Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

At six locations for industry and society

Fraunhofer IFAM is one of the most important independent research institutes in Europe in the fields of "Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces" and "Shaping and Functional Materials".

The focus is on research and development work at all six institute locations  

with the aim of providing our customers with reliable and application-oriented solutions.

Fraunhofer IFAM



New fiber reinforced composites for flame retardancy

In order to ensure operational safety, the investigation of flame retardancy is of utmost importance in a wide range of industries. The experts at Fraunhofer IFAM have extensive capabilities both for the synthesis of polymers and the production of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) with flame retardant properties, and for carrying out fire tests.


Additive manufacturing from powder to component

A broad spectrum of additive manufacturing processes is being researched at the Bremen and Dresden sites. All of them are characterized by enormous geometric freedom, a high degree of individualization and excellent raw material efficiency. And that along the entire value chain.


From research concept to medical product

Medical hydrogel for the removal of kidney stones. Purenum GmbH, a spin-off from Fraunhofer IFAM, has brought a biocompatible hydrogel for the removal of kidney stone residues for endoscopic therapy to market maturity. 


Promotion of electromobility

Many factors must be taken into account when expanding the charging infrastructure for electromobility. In order to understand the user perspective better, the "Cities in Charge" project included a Germany-wide online survey at almost 100 charging stations.

Press Releases


Prof. Thomas Weißgärber receives EPMA fellowship award 2022

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FEICA and Fraunhofer IFAM publish ‘Synopsis of Adhesive Bonding Technology in the 21st Century - Synergy of Technological and Ecological Potentials’

The book ‘Adhesive Bonding Technology in the 21st Century - Synergy of Technological and Ecological Potentials’ by Prof. Dr Bernd Mayer and Prof. Dr Andreas Groß of Fraunhofer IFAM in Bremen, Germany, was commissioned by FEICA on the occasion of FEICA’s 50th anniversary. The publication is intended for a broad audience and its objective is to provide a comprehensive view of the adhesive and sealant industry in terms of its applications, technologies, innovations and trends.
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Motek l Bondexpo l Efficient large-structure assembly: outsourcing & automation of adhesive tolerance compensation process

Motek 2022 l Hall 7 l Booth 7115 l The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Stade, Germany, will present automation solutions on a 1:1 scale for the first time at the International Trade Fair for Automation in Production and Assembly from October 4 to 7 in Stuttgart, Germany.
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InnoTrans 2022 – Automated machining and assembly of large lightweight structures for rail vehicle construction

InnoTrans 2022 l Hall 23 l Booth 240 l The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Stade will be presenting automation solutions on a 1:1 scale for sustainable rail vehicle construction for the first time as part of the leading International Trade Fair for Transport Technology from September 20 to 23, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.
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Space Tech Expo Europe

Space Tech Expo Europe is the must-attend event on the space calendar, a truly global event that pushes the industry to new heights year after year by showcasing the latest technologies, providing networking opportunities and facilitating topical debates.
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Compamed 2022

At Compamed, Fraunhofer IFAM will present its portfolio on the topics of novel implant and bone substitute materials, material developments on adhesives, dental filling material based on nanocomposites, and an antibiotic, osteointerative surface modification, an antiviral coating, and an anti-inflammatory composite for additive manufacturing processes.
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ILA 2022

Das Fraunhofer IFAM präsentiert Innovationen für die Luft- und Raumfahrt an den Ständen von Fraunhofer AVIATION & SPACE auf der Internationalen Luftfahrtausstellung ILA 2022.
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