Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.

Logo Fraunhofer IFAMThe FRAUNHOFER SOCIETY (FhG) is a recognised non-profit research organisation which takes its name from the researcher, inventor and entrepreneur Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787-1826). Founded in 1949, the FhG comprises 60 Fraunhofer Institutes with 17.000 employees at 40 different locations in Germany as well as research centres and representative offices in Europe, USA and Asia. The FhG undertakes applied research in future- oriented projects with the aim of finding innovative solutions to issues concerning the industrial economy and society in general. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in the industry, the service sector and the public administration. The organisation also participates in publicly funded research projects and initiatives of the European Commission and the German federal and “Länder” ministries. This places the FhG in a bridging position between industrial and academic R&D environments.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials in Bremen is the largest independent research group in Europe in industrial bonding and adhesive technology. The department “Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces” performs R&D on multifunctional coatings, paints, polymer chemistry, nanoparticle applications, and plasma and lacquer technology as well as on adhesive bonding and surface analytics with the goal to develop application-orientated bonding system solutions for industry. The Fraunhofer IFAM possesses facilities for surface and structure analysis, for electrochemistry and for computational materials modelling. Multifunctional products, light-weight construction and miniaturisation, realised by intelligent combination of materials, offer new opportunities. The work of the institute ranges from fundamental research to the introduction of new products to the market. Industrial fields of application are in plant engineering, micro-assembly, packaging, electronics and transportation.