Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Working together for your success

Innovation is vital for a company’s success. Only innovative companies can succeed in engaging as technology leaders on the global market. With our distinguished track record of proven expertise we develop ­innovative products, technologies and methods and support you in mastering the challenges of ­tomorrow’s world.

We offer a broad spectrum of types of partnerships and alliances:

Industry projects

Research and development projects are an effective means of driving forward innovation in a company. We develop economically viable solutions on your behalf.

Competence networks

To ensure that our customers really do have fully comprehensive expertise brought to bear on finding solutions to their specific application-related problems, we cooperate with a variety of other institutes and associations. We are affiliated to:

  • Fraunhofer Group for Production
  • Fraunhofer AutoMOBILE Production Alliance
  • Fraunhofer Alliance Water Systems (SysWasser)
  • German Academic Society for Production Engineering WGP
  • International Academy for Production Engineering CIRP
  • Scientific Society for Assembly, Handling and Industrial Robotics – MHI e.V.

Cluster initiatives

The Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster »Secure Identity«, which was founded in 2008, offers our partners new collaboration opportunities in pioneering areas of security technology. The Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster »Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul in Energy and Traffic« (MRO) is another ­collaboration between scientific, economic and state institutions, which aims to build the foundation for a long-term cooperation and exchange of knowledge in the German capital region Berlin/Brandenburg.

Strategic preliminary research

New and further development of technologies and markets for the future is what independent, publicly financed preliminary research is all about. Our business partners benefit from the insights gained in such preliminary research.


Visit our established industry workshops and Conferences

Our industry workshops and conferences are a forum for the exchange of views and experience between scientists, engineers, and product users. They offer a place where you can talk directly about matters of theory and practice to our own experts and the representatives of major companies and small and medium sized enterprises. The set of objectives such gatherings subscribe to ranges from honing expertise and building cooperation networks to the initiation of joint application-oriented research projects and transfer of research results to the enterprise sector.

The key themes and issues addressed in the Industry Workshops are:

  • Virtual reconstruction technology and applications
  • Flexible automation with innovative robotic systems

Our conferences will give you an insight into:

  • Processes and systems for ensuring the identity of persons, products and intellectual property
  • Innovative technology for medical rehabilitation