"Technological change must not be based rigidly on one technology"

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The change in drive technology is affecting both the automotive industry and its suppliers. The aim is to strengthen value creation in Germany and Europe through state-of-the-art products and technologies. Change must not be based rigidly on one technology.

Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of the VDMA, comments on the meeting of the automotive industry with federal and state policy in the Chancellery:

"The change in drive technology towards electrified vehicles is a given. It covers both the car industry and the supply industry and thus Germany's core industries. However, creating horror scenarios for employees is not a constructive solution. This is because the combination of hybrid drives, greater complexity in the combustion engine and overall rising vehicle sales figures will continue to have a positive effect on value creation. In addition, the potential of battery and fuel cell production must be tapped. Mechanical engineering in Germany has the goal to be a leading force in this process with its power for innovation.

"Mechanical engineering in Germany has the goal to be a leading force in this process with its power for innovation".

The aim is to strengthen value creation in Germany and Europe through state-of-the-art products and technologies. Only in this way can jobs be secured in the long term. Change must not be based rigidly on one technology. Rather, the aim is to develop the best alternative for the respective application using open technologies. Public funds must be invested at the beginning of the value chain: In research and teaching, in vocational qualification and thus also in intelligent production technologies and products. Mechanical engineering plays a decisive role here: it produces the mobility of the future".