The future is “on”


People travel, use raw materials and live with digitalization. People need clean air. But how is all this being assured? On, the VDMA presents four new multimedia reports with answers to questions that arise in our daily lives.

In 1873, Jules Verne sent his fictional hero, Phileas Fogg, on a daring trip around the world. At that time, the eccentric Englishman required 80 days to round the globe. How would this journey look today? The multimedia report on “Mobility” invites visitors to the website to find out how small the world has become today.

Around the world in 80 days in 2017 – this is one of four new articles dealing with the subject of Humans – Machines – Progress. Another report takes a young man on a search for raw materials and their meaningful utilization and recycling in day-to-day life. It is mechanical engineering in particular that ensures that wasting valuable resources is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

Keeping the air clean is another core task of mechanical engineering. The new multimedia report on “Air” shows how modern technology can be used to ensure that we have clean air – from morning to night, from drying our hair to innovative tumor treatments.
The future is digital – the future is “on”! Machines that can think for themselves, complex 3D printer components, smart glasses that are able to communicate with machines, and logistics that can manage their own organization. All these are no longer science fiction scenarios, but reality in Germany’s factories. The fourth new multimedia report is all about “Digitalization”, illustrating the triad between humans, machines and progress.

VDMA has created the website (or on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. For the member companies and for VDMA, machines are not an end in themselves. They are the means by which we will accomplish progress for the people. The aim is to continually make the world a better place. How this works, is explained on