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.

Working Group I
Securing Free Trade – What are the Options for Policy Makers and Mechanical Engineers?

Foreign trade is essential in order to maintain economic prosperity in Germany. This is particularly the case for the German mechanical and plant engineering sector, whose very high export quota of more than 75 percent means that it relies on open markets. It comes down to policy makers to create the framework conditions required for this. The German mechanical engineering industry, on the other hand, needs to adapt its strategies to the constantly changing market environment.

Mega trends in world trade – What do mechanical engineering companies need to be prepared for?
Professor Gabriel Felbermayr, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Center for Foreign Trade, Munich

Presentation of the EU Commission‘s new trade policy strategy
Signe Ratso, Director in charge of Trade Strategy, Analysis and Market Access (in English)

What does the mechanical engineering sector expect from policy makers in securing free trade?
To be Announced

Ensuring free trade – What can policy makers and the mechanical engineering sector do?

Presented by: Hendrik Kafsack, EU Correspondent of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

  • Bernd Lange MEP (SPD), Chair of the Committee on International Trade of the EU Parliament;
  • Daniel Caspary MEP (CDU), Committee on International Trade and leader of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the European Parliament; Siegfried Koepp, CEO of EMG Automation;
  • Martin Richenhagen, President & CEO, AGCO Corporation


Working Group II
Exporting the Energy Transition

With its innovative solutions, mechanical and plant engineering is the technological backbone of a successful transition to alternative energies. Its technologies are in demand around the world. The “Exporting the Energy Transition” working group examines the development of energy technologies in the target markets of Europe, China and Indonesia. The aim is to highlight export opportunities for mechanical and plant engineering companies under various market conditions.

Solutions for the transition(s) to alternative energies – Prospects on the world market after the Paris agreement
Dr. Markus Tacke, CEO, Siemens Wind Power & Renewables

Markets of opportunity: export opportunities in the EU, China and Indonesia

  • Rainer Kiechl, CEO, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH
  • Dirk Kalusa, Eclareon
  • Dr. Peter Fath, CEO, RCT Solutions
  • Corinne Abele, Germany Trade & Invest, Shanghai
  • Regina Brückner, CEO, BRÜCKNER Trockentechnik GmbH & Co KG

Export and energy (foreign) policy

VDMA companies talk to Thorsten Herdan, Head of Department II, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Presenter: Matthias Zelinger, VDMA Energy Policy Spokesman


Working Group III
Industrie 4.0: New Business Models – Mission Possible!

In light of digitization, industrial production is facing substantial change – and the German mechanical and plant engineering sector plays a crucial role in this. Industrie 4.0 enables new digital business models, and their development has already started. Yet a large number of mainly small and medium-sized mechanical engineering companies are still finding it difficult to establish their own approach to these new opportunities.

The workshop is intended to provide an overview of the current progress of business model development in the context of Industrie 4.0 and to inspire further discussions.

What is the position in German mechanical engineering?
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm, Member of the Executive Board of Siemens AG, Member of the Management Board of the Platform Industrie 4.0

What does IT have to tell mechanical engineering?
Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Member of the Management Board of the Platform Industrie 4.0

What is the status in other sectors?
From user to manufacturer – expansion of value chain at Deutsche Post DHL
Dr. Karsten Schwarz, Division Manager 18L logitic centers, Deutsche Post AG

What is mechanical engineering doing?

  • Dr.-Ing. Werner Struth, Managing Director, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Johann Soder, Managing Director, SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co KG



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