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Karl Haeusgen,
Speaker of the Board
of Management,
HAWE Hydraulik SE

 

Europe and North America are connected by shared values”

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Stephan Gais,
Managing Partner
of Mahr GmbH
 

„Create a counterweight
  to China with TTIP”

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Volker Kronseder,
Chairman of the Executive Board, Krones

 

"TTIP will create the basis for common industry standards"

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Theo Maas,
Head of the
Mechanical Drives
Business Unit
at Siemens


“As an export nation, Germany doesn't need to fear competition”

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Dr Peter Neumann,
CEO, Engel Austria

 

„TTIP: Failure would
 accelerate Europe’s decline”

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Ulrich Reifenhäuser,
Managing Director, Reifenhäuser Group

 

„TTIP is a logical consequence
 of the EU single market”

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Dr Thomas Steffen,
Rittal President Research
and Development, Quality Management and Service

 

„Free trade is always beneficial“

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Hans-Jörg Vollert,
Managing Director,
Vollert Anlagenbau

 

„We are not talking about higher or lower standards, just common standards"

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Carl Martin Welcker,
Managing Partner of
Alfred H. Schütte GmbH, Cologne and Vice President
of the VDMA

 

“TTIP would see the end to all kinds of ridiculous situations”

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Rainer Hundsdörfer,
Chairman of the Board
of Directors,
ebm-papst Group:

 

We lose several million annually in business we are unable to take on”

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Dr Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, President, Trumpf GmbH

 

„ The benefits of TTIP outweigh the risks "

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Manfred E. Neubert,
President, SKF GmbH

 

„Instead of talking about the risks, we should be looking at the opportunities TTIP offers for our economy"

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Wilhelm Rehm,
member of the Board
of Management,
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

 

„TTIP also stands for shared
  liberal values"

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Gordon Riske,
CEO, KION GROUP AG

 

„Mechanical engineering
also relies on open markets"

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Dr Karl Tragl,
Chairman of the Executive Board, Bosch Rexroth AG

 

„TTIP offers huge growth potential"

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Bertram Kawlath,

Managing Partner at
Schubert & Salzer

 

“Establish the right of way
 for SMEs as a principle in TTIP”

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What the mechanical engineering

industry thinks about TTIP

 

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreement between the European Union and the USA has polarised society. The mechanical and plant engineering industry welcomes the planned creation of a large economic area without tariff barriers, but with common regulations and standards for more than 800 million people. It is not the prospect of increased profits that is driving the typically small and medium-sized companies that make up the industry to support TTIP, but rather their traditionally stronger sense of entrepreneurial responsibility and their successful long-term business strategy.
In a series of interviews, the VDMA gives representatives from the various sub-sectors of mechanical engineering the chance to have their say about TTIP.