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18.07.2019
Event drawings by Heyko Stöber as a summary of the discussion. The results form the basis of our Machine Learning study. :: For members
08.07.2019
When the industry's decision-makers come together at the leading congress of mechanical and plant engineering to set the course for the future of industry, one thing is certain: Startups. For this reason, we are again presenting startups with transformative products and business models for mechanical engineering this year.
05.07.2019
The metalworking industry is hot on young companies to bring future technologies and products to the industry. Reason enough for VDMA Startup-Machine, top startups, to bring the world's leading trade fair for metalworking to EMO Hannover 2019. We present the first VDMA Startup-Machine joint stand true to our motto of bringing together the mechanical engineering industry with the most exciting startups worldwide.
04.07.2019
A new VDMA study offers companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector AI-based support in navigating through the global startup scene. For the first time, it reveals which startups are relevant for mechanical engineering and where they are located worldwide. Over 3,000 startups with relevance for our industry are presented in a longlist.
13.06.2019
Circular Economy 4.0 - Where are the obstacles for implementation today and in the future? How can a change in values and cooperation be accelerated? At the 5th VDMA Future Business Summit, around 60 participants from industry and research discussed the opportunities offered by a digitized recycling economy for mechanical engineering and heard what is already possible today. Lectures and pictures for download. :: For members
10.06.2019
Digitalization offers great opportunities for a faster and more far-reaching implementation of recycling management - not only for recycling, but also for the preliminary stages Reduce, Repair, Reuse and Remanufacturing: Machine and plant manufacturers are solution providers and affected parties at the same time. Our scenario study shows development opportunities for 2030 and beyond. :: For members
The 360-degree view: trends and disruptions that could become relevant for the machine and equipment industry in the coming years and decades, clearly presented as trend maps for download. Updated edition 2019 :: For members
04.06.2019
Hardly any other lead environmental market profits as much from digitisation as the environmental service branch - it can become the decisive instrument for the dissemination and acceleration of the environmental service branch and for new opportunities through new business models.
22.05.2019
Medium-sized industrial companies are increasingly seeking access to start-ups in order to jointly accelerate digital change and develop future technologies - from robot programming for everyone to navigation solutions for entire fleets of driverless transport systems.
20.05.2019
VDMA and Fraunhofer have created a new platform for innovations with the Hacking Engineering Hackathon - Startups successfully develop solutions for challenges given to them by industrial companies - 11 international teams take part in the pilot competition in Berlin
Focus topic "Circular Economy 4.0" - Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Refurbish, Recycle. With results of our current scenario study 2030 and guided tour of the facilities of the Fraunhofer Project Group for Material Cycles and Resource Strategy IWKS
Learning from concentrated startup expertise and meeting the best science startups - at the first joint startup summit of VDMA Startup-Machine and Fraunhofer Venture on 20/21 May 2019 in Berlin.
25.03.2019
VDMA Startup-Machine brings machine makers together with highlight startups in guided tours at the Hannover Messe. All week long. Register now!
With the Startup-Machine platform, VDMA supports its member companies in identifying partners from the start-up environment, initiating cooperations and learning from the digital entrepreneurial spirit.
22.03.2019
Trend scouting, foresight and start-ups - we present the entire Future Business portfolio at the Hannover Messe. Our basis: The VDMA central stand in Hall 8-D10. Lectures in the Forum Motion & Drives Hall 23-B20. Here you will find program and topics.
19.03.2019
Discover the most exciting young companies at the Hannover Messe - we make it possible: with Startup Matchmaking @ young tech enterprises. Here you will find startups that are really relevant for you and fit your needs. Register now!
12.03.2019
Creating and conquering future markets with young companies - more and more machine builders are making this their motto. The search for suitable partner companies and cooperation models thus becomes the central task in mechanical engineering. A startup radar serves as an important starting aid.
11.03.2019
Companies in mechanical engineering and plant construction regard start-ups as strategically important partners for the future of their industry. A survey of VDMA members shows that almost three-quarters of companies plan to cooperate with start-ups in the next three years. Small and medium-sized companies are also on the move in the start-up world.
08.03.2019
The first start-up study for mechanical and plant engineering: We reveal how open our industry is to cooperation with young companies and how successfully it already cooperates with them.
18.02.2019
Exclusive presentation of the results of the VDMA survey on the startup-strategy in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. Best-practice examples of successful cooperation models between machine makers and startups
17.12.2018
VDMA Corporate Foresight Winter meeting on 08.02.2019 in Frankfurt. Highlights: Innovation Center at Deutz, trend roadmapping at Balluff, patents as corporate strategy. Program and registration here.
11.12.2018
The images "Power-to-X 2030" have set a starting point for the new Power-to-X for Applications (AG P2X4A) consortium, which was founded on 11.12.2018. The AG is focussing on this topic, which is important for energy system transformation, climate protection and sector coupling, with over 50 committed companies.
