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

Title: Savor in safety

Food: Supplying the future

A voice from the business world

  • We need a revolution in construction. Now!

    Klemens Haselsteiner, CEO of STRABAG SE, shares his thoughts

    Klemens Haselsteiner, CEO der STRABAG SE

    The construction industry accounts for about 38 percent of global CO2 emissions. As such, the entire industry is responsible for ensuring that value chains become more sustainable. That means it’s not only time for us to rethink construction, but to actually “redo” it.

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  • Turning a corner

    Opinion article by Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of the Swedish electric car manufacturer Polestar.

    Thomas Ingenlath, CEO des schwedischen Elektroautoherstellers Polestar
    © Polestar

    Electrification is just the beginning: Even if the automotive industry transitioned to selling entirely electric cars tomorrow, its emissions would still be far above its total CO2 “budget.” At this crucial juncture in history, all the stakeholders in the sector must realize that it’s time to work together.

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  • Harnessing crises as a catalyst for growth

    Opinion article by Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz, chief executive officer at BayWa AG

    Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz, Vorstandsvorsitzender der BayWa AG
    © Foto: Thomas Einberger/argum/imago images

    The pandemic, the war in Ukraine and this summer’s heatwaves are all inspiring a rethink in the food production industry. Smart farming, agrivoltaics and alternative proteins could see major breakthroughs.

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  • 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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Events and trade fairs

  • Online / edudip / June 14, 2023, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CEST

    Webinar “Go for green: Microreactors in electrochemical flow synthesis”

    Being powered by sustainably generated electric current electrochemistry has all potential to be a real „green“ synthesis route at lab and industrial scale. In our webinar we point out the relevance of microreactor technology for the implementation of electrochemical processes and outline your benefits in a possible cooperation in terms of time, money and resources.

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  • Hannover / June 22, 2023 - June 23, 2023

    Models of Lung Disease 2023

    The 21st Fraunhofer Seminar Models of Lung Disease wil be taking place at the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM in Hannover on June, 22 and 23.

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  • Messe Munich / June 27, 2023 - June 30, 2023

    Fraunhofer at the LASER World of Photonics 2023

    Entwicklung einer Multipasszelle zur Pulskompression im nahen Infrarotbereich.
    © Fraunhofer ILT / Lucas Eisenbach

    Fraunhofer is represented at LASER World of Photonics with three thematic booths this year. From lidar to eMobility technologies, from manufacturing technology to laser sources - Fraunhofer researchers are exhibiting their innovations in hall A3, booth 441. The focus is on laser projection systems for vehicles, ships or medical applications in hall A2, booth 415. In the World of Quantum in hall A1, booth 521, five institutes will take visitors on the "Fraunhofer Quantum Journey" and show their new developments in the fields of quantum computing, communication, sensing and imaging.

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  • Fraunhofer Campus | Winterbergstrasse 28, 01277 Dresden, Germany / July 03, 2023 - July 04, 2023

    10th Workshop “Lithium-Sulfur Batteries”

    Lithium-sulfur batteries are envisaged to enable energy storage devices with high specific energy at low material cost. The recent research provides significant progress in terms of materials for active and passive cell components as well as on understanding of mechanisms finally leading to improved Li-S cell performance.

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  • Fraunhofer Institute Center Dresden / September 04, 2023 - September 05, 2023

    SBS4 – International Sodium Battery Symposium

    Sodium batteries are the most promising alternative to Lithium cells. The SBS4 wants to strengthen the community around Na batteries and intends to enable an open exchange of information on current scientific results and research interests as well as on market requirements.

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  • The international meeting will take place at the Fraunhofer Campus in Dresden. Winterbergstrasse 28, 01277 Dresden, Germany / September 12, 2023 - September 13, 2023

    Dry Coating Forum: Shaping the future of dry battery electrode processing

    © Fraunhofer IWS

    Fraunhofer IWS provides a dedicated platform and launches the Dry Coating Forum. DCF is a forum for material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, cell makers and end users to exchange information about current trends, developments and challenges in the field of dry coating technologies.

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  • Dresden / September 25, 2023 - September 27, 2023

    Dresden Battery Days 2023

    At the 4th Dresden Battery Days, international electrochemical energy storage experts will discuss steps to sustainable and circular battery value chain.

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  • Dresden & Online / November 29, 2023 - December 01, 2023

    Laser Symposium & ISAM 2023

    Logo Laser Symposium 2023

    For the twelfth time in a row, Laser Symposium 2023 brings together world's leading laser experts, end-users and newcomers from both industry and academia. With a focus on latest laser developments and their suitability for industrial applications, it offers an ideal platform for scientific and technical exchange on various aspects of laser materials processing.

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