Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Thailand and Armenia demonstrate interest in cooperating with Fraunhofer IPK

On November 28, 2018, Fraunhofer IPK welcomed two high-ranking international visitors. Armenian President Dr. Armen Sarkissian and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had both scheduled a tour of the Fraunhofer IPK during their respective trips to Berlin.

President Dr. Sarkissian und Prime Minisiter H.E. Prayut at Fraunhofer IPK

The Fraunhofer model of applied research is unique in the world, and as such has a big impact on Germany's ability to innovate and a high appeal abroad. The director of Fraunhofer IPK Prof. Dr. Dr. Eckart Uhlmann showed the two heads of government around and gave them insights into its signature approach to applied research and the associated transfer from science to industry.

Several scientists also demonstrated their various research projects. Dr. Sarkissian was familiar with Fraunhofer IPK’s work by virtue of a joint project aiming at the virtual reconstruction of the prayer book Narek, a cultural treasure at the Matenadaran Institute in Armenia. Because Armenia has an active development of information technologies, he was mainly interested in project proposals concerning automation technology and artificial intelligence.

Prime Minister Prayut was travelling with a big delegation including several Thai ministers. The group examined various industrial 4.0 demonstrators in the testing area of the Production Technology Center. Towards the end of the presentation, H.E. Prayut asked how Thailand could put itself on Fraunhofer’s map. Both sides agreed to further discussions on a possible cooperation.