Fraunhofer IPK

Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik

Digital Transformation - Englische Ausgabe 2017

Events and Dates VII

FPC@ITA – Advanced Manufacturing in Brasilien

Fraunhofer IPK opens Fraunhofer Project Center in São José dos Campos

Prof. Anderson Correia, president of ITA (center left) and Prof. Uhlmann (center right) signed the founding document for FPC@ITA. (© ITA / Raquel Caratti Piani)

Participants of the signing ceremony from Technological Institute of Aeronautics ITA, Competence Center for Manufacturing CCM, Fraunhofer Headquarters and Fraunhofer IPK. (© ITA / Raquel Caratti Piani)

Fraunhofer IPK has opened the Fraunhofer Project Center for Advanced Manufacturing @ ITA, Brazil. Abbreviated FPC@ITA, the center is considered the official seal on a strategic cooperation between the German research institution and one of the top engineering schools in Brazil.

ITA offers research and education in distinct engineering fields, including aerospace, aeronautical, civil, mechanical, computer and electronics engineering. It is located inside the Department of Aerospace Science & Technology (DCTA), which is considered one of the biggest research centers in Latin America. ITA was responsible for some major achievements in Brazil in the last 60 years, including the foundation of the Brazilian Aeronautical Industry (EMBRAER), the development of the Automotive Ethanol Program as well as the enhancement of the Telecommunications Industry (Telebrás). »In the future, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology in Berlin and the Competence Center for Manufacturing (CCM) at ITA will jointly develop production technology solutions for the benefit of industry in Brazil, including German and European companies producing there«, said Prof. Dr. h. c. Dr.-Ing. Eckart Uhlmann, Director of Fraunhofer IPK and Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center, during the signing ceremony in São José dos Campos on November 7, 2017.

São José dos Campos is the perfect location for a Fraunhofer Project Center focusing on industrial research and development in Brazil. About 50 percent of Brazilian industrial enterprises are located within 200 km of the city. But this is not all: The same region also hosts 70 percent of all German enterprises that run Brazilian branches. Many of these German enterprises have expressed an interest in cooperating with FPC@ITA; a few cooperations have already started. In total, projects amounting to about 11 million euros are currently running or were recently finished by Fraunhofer IPK in Brazil, many of them already in close collaboration with ITA and CCM. The liaison in the R&D area started simultaneously with an educational cooperation: For about five years, the German-Brazilian university exchange program »Science without Borders« has led numerous Brazilian students to Fraunhofer IPK. Many of these now support Fraunhofer IPK’s research activities in their home country.

The research services of the new project office are based on the process chain in industrial companies and include sustainable innovations in the areas of corporate management, product development, production systems as well as manufacturing and automation technology. The complementary competencies of the two research institutes allow the development and prototypical implementation of complex system solutions for digitally integrated production (dip).

Your contact

Dr.-Ing. David Carlos Domingos

Managing Director of FPC@ITA

Phone: +49 30 39006-413   


Opening of »ENRICH in Brazil«

First achievements of the EU Horizon 2020 Project CEBRABIC

The project CEBRABIC, which has been launched in the beginning of 2017, has passed its first milestone as the »European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs (ENRICH)« in Brazil has been ceremonially inaugurated on November 29, 2017 in Brasília. »ENRICH in Brazil« aims to become the main hub and contact point for European and Brazilian science, technology and innovation actors. The center will encourage and facilitate the cooperation in research, technology and entrepreneurship between Europe and Brazil by supporting and empowering innovation actors along the innovation value chain. The launch of the first center in Brazil was supported by the Ambassador of the European Union to Brazil, H.E. João Gomes Cravinho, who highlighted in his keynote address the close relationship between Brazil and Europe in terms of innovation.

»ENRICH in Brazil« will offer services to public and private innovation actors, such as companies, research organizations and governmental actors. The services offered will support internationalization by offering tailor-made trainings, networking opportunities such as pitching sessions and matchmaking events, as well as informative studies and competitive analyses. To complement the »ENRICH« experience, customized legal and financial consulting services are part of the portfolio.

The consortium with EU ambassador João Gomes Cravinho, representative of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry Luis Fernando Corrêa da Silva Machado and the Director of Operations of the SENAI, Gustavo Leal Salles Filho at the opening of »ENRICH in Brazil«. (© CNI – Confederação Nacional da Indústria)

Your contact

Johanna Haunschild

Phone: +49 30 39006-337   


ENRICH is an initiative of the European Union, executed by the CEBRABIC project, that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 733531. Responsibility for the information set out in this publication lies entirely with the authors.


I-ESA 2018

9th International Conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Systems and Applications, March 22 – 23, 2018

The I-ESA conference connects the world's leading researchers and practitioners of enterprise interoperability and related domains, including interoperability aspects of enterprise systems and applications. It joins new business models, smart services, IoT and cloud technologies. I-ESA will be an outstanding opportunity to exchange experiences and business ideas between researchers, service providers, entrepreneurs and industrial stakeholders. I-ESA 2018 will be held at Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin. The program involves research paper presentations, prominent international keynote speakers, a Doctoral Symposium as well as pre-conference workshops.

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Your contact

Frank-Walter Jäkel

Phone: +49 30 39006-174   



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