The products are used in car engines or ventilation and air conditioning systems of all kinds, which are in demand especially in the summer of the century. Ebm-Papst has concluded long-term contracts with suppliers from Asia and America.

But now a foreign investor is interfering and expressing interest in the Essen energy company. A Tesla SUV crashes into a concrete bollard on a highway in Silicon Valley. According to the manufacturer, an assistance system was switched on and warned the driver several times. However, the man’s family speaks of problems with the technology. The agreement in the metal and electrical industry goes far beyond a normal collective agreement.

The focus is on extensive working time regulations. Some of the companies grind their teeth. Other industries are allowed to study the work carefully. A one-off payment, higher wages, more flexible working hours, more than two years of security for both parties: the agreement between employers and IG Metall for almost four million employees in the metal and electrical industry is a tough one. In the wage dispute in the metal and electrical industry, 500,000 workers take part in the three daily strikes.

In doing so, they paralyze a number of car manufacturers’ plants. However, there are signs that negotiations will start again from Monday – with a chance of an agreement. The holiday season catapults Sony’s operating profit. Kazuo Hirai will no longer experience a possible record profit at the end of the year as managing director – his ally will take over the post at the beginning of the second quarter. The IG Metall warning strikes are gaining force: tens of thousands of workers in the metal and electrical industry are called on to strike in NRW, which is supposed to last three days.

It could hit dozens of businesses. The pressure on employers is increasing. The fronts are hardened in the collective bargaining of the metal and electrical industry. IG Metall is trying to put pressure on employers with a 24-hour warning strike. Companies complain against it – in vain.

The night shift is resting: IG Metall begins the wage dispute in the metal and electrical industry with daily warning strikes. New conversations? At the earliest at the weekend. « The metal industry is in a difficult position. (Photo: Carsten Rehder / dpa) The German metal and electrical industry is already in recession. Overall Metal President Dulger believes that individual company closings are possible Trade unions contribute to job security.

In view of the recession in their sector, employers in the metal and electronics industry are expecting further job cuts and are calling on the unions to be restrained in the upcoming collective bargaining round. «  » We will not be able to maintain the level of employment, « said Gesamtmetall President Rainer Dulger of the » Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung « . There will probably also be individual closures. In the first three quarters, incoming orders were down by almost six percent compared to the same period last year, said Dulger. The industry must expect things to get worse – «  » Just think of the Brexit, the trade conflicts and the slowdown in economic growth worldwide «  ». The employment level is already falling: «  » For the first time in nine years, our industry has been in employment May decreased slightly, «  » Dulger told the Blazz. IG Metall therefore called on the employer president to be cautious: «  » It is important that the unions understand that 2020 will not be a collective bargaining round like in the past eight or nine years. «  » The industry has economic problems and structural problems at the same time. «  » The unions must therefore understand in advance that they have to cut back their demands. «  » IG Metall announced at the beginning of October that it wanted to get at least one compensation for inflation through collective bargaining.

The collective bargaining agreements in Germany’s largest industrial sector with more than four million employees expire at the end of March 2020. Employer President Dulger criticized the 24-hour strikes that IG Metall first called for in the 2018 collective bargaining round. The strikes resulted in enormous costs, said the general metal president. In a normal collective bargaining round, there are around 800,000 to one million strike hours; in 2018 it was three million hours.

The employers had no means to defend themselves against such actions. Dulger appealed to the federal government to create easier access to short-time work allowance «  » as we had them in the crisis of 2008/2009 «  ». There is still no widespread problem, «  » but we should take precautions in the event of an emergency. When lightning strikes, the fire brigade is already in the house. «  » Source:, wne / AFP « In every fourth company there were already production disruptions because there was a shortage of workers. (Photo: dpa) For the coming year, the metal and the electrical industry with less growth due to, among other things, a lack of workers.

For Gesamtmetall boss Dulger, the immigration law is therefore a «  » step in the right direction. «  » The metal and electrical industry is preparing for growth in production and jobs for 2019 – albeit at a slower pace. « We expect a slight decline in growth to 1.5 percent next year, » said the President of the Gesamtmetall employers’ association, Rainer Dulger. «  » That is a cooling off, but not more. «  » For this year Gesamtmetall expects a real production increase of 2.0 to 2.5 percent. «  » Employment is still growing. There are still many vacancies, «  » said Dulger. With trained metalworkers, there are almost three vacancies per skilled worker looking for a job. Since the end of the financial crisis in 2010 until October 2018, the industry has created 600,000 new permanent jobs. In October there were 4.038 million, around 120,000 more than a year earlier.

According to Dulger, the shortage of skilled workers has worsened. «  » There are more and more medium-sized companies that say they could do more if they had the right people, « said the head of the association. According to the latest survey, every fourth company in the metal industry has production disabilities due to a lack of workers. That is why the Skilled Workers Immigration Act is «  » exactly the step in the right direction that we wanted «  ». It is to be expected that engineers, physicists, chemists, programmers and others from abroad will be able to fill many vacancies in the companies. Applicants must «  » speak our language and want to integrate.

Unlike some domestic politicians, Dulger does not expect massive abuse of the new regulation. «  » Abuse has to be observed and combated, and maybe you have to take action later. First of all, it is important that the law comes. «  » At the same time, immigration must be clearly separated from the right to asylum, added the Gesamtmetall president. In general he expects a signal from the federal government that the economy is being looked at more again and that impulses will be given that will promote the economy. At the moment there is almost only talk about social benefits from the state: «  » There is no talk about creating this leeway. Dare to do more business remains the order of the day. «  » Dulger criticized the fact that the legislature «  » continued to restrict «  » temporary work and the fact that fixed-term employment contracts were « increasingly restricted ».

