Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

The Fraunhofer IFAM at a Glance

Founded in 1968 and integrated into the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 1974, the Fraunhofer IFAM is one of the most important research institutions in Europe for adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping and functional materials. At our institute’s five locations – Bremen, Dresden, Oldenburg, Stade and Wolfsburg – we put our central principles into practice: scientific excellence, a focus on the application of technology, measurable utility for customers and ensuring the highest quality.

Currently, more than 600 employees from 23 departments combine their broad technological and scientific know-how into seven core competencies: metallic materials, polymer materials, surface technology, bonding, shaping and functionalization, electromobility, automation and digitization. These core competencies - both individually and in combination with each other – are not only the basis of our strong position in the research market but also of future-forward developments that will be useful for society.

The products and technologies we develop address, above all, industries with special significance for future viability: aerospace, automotive, energy technology, maritime technologies as well as 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.