Positive production development in 2017

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Power Transmission Engineering and Fluid Power associations expect positive production development in 2017

Frankfurt, January 26, 2017: With a joint sales volume of almost 23 billion euros and nearly 130,000 staff, German power transmission engineering and fluid power form the largest industries in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector.

Both supplier industries attract customers from around the globe with their high-quality products, innovative solutions and services. This is also reflected in the industries’ top position in the world trade share at over 20 percent.

Slight increase in production development
In general, the future prospects look very promising. The predicted production increase of 1 percent in 2017 for the most important customer group, i.e. the mechanical engineering sector, sends a positive signal for the power transmission engineering and fluid power industries, both also expecting a slight growth in 2017 (power transmission engineering: +2 percent; fluid power: +1 percent). The German power transmission engineering and fluid power industries are both regarded as technology leaders worldwide.

“Our products and solutions are essential to the performance of the customers’ products. Performance density, lifetime, energy efficiency and total cost of ownership are largely due to our solutions,” says Christian H. Kienzle, ARGO HYTOS, President of MDA and Chairman of the VDMA Fluid Power Association.

Wilhelm Rehm, Member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Chairman of the VDMA Power Transmission Engineering Association, underlines this, saying that “we not only supply the power transmission of the future, but also the source of smart data. Our power transmissions will become the core element of Industrie 4.0, transmitting moments of force and torques as well as a large volume of status information on the machine. Connected to the Internet, they form a cyber-physical system.”
“Our companies act as international leaders and unlock new growth potential,” says Hartmut Rauen, Managing Director of the VDMA Power Transmission Engineering and Fluid Power Associations and Deputy Executive Director of VDMA. “German industry is considered the first mover of Industrie 4.0 and the HANNOVER MESSE is the ideal platform for presenting new solutions. This year’s key topic will be Predictive Maintenance.”

Special Presentation on Predictive Maintenance as part of the MDA
Predictive Maintenance is a core element of the Industrie 4.0 environment and will gain in importance as a maintenance strategy.
Digitally interconnecting machines, products and components simplifies recording status information of machine components continuously in real time and combining them with information from third-party systems such as ERP or CRM. Potential disruptions, errors and impending failures can be predicted and thus prevented. The machine and system operators expect an increase in productivity, availability and reliability.
Predictive maintenance makes an important contribution to not only increasing customer satisfaction but also reducing TCO.

Together with the Deutsche Messe, VDMA takes up the topic of Predictive Maintenance in the Special Presentation in hall 19 at the HANNOVER MESSE from April 24 to 28. Companies present their solutions and strategies in the form of exhibits.

“Predictive maintenance is a core element of a successful service strategy for the future – integration into the overall ‘product and service’ concept will ensure success,” says Sebastian Feldmann, Partner, Roland Berger GmbH.

Excellent technological solutions available on the market will be presented at the upcoming Hannover Messe. Their commercialization requires a business model that is attractive for all parties as well as a clear positioning in the future value chain.

VDMA, Roland Berger GmbH and the Deutsche Messe AG will present the detailed results of the survey on predictive maintenance strategies at the Hannover Messe at the MDA Forum on Tuesday, April 25, in hall 19.

“We are already seeing a clear demand for predictive maintenance solutions that reflect the provider’s individual position as well as the added value for customers. A clear predictive maintenance strategy (approx. half of those surveyed) and dedicated budgets (approx. a third of those surveyed) are needed for this purpose,” says Dr. Ralph Lässig, Partner Roland Berger GmbH.

Partner country Poland
As the partner country of this year’s HANNOVER MESSE, Poland is an important market for the German power transmission engineering and fluid power industries. German exports of both sectors to Poland have exceeded the value of 600 million euros, putting the country in 9th place of Germany’s trading partners. Since 2005, this market has seen consistent growth by an average of 10 percent. Most recently, the growth rate was even 14 percent.

Do you have any questions? Hartmut Rauen, phone 069 6603 1332, hartmut.rauen@vdma.org, would be delighted to answer them.

About VDMA
 VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) represents more than 3,000 mostly medium-sized companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector. The Association celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2017. With nearly one million employees and sales amounting to approximately 220 billion euros (2016), the sector is the largest industrial employer in Germany and one of the leading German industrial sectors.