Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Working together for your success

Innovation is vital for a company’s success. Innovation is what can turn a company into a technology leader 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:

  • the Fraunhofer Group for Production
  • the Fraunhofer AutoMOBILE Production Alliance
  • the Scientific Society for Product Development – WiGeP
  • the International Academy for Production Engineering (College International pour la Recherche en Productique – CIRP) 
  • the European Manufacturing and Innovation Research Association EMIRacle 
  • the Center for Man-Machine-Systems of the TU Berlin
  • the Innovation Alliance Virtual Techniques
  • the Electromobility Research Network

Cluster initiative

Founded in March 2009, the Fraunhofer innovation cluster »Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul in Energy and Transport« (MRO) is a further cooperative alliance between science, industry and government to ensure long-term cooperation and knowledge transfer in the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan area.

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

Our industry workshops 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:

  • Managing collaboration in product creation
  • Robust planning and management of MRO factories and processes
  • Successfully integrating virtual reality in development processes (PLUG-IN VR)
  • Development of reliable mechatronic systems

You can find current workshop offers here.

Past VPE-Workshops are featured here.