The focus of all the R&D activities is to provide customers with effective, application oriented solutions. Most of the products, processes, and technologies we develop are for sectors where sustainability is particularly important, namely for the aviation industry, automotive sector, energy and environment, medical technology and life sciences. The solutions developed at Fraunhofer IFAM are, however, also used in various other branches of industry including machinery and plant construction, electronics and electrical engineering, shipbuilding, rail vehicle manufacture, the packaging industry, and the construction sector.

Fraunhofer IFAM has a highly qualified workforce of more than 589 people, organized into project teams and business segments covering specific topics. These topics include materials, shaping, joining technologies, surface functionalization, and the development of complete components and complex systems. This means that Fraunhofer IFAM covers the whole value-creation chain from the development of materials and product design up to the integration into industrial production – including pilot trials and customized workforce training in new technologies.