Industry Week from 17 to 25 September 2016
The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is working to promote the overall economic impact of the industry in Germany. As a member of the Alliance “Future of Industry” – a grouping of 15 trade associations and trade unions as well as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) – VDA is playing an active role, for instance in the “Industry Week” from 17 to 25 September 2016.
The action week is set to kick off a longer-term initiative to increase acceptance of industry under the slogan, “We still have lots of plans – your industry”. At the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover (22 to 29 September 2016), which partly overlaps with the “Industry Week”, there will be a number of IAA events following the guiding principle of this Alliance. In particular the “New Mobility World logistics” initiative will be presenting logistic and transport issues of the future – the connected vehicle, driver assistance systems and automated driving, alternative powertrains and the increasing significance of artificial intelligence for urban logistics.
The Alliance, constituted in March 2015, that was initiated by the Confederation of German Industries (BDI), the German Industrial Union of Metalworkers (IG Metall) and BMWi, and in which VDA President Matthias Wissmann plays a part at the top level, aims to help people in Germany understand more above all about the performance capability, innovative thrust and essential contributions made by industry to social prosperity.
“In Germany industry is a central pillar for economic growth, prosperity and jobs”, said Wissmann. “The German automotive industry in particular makes a major contribution to industrial gross value added (GDA) – also and not least looking ahead to the future. Accordingly the future of mobility will become more electric and ever more automated. That is why the German automotive industry is investing heavily in new technologies and innovations, around 34 billion Euros a year across the world, of which over 50 per cent is being channelled into Germany.”
Wissmann stressed the importance of this Alliance of industry. “All sides – workers, employers and the government – join forces here and pull together. Side by side we can show the importance of industry, but also the challenges facing Germany as an industrial centre – digitization, energy conservation and climate change, demographic change, the development of the Euro-Zone and the European Union – connected with great investments and enormous efforts in education and training.”
Alongside the action week, being held under the patronage of Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, the Alliance has set itself the following priority topics for 2016:
- Advancing active investment and innovation policy.
- Developing pro-innovation conditions further and playing an active role in shaping progressive digitization.
- Developing regulatory, European and foreign trade policy conditions further.
- Strengthening the dual training system – an action programme for vocational schools.
- Open borders and an open Single Market in Europe.
- Using integration as an opportunity.
The call to take part in Industry Week and further information on the initiative are available on the website www.ihre-industrie.de.