The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST drives forward innovations for competitive products and production systems. With our highly qualified employees, we tap the potentials and synergies of process engineering, process technology and production engineering. Based on the guiding principle of sustainability, the entire product life cycle is taken into consideration: from materials and individual processes, through process chains and entire factories, and on to a circular economy. The focus of our scientific activities and contract research is directed at solutions for automotive construction, plant and mechanical engineering, aerospace, the energy industry, optical applications, medicine and pharmaceutical process engineering, as well as environmental technology.
As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the world’s leading organization for application-oriented research, we are closely networked within industry and science - both regionally and internationally. With its focus on future-relevant key technologies and the exploitation of results in business and industry, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft plays a central role in the innovation process. As a guide and driving force for innovative developments and scientific excellence, it is helping to shape our society and our future.
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