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.

Mechanical and plant engineering companies can achieve more if they are connected. This holds particularly true with regard to the increasing digitalization of the economy and the challenges currently posed by the international markets. As a large networking organization, the VDMA unites people and ideas every day, which is why this year's motto for the General Assembly is “Connect for success!” In Berlin in November, the participants will discuss future topics and ideas for success in three working groups.

Securing free trade

One working group will focus on “Securing Free Trade – What are the Options for Policy Makers and Mechanical Engineers?” Foreign trade is essential in order to maintain wealth levels in Germany. This is particularly the case for the German mechanical and plant engineering sector, whose very high export quota of more than 80 percent means that it relies on open markets. Inspirational presentations and panel discussions will illuminate the measures policy-makers and companies can take in order to continue writing the success story of free trade.

Backbone of the energy transition

The export figures show that global demand for energy technologies continues to grow. The “Exporting the Energy Transition” working group outlines the export opportunities of mechanical and plant engineering in three crucial markets: Europe, China and Indonesia. Sector experts will present beacon projects and practical tips on how to align a product strategy successfully for the best possible start on the target market.

Industrie 4.0: New business models

A third working group will focus on “Industrie 4.0: New Business Models – Mission Possible!”

Industrial production is at the heart of digitalization. In Germany, mechanical and plant engineering will play a decisive role in this process. Industrie 4.0 enables new business models, and their development has already started. This working group will focus on existing approaches in mechanical engineering, how other industry sectors are approaching this challenge and how IT companies are developing business models.

A varied program

On the evening of November 10, 2016, a get-together provides the first opportunity for discussion. November 11, 2016 kicks off with the working groups in the morning. These will be followed by the General Assembly, including a speech by Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. The VDMA General Assembly finishes with a “Night of Mechanical Engineering” in the Velodrom on the second day.


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