Business Units

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA


With our systematic interdisciplinary approach, the business unit “Automotive” is a competent contact partner for the automobile industry. We combine diverse areas of expertise in our departments throughout the entire project cycle and beyond.

Electronics and Microsystems

Stents, ABS brake aggregates, dental implants – these are just some of the products that can only be manufactured with the aid of electronic systems and microsystems. Companies are also faced with cost pressure and short time-to-market deadlines.


The business unit “Energy” develops sustainable manufacturing and automation solutions for electrical storage systems, energy efficiency and intelligent energy management in productions, and also for solar and wind energy.

Machinery and Equipment Industry

What constitutes a smart factory? Which manufacturing and automation technologies will strengthen tomorrow’s mechanical engineering processes? What strategies do companies implement to cope with the degree of flexibility demanded by the market? These and other questions are answered by the business unit “Machinery and Equipment Industry”.

Medical Engineering and Biotechnology

Fraunhofer IPA has extensive experience in the field of medical engineering and biotechnology. Our service portfolio comprises consulting services, the development of instruments, devices and systems and also the development and modification of technologies and processes.

Process Industry

The main focus of this new business unit is on the chemical industry, the steel industry and associated industries. The business unit bundles competences and expertise from the departments and supports companies in the Process Industry as an independent and competent partner for continuous production processes.