About Us

Leading institute for resource-efficient production

The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is an engine for innovations in the research and development of production technologies. Around 600 employees at our locations in Chemnitz, Dresden and Zittau open up potentials for competitive manufacturing. Our scientific research and contract research focuses on components, processes and the associated complex machine systems – the entire factory.

As leading institute for resource-efficient production, we concentrate on the development of efficient technologies and intelligent production plants for manufacturing components for car bodies and powertrains and on optimizing the related forming and cutting manufacturing processes. Key success factors include the development of lightweight structures and technologies for processing new materials as well as functional integration in assemblies.

Progressing digitization is one of the most important topics of the future. For this purpose we develop holistic solutions with specific added value, which will also strengthen and improve the competitive position of our partners in the future. The “E³-Forschungsfabrik Resource-efficient Production” is the basis for these developments. Together with partners in research and industry, solutions are created for efficient technologies; additionally, concepts of factory planning are developed for flexible, resource-efficient production and innovation information and visualization technologies are designed for successfully integrating humans into the factory of the future.