Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin stands for 40 years of excellence in production science. The institute conducts applied research and development across the whole process spectrum of the manufacturing industry – from product development, production processes, maintenance of investment goods, and product recycling to the design and management of manufacturing companies. Fraunhofer IPK also transfers production technology solutions to areas of application outside of industry such as transport and security. Fraunhofer IPK is structured in the divisions Corporate Management, Virtual Product Creation, Production Systems, Joining and Coating Technology, Automation Technology, and Quality Management, as well as the exploration area Traffic Engineering. Close collaboration between divisions means that Fraunhofer IPK is able to tackle even extremely complex issues.
As an institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IPK tailors its work closely to the needs and requirements of customers and partners. With its market orientation and high real-world value, its R&D helps to sharpen their long-term competitive edge. The Institute develops forward-looking novel solutions and modernizes, optimize and extend existing technologies and applications. In all its endeavors Fraunhofer IPK seeks to harmonize economic considerations with the imperatives of resource efficiency, sustainability, and environmental compatibility. Apart from contract research, Fraunhofer IPK also conducts pre-competitive research projects to develop innovative concepts for tomorrow’s production, working closely with its partners to transform the basic innovations thus delivered into marketable products.