Higher efficiency and lower emissions:
two key goals for global aviation

Today, the aviation industry is responsible for 2.5 percent of global annual CO2 emissions. Ten years ago, the European Commission and the industry agreed on firm targets for reducing emissions in the "Flightpath 2050" vision for the future: In the coming years, emissions of carbon dioxide are to be reduced by 75 percent and of nitrogen oxides by as much as 90 percent. Aircraft noise is also to be reduced by 65 percent per passenger kilometer. Last year, the urgency to become more efficient further intensified with the effects of the corona pandemic in the heavily affected aviation industry.

New designs and materials require high-performance manufacturing processes

Aircraft and component manufacturers are now faced with the challenge of developing interdisciplinary solutions for new designs and materials. The aim is to develop and use manufacturing processes that ensure optimum physical properties of aircraft components while minimizing life cycle costs.

Partner for industry – from concept to prototype manufacturing

Together with its research and industrial partners, the Fraunhofer IPT aims to help achieve the ambitious goals of European aviation. With this goal in mind, we are developing new concepts for the production of central segments of the aircraft, such as the engine and airframe, as well as for the associated logistics. We work with you to develop processing methods for more resistant and lighter materials, new designs and digitization concepts - from the initial concept to the prototype.

Ready for take-off:
Concepts and production technologies for the aviation industry

Through our many years of cooperation in a network with major players in the aviation industry, we bring a great degree of experience from production technologies and extensive knowledge of their high quality requirements to our work. Thus, we have always been a valuable contact for our project and cooperation partners from the aviation industry.


Revolutionary aircraft engine concepts

The long-term reduction of emissions on short- and medium-haul routes requires new propulsion concepts. The direct combustion of liquid hydrogen and the use of the flying fuel cell are promising approaches in this regard.


Sustainability in aircraft manufacturing

The analysis of resource consumption is an important element in optimizing efficiency - also in production. We rely on the combination of process knowledge and digitization to generate a holistic picture that facilitates the selection of new process chains.


Evolutionary aircraft engine concepts

As existing aircraft engine concepts continue to evolve towards higher efficiency and lower emissions, the requirements in terms of lower tolerances and more complex component designs are also increasing.



Industry 4.0 stands for networking and adaptivity of production processes. Through the exchange of data and information, processes can be designed and optimized much more efficiently.



New materials for lightweight construction

We develop qualified production technologies for safety-critical, highly stressed structural components made of new high-performance materials for companies in the aerospace industry for both cost reduction and efficiency enhancement.



Ready for the future? Production must change.