Research Cooperations


Cluster of Exellence

The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence promote the cooperative development of relevant topics by creating a research structure that spans several institutes. In organizational terms, these research clusters correspond to a "virtual institute" spread across several locations. The research clusters do not only aim at the temporary implementation of a single project, but rather pursue a roadmap for the long-term development of a complex technology trend.


Lighthouse Projects

As a Group within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, we direct our application-oriented research towards human needs. We generate the best possible solutions with creativity and a spirit of research.


Project Centers

The Fraunhofer Group for Production is participating in various project centers pooling scientific findings in the area of the production. Existing know-how from various Fraunhofer institutes is used for this purpose.


High-Performance Centers

High-performance centers orchestrate the collaboration of university and non-university research with industry. They feature binding, consistent roadmaps for the partners involved in the performance dimensions of research and teaching, promotion of young researchers, infrastructure, innovation and transfer. Their purpose is to offer politics the opportunity to prioritize the development of scientific excellence for the benefit of society.


Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centers

The Mittelstand 4.0 competence centers are part of the "Mittelstand 4.0 - Digital Production and Work Processes" initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The initiative aims to support SMEs and the skilled trades in digitization, networking and the introduction of Industry 4.0 applications.


Research Centers and Labs

The scientists of the Fraunhofer Group for Production have access to the best conditions for driving forward performance-oriented projects with industrial customers as well as for technically designing and testing the system-theoretical issues of tomorrow's workplace in a research-oriented manner.