Digitalization can slow job loss in the automotive industry

The switch to electric cars will cost tens of thousands of jobs in the industry in the coming years – but the simultaneous progress in digitizing vehicles has been able to absorb most of the loss.

This is the conclusion of a study by the institute of automotive economics (IFA) at the nurtingen-geislingen university of economics and environment, which contrasts the consequences of the two trends.

According to the study, the change in the car industry will, in the worst case, result in the loss of more than 170,000 jobs by 2030.000 jobs from the current level of around 613.000 jobs at manufacturers and suppliers in germany will be sacrificed. In the best case scenario, there would only be about a tenth. However, all new digital vehicle components and also the batteries for the electric cars had to be produced in germany, write the authors of the study led by IFA director willi diez.

And the boomerang flies..

The youth summer vacation program in the community of altenkunstadt went into its next round. This time, the children and young people were given the opportunity to make a boomerang, which used to be the weapon of such well-known tribes as the aborigines. Gerhard kunze shows how it's done.

The oldest boomerangs made of wood were unearthed during excavations in australia, they are about 10 000 years old. Even older are boomerang finds, which were made from the stob tooth of a woolly mammoth, and even in agyptian burial chambers litter woods belonged to the grave goods. The traditional shape of a boomerang, explained gerhard kunze, resembles the letter "L"; however, there are now designs that have three and more "poor" ants. But all of them have a rather similar shape, which creates a dynamic buoyancy. It resembles the wing profile of an airplane. There were always two main distinctions: the hunting boomerangs, which could fly farther and more unerringly, and the so-called "return boomerangs" which returned to their launcher.

The latter were then immediately allowed to attack the girls and boys. Gerhard kunze decided not to use hardwood as usual, but plywood, which is easier to work with by children. Of course, the flight characteristics of the homemade boomerangs were also tested right away.

Vw: no inadmissible defeat software in newer diesels

As things stand, "nothing illegal happened," a VW spokesman told the deutsche presse agency. He was responding to a report by SWR radio that newer diesel engines with the euro 6 emissions standard also have software installed that recognizes whether the vehicle is on a test stand, a so-called "cycle recognition". According to the SWR report, the successor to the scandalous EA189 engine, the EA288, is involved.

A VW spokesman explained that it is not forbidden to establish so-called "driving curves". In this process, certain properties of a car are set in such a way that, in principle, it can also be detected whether it is currently undergoing a test run. However, developers were not allowed to use these settings to influence the exhaust control system, for example. There are no indications that something like this could have happened.

Even when asked by SWR, the VW group denied the accusation: vehicles with the EA288 diesel engine did not contain "any cycle detection" and therefore no inadmissible defeat device.

researcher: german labor market shifts down a gear

For the summer, they still expect unemployment to fall and new jobs to be created, but at a subdued pace, according to the labor market monitor published by the institute for labor market and occupational research (IAB).

The labor market barometer, based on a survey of the heads of the 156 german employment agencies, fell for the second time in succession in may. It decreased slightly by 0.4 points to 104.1 payers. In april, the value had fallen by 0.9 points to 104.5 payers. The barometer scale ranges from 90 (very poor development) to 110 (very good development). He thus continues to indicate a positive climate.

IAB labor market researcher enzo weber attributes the employment agency heads’ cautious outlook to the recent somewhat slower growth of the german economy. "The economy has shifted down two gears, the labor market is shifting down at least one gear," weber explained. The number of unemployed in may presents the federal agency this wednesday in nurnberg.

Vdk bad kissingen has rejuvenated its board of directors

The vdk local association of bad kissingen, with over 1900 members, elected a totally younger board of directors at its general meeting. Only lorette weib, who already held the office of deputy chairwoman, remained from the old kissingen executive committee.

But from the beginning: a few weeks ago, the garitz vdk local association, with its over 200 members, unanimously broke up. "This would not have been absolutely necessary, because actually the two local federations garitz and bad kissingen wanted to merge", dear district secretary manuela metz the present know. "It's great how the vdk in kissingen has run so far", praised the geschaftsfuhrerin further, only that for the association with its scarcely 1700 members because of illness and age hardly still a new executive committee found itself. So the vdk local association in bad kissingen gained well over 200 new members virtually overnight, who also made up a large part of the new executive committee in the upcoming election.

Helmut beck, former chairman of the "garitzers, was unanimously elected as the new chairman of the vdk local association in bad kissingen. The 67-year-old is also already deputy chairman of the vdk and sits on various committees. The approximately 100 members present from bad kissingen and garitz also unanimously elected all other board members. As before, lorette weib was confirmed as first deputy chairwoman and women's representative.

Award for concert series

With the "sundowner – cultural picnic" series of events in hochstadt’s wave outdoor pool the city was named one of the ten most innovative music venues in the region in corona times by the VR-bank erlangen hochstadt herzogenaurach. This is what susanne bayer from the city administration communicates.

On six sunday evenings in the summer, the cultural management of the town of hochstadt, under the direction of susanne bayer, offered live music at family-friendly prices in the unmistakably picturesque setting of hochstadt’s open-air wave pool (we reported). From classical music to vocal and wind ensembles to rock and party music, there was something for many tastes. Demand was correspondingly high, and four events were sold out long beforehand. One of the meetings, which had to be cancelled due to rain, was made up for. The organizing team proved that demanding musical performances are possible even under corona conditions.

This resourcefulness and commitment was recognized by the VR-bank erlangen hochstadt herzogenaurach with its music challenge award "we listen to the region, but with corona many things are different!".

Baby boom in the regiomed clinics

In 2019, more children were born in the regiomed group than in years: a total of 2450 boys and girls were born in the hospitals of the regiomed clinics in coburg, hildburghausen, lichtenfels and sonneberg – that's 86 more babies than in the previous year, according to the hospital group.

And this positive trend has been apparent for some time now: within the last five years, regiomed has recorded an increase of around 200 births.

All-round care

The hospital group also sees this baby boom as a sign of the "excellent work of the gynecology and obstetrics department at regiomed". More and more women, also from the surrounding counties, decided to give birth in one of the regiomed clinics. The young mothers particularly appreciated the familiar atmosphere and the personal support on site – whether in coburg, hildburghausen, lichtenfels or sonneberg. Thanks to close cooperation with the pediatricians at regiomed's medical care centers – for example, in the case of prenatal examinations – mother and child received professional all-round care close to home even after the birth, without having to travel long distances for it.