The Fraunhofer Project Center is now the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Advanced Manufacturing
Today, the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente is excited to announce a new identity. To better reflect its commitment to empowering innovation in the manufacturing sector, it is changing name to the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Twente (FIP-AM@UT). This new identity more closely represents what it does every day and continues the strong cooperation between the University of Twente and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany – Europe’s largest application-orientated research organization.
More than just a research unit
“The University of Twente is very proud of its close partnership with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and have combined forces to create an innovation platform that serves and strengthens the manufacturing industrial community from the Twente region, through East Netherlands and beyond. Furthermore, FIP-AM@UT allows UT to showcase the best it has to offer in terms of research, technological and human resources, for the betterment of society as a whole.”
Prof. dr. Vinod Subramaniam, President of the Executive Board, University of Twente
The Fraunhofer Innovation Platform is the result of a closely integrated collaboration between Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen and the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
Their purpose is to bring together domain experts, academics, and solution providers from the manufacturing sector in the Netherlands and beyond to facilitate a joint strategy for promoting innovation. Their goals are to align leading-edge applied research for both industrial and public customers and promote technology transfer through the joint exploitation of results.
The new brand name represents a closer alignment with the Fraunhofer model, which encompasses several key elements. Fraunhofer works with universities and industry to scale up cutting-edge research into real working technologies according to an industrial timetable. In general, early stage R&D is typically done in universities, national laboratories, and corporate research centres whereas implementation is typically done by industry. However, there is a gap in the middle which very few organizations address. This gap, both a knowledge gap as well as a funding gap, greatly slows down the product development process. It is precisely this area that Fraunhofer focuses on and has done so very successfully for over 50 years, allowing it to become Europe's largest R&D organization. More specifically, FIP-AM@UT teams up with the University of Twente and industrial clients to quickly and cost-effectively move new ideas at the concept stage to the factory.
Since the Fraunhofer Project Center’s inception in 2017, their close partnership with the University of Twente has been one of their defining characteristics. With 3,300 academics, researchers, and other professionals and over 12,000 students, the UT is a leading driver of innovation and a catalyst for change in the fourth industrial revolution. To that end, one of the key responsibilities of the partnership is to have a beneficial economic impact to the Twente region by transferring scientific research into real-world industrial applications.
Their mission is to provide sustainable solutions to build resilient and prosperous communities. This includes improving healthcare with the adoption of personalized technologies, creating intelligent manufacturing systems to enhance efficiency, empowering the development of smart materials and metamaterials, and engineering a more resilient, adaptable, and digitally-driven society
To meet these goals, they keep a close eye on innovation opportunities and deploy authoritative expertise with a keen sensitivity towards the needs of organizations and society at large. To achieve that, the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform needs to go beyond research to become a fully-fledged solution provider for manufacturers.
"The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT has been involved in the development of the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform in Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Twente since the beginning. FIP-AM@UT shares Fraunhofer's DNA and it has developed with a strong focus on the market of Dutch manufacturing companies. Today, in our collaboration, this offers us a valuable new perspective, as our different concepts and approaches complement each other in a unique way. We expect to further expand our collaboration in the coming years, successfully continue our joint research projects and continue to learn from each other in the long term."
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bergs MBA, Member of the Board of Directors Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Aachen
Thanks to their constantly growing partner portfolio, they are able to represent the unique needs of all fields of industry from high tech manufacturers to healthcare to mobility or agrifood. Thanks to the partner network, they can solve a wide range of interdisciplinary challenges for industries such as sustainability, resilience, digitalisation and agile manufacturing. The core technology competencies include the role of AI in manufacturing, manufacturing systems, computer-aided engineering, additive manufacturing and digital twinning.
A roadmap for industrial innovation
The Fraunhofer Innovation Platform’s vision is to be a leader in applied research in advanced manufacturing in the Netherlands. To make that happen, they develop innovative and integrated solutions to the benefit of both industry and society.
In the years ahead, the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform hopes to strengthen the manufacturing sector in the Netherlands and bring highly skilled research engineers and managerial staff to the region to ensure the ongoing adaptability, competitiveness, and efficiency of the sector.