The Fraunhofer IWS conducts applied research and development in the field of laser and surface technology. Core activities cover a wide range of areas such as laser welding, cutting, coating, hardening and cleaning as well as surface and thin film technology, vapour deposition, process monitoring and nano particle technology.
The institute is a member of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totalling more than 2.1 billion euros. Major part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.
More information is available at www.iws.fraunhofer.de