About us


Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin stands for excellence in production science. We conduct applied research and development across the whole process spectrum of manufacturing industry – from product development, production processes, maintenance of investment goods, and product recycling to the design and management of manufacturing companies. We also transfer production technology solutions to areas of application outside of industry such as transport and security. IPK is structured in the divisions Corporate Management, Virtual Product Creation, Production Systems, Joining and Coating Technology, and Automation Technology. Close collaboration between divisions means that we are able to tackle even extremely complex issues.

As an institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, we tailor our work closely to the needs and requirements of our customers and partners. With its market orientation and high real-world value, our R&D helps to sharpen their long-term competitive edge. We develop forward-looking novel solutions and modernize, optimize and extend existing technologies and applications. In all our endeavors we seek to harmonize economic considerations with the imperatives of resource efficiency, sustainability, and environmental compatibility. Apart from contract research, we also conduct pre-competitive research projects to develop innovative concepts for tomorrow’s production, working closely with our partners to transform the basic innovations thus delivered into marketable products.


Our director Prof. Dr. Dr. Eckart Uhlmann and his deputy, Prof. Dr. Holger Kohl, are in charge of running Fraunhofer IPK.


Fraunhofer IPK is structured in five divisions, covering the entire spectrum of industrial tasks.   

Our Site

Our research is conducted at our excellent facitilites at the Production Technology Center (PTZ) Berlin.


You too can benefit from the close collaborative bonds between Fraunhofer IPK and two leading Berlin research institutions, from our international network and from the services of our parent organization, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. 

Facts and figures

Information about Fraunhofer IPK in Euros, heads and square meters.

Board of Trustees

The Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK is being advised by a board of trustees comprising members from science, economy, politics, and public administration.


The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK Berlin is certified according to ISO 9001:2015.