Asset Publisher Asset Publisher

Welcome to the VDMA General Assembly

The VDMA General Assembly will be held in Berlin on November 10 and 11, 2016.

As in the years before, this year’s General Assembly will also be the top event and summit in mechanical engineering – setting a mark for our members and the general public.

As a member of the VDMA, I am glad to invite you to join our General Assembly. On this website, you will find everything you need to know about the event. You can also register for the event directly on this website.

I look forward to seeing you in Berlin!

Best regards,

Dr. Reinhold Festge
VDMA President


Connect for success!

Being connected will be decisive for the future success of our industry. The increasing digitization of mechanical engineering, manufacturing and products provides new opportunities. Digital networks are the drivers of innovation that bring forward new solutions and new business models.

But everyday networks are at play in our association too, as VDMA provides the perfect platform for our members to connect.  We bring people and ideas together, creating the largest network of our industry.

That is why we chose this motto and mission for our General Assembly 2016:

Connect for success!

Yours,

Thilo Brodtmann
Executive Director VDMA

Working group 1

Ensuring free trade

Foreign trade is essential in order to maintain wealth in Germany. This is particularly the case for the German mechanical and plant engineering sector, whose export ratio of more than 75 percent demonstrates that it relies on open markets. Both policy makers and companies need to ensure that free trade is possible worldwide.

Open Markets

VDMA: Minsk 2 cannot be allowed to become a dead end!

The EU states have decided to extend the sanctions against Russia. They cannot be eased until the end of January 2017 at the earliest. VDMA is critical of this decision.

Open Markets

Securing free trade

At the VDMA General Assembly on November 10 and 11, 2016 in Berlin, working group 1 will discuss what policy makers and the mechanical engineering sector can do to secure free trade.

Open Markets

Free trade – Time for European policy makers to step up

At the VDMA General Assembly on November 10 and 11, 2016, participants in working group I will discuss what policy makers and the mechanical engineering sector can do to secure free trade.

Working group 2

Exporting the transition to alternative energies

The industry's high export figures clearly show that our technologies are valued all around the world. Focusing on the development of energy technologies in the target markets of Europe, China and Indonesia, our speakers provide practical tips on export opportunities under various market conditions.

Energy

Exporting the Energy Transition

Working Group II will examine the market prospects of energy technologies in Europe, China and Indonesia at this year's Members' Meeting on November 11, 2016 in Berlin.

Energy

NAPE position paper and climate protection action program 2020

Germany and the European Union (EU) have set their sights on ambitious energy and climate policy objectives that can be reached using modern technologies.

Energy

VDMA: Climate summit needs binding and ambitious goals

Climate protection is a global challenge that affects more than just the industrialised nations,” says Denz. “Intelligent climate protection also has to take economic aspects into consideration.

Working group 3

Industrie 4.0: New Business Models - Mission Possible!

The internet of things and digitisation are prescribing industrial production a pioneering digital transformation. Within this process, the German mechanical engineering industry is playing a crucial role. The 2016 Hanover Trade Fair has shown that I4.0 has arrived in the width of mechanical engineering. The digitisation of the production processes (vertical integration) and the products has made great progress in the business in the last three years. Thus, the basis is laid for the next step: The horizontal integration of value chain partners and customers through opportunities offered by the internet.

Industrie 4.0

New business models thanks to Industrie 4.0

At the General Assembly on November 11, VDMA plans to provide important guidance in the “Industrie 4.0: New Business Models – Mission Possible!” working group.

Industrie 4.0

Industrie 4.0: New Business Models – Mission Possible!

At the VDMA General Assembly Meeting in Berlin on 10 and 11 November 2016, Workshop 3 will focus on new I4.0-based business models.

Industrie 4.0

Guideline Industrie 4.0

Many mechanical and plant engineering companies are hesitant when it comes to implementing Industrie 4.0 technologies in their own companies. But the Industrie 4.0 solutions have the potential to establish new business models through digitalization and connecting products and production.

Connect for success!

Being connected will be decisive for the future success of our industry. The increasing digitization of mechanical engineering, manufacturing and products provides new opportunities.

That is why we chose this motto and mission for our General Assembly 2016:
Connect for success!

Program

The Working Groups

We discuss central future topics of machinery engineering and develop new successful ideas. Find the detailed program of the working groups here.

Program

Connect for success – Shape the future

The VDMA General Assembly will take place in Berlin on November 10 and 11, 2016. Three working groups will focus on the central topics of the future in mechanical engineering.

