The current special permit in Germany for the use of non-CE-marked personal protective equipment (PPE), which would be marketable in the USA, Canada, Australia or Japan, is not limited to its use in the medical and nursing field. The BDI received notification to this effect from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) on request.
The order intake in process engineering in February is significantly below the figure for the entire mechanical engineering sector and has fallen very sharply compared with the same month last year.
Exclusively for the VDMA, Germany Trade & Invest (gtai) produces reports on the development of the chemical industry in selected countries and the VDMA India reports on the economic situation of Indian process engineering.
Increasingly, companies are currently confronted with the question of how to deal with the fact that testing institutions are unable to carry out legally required tests at all or on time due to the corona crisis.
The situation has worsened in the mechanical engineering sector and in individual trade associations - around three-quarters of process engineering companies are now experiencing disruptions in their operations
The overall high response rate shows the strong relevance for machine and plant manufacturers and enables special evaluations for a trade association.
The VDMA International Trade Fair list for process technology is updated regularly. The latest version can be found on the web of VDMA Process Plant and Equipment Association in the section "Trade Fairs".
The theme of this year's World Water Day is "Water and Climate Protection". It is intended to draw attention to the fact that climate change is posing considerable challenges for water management worldwide. The last two dry summers have shown that even a water-rich country is facing changes. For the water sector, this means that it must adapt to the new climatic conditions.
The 42nd BImSchV stipulates, among other things, that evaporation cooling systems, cooling towers and wet separators must be regularly tested for legionella. In March 2020 UBA prepared an updated recommendation to standardize the procedure for testing.
At the suggestion of the VDMA, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology is again sponsoring a German joint stand at ADIPEC in 2020. The registration documents will be made available very late this year, at the end of March. It remains to be seen how many companies will register now due to the COVID .19 crisis. The VDMA is currently informing itself about possible withdrawal regulations. We recommend to clarify the cancellation policy with the implementing company HMC before registration.
Additive manufacturing (AM = Additive Manufacturing) is becoming increasingly important in numerous branches of mechanical engineering. Manufacturers in plant and apparatus engineering have also recognized the advantages and possibilities that result from this new technology for some years now: Complex designs - hardly realizable with conventional methods - as well as repairs or modifications required at short notice suddenly become possible with the new technology.
Following the postponement of the Hanover Fair (new: 13 - 17.7.2020), IFAT Munich (new: 7 - 11.09.2020) and Analytica Munich (new: 19 - 22.20.2020) have now also been postponed. Outside Germany, the national participations at Neftegaz on 22 - 25.6.2020 (originally 13 - 16.4.2020) as well as CIPPE Beijing (new: 3. - 5.07.2020) and WATREX Cairo are now being filled up on as yet unknown dates. Further events are currently being added almost on a daily basis.
At the beginning of April and in June, the BMWi / VDMA delegations and symposia on "Operation Excellence and Energy Efficiency in Chemical & Petrochemical Industry" should take place in the chemical clusters in Eastern Mexico and in the oil & gas region of Baku / Azerbaijan. Both are now being postponed.
The new VDM tool was developed especially for the mechanical engineering industry and has been available to member companies since March 2020.
GASTECH is becoming more and more the most important international platform for LNG and gas technologies. VDMA members who were present in Houston in 2019 all report full order books and continued high demand for LNG and cryo applications, especially in shipbuilding but also for mid-scale and small-scale LNG infrastructure in various regions of the world.
Due to the coronavirus and the limited travel possibilities in some regions of China, the organizers have comunicated the new date. The Oil & Gas /Petrochemical Fair CIPPE in Beijing will now be held from 3rd to 5th July, 2020.
IFAT 2020 will not take place as planned from 4 to 8 May 2020.
The order intake in process engineering in January is significantly higher than the figure for the entire mechanical engineering sector and shows very strong growth compared with the same month last year.
Am 24. und 25.11.2020 organisiert das VDMA Forum Prozesstechnik das nächste Vertriebsleitertreffen Öl Gas Petrochemie in Frankfurt. Wie üblich wird die Marktentwicklung in Deutschland, Europa und weltweit betrachtet. Zusätzliche Fokusregionen sind diesmal die Golfstaaten sowie Nordafrika.
Against the background of the current virus development in Germany, we have decided to postpone the VDMA event scheduled for 12 March 2020. However, postponed is not cancelled. We will approach you shortly with a new event date in the 3rd quarter.

