Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology


Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin stands for 40 years of 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, Automation Technology, and Quality Management, as well as the exploration area Traffic Engineering. 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.

Your Partner in Science

You will find us under the same roof as the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management IWF of the Technische Universität Berlin in the Production Technology Center (PTZ) on the Spreebogen embankment in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg. Both institutes have been connected by close bonds of cooperation ever since Fraunhofer IPK was founded. This puts the Production Technology Center in the unique position of being able to cover the whole spectrum of scientific innovation from basic research and application-oriented expertise through to ready-to-use technologies. This means, for instance, that the results of university research can efficiently be prepared for operational praxis by joint development of prototypes.

Another close partner of Fraunhofer IPK is the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). Cooperation with BAM doesn’t just mean joint use of the same technical facilities, but also allows customers and partners to benefit from 360 degree advisory services on joining technologies that take equal account of both economic issues and safety aspects.