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

This is not an egg

Our diet is changing radically. What does the future taste like?

A voice from the business world

  • 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
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    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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  • Welcome to a new age!

    Peter Körte | Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Siemens AG

    Peter Körte, Strategie-Chef der Siemens AG
    © Siemens AG

    The Internet of Things has immense potential − but it also calls for data sovereignty. It is the key to unlocking knowledge and data silos in a way we can control.

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Events and trade fairs

  • Hannover, Germany / May 30, 2022 - June 02, 2022

    Fraunhofer at the HANNOVER MESSE

    Grafik: Fraunhofer-Stand auf der Hannover Messe 2022

    At the Hannover Messe 2022, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will present a comprehen-sive overview of what the production of the future will look like: from hydrogen tech-nologies for manufacturing, 5G-based localization and communication applications to cloud edge computing, cognitive internet technologies for digital sovereignty, digital engineering and human-robot collaboration, machine learning and artificial intelligence to circular economy in manufacturing, smart maintenance and adaptronics.

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  • Online seminar series / June 01, 2022, 3:00 p.m. CEST

    NDT4INDUSTRY – Recent developments in advanced NDT

    At the Fraunhofer IKTS site in Dresden-Klotzsche our focus is on developing advanced non-destructive testing solutions for ceramics and many other materials. We are constantly working on new solutions. We would like to present some of these to you in our new NDT4INDUSTRY online seminar series. We want to make it live and interactive – so keep watching!

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  • 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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