International cooperations

Faunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI

The Faunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI cooperates closely with the Fraunhofer IPT in many areas. In collaboration with Boston University, the Fraunhofer CMI conducts advanced research and development leading to engineering solutions for a broad range of industries, including biotech/biomedical, photonics, and renewable energies.

Engineers, faculty partners and students at the CMI transfer the results of basic research into advanced technologies that meet needs of both domestic and global client companies. The primary focus is on the development of innovative high-precision automation systems, instruments and medical devices.

This partnership allows the Fraunhofer IPT and CMI to provide their clients with production technology research and development services close to their production facilities, while also creating the conditions for a sustainable technology transfer between European and American manufacturers. The CMI works closely together with Boston Uni­versity and its office on the BU campus is built right next to the University’s Manufacturing Engineering Department. The training of highly qualified engineers in an international environment is also something they care about very deeply.

Powertrain Manufacturing for Heavy Vehicles Application Lab in Stockholm (Sweden)

In the year 2016 a consortium of powertrain manufacturers and research institutions was established in Sweden with a view to strengthening and securing the competitiveness of its industrial members.  The “Powertrain Manufacturing for Heavy Vehicles Application Lab” was established on 13 September 2016 by three Fraunhofer institutes IPT, IWU and ITWM, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the Swerea KIMAB and Swerea IVF research institutes (members of the research network RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden), the Technical University of Chalmers and the industrial manufacturers Scania, Volvo Trucks and Sandvik Coromant.

Through the projects of the new center, the partners will develop technologies for the mass production of components in the powertrains of heavy-duty vehicles and improve conventional production processes.

On 26 April 2017, the consortium started a separate German-Swedish initiative to support and encourage exchanges of Industry 4.0 technologies and of new ideas of how to implement them, called the “Swedish-German Testbed for Smart Production”. The joint venture had been inspired by a panel discussion to mark the opening of the technology forum which was jointly hosted by the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and which was attended by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. In their joint declaration, the governments of both countries had emphasized the importance of four research areas: life sciences, production and materials, mobility, and energy / the environment. The test beds are designed as pilot lines for the assessment of innovative smart products or production systems and for the development of ways to combine them into efficiently operating networks.

Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Solutions in Dublin (Ireland)

On 9 May 2017, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft opened its first “Fraunhofer Project Center” in Ireland, a joint venture of the Fraunhofer IPT and Dublin City University (DCU). The FPC@DCU intends to combine the two partners’ skills and experience in the development of micro-fluidic lab-on-a-chip systems that are employed for applications in medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, production and analytics. The Science Foundation Ireland and Fraunhofer support the project with an amount of EUR 2.5 million each for a period of five years.

While the Irish partners from Dublin City University are in charge of technical design and specifications for applications in – for example – medicine, environmental engineering and food processing, the Fraunhofer IPT will commit its know-how in production technology for the manufacturing of functional plastic film, complex injection-moulding components, integrated measuring technology and printed electronics. The Fraunhofer IPT hopes to use the joint venture as a means of gaining access to potential clients from the medical technology industry (which is very strong in Ireland), while the Irish partners welcome the opportunity of establishing contacts and networks within the international research community of the Fraunhofer Society.

Center for Design and Production Engineering for Complex High-Tech Systems in Twente (The Netherlands)

On 23 January 2017, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft opened its first “Fraunhofer Project Center” (FPC) on the campus of the University of Twente (Netherlands). The new research facility is a joint venture of the Fraunhofer IPT, the University of Twente and the Saxion University of Applied Sciences at Enschede. Jointly, they decided to combine their wide-ranging skills and competencies in research and production technology to accelerate the cross-border development of complex and sophisticated technologies and systems for Industry 4.0 in Germany as well as the Netherlands.

The Fraunhofer IPT’s many years of experience in the development of manufacturing technologies and engineering equipment for Industry 4.0 will now also help the Netherlands to convert research results from FPC@UT directly into marketable products. The cooperation with the University of Twente and Saxion University is designed to strengthen the competitive positions of all partners, supporting the market-oriented development of “Smart Industries” in both Germany and the Netherlands.

Weitere Kooperationen mit internationalen Partnern und Netzwerken

  • Boston University, USA
  • Tsinghua Universität, VR China
  • ITTC, VR China
  • Laboratorio de Mecanica de Precisao, Brasil
  • Fundação CERTI (Centros de Referência em Tecnologias Inovadoras), Brasil
  • Centro de Competência em Manufatura, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brasil
  • Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia