TECHNOLOGY IS SHAPING THE FUTURE - TRENDS OF 2018
Machines using voice commands and gestures, autonomous transport systems in factory halls, data transfer at speeds of 10 gigabits per second: all these are the technology trends of 2018.
THE EU'S 100 BILLION EURO QUESTION
The EU Commission is about to present its next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. However, ensuring the competitiveness of European industry no longer seems to be a top priority.
CHINA: ENVIRONMENTAL TAX UNSETTLES COMPANIES
At the 6th VDMA Mechanical Engineering China Summit in Shanghai, the focus was on the challenges facing the industry regarding environmental issues.
IT ALL STARTED WITH CHINA
In 1993, Andreas Fäth (63) unexpectedly became a member of a project team working on the construction of Linde's forklift truck factory in Xiamen, southern China. This moment of fate was to have a lasting impact on his career. Linde (China) went on to become the largest foreign supplier of material handling solutions in the Chinese market and the market leader in the premium segment - a success story of Sino-German cooperation. For Fäth, it was the beginning of a long-term love affair.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: READY, STEADY, GO
The international innovation contest in the field of artificial intelligence within an industrial environment is rapidly gaining momentum. For mechanical and plant engineers from Germany, it is becoming increasingly important to quickly develop the potential of this technology.
DID YOU KNOW ...
... that the protective equipment of firefighters weighs up to 40 kg? We have gathered further impressive figures on firefighting equipment.
EXPORTS SECURE SUCCESS
After several years of virtual standstill, sales revenues in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector grew by around 3 percent in 2017, reports Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade. For VDMAimpulse he not only looks back, but also looks to the future.
PRINTED ELECTRONICS IS ON ITS WAY
Printed electronics have long since established themselves on the market. They are used for a multitude of applications and are enjoying growth.
US TAX REFORM AND ITS IMPACT ON GERMANY'S MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SECTOR
Initial analyses suggest that the changes to US tax law will not only have an impact on the American economy, but also on other industrial nations and thus for German mechanical engineering.
EU LAYS THE FOUNDATIONS FOR SINGLE MARKET 4.0
Industrie 4.0 can only succeed with and within Europe. After a bumpy start, the EU's digital policies have got a lot underway and the member states are now working closely together.
THE VALUE OF SHARING
Cooperative industrial research enables expertise to be shared profitably. The German Research Association for Drive Technology FVA (Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik) has been proving this for the past 50 years.
PRODUCT CREATION - FROM SIMULATION TO INNOVATION
VDMA members encourage entering the virtual world and show how simulation tools can be used sustainably and successfully in almost all phases of product creation in a practical manner.
PLATFORM FOR TRENDSETTERS
Startups turn trends into new products and have established new ways of working and thinking. Their digital creativity can spur the implementation of Industrie 4.0. The VDMA Startup Machine platform matches startup creativity with the domain expertise of machine makers.
RECOVERY IN SIGHT - ORDERS CONTINUE TO STAGNATE
The diversification of the economy should help Kazakhstan recover from its economic crisis. In reality, however, the raw materials sector remains the driving force.