Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology


Issue 04 / 2018

International Research and Development - Englische Ausgabe 2019

Futur 2018-1-3

Fraunhofer IPK might be based in Berlin, yet our research is advancing industrial production across the world. Our institute’s many partnerships connect us to present and future key areas of science and industry – granting us access to internationally available knowledge and opening up new markets for production technology know-how made in Germany. This enables us to export application-driven research and development to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, including Brazil and China. Some of the projects with international customers and partners now generating a considerable proportion of our revenue are presented in this issue of FUTUR.

Our key activities abroad focus on research, development and consulting in the domain of Industrie 4.0 as well as on setting up national and regional innovation systems. An essential asset of our international collaborations is their added scientific value not only for our institute, but for our partner countries as well. A perfect example of this approach is our Fraunhofer Project Center for Advanced Manufacturing @ ITA, which was officially opened in March 2018 in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The center, also known as FPC@ITA, is considered the official seal on a strategic cooperation between our German research institution and one of the top engineering schools in Brazil. At FPC@ITA, Fraunhofer IPK and ITA now join forces to develop production technology solutions for the benefit of Brazil’s industrial sector, including German and European companies producing there. Among them is Embraer, the fourth largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, on whose behalf we are developing additive manufacturing technologies for lightweight aircraft components.

Our R&D commitment in Brazil dates back to an educational cooperation: for the past five years, the German-Brazilian university exchange program »Science without Borders « has led numerous Brazilian students to Fraunhofer IPK. Many of these now support our research activities in their home country and form the backbone of a growing network of experts who shape Brazil's innovation system.

How we at Fraunhofer IPK work together with a range of partners to optimize innovation systems abroad is also illustrated by ENRICH, the European Network of Research & Innovation Centres and Hubs. ENRICH fosters cooperation in research, technology and entrepreneurship between Europe, Brazil, China, and the USA by offering on-the-spot services to companies, universities, research organizations, funding agencies, and not-forprofit organizations. A very rewarding mission for our experts, as we know from experience that it is not a single actor’s know-how, but the interaction of all that is at the heart of a successful innovation performance.

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