Fraunhofer IPK

Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik

Digital Transformation - Englische Ausgabe 2017

Events and Dates I

Fraunhofer IPK in China

World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit

»More cooperation, smarter manufacturing« – this was the motto of the World Summit for Intelligent Manufacturing from December 06 until 08, 2016 in Nanjing in the Eastern part of the Chinese province Jiangsu. The Chinese Ministry for Industry and Information Technology organized the summit, which brought together representatives from political decision-makers, industry organizations and research institutes as well as almost 300 manufacturers from ten nations. Visitors attended keynote presentations and eight parallel sessions in the Nanjing International Expo Center. The Expo Center also offered an exhibition of the newest technologies in the areas of artificial intelligence, smart manufacturing and automation. 

Fraunhofer IPK was the official cooperation partner of the summit. Together with its Chinese partner, Fraunhofer IPK introduced the new Sino-German Intelligent Manufacturing Research Institute (SGIMRI) in an approximately 300 m² booth. The Chinese and German partners will build SGIMRI in the coming five years in Nanjing. The new institute will support domestic as well as foreign companies with their intelligent production projects. SGIMRI has already developed successful technologies, a fact which is underscored by the Innovation Prize received by the Chinese-German project team for one of its exhibits. The exhibit allowed visitors to use their Chinese »WeChat« app to communicate with a robot controlled by IPK technologies. In addition, SGIMRI and Fraunhofer IPK entered into a framework contract with the power plant manufacturer NARI on the design and implementation of intelligent processing to increase flexibility of production.

Professor Eckart Uhlmann, director of Fraunhofer IPK, was one of the keynote speakers at the World Summit for Intelligent Manufacturing.

Vice-governor Zhang Jinghua of the Jiangsu Province welcomed the Fraunhofer IPK delegation. 

Wide media coverage: Prof. Uhlmann und Prof. Holger Kohl, division head of corporate management at IPK (seen here), were in great demand as interview partners. 

The joint booth of SGIMRI and Fraunhofer IPK received the innovation prize for intelligent manufacturing at the World Summit.

Your contact

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl

Phone: +49 30 39006-234



New Cooperation with Brazil

CEBRABIC Kick-off meeting at Fraunhofer IPK in late January 2017
(© Fraunhofer IPK/Angela Salvo-Gonzales)

On January 23 and 24, 2017 a consortium of twelve European and Brazilian organizations launched a new collaboration under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement nº 733531). »CEBRABIC – the Centre for Europe-Brazil Business & Innovation Cooperation« aims at enhancing cooperation in research, technology and entrepreneurship between the EU member states and Latin America’s leading economy, Brazil. The diverse project consortium will work together for four years to set up the CEBRABIC center and is coordinated by Fraunhofer IPK, division Corporate Management. 

CEBRABIC will be a center working on a network basis. Creating synergies and complementarities is the core value of CEBRABIC, particularly with European research and innovation (R&I) structures located in Brazil, to complement, expand and enhance its service portfolio. Different types of stakeholder incorporation into CEBRABIC network is foreseen, either from the demand or supply service: members, service providers, regional innovation hubs, and focal points.

The project foresees three main stages for CEBRABIC development: a planning stage of up to one year, in which the CEBRABIC business model will be fully developed and drafted; a piloting stage, in which CEBRABIC will provide services as a project office and on an experimental basis; and a full implementation stage, in which CEBRABIC as an independent legal entity will be providing the services fully independent from the partnership, bearing all the costs and revenues related to its activities. CEBRABIC aims at achieving financial self-sustainability during the project lifetime. 

The CEBRABIC consortium comprises twelve Brazilian, European and Turkish institutions. CEBRABIC partnership is not only geographically diverse, but presents a balanced institutional diversity, involving companies, universities, funding agencies, R&I organizations and not-for-profit organizations.

Your contact

Dr.-Ing. Ronald Orth

Phone: +49 30 39006-171


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