
The innovation cluster for large-scale production of fuel cell stacks (GO-Start BZ) is to support the potentials of an industrialization of stack production in Germany.
Fuel cell
Fuel cells play a central role in CO2-neutral energy supply and are part of national hydrogen strategies.
Standort Deutschland
Many medium-sized mechanical engineering companies have regional roots and are highly competitive internationally from their home region. To ensure that this remains the case, excellent site conditions and a good industrial policy are absolutely essential.
Modern intralogistics systems enable reliable and flexible production supply and efficient processes in the warehouse. Through increasing automation and digitalization, the systems are becoming more intelligent and will be able to optimize themselves in the future.
Commercial drone applications are also gaining importance in mechanical and plant engineering as well as adjacent B2B customer industries.

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To the point

To the point

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"By refusing to invest, the EU is hindering investment and preventing carbon-neutral 'green molecules' from reaching Europe in the foreseeable future."

Hartmut Rauen, VDMA Deputy Executive Director

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billion euros

will be invested in battery production by 2025.

Source: VDMA Roadmap Batterieproduktionsmittel 2030, Update 2023

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Power-to-X (P2X) needs a robust strategy for the future
  • In order to be internationally compatible, German plant engineering must establish technological leadership in the field of P2X plants.
  • The foundation for this lies in a strong domestic market from which to further develop technologies and establish new value chains.
  • The Federal Government should work at the EU level to ensure that in future, the level of energy taxes will be determined by the CO2 intensity of the energy sources.



Tue. 25.06.24 Wed. 26.06.24

  • Battery Production

Interaction, networking and current topics relating to battery production: the focus is on technology and market topics as well as personal exchange and networking.

Interaction, networking and current topics relating to battery production: the focus is on technology and market topics as well as personal exchange and networking.

Thu. 10.10.24 Fri. 11.10.24


  • Management

Every four years, the VDMA invites its member companies to the big general assembly – this year under the motto "Unique."

Every four years, the VDMA invites its member companies to the big general assembly – this year under the motto "Unique."

Tue. 26.11.24 Wed. 27.11.24

  • Power-to-X

The second "From Production to Application: The #P2X Conference" will focus on practical and technical challenges along the entire value chain of hydrogen and derived products.

Places available

Unsere Leistungen

Unsere Leistungen
Brochure: Lithium-ion battery systems in industrial trucks
This free brochure describes the use of lithium-ion technology for industrial trucks and outlines solutions for applying it safely within companies.
Fuel Cells Working Group
The VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group seeks to successfully establish fuel technologies in Germany and position them on global markets. The working group therefore represents the industry's political interests in Germany and increasingly also abroad.
Our motto is "Produce Future Mobility", and we are bundling the VDMA's diverse competences to prepare member companies for the future of mobility and to support them in their efforts to change.
Mobile Machinery Forum
The Mobile Machinery Forum (Mobima) promotes the exchange between OEMs and suppliers at a neutral association level. It facilitates the reconciliation of positions across sectors as well as the initiation of joint projects. Current information is available for download in the regularly published "Mobima Bulletin".
CO2 study by CECE and CEMA (English)
The agricultural and construction machinery industry has had an impressive track record of increasing energy efficiency over the last 50 years. The study "Optimizing our industry 2 reduce emissions" answers the question of how to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO2, in the coming years.
Working Group Machines in Construction MIC 4.0
The Machines in Construction MIC4.0 working group is defining the foundation for machine-to-X communication and developing legally compliant structures for collaboration in the use of machine and process data. All companies interested in the topic of digitalizing construction machinery can become members of the working group.
Working Group Power-to-X for Applications
The VDMA Working Group Power-to-X for Applications are the cross-industry information, communication and cooperation platform for the P2X community and involve stakeholders from development and production to the end user.
Working Group Industrial Drone Solutions
Unmanned flying robots offer numerous application possibilities in logistic and industrial environments. The VDMA Working Group Industrial Drone Solutions is the networking and decision-making platform for all industrial drone suppliers and interested parties.

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