Technology makes the world cleaner


Making the world a good deal cleaner, conserving resources and maintaining good air and clear water - that requires state-of-the-art mechanical engineering. Around 3,300 exhibitors are demonstrating at IFAT in Munich that the technologies are ready to efficiently separate and recycle recyclable materials, clean water from plastic waste or purify polluted air. The machine manufacturers from Germany play a leading role here.


New EU legislation on waste not an example of better legislation


The standard has been raised for the waste industry across Europe with the legislation package definitively adopted on 18 April 2018.


Scoring with innovations for the environment and climate


Two VDMA member companies are among the winners of the German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment, which is awarded every two years by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the BDI


Mechanical engineering industry commits to ambitious climate goals


VDMA: Greenhouse gases can be reduced by 80 to 95 percent by 2050, with additional annual costs of EUR 15 billion to 30 billion - Innovations in the mechanical engineering industry will further reduce costs - State cannot act alone, nor give preferential treatment to specific technologies


EU plastics strategy requires investment in recycling technology


The EU hopes to reduce or entirely do away with plastic waste in Europe. In view of VDMA, this initiative can indeed help leverage existing potentials.


VDMA: Plastics and Rubber machines make important contribution to circular economy


"Circular Economy" Press Tour at the Fakuma 2017


VDMA: The power transition must now become a comprehensive energy transition


The VDMA Power Systems association survey on economic trend shows a mixed picture concerning the world markets. Europe is threatened with losing its pioneering role for energy-transition technologies. A new era in renewable financing is on the horizon. INTEGRATED ENERGY is the focus of the Hannover Messe.


What humans create with machines


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Manufacturers of large engines call for energy transformation in the maritime sector


Manufacturers of large engines in the VDMA have acknowledged the resolutions of the world climate summit in Paris. They intend to play an active role in replacing fossil fuels with more environmentally-friendly forms of energy in the shipping industry.


IEA Policies and Measures Database (PAMS)


How do governments most effectively implement their energy transition? The International Energy Agency (IEA) provides valuable information in its freely accessible databases on political strategies and measures of international energy policy.


European Commission plans new rules on the recycling of products


VDMA welcomes the proposal on ensuring that functional equipment is not turned into electronic waste prematurely.


VDMA Roadmap Battery Production 2030, Update 2016


In 2016 VDMA Battery Production 2030 has been completely revised, updated and further important aspects have been added.


VDMA energy efficiency guide „Conserving resources – securing savings-potential“


The VDMA has summarised the arguments of the textile machinery industry on energy efficiency and the often questionable validity of machine labelling in the energy efficiency guide „Conserving resources - securing savings-potential“.


COP22 – commitment to climate agreement confirms opportunities for new technologies


The states attending the Climate Summit in Marrakesh sent out a message of global climate protection. In VDMA’s view, this will produce opportunities for the mechanical engineering industry.


The future of work at AUTOMATICA 2016


Rapid technological development and Industry 4.0 bring about significant changes to workplaces. Humans and machines are increasingly working hand in hand: for example in human-robot-collaboration or with smart assistance systems in manual assembly workstations.

We are convinced that workplaces are improving in quality, becoming more versatile and ergonomic. This is why we present the future of work as one of the focus topics of AUTOMATICA 2016:


Efficient and renewable energies reduce carbon dioxide increase


For the second year in a row, there was no increase in worldwide carbon dioxide emissions caused by the energy sector. This underscores the success of efficiency technologies and renewable energy systems, but additional innovations require a vibrant domestic market.


Series of VDMA Interviews


On the occasion of ITMA 2015 VDMA member companies talked about their technologies and concepts, adding content to the sometimes loosely used watch word sustainability. The best practice examples for sustainability published here deal with resource and energy saving, sustainable corporate culture and strategies, final textile products for increased sustainability, functional integration, automation and further steps towards industry 4.0.


ITMA 2015: Focus on sustainable textile production


The VDMA member companies are very satisfied with the leading textile machinery fair ITMA. The fair proved that sustainable textile production continues to be a major issue for the industry.


VDMA: VDMA’s first energy efficiency network launched


A maximum rise in global temperatures of two degrees by the end of 2100 was the target set by 196 nations at the Climate Change Conference in Paris last December.


NRW Displays Best Practices for Corporate Social Responsibility


The ProduktionNRW Cluster managed by VDMA NRW on 27 January 2016 involved an exchange of experiences on the subject of “Corporate Social Responsibility – Best Practices from North Rhine-Westphalia” for the first time.


VDMA: Market-driven approaches enhance resource efficiency in mechanical and plant engineering


This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos also looked at the effects of Industrie 4.0 on productivity. Resource efficiency as a part of increasing productivity is now a major topic not only for governments, but also among business representatives.


UN climate change conference - mechanical engineering sector is part of the solution


The German mechanical engineering sector will also look to Paris from 30 November onwards. Representatives from 195 countries will meet for the two-week UN Climate Change Conference to discuss a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.


German Technology: Higher Energy Efficiency - Higher Profits


„Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation“, is the main topic of ITMA 2015. Member companies of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association continue the analysis started at ITMA ASIA 2014 and demonstrate how German technology increases profits by higher energy and material efficiency.


High-speed balls for energy efficiency


Timo Boll played for Blue Competence at Chinaplas 2015 in Guangzhou. He and his competitors – two up and coming young Chinese players – showed what mechanical engineering and sports have in common when it comes to sustainability. Energy efficiency is great fun – have a look at the photo gallery.


VDMA: Sustainability – best practice examples instead of empty watchwords


On the occasion of a VDMA press conference at Techtextil, speakers from member companies Trützschler, August Herzog Maschinenfabrik and Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment added content to the sometimes loosely used watch word sustainability.


CHINAPLAS 2015: Save the Date!


20.5.2015: VDMA press event and panel discussion on “energy efficiency” 21.5.2015: Timo Boll plays for Blue Competence


Energy efficiency: collaboration with Euratex


Euratex and the VDMA Textile Machinery Association have agreed to pursue a close collaboration in energy efficiency issues. The goal is to pool activities designed to increase energy efficiency in the textile industry.


NPE 2015: Plastics and rubber machinery: "Resource efficiency is key to economic success!"


We present a number of case studies of what resource efficiency can look like on occasion of NPE 2015. If you are interested to learn more, you can meet all the suppliers named at their stands.


NPE 2015: VDMA Press Event on 23 March 2015


Resource efficiency the key driver of economic success”. A panel of experts will introduce you to a number of technological approaches to conserving resources. The discussion will highlight the competitive advantages for plastics converters.


VDMA - corporate social responsibility (CSR) only feasible on a voluntary basis


VDMA welcomes the fact that the European Commission is not planning any further corporate social responsibility (CSR) regulations for the time being. Further development of the European CSR strategy is only feasible on the basis of the voluntary commitment of companies.