For Customers and Partners

Fraunhofer lead markets – our strategic customer segments

Applied research is the hallmark of Fraunhofer. Industry is our partner. In line with our research fields, Fraunhofer has defined strategic customer segments, which we call “lead markets”. By promoting innovation, Fraunhofer lead markets give Germany a global competitive edge, secure the technological sovereignty of Germany and Europe as well as deliver sustainable value creation for society.  

These strategic customer segments provide industry customers with access to Fraunhofer’s industry-oriented services:










What can Fraunhofer do for its customers?

What does Fraunhofer do? What kind of collaboration with Fraunhofer is possible? What can Fraunhofer do for its customers?


 If you are considering working with Fraunhofer for the first time, you are sure to have lots of questions. We hope you will find the answers to some of your key questions below.

Outstanding pre-competitive research

Strategic Research Fields

Forming the core focus of our research portfolio, the seven Fraunhofer Strategic Research Fields aim to address needs and markets that will shape our future. Within these fields, our outstanding pre-competitive research specifically targets projects that have high commercial potential, thereby enhancing our impact on society and across multiple sectors. By pursuing the Fraunhofer Strategic Research Fields, we aim to continuously strengthen the roles of Germany and Europe as key hubs of business and innovation while fostering our technological sovereignty and promoting sustainable value creation.

Transfer of ideas and innovations into the economy

Valuable technological knowledge and expertise is generated at the Fraunhofer Institutes each and every day. For over 70 years, Fraunhofer has been fulfilling its responsibility for the successful transfer of this knowledge and know-how to the economy and society by contributing to new products, services and processes. The successful commercialization of technology hinges on a broad and sophisticated set of transfer mechanisms.

The Fraunhofer Academy − Professional education

The Fraunhofer Academy is the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's provider for continuing education. Together, we stand for applied cutting-edge research: Wherever new technologies and processes are applied, the Fraunhofer Academy creates the conditions for a new culture of innovation in companies for an economically successful future through continuing education.


Fraunhofer magazine

Protection and security

A new era, new challenges, new solutions

A voice from the business world

  • Supply chains in disarray

    Dr. Volker Treier, Chief Executive of Foreign Trade at the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry e. V. (DIHK), shares his thoughts

    Dr. Volker Treier, DIHK-Außenwirtschaftschef, beim 16. Exportkontrolltag in Berlin
    © DIHK

    With container ships stuck in traffic jams and staff shortages in the logistics sector, we can no longer rely on goods arriving “just in time.” The time has come to build up greater resilience.

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  • A voice from the business world

    Kerstin Andreae, Chair of the Executive Board at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), shares her thoughts

     Kerstin Andreae, Vorsitzende der Hauptgeschäftsführung des BDEW
    © Thomas Trutschel/

    Germany already has a 500,000 kilometer gas infrastructure and the largest gas storage capacity in the European Union − and these are by no means the only advantages to using hydrogen as its ticket to climate neutrality.

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  • “Coopetition!”

    Stefan Hohm, CDO at DACHSER SE, shares his thoughts

    Stefan Hohm, CDO, DACHSER SE

    Open-source over classic collaboration: Companies such as Dachser, DB Schenker, duisport and Rhenus want to use the newly established Open Logistics Foundation to advance the interests of all – they do not believe digitalization can be achieved in isolation.

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  • A voice from the business world

    Dr. Torsten Jeworrek | Member of the Board of Management of Munich Re

    Dr. Torsten Jeworrek, Vorstandsmitglied der Munich Re
    © Munich Re / Andreas Pohlmann

    The call for action could not be more urgent: In July, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a warning that the world risks missing its target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, or 2 degrees at the most — unless we implement very strict climate protection measures very soon.

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  • “We want to crack unsolvable problems!”

    Dr. Heike Riel | IBM Fellow, Head of IBM Quantum Research EMEA & Africa

    Dr. Heike Riel, IBM Fellow, Head of IBM Quantum Research EMEA & Africa
    © Nik Hunger/Swiss Engineering STV

    Technological history is being made as we speak: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and IBM have brought today’s most powerful quantum computer for industry and research to Europe. It is a success story of our joint contribution to the future of research and industry.

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Events and trade fairs

  • Berlin / September 28, 2022 - September 29, 2022

    »FUTURAS IN RES« conference: The Quantum Breakthrough

    In 2022 the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will host the third international science and technology conference of its “FUTURAS IN RES“ series. This year’s topic is “Quantum Technologies” and it will be held from September 28–29, 2022 in Berlin.

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  • Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden / October 12, 2022 - October 13, 2022

    AM Ceramics 2022

    Join the top ceramic specialists at AM Ceramics. Experts ranging from industry to research will present developments in the ceramic process chain, advances in 3D printing and more. Completed by a guided tour through the Fraunhofer IKTS.

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  • Düsseldorf, Germany / October 19, 2022 - October 26, 2022

    Trade fair K

    The plastics industry is one of the most important industries in Germany. Also enjoying a strong position at international level, the sector has achieved this status through its endeavors both in relation to the production as well as the research and development of plastic materials. At the world’s leading “K” industry trade fair, 14 Fraunhofer units will be showcasing innovative, sustainable and efficient approaches, solutions and developments for plastics processing. Taking center stage at the event are the topics of circular economy, digital transformation, climate protection and functionalization.

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  • Oberhausen / MS Teams / March 07, 2023 - March 08, 2023

    From fossil to the future – with bioeconomy and biotechnology

    Kongress BIO-raffiniert

    On March 7 and 8, 2023, the Fraunhofer UMSICHT, CLIB – Industrial Biotechnology Cluster and 3N Kompetenzzentrum e.V. will organize the congress "BIO-raffiniert XII" in Oberhausen. Topic: "From fossil to the future – with bioeconomy and biotechnology". The twelfth event of the congress series thus spans the arc from today's predominantly fossil raw material supply to biobased concepts of the future.

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