06.11.2018
Younger, more communicative and more future-oriented than ever, the next POWTECH will be presented from 9 to 11 April 2019 in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. A new platform will contribute to this: The Networking Campus.
Meet your Match - Looking for new innovation partners and new impulses? STARTUP THE FUTURE offers the appropriate opportunity to find young companies with highly innovative solutions for mechanical engineering. Efficient, focused, trustful..
Open workshops - a new trend for the achine and equipment industry. Learn in Europe's largest MakerSpace how collaborative and agile product development can be thought in a new light with regard to mechanical and plant engineering. Vivid innovation: Register now and participate (first come, first served).
23.10.2018
Identifying and precisely categorising startups with mechanical engineering relevance worldwide: With the VDMA Startup-Radar we offer a new tool for startup scouting from winter 2018/2019 - geared to the needs of the industry :: Exklusively for members
16.10.2018
When the future of industry is shaped at the mechanical engineering summit, one thing must not be missing: Startups that accompany mechanical engineering and equipment companies as partners as they enter the digital age. VDMA Startup-Machine therefore presented innovative young companies with fresh ideas and innovative businessmodels.
31.07.2018
Top topics: Best practices from well-known members, foresight in practice, new trend maps, startup culture and method sharing, maker spaces   :: For members
23.07.2018
VDMA Startup-Machine honours innovative start-ups with the Startup-Award at the Maschinenbau-Gipfel Summit 2018 (German Mechanical Engineering Conference 2018). Apply now and meet decision-makers at the top event in the industry.
13.07.2018
Which potentials, hurdles and success factors exist in the cooperation between startups and machine builders? VDMA Startup-Machine investigates this question in a best-practice interview in the VDMA News.
12.07.2018
Who has the best idea for groundbreaking Industry 4.0 business models for tomorrow's mechanical engineering? VDMA Startup-Machine and VDMA Baden-Württemberg went in search of innovation with the "Startup Live - Industry 4.0 & Smart Factory" ideas competition. We proudly present the winning start-ups.
15.05.2018
Shaping the future of mechanical and plant engineering today: In the "Startup Live - Industry 4.0 & Smart Factory" ideas competition / mini incubation event, young start-ups and those interested in setting up a company develop fresh ideas into viable business models. Be part of it!
07.05.2018
How will the digitalization and autonomization of value chains change mechanical engineering by 2030? The 4th VDMA Future Business Summit provided answers. Lectures and pictures for download ::    :: For Members
18.04.2018
Startups and mechanical engineering: a perfect match! But how can they find each other and cooperate even better in the future? We are investigating this question in dialogue with startups - in a workshop at the Young Tech Enterprises Forum at the Hanover Fair.
21.03.2018
Digitization and networking are powerful drivers for the future of value creation networks worldwide. This changes production, economy and society as a whole - and therefore concerns all machinery and equipment manufacturers! Our fourth scenario study of the series "Images of the Future for Machinery and Equipment Engineering" for download upon request    :: For Members
Fundamental change in factory organization is imminent - Solutions for an increasingly networked world characterized by complexity and individualization - Fourth VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential for the machinery industry
Thought through consistently to the end, Industry 4.0 means autonomisation: From platform economy and blockchain to autonomous mobility and data management - in Dortmund we show how digitalisation and networking are increasingly changing value chains and thus shaping the entire mechanical and plant engineering industry. Program and registration for download    :: For members
VDMA Startup-Machine with a new format: Startups as a corporate strategy - how does it work? Background knowledge on methodology, best practices of successful implementation, needs and userX. You can find out more from us on 20.02.2018 in Frankfurt!    :: For Members
From smart contracts with blockchain to the organization of the "last mile" with drones - we show how digitization and networking are increasingly changing modern value chains and thus not only shaping logistics and production, but also the entire machinery and equipment engineering industry. Save the date: 20-21.03.2018!    :: For Members
Topics for the upcoming Corporate Foresight Discussion Group: Quality criteria, e-learning for foresight-oriented thinking, radical innovations, new future trends in machinery and equipment manufacturing, and position determination. Registration is now possible!    :: For Members
06.12.2017
At the 3rd VDMA Future Business Summit, more than 80 participants discussed the top topic Power-to-X as a building block for global climate protection and the associated opportunities for mechanical engineering. Lectures and pictures for download    :: For members
21.11.2017
Ambitious climate protection and greenhouse gas neutrality require great efforts in all sectors. Power-to-X, the conversion of electricity into other forms of energy, can make a significant contribution - our third scenario study in the series "Images of the future for machinery and equipment engineering" for download     :: For members
21.11.2017
Electric power as the foundation for other forms of energy provides solutions for a wide range of applications - Mechanical engineering is a key industry for climate protection - Third VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry
Climate change becomes a perennial issue – the current climate change conference in Bonn shows it. How can the climate targets of the Paris conference be reached? With “Power-to-X” we have developed compact scenarios for the machinery industry 2030. We will show you how and where this change affects your business and we will present the results with a top program exclusively on November 20/21 in Mainz.
