Our business units (departments) are oriented to materials-related research and development topics and the impacts upon a product's life cycle. In each phase the Fraunhofer IWM provides sustainable and innovative solutions for product and technology development processes. Each business unit has a clearly defined contextual focus, these being Materials Design, Manufacturing Processes, Tribology, Component Safety and Lightweight Construction and Assessment of Materials, Lifetime Concepts. The Fraunhofer IWM business units address central research themes which are related to energy and resource efficiency.
The operating budget is financed through external earnings and institutional funding (core funding). The operating budget for 2021 amounted to 25.4 million euro, of which 27.8% came from industry revenues. The investment budget for 2021 was 4.4 million euro.
At the end of 2021 the institute employed 257 permanent staff: 142 scientists, 45 technical staff and 70 infrastructure staff. Including the 78 academic assistants which included interns as well as 10 apprentices, the Fraunhofer IWM had 345 employees in 2021.