Production and Supply of Services – Automobile and Plant Engineering

More and more varieties of automotive models are penetrating the market, product lifespans are getting shorter, and energy costs are soaring. Above all, the protracted ramp-up time in auto body assembly are causing problems for manufacturers: They have to adapt production systems to each of the new parts and assemblies, which is highly time-intensive.Fraunhofer researchers are working on reducing the ramp-up times in order to ensure a faster and more efficient production process.

Produktion und Dienstleistung


»ARENA2036« – Manufacturing the automobile of tomorrow

The cooperative research environment “ARENA2036” develops competitive production models for the next generation of automobiles. Whereas today’s automobiles are manufactured in sync with the production line, tomorrow’s manufacturing systems will be decoupled, fully-flexible and highly-integrated.

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, the University of Stuttgart and also representatives from companies, such as Daimler and Bosch, are working on new methods for producing and assembling lightweight vehicle structures as well as evaluating their suitability for use in practice. The environment also serves as a motor for promoting young talent, vocational training and equal opportunities.

Fraunhofer AutoMOBILE Production Alliance

The Fraunhofer Alliance pools the expertise of 18 institutes, who collectively provide the German automotive industry with a competent single-source partner for its research and development needs.

Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance

Bundled competencies in the areas of materials and composite materials for lightweight construction, joining and manufacturing processes in lightweight construction, numerical and experimental simulation in lightweight construction and evaluation of components and systems.

Fraunhofer Group for Production

The Fraunhofer Group for Production is a cooperative venture, created with the aim of collaborating on production-oriented research and development to offer customers comprehensive single-source solutions.

Fraunhofer Project Centre Wolfsburg: Electromobility and Lightweight Construction

The work at the "Fraunhofer Project Centre Wolfsburg" concentrates on the three major topics: "Textile manufacturing chain", "Hybrid materials with metallic matrix" and "Components for electric vehicles".