The German mechanical and plant engineering industry has benefited from the European Union like no other industry. Especially in the border region of Bavaria, the disunity of the member states is causing concern. For this reason, Europe was again the focus of the VDMA Bayern summer forum in 2019. On 16 July 2019, the member companies discussed with top-class representatives from science, business, politics and journalism in Munich.
Italy continues to be an interesting market for Bavarian mechanical engineering. Due to its geographical proximity, economic relations are particularly strong with Bavaria. Italian mechanical engineering, especially in the north of the country, is similarly characterised by a strong middle class. Bavaria and the north of Italy have a similar economic power, while the south of Italy unfortunately lags behind the rest of the country economically.
Mexico is an interesting market. The export volume of Bavarian machinery and plant construction to Mexico in 2018 was EUR 758 million. Conversely, Mexican companies exported machines worth EUR 38 million to Bavaria in 2018. Cooperation is also close at the political level. This was evident during a delegation and business trip accompanied by the Bavarian State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Roland Weigert, at the beginning of June 2019.
Functioning large-capacity and heavy-duty transports are an important part of the supply chains in every branch of mechanical and plant engineering. In reality, slow procedures, dilapidated infrastructure - especially bridges - and a lack of transparency in responsibility dominate. Bavarian discussion group on large-capacity and heavy-duty transportation uncovers problems.
Dieter Janecek, member of the Bundestag of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, visited Haimer GmbH in Igenhausen near Augsburg on February 25, 2019 as part of his VDMA internship. The mechanical engineering association, whose regional chairman Claudia Haimer is at the same time the managing partner and co-founder of Haimer GmbH, has been running this format for several years. Janecek's predecessors included the current Minister of the Interior of Baden-Württemberg Strobl (CDU) and the current Minister of Employment Hubertus Heil (SPD).
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