For the implementation of industry 4.0 solutions, many companies lack IT experts who above all have one ability: digital thinking. These digital creatives are mainly to be found in the startup area. This is why the VDMA is building a bridge between mechanical engineering and the start-ups and has used a new event format for this purpose: the Hackathon.
04.09.2017
VDMA Future Business has focussed on "Power-to-X" as their third trend topic. Power-to-X is an important element to illustrate the way to greenhouse gas neutrality on a global scale.
VDMA Startup-Machine presents selected Startups at the 9. German Machinery Summit in Berlin, 17/18 October 2017
29.08.2017
In the year of its 125th anniversary, the VDMA is launching its Startup Machine: a new grouping that intends to bring together start-up companies and mechanical engineering companies.
18.08.2017
The VDMA Startup-Machine serves as a hub for member companies to network them with startups. Under #VDMAhackdays, an event took place for the first time at which the VDMA itself met with startups to further develop its own association work with a startup culture.
On Thursday, 27 July 2017, the Startup Initiative of the VDMA Bayern took place together with the UnternehmterTUM in Garching near Munich. There, medium-sized companies and start-ups met to discuss possible cooperations and possibilities of future cooperation.
08.06.2017
The second VDMA Future Business Summit in Darmstadt focused on innovations in materials and material components that will become important for the machinery industry in 2030. Presentations and photos available for download below.    :: For members
05.05.2017
For entrepreneurs it is important to find out the potentials of future materials for their own and for their customers’ business. The ability to take a broader view is crucial and close collaboration with research institutes is decisive.
05.05.2017
Materials of the future are drivers of innovation and are the second trend theme in our series "Images of the Future for the Machinery and Equipment Industry". Download of the results report of the scenario workshops.     :: For members
26.04.2017
Machine learning enables efficient control of big data and ensures that software and information technology are becoming increasingly important drivers of innovation in the machinery and equipment sector. The VDMA is therefore setting up a new "Machine Learning" working group to implement recommendations.
29.03.2017
Future materials are a source of innovations in products and production. Which ones will become important for your business? What kind of new business opportunities will come up or will old markets be turned upside down? Where does regulation have disruptive effects? You will get answers and impulses on May 5, 2017 in Darmstadt. Join us!
29.03.2017
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence have aroused great interest since the publication of our study. On 12.05.2017 we will further deepen the topic for all areas of application in the machinery and equipment industry. Our partner organization is the Fraunhofer Big Data Alliance.
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are the first topics in our series "Images of the Future for Machinery and Equipment Engineering". Download the results report.     :: For members
Event drawings by Heyko Stöber as a summary of the discussion. The results form the basis of our Machine Learning study. :: For members
25.11.2016
Machine Learning, a special sector of artificial intelligence, will shape the digital transformation of the economy and thus be extremely important for the machinery industry as well
The 360-degree view: trends and disruptions that may become relevant for the machinery industry in the coming years and decades, compiled as easy-to-use, straightforward trend cards. First edition 2016, in German. :: Download for members
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will change the machinery and equipment industry. We will show you how and why this will happen at our first Future Business Summit on November 24/25, 2016 in Stuttgart in co-operation with Fraunhofer ISI and Fraunhofer IPA.  :: For Members
Frankfurt, 30 September 2016 - As part of its working group on cross-cutting topics, the trade association Electronics, Micro and Nano Technologies supports the recently launched VDMA Startup Initiative.
15.10.2015
Where is the German machinery industry headed? What are the revolutionary changes that the companies have to face and what new strategies have to be found to cope with them? The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) wants to find more adequate answers to those questions and give new momentum for their members.

Trend Radar

Trend radar for the machine and equipment industry
The 360-degree view: trends and disruptions that could become relevant for the machine and equipment industry in the coming years and decades, clearly presented as trend maps for download. Updated edition 2019 :: For members
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Dr. Eric Maiser
Dr. Eric Maiser
Head of VDMA Competence Center Future Business | Director VDMA Corporate Foresight | Director VDMA Startup-Machine
+49 69 6603-1433
+49 69 6603-2433
Sabine Egerer
Sabine Egerer
Assistant to the Director Future Business, Corporate Foresight, Startup-Machine
+49 69 6603-1592
+49 69 6603-2592
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Machines improve our lives – on a large and small scale. Whether for our health, food or the many means of transportation that we use; whether we are looking at the ground deep below the sea or from high above – we need machines and people who utilize their skills to make the world a better place to live. That is the aim of mechanical and plant engineering. Humans – Machines – Progress.