Industry and Economics

New orders disappointed in December 2018, year-end balance positive
In December 2018, incoming orders in Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering sector fell 14 percent short of the previous year's level. Domestic and international orders were both down by 14 per cent each. Nevertheless, the annual balance of incoming orders is positive with an overall plus of 4 percent.
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Order books well filled
August is showing its strong side in Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering sector with a total increase in incoming orders of 9 percent.
Mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg running at full speed
Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering sector is clearly on course for growth in 2018. Companies are achieving significant growth in order intake, sales and employment. "2018 will be a strong year for mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg. Due to political uncertainties, however, we are facing challenges," said Dr.-Ing. Mathias Kammüller, Chairman of the VDMA Baden-Württemberg, on 18 July 2018 in Stuttgart.
Upswing in mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg continues unbridled
Stuttgart, September 28, 2017 – Strong results in August confirmed the upward trend observed in the mechanical engineering industry in Baden-Württemberg in the last few months. Incoming orders grew by a total of 16 percent compared to the same month of the previous year. The lion’s share of this development comes from abroad. Orders here have increased by 25 percent (euro partner countries +30 percent, non-euro countries +23 percent).

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General meeting in Fellbach: Download of the presentations
With 270 guests from business, politics and science, the VDMA Baden-Württemberg general meeting on 27 November in Fellbach was very well attended. We would like to thank all participants for their positive feedback and would like to make the presentations available to you for download.
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Dr. Dietrich Birk
Dr. Dietrich Birk
Managing director VDMA Baden-Württemberg, Corporate management, Personell management, Economic policy
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The mechanical engineering industry says: "Thank you, free trade."
The VDMA World Map of Free Trade shows many red and yellow areas - a clear warning sign that important markets are closing themselves off or making the exchange of goods increasingly difficult. The VDMA has therefore launched the campaign "Thank you, free trade.“
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