If a company leaves an employee off for a year, it must also have the option of hiring another for this limited period of time. «  » The main reason for part-time, temporary work and fixed-term contracts is either children or caring for loved ones. And it is precisely at these two points that the state fails and passes it on to the companies. That bothers me as an entrepreneur. «  » According to Dulger, a risk that is difficult to assess for his industry is the trade conflict with the USA. «  » That can have more serious consequences, but these are not foreseeable at the moment. For example, if the relationship between the USA and China should deteriorate. If US President Trump enforces tougher and more protective tariffs. «  » Dulger pointed out that the largest automobile exporters in the US are German companies: BMW and Mercedes.

You might have to ask yourself whether they are going to stay with their plants in the US «  » or whether they say that the supply of parts and the export to countries with which America has tariff disputes is too complicated for us and we are going elsewhere. «  » Dulger is also worried about the possible unregulated exit of Great Britain from the EU in the spring. A hard Brexit would be «  » unimaginable economic damage, also for the EU, not just for the British. That is why there must be «  » some interim solutions «  ». Source:, ftü / dpa « (Photo: imago / Science Photo Library) Downtime in factories, loss of orders: according to a world market leader in ventilation and drive technology, Germany is dominating dramatic shortage of electronic components.

Extended delivery times affect the auto industry, among others. Electronic components are becoming scarce in Germany. «  » The situation is not just bad, it is dramatic, «  » said Stefan Brandl, chairman of the board of management of the fan and motor manufacturer Ebm-Papst, to the « Welt am Sonntag » « . This has serious consequences for medium-sized companies that Cannot process orders on time or lose them entirely. There are major delivery bottlenecks for components, for example for assembling circuit boards. « Because of this, we already had downtime in the factories and had to send the employees home, » says Brandl. It is true that the competition is no different: «  » Those who are still relatively well looked after in individual areas offer themselves to our customers in a targeted manner in order to harm us, « says Brandl.

And once an order is gone, the effort for recovery is great. Ebm-Papst is one of Germany’s «  » Hidden Champions «  », the little-known world market leaders. With its fan and motor components, the medium-sized company is a leader in ventilation and drive technology. The products are used in car engines or ventilation and air conditioning systems of all kinds, which are in demand especially in the summer of the century. Ebm-Papst has concluded long-term contracts with suppliers from Asia and America. «  » The demand has increased enormously in many areas due to increasing electrification, « said Brandl. The semiconductor industry is therefore trying to build up additional capacities. «  » But it will take time « , announced Brandl.

Therefore, for the foreseeable future, delivery times of three quarters of a year will remain. «  » The car industry is already ordering components for 2020. And we have to follow suit if we want to achieve our ambitious goals «  ». Source:, fhe / DJ « Customers can already buy products in a few shops buy – in Munich, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Hamburg and Stuttgart. (Photo:’s online business generates one billion in sales a year. Now the company wants to sell its goods in branches to become a serious competitor for Saturn and Mediamarkt. It seems like a step into the past: One of the largest German online electronics retailers now also wants to do business offline.

While it was previously primarily companies in stationary retail that dared to make the leap into online retail, is now planning to sell its goods in hundreds of branches. For this purpose, the company wants to work with the electrical retailer Medimax under the umbrella of a holding company to merge. On the website of there is talk of a «  » culture change «  ». « Thinking online and offline separately is no longer up-to-date », it says there. The company is thus joining an international trend known as « multichanneling ». Accordingly, customers should be reached on both sales channels – online and offline. Amazon also opened its first grocery store on the US west coast at the beginning of the year.

According to a report by the « Bloomberg » news agency, « the group plans to open around 3,000 of the cash-free stores by 2021 and is thus also establishing the first sales branches in stationary retail. » « If companies want to exceed a certain level of growth, they must also be active offline «  », says retail expert Thomas Roeb Even in areas where the online business is very strong, it does not exceed 20 percent of the total market. Roeb also warns of the different requirements of companies in stationary and online retail: «  » I don’t know of any online retailer who has successfully built a large chain of stores in stationary retail. «  » had one in recent years Handful of stores opened in Munich, Düsseldorf, Hanover, Hamburg and Stuttgart. Due to the merger with Medimax, however, products are now to be sold on a large scale.

Should the self-set goal of a turnover of around two billion euros be achieved, this could become serious competition for the currently dominating consumer electronics stores in Germany, Saturn and Mediamarkt. is already recording good sales. After Otto, Zalando and Amazon, it is one of the top-selling online companies in Germany and expects sales of more than one billion this year. Founded in 2002, the online company started selling notebooks. Customers can now order smartphones, televisions and large household appliances such as washing machines on the website. Medimax, with which the merger is soon to take place, is primarily active in the stationary sector with around 120 stores across Germany.

The electronics retailer is part of the group of Electronic Partner Handel SE based in Düsseldorf, which is also a minority shareholder in When naming the new holding company, the online retailer relies on a tried and tested strategy from the Internet: the community of Medimax and should decide on the name of the holding. Before that, however, the cartel office has to approve the merger of the two companies. Source: « News and information at a glance. Collection of articles by on the subject of the electrical industry The Hanover Fair 2001 opened its doors to visitors in the morning.

The Hannover Messer is traditionally regarded as the most important barometer for the development of the electrical industry and mechanical engineering. Good prospects in the electronics industry. The industry association ZVEI expects growth of six to seven percent to around DM 340 billion in the current year.

The German semiconductor market grew strongly in 2000. As reported by the Central Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry (ZVEI), sales have increased by 48 percent compared to 1999. The 2001 Hanover Fair opened its doors to visitors in the morning.