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The VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association) is concerned with topics that keep our industry - and thus the prosperity of our country - fit for the future. In order to reach as many people as possible with current, socially relevant topics, it is once again opening itself to new media. Starting today, he is launching the Tech Affair - Industry for Future podcast series, in which representatives from business and science sit around a table and debate the latest developments and ideas for an industry with and for people. "The German industry is an important cornerstone for the prosperity of all of us," says Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Managing Director of the VDW. "The companies are facing great challenges. With Tech Affair we therefore want to convey opinions and solutions on this topic in a way that is understandable to everyone".
Manufacturers of machinery for extraction and processing of raw materials are also affected by the Corona pandemic as figures confirm this. In consequence, the sector is in the process of reinventing itself: Driving forward innovation and the digitization of processes are the ways to overcome the crisis - this is the consensus in this branch.
Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were indications of cooling in the laser industry. According to figures issued by the VDMA Working Committee “Lasers and Laser Systems for Material Processing”, both production and incoming orders dropped by about 18 per cent in 2019. Yet even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, there are opportunities to be taken, as demonstrated for instance by applications in the Industry 4.0 field. “As a result of the travel restrictions, digitised solutions are increasingly gaining in significance for a number of fields, including remote services, predictive maintenance, and links to manufacturing execution systems (MESs) in industry,” explained Dr. Christian Schmitz, Chief Executive Officer Laser Technology of TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG in Ditzingen and chairman of the Working Committee Laser in the VDMA. “And one key foundation is provided by the German laser industry’s work on OPC UA-based interface standards.”
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Incoming orders in the Bavarian machinery and plant construction industry was 17 percent up on the previous year in real terms in November 2018. Domestic business recorded an increase of 3 percent. Foreign business improved by 23 per cent, announced the VDMA Bavaria.


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The Corona pandemic is a unique challenge for all companies. However, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker is confident that mechanical engineering will once again prove its strength.
Online press conference Construction Equipment on 06 February 2020
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