International Networks

For us, international networking and cooperation are essential building blocks in the development and transfer of innovative technologies into modern production and value-adding processes. In close cooperation with foreign customers, we are implementing numerous research projects, particularly in the automotive and vehicle construction sectors as well as in mechanical and plant engineering.

EU projects

Fraunhofer IWU has established itself in the European research landscape. For example, we are involved in European technology platforms and cooperate with European research organizations. Examples of this are our participation in the EFFRA/Manufuture platforms, our involvement in projects of the European Institute of Technology EIT, and Saxony's accession to the Vanguard initiative, which we co-initiated. 

In projects of the 7th Research Framework Program or "Horizon2020", we are not only involved as a research partner, but have also taken on the challenging task of coordinating a collaborative project.

Interreg projects

Interreg is part of the European Union's structural and investment policy. The program promotes cross-border cooperation between regions and cities. Interreg projects improve regional development on the ground and contribute to territorial cohesion in Europe.

Vanguard initiative

The Vanguard initiative is supported by companies and institutes in 30 European industrial locations and serves to network these regions. Vanguard opens up new opportunities for professional exchange, the closing of process chains, the synergetic use of plant technology and the joint application for funding projects.