Fraunhofer IFAM is one of Europe's most important independent research institutes in the fields of adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping, and functional materials. The focus at the five institute locations as well as the North Sea island of Helgoland is on research and development with the aim of providing our customers with reliable and application-oriented solutions. Products and technologies address industries such as automotive, aviation, energy technology, maritime technologies as well as medical technology and life sciences. However, processes developed at the institute are also used in other sectors of industry, such as electronics and electrical engineering, or the packaging and construction industries. Currently, around 700 employees bundle their know-how in the core competencies: Metallic Materials, Polymer Materials, Surface Technology, Adhesive Bonding, Shaping and Functionalization, Electromobility, and Automation and Digitalization.