VDW 125 years of continuous support for the German machine tool industry

Editor: Barbara Schulz

Germany – This year marks 125 years of VDW, the German Machine Tool Builders' Association. To recognise this anniversary, 400 guests gathered in Frankfurt, Germany last week to celebrate and network.

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VDW Chairman Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop: "The sector has repeatedly coped with changes in the past. It’s always been well able to [...] re-invent itself. This has been demonstrated over the VDW’s 125 years of history, which is why we are optimistic for the future.”
VDW Chairman Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop: "The sector has repeatedly coped with changes in the past. It’s always been well able to [...] re-invent itself. This has been demonstrated over the VDW’s 125 years of history, which is why we are optimistic for the future.”
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The mood on VDW's festive evening on 16 June 2016 was upbeat. In his opening address, VDW Chairman Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop urged the German machine tool industry to seize the opportunities presented by current changes in markets, technology and products in order to remain globally competitive.

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Around 400 guests from industry, research, media and associations were celebrating this significant anniversary. Keynotes from Prof. Dr Reimund Neugebauer, president of Germany's Fraunhofer Institute, Dr Klaus Draeger, member of the board at BMW, as well as Prof. Dr Tamin Asfour from the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany complemented the celebrations.

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