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JAN-FEB 2018

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VDMA 44 VDMA MINING SUPPLEMENT • 2018 Last year, the German Engineering Federation (or VDMA) celebrated its 125-year anniversary. An association steeped in mechanical engineering achievements, its members are credited with many major achievements, and that also holds true for the mining industry. Today the organization has more than 3,200 members and its mining segment, VDMA Mining, has near 200 members. The VDMA was founded in 1892 and is has remained one of the most important voices for the mechanical engineering discipline. Spanning two world wars, several economic rallies and downturns, the associa- tion has consistently represented the mechanical and plant engineering sector in Germany and Europe and protested the issues affecting it. It successfully accompanies its members in global markets. Its technical expertise, industry knowledge and straightforward positioning make it a recognized and valued point of contact for companies as well as the general public, science, administration and policymakers. Over the years, the VDMA has looked continuously toward the future, while representing the common economic, technological and scientific interests of this diverse industry. Promoting German Engineering The VDMA was formed by an association of 29 machinery fac- tories. At the time, German companies were sending engineers abroad to learn about international markets. Originally headquar- tered in Dusseldorf, the association begins to campaign against low import duties for foreign machinery in 1901. It then criticizes the Central Association of German Industrialists for not representing in- terests and decides to act independently in matters of trade policy. By 1907 the German engineering sector was exporting 19% of its production and within a year German machinery exports overtake U.S. machinery exports for the first time. After World War II, the VDMA is reformed as a powerful federation of trade associations in the House of the German States in Königstein im Taunus. In the 1950's, it establishes its own publishing house and a pro- gram to represent the engineering industry at trade fairs and exhibitions. By 1960, the value of German machinery exports has increased al- most tenfold compared with 1950 and the industry now employs more than 1 million people The VDMA moves its headquarters to Frankfurt, where it is still located today. For the first time since the end of World War II (1967), German engineering companies are making more money from international sales than they do domestically. In the1970s, in a hearing before US Congress, the VDMA formulates arguments against the 10% duty levied on imports. The protests are successful. By the end of the decade, the association is advocating for the use of modern technology in mechanical engineering. The VDMA opens its first international office in Tokyo in 1984, which would be followed by offices in Beijing, Kolkata, Moscow, Mumbai, Noi- da, São Paulo, Shanghai and Tehran. In 1986, the VDMA creates a foundation for an annual prize recognizing special achievements in the field of mechanical engineering. After the fall of the Berlin Wall there is a sense of optimism among companies in East and West Germany as well as a lot of new interest in the VDMA. By the mid-1990s, the networking of documents via the internet is a major step toward the digitalization of production processes in mechan- ical engineering. Cross disciplinary forums are set up to explore matters such as the automation of factories. The globalization of Germany's me- chanical engineering sector continues. A boom in China in 2004 ushers in several years of strong growth for the engineering sector. Demand from the BRIC countries is respon- sible for a sharp increase in the volume of business. The, the global financial crisis and the ensuing recession threaten the very existence of the engineering industry. Order books go from being completely full to practically empty. Always looking toward the future, the VDMA begins to build again. It presses for the introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies. By 2012, engineering revenues are twice as high as in 2002, with the export rate climbing from 45% to 64%. Despite enduring five successive years without little growth, the Ger- man engineering industry employs 1 million people and generates reve- nue of approximately €220 billion. Through this snapshot of the VDMA's history, it's easy to see that some of the VDMA Mining's member have also have a history of achievement that runs parallel to that of the VDMA. Engineering Expertise Based in Bochum since it was found ed in 1864, Eickhoff is one of the few companies that existed when the VDMA was originally formed. The Bochum-based equipment manufacturer has successfully placed its longwall shearer loaders and continuous miners in some of the most Looking to the f uture Continuous L y From fostering fairness to exporting German craftsmanship, VDMA Mining and its members celebrate 125 years of achievement VDMA Mining promotes its member's services worldwide

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