Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), as a supreme authority of the Federal Government, performs legislative, administrative and coordinating functions for the Federal Republic of Germany, for example in energy, industrial and innovation policy as well as in competition, SME and European policy. Its central task is to secure lasting prospects for employment, investment and growth in Germany with a forward-looking economic policy. The guiding principle for this is a policy based on the principles of the social market economy. Essential fields of action for the Ministry are the support and promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, stimulating and accompanying investments and innovations, maintaining and expanding the international competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location, and creating the necessary framework conditions. In doing so, it is also responsible for ensuring that important challenges of our time such as digitalisation, the effects of demographic change, the energy transition and other economic transformation processes for climate protection and a secured prosperity and growth also in the future are adequately addressed and taken into account.

Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

The Fraunhofer Group Light & Surfaces combines the expertise of six Fraunhofer institutes. The core competences of the group include the development of coating systems and coating processes for a variety of applications, functionalization of surfaces, development of laser sources, development of micro-optical and precision mechanical systems, material processing and in optical measurement.

FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences - Institute of Energy and Process Technology (IEP)

The IEP belongs to the institute network "Resources, Energy and Infrastructure" of the FH Münster. The IEP conducts interdisciplinary research on regenerative power and heat generation, renewable raw materials, energy storage, energy and process optimisation of industrial production processes as well as resource and material flow management. The IEP is located in Steinfurt.

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM)

The Shaping and Functional Materials Division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM has premises in Bremen and Dresden. IFAM works in contract research in the following areas: Biomaterials Technology, Electrical Systems, Electromobility, Functional structures, Casting Technology, Light Weight Materials, Materialography and Analytics, Powder Technology, High Performance Sintered Materials, Cellular Metallic Materials. The main objectives for IFAM's work are minimisation of material and energy consumption as well as cost-benefit optimisation.
The R & D activities of the Department of Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces at the Fraunhofer IFAM focus on adhesive bonding technology, as well as plasma technology and paint/lacquer technology. The objective is to provide industry with application-oriented system solutions.