Program

Driving digitalization

The VDMA members’ meeting will be held with the theme “Connecting success” in Berlin on November 10 and 11, 2016.

Registration

You can register now at our Registration. Please register on our online platform by October 14, 2016 at the latest.
You can find the access code on your invitation letter.

Additional information on the invitations and the program can be requested from the Tagungsbüro. Registrations are considered in the order in which they are received. The attendance fee is EUR 100 incl. 19% VAT per person. After receipt of your registration, you will be invoiced by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Maschinenbaues mbH.

Hotel

We have booked room contingents at the ESTREL Hotel under the keyword “VDMA – Mitgliederversammlung”.
The room allocations are valid from November 9 to 13, 2016.
Standard single room at EUR 147 per night
Standard double room at EUR 166 per night
All prices include breakfast EUR 19 per person

Bookings can be made via our Online-Portal.

Bus transfer

We will arrange bus transfer from the hotel to the individual event venues.
Details will be included in the documents on the General Assembly.

Changes

We reserve the right to make any necessary changes to the program on short notice.

Tagungsbüro (Conference office)

Phone +49 69 6603-1133/-1144
Fax +49 69 6603-1155

Our political positions

The opinions of the industry

The association VDMA

Facts and tasks

Benefits for members

Our Consulting & Services

General Assembly 2016

November 10-11, 2016


The evening before the General Assembly we kindly invite you to the Welcome reception „Together in Berlin“.

Shape with us in an informal atmosphere our Motto “Connect for success“.

Welcoming speech by Michael Müller, the Governing Mayor of Berlin (invited).


Foreign trade is essential in order to maintain wealth levels in Germany and Europe. This is particularly the case for the mechanical and plant engineering sector, whose export industry means that it relies on open markets. Both policy makers and companies need to work to ensure that free trade is possible
worldwide.

It is the responsibility of policy makers to create the right framework for a free exchange of goods. That is why Germany – a particularly large exporter – needs to champion the most extensive liberalization possible, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

The negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have given rise to a debate on the advantages and disadvantages of free trade. People in some parts of Europe, especially Germany, are concerned about the planned agreement with the USA. It will fall to both domestic and European policy makers to demonstrate the effects of free trade in detail and to communicate them in open dialog – and companies need to develop strategies to adapt to the constantly-changing market environment.

So what can policy makers and the mechanical engineering sector do if the free exchange of goods is made more difficult or entire markets break away? What room do they have to maneuver? What specific measures do companies expect policy makers to take?

Furthermore, the Working Group I “Securing Free Trade – What are the Options for Policy Makers and Mechanical Engineers?” critically addresses the question of whether the traditional trade goods is still appropriate or if it has already become obsolete. What will trade look like in the future? What effect do digital processes have on streams of commerce?

Inspirational presentations and discussions between representatives of European policy makers, business and science will examine the question of how free trade can be secured for the future. In addition, the audience will also be asked to share their opinions in order to obtain current feedback from the participants of the working group.


Innovative solutions in the mechanical and plant engineering sector provide the technological backbone for a successful energy transition. Working Group II “Exporting Energy Transition” will highlight the development of energy technologies in the target markets of Europe, China and Indonesia at this year‘s general assembly. The objective is to point out export opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering sector under various market conditions.

Experts show the way to a practical market entry. In working groups, each consisting of an initiator from mechanical engineering and an expert from an external organization, such as the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI), you will discuss issues related to each of the three target markets. They will introduce you to lighthouse projects for each market and provide practical tips on the appropriate aligning of the product strategy. By sharing perspectives with them and the other participants, you will assess the market entry opportunities for energy technologies in the selected target markets.

Sample markets cover typical cases. Europe stands for strongly regulated markets in which topics such as system integration and a comprehensive restructuring of the electricity, heating and traffic sector play a significant role. China is a typical example of an autocratically regulated market, which must first focus on advancing the current energy system to state-of-the-art standards. Indonesia is an excellent example of a market on the threshold of becoming a growth market. Being an island nation, its energy
system benefits from decentralized solutions and efficiency measures.

The industry‘s high export figures clearly show that the technologies are valued all around the world. Focusing on the development of energy technologies in the target markets of Europe, China and Indonesia, the speakers provide practical tips on export opportunities under various market conditions.


If you have any questions

The Tagungsbüro is available to answer any questions.

Phone +49 69 66 03-11 33 /-11 44

Fax +49 69 66 03-11 55