JAN-FEB 2018

Best of Germany 2014 - Mining Equipment and Mining Technology

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VDMA 6 VDMA MINING SUPPLEMENT • 2018 Last year, the German Engineering Federation (or VDMA) celebrat- ed its 125-year anniversary. An association steeped in mechanical engineering expertise, its members are credited with many major achievements, and that also holds true for the mining industry. To- day, the organization has more than 3,200 members and its mining segment, VDMA Mining, has more than 100 members. The VDMA was founded in 1892 and has remained one of the most important voices for the mechanical engineering discipline. Spanning two world wars, several economic rallies and downturns, the association 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 factories. At the time, German companies were sending engineers abroad to learn about international markets. Originally headquartered in Düsseldorf, the association began to campaign against low-import duties for foreign machinery in 1901. It then criticized the Central Association of German Industrialists for not representing interests and decided 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 overtook U.S. machinery exports for the first time. After World War II, the VDMA was reformed as a powerful fed- eration of trade associations in the House of the German States in Königstein im Taunus. In the 1950s, it established its own publish- ing house and a program to represent the engineering industry at trade fairs and exhibitions. By 1960, the value of German machinery exports had in- creased almost tenfold compared with 1950, and the industry employed more than 1 million people. The VDMA moved its head- quarters to Frankfurt, where it is still located today. For the first time since the end of World War II (1967), German engineering companies were making more money from international sales than they did domestically. In the 1970s, in a hearing before U.S. Congress, the VDMA formulated arguments against the 10% duty levied on imports. The protests were successful. By the end of the decade, the asso- ciation was advocating for the use of modern technology in me- chanical engineering. The VDMA opened its first international office in Tokyo in 1984, which would be followed by offices in Brazil, Russia, India and Chi- na. In 1986, the VDMA created a foundation for an annual prize rec- ognizing special achievements in the field of mechanical engineer- ing. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, there was 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 was a major step toward the digitalization of production processes in mechanical engineering. Cross -disciplinary forums were set up to explore matters such as the automation of factories. The globaliza- tion of Germany's mechanical engineering sector continued. A boom in China in 2004 ushered in several years of strong growth for the engineering sector. Demand from the BRIC countries was responsible for a sharp increase in the volume of business. Then the global financial crisis and the ensuing recession threat- end the very existence of the engineering industry. Order books went from being completely full to practically empty. Always looking toward the future, the VDMA began to build again. It pressed for the introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies. By 2012, engineering revenues were twice as high as in 2002, with the export rate climbing from 45% to 64%. Despite enduring five successful years without little growth, the German engineering industry employs 1 million people and gener- ates revenue of approximately €220 billion. Through this snapshot of the VDMA's history, it's easy to see that some of the VDMA Mining's members have also had a history of achievement that runs parallel to that of the VDMA. Engineering Expertise Based in Bochum since it was founded in 1864, Eickhoff is one of the few companies that existed when the VDMA was originally formed. The Bochum-based equipment manufacturer has success- fully placed its longwall shearer loaders and continuous miners in some of the most arduous conditions. While experience and service are a big part of the company's success, they also have their own foundry where they have developed special alloys and they have Looking to the Future Continuously From fostering fairness to exporting German craftsmanship, VDMA Mining and its members celebrate 125 years of achievement VDMA Mining promotes its members' services worldwide.

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