Fraunhofer in Asia


China, the world's most populous country with almost 1.4 billion people, is an important strategic partner for Germany in research and development. Since 2010, China has been the country with the most extensive export of goods and the second largest economy in the world. In 2018, China was Germany's largest trading partner for the third time in succession, with an import volume from Germany of around 93 billion euros.

The share of research expenditure in China, totaled approximately 280 billion euros and amounted to 2.17 percent of its GDP in 2018. China has trained the most talented scientists in the world and accounted for the most recognized patents (1.5 million) in 2018.  China made significant progress in research and internationalization especially in technical and scientific disciplines. Research and internationalization has been particularly advanced in the technical and scientific disciplines. This is refected in various rankings including Bloomberg's Global Innovation Index 2020, which now lists China on the 15th place and, according to the US National Science Foundation, China is ranked second as scientifically strong nation.

Fraunhofer Representative Office Beijing

Fraunhofer has had a Fraunhofer Representative Office (RO) in Beijing since 1999. The RO serves to network the German Fraunhofer Institutes with Chinese partners, it supports the institutes on-site and serves as a local contact. This presence increases trust in Fraunhofer as a cooperation partner and underlines the appreciation of relations with China. Furthermore, the RO promotes the scientific exchange between China and German Fraunhofer Institutes.

Fraunhofer Representative Office Beijing

1102D, DRC Building 1
19 Dongfang Donglu
Chaoyang District 100600 Beijing



Dr. Xiaolong Ma
Fraunhofer Representative Office Beijing
Phone +86 10 6590 6135-36

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Fraunhofer Project Center for Smart Manufacturing at Shanghai Jiao Tong Uni-versity (FPC_SM@SJTU)

The "Fraunhofer Project Center for Smart Manufacturing at SJTU" in Shang-hai/Lingang is a cooperation between Fraunhofer IPA and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). The Project Center researches and develops application-oriented solutions in the fields of production management, human-robot collaboration and Industry 4.0.

The aim of the collaboration is to implement research projects on digital transformation and artificial intelligence in the Chinese market together with industrial partners. This is done within the framework of joint research activities of scientists from Germany and China. The Fraunhofer Project Center is headed by Michael Lickefett, Head of Department Factory Planning and Product Management at Fraunhofer IPA, and Prof. Hao Wang, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at SJTU.


Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Urban Eco-Development at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (​​​​​​​FIP-UD@SJTU​​​​​​​)

Since 2019, the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Urban Eco-Development at Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been pooling the expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and the School of Design at Shanghai JiaoTong University SJTU in the field of ecological, sustainable and resilient urbanization.

The research at FPC_UD@SJTU focuses on the built environment within the scope of city districts and buildings. In the field of urban districts, for example, the designing an efficient energy supply with regard to a sufficient combined heat-power generation as well as a robust rainwater management and the management of green spaces are in the foreground. For the building sector, the technology of Building Information Modelling is addressed to enable sustainable construction and operation of real estate. For this purpose, algorithms and methods are being developed that enable internationally comprehensive standards. Ultimately, the existence of consistent building models has a particular impact on prefabricated and then also industrialized construction, with which a higher quality standard can be achieved with short construction times.