Organic coating systems form the basis of the most economically important of all surface technologies. This is due to their flexibility and versatility. In January 2012 at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, this led to the decision to merge the two departments “Coatings and Pigments” and “Painting Technology” into a single department. The aim behind this move was to develop end-to-end solutions for all issues related to the entire coating technology process chain. The department handles anything from small industrial contracts through to complex bilateral and consortium research projects. The topics and projects it deals with are highly varied, ranging from the development of new coatings and paint components, through coating application right up to the development, modelling and simulation of practicable production processes. We aim to improve application efficiency, shorten throughput times, achieve savings on energy and materials as well as develop new materials. We then help you implement and integrate our solutions, thus enabling you to significantly improve your process efficiency.