Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. With its clearly defined mission of application-oriented research and its focus on key technologies of relevance to the future, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft plays a prominent role in the German and European innovation process. Applied research has a knock-on effect that extends beyond the direct benefits perceived by the customer: Through their research and development work, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their local region, and throughout Germany and Europe. They do so by promoting innovation, strengthening the technological base, improving the acceptance of new technologies, and helping to train the urgently needed future generation of scientists and engineers.


⇒ Represented by Fraunhofer Research Institut for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies (Fraunhofer IWKS)

The goal of Fraunhofer IWKS is to return finite resources from a product cycle and transfer them into a new one. Therefore, Fraunhofer IWKS develops innovative separation, sorting and processing technologies in the areas of functional and secondary materials in close cooperation with business partners in order to significantly increase sustainable productivity as well as recycling and reuse quotas. Our core competences are concentrated in the areas:

  • Resource Strategies
  • Recycling and Reusable Material Cycles
  • Substitution