Core Competencies

Clearly Defined Core Competencies
Bundle Technological and Scientific Expertise

Fraunhofer IFAM has bundled its broad technological and scientific know-how into seven core competencies. These core competencies – each for itself as well as the interplay with the others – account for the strong position of Fraunhofer IFAM within its research community.

The scope of research and development ranges from materials to shaping and joining techniques to functionalizing surfaces to components and systems. Within this range, Fraunhofer IFAM covers the complete value chain from materials development to industrial applications – including personnel and workforce training courses in new technologies.

Our Core Competencies at a Glance


Metallic Materials


Polymeric Materials


Surface Technology


Adhesive Bonding


Shaping and Functionalization




Automation and Digitalization


Overview of our Core Competencies

In our institute profile you will find detailed information on our seven core competencies