The order intake recorded a minus of 4 percent in November 2019. There was a change of -3 percent in domestic demand. Foreign business declined by 4 percent compared with the previous year's level. Orders from the euro zone increased by 1 per cent and decreased by 6 per cent from outside the euro zone
The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) was the focus of the 5th NEMAS Innovation Meeting. Heinrich Georg GmbH in Kreuztal hosted around 70 mechanical engineering entrepreneurs from South Westphalia on 27 November 2019.
The currently valid directive on the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) will be replaced at the beginning of 2020 by a modernised follow-up directive containing various improvements. Applications for the current directive can be submitted until 31 December 2019.
Despite global uncertainties, the mechanical engineering industry in North Rhine-Westphalia continues to develop engineers, as the VDMA survey conducted every three years shows.
Are you interested in participating as a speaker at the Forum Industrie 4.0 at the Hannover Messe 2020? Here you will find information on the topics on which contributions can be submitted, the framework conditions and the Call for Papers.
Mechanical and plant engineering is the backbone of North Rhine-Westphalia's industry – which is precisely why it is important to establish the framework conditions for entrepreneurial management that are fit for the future, demands the Managing Board of the VDMA NRW.
Exhibitors watch out! The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) offers a top opportunity to become a co-exhibitor at the Hannover Messe (20 to 24 April 2020) at attractive conditions with its joint stands.
Light-flooded stand design, inspiring surroundings, turnkey organisation and favourable conditions – this is what the joint company stand "ProduktionNRW" of the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economic Affairs offers exhibitors at WindEnergy Hamburg!
The first exhibitor meeting for Automatica (16 to 19 June 2020) will take place on 6 February 2020 from 10.30 to 11.30 a.m. at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Düsseldorf. The joint stand "ProduktionNRW" with its favourable conditions makes participation definitely interesting for mechanical engineering companies!
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Innovations are born in North Rhine-Westphalia. We would like to take the dialogue between the engaged parties in R&D in business and science to a new level. We provide contacts within university facilities and list some important projects to help you find the correct contacts.
North Rhine-Westphalia has the best prerequisites for the digital age. Companies in mechanical engineering and production technology are particularly in demand as enablers and problem solvers. They act as suppliers of industry 4.0 components, as integrators of IK technologies and sensor technology into their products, and last but not least as users of industry 4.0 solutions to optimize their own production processes.
Digitisation and Industry 4.0 bring with them a new value-added logic that is a complex challenge for all involved. ProduktionNRW has defined five thematic areas that need to be analysed, discussed and promoted.

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