Press releases

China largely responsible for growth
Europe as a stabilizer of the growth path
At the special show "Process Industry 4.0: The Age of Modular Production" ISPE, NAMUR, ProcessNet, VDMA and ZVEI show how the flexibility of plants in the process industry can be significantly increased through modularization.

EU-28 as stabiliser for the growth path
The German manufacturers of components and systems for water treatment, wastewater and sludge treatment were able to increase their exports to more than one billion euros for the first time in 2018. Compared to the previous year, exports increased significantly (plus 3.9 percent) to around 1,038 million euros (2018) compared to around 999 million euros (2017).
Export market China booming with 54 percent growth
German manufacturers of components and systems for water treatment, wastewater and sludge treatment were able to stabilise their exports at a high level in 2017. Compared to the previous year, exports rose slightly (plus 0.4 percent) to around 993 million euros (2017) compared to around 990 million euros (2016).
Making the world a good deal cleaner, conserving resources and maintaining good air and clear water - that requires state-of-the-art mechanical engineering. Around 3,300 exhibitors are demonstrating at IFAT in Munich that the technologies are ready to efficiently separate and recycle recyclable materials, clean water from plastic waste or purify polluted air. The machine manufacturers from Germany play a leading role here.
ACHEMA from 11th to 15th of June 2018 is the leading exhibition for the manufacturers of process plants and equipment. Richard Clemens, Managing Director of VDMA Process Plant and Equipment Association is pleased „that her in Frankfurt we will once again have an opportunity to see “live” and for ourselves what German engineers have to offer when it comes to process plant and equipment. For the manufacturers of process plants and equipment ACHEMA takes place in an economically positive surrounding.
Lectures & German / European Pavilion at GASTECH Barcelona in September 2018 - register now!.
We only need water for drinking, cooking and washing, right? Not even close! Water is in everything around us – from paper to clothes, computers and cars. Do you know how much water runs through your hands every day without you knowing it?
After 5 years of steady growth, the German production of process machinery and equipment dropped by 10 percent to 6.9 billion euros in 2015. Exports of process engineering machinery and equipment reached a volume of 5.5 billion euros. This is an increase of 1 percent compared to last year.
In 2015, the German manufacturers of components and systems for water treatment, wastewater and sludge treatment were able to increase their exports by nearly 3 percent.


The "VDMA Technology Guide Oil - Gas - Petrochemistry 2019/2020" has been published under the title Combining Fossil and Renewable Systems - Achieving Decarbonisation.
Just in time for IFAT, the product directory Process Plant and Equipment has been published.
The new „VDMA Technology Guide Oil – Gas – Petrochemistry 2017/2018“ has been published under the tigle Fossil and Renewable Ressource for sustainable Processes / Fossile und Erneuerbare Ressourcen für zukunftsfähige Prozesse.
The July issue of the VDMA Nachrichten published the article "Beverage industry - Water technology with cleanliness" in its column Focus Technology. This article dealt in depth with the foodstuff water.
In this brochure, member companies of the VDMA Water and Wastewater Technology Group provide a compendium of their range of supplies and services. The 12th edition 2016 is introduced at IFAT and is available for download.
Document for support of enquiry, offer, order processing etc. at the in the title described elastomer sealing material.
Monika Mages
Monika Mages
Process Engineering Department: Consultant for Statistics, Marketing, Press and Public Relations, Marketing Working Group of the Process Engineering and Equipment Association / Member Support / Events and Publications
+49 69 6603-1395
+49 69 6603-1421
Richard Clemens
Richard Clemens
Managing Director
+49 69 6603-1431
+49 69 6603-2431

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