Annual report 2020

Dear customers and partners of Fraunhofer LBF!

In 2021, the entire world was once again faced with major and varied challenges, which will affect us economically, socially and politically in the coming years on both a personal and professional level. The dynamics of change and the pressure to act are palpable, while discussions and assessments are sometimes peremptory and emotional. This makes it difficult to identify positive prospects and address tangible solutions. Sometimes, it seems to simply take more shared courage, sincere understanding and determination to achieve swift and sustainable progress. “When we have to prove ourselves in a crisis, we also grow in strength.” (R. v. Weizsäcker). In this respect, I see the challenges we currently face as being excellent opportunities for our future. ...

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With best regards,
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Melz,
Institute Director

Areas of expertise - Innovative solutions for tomorrow's markets. Systematic from product design to verification.

In our central service areas, we develop innovative solutions for the markets of tomorrow, tailored to the needs of our customers, systematically from product design to verification.

Areas of Expertise


Innovative solutions for tomorrow's markets.


Reliability Design

Our research enables reliable products through reliable processes.


Digital Engineering

We develop the tools for your efficient, digital product development.


Smart Solutions

Novel materials and AI-based solutions for smart condition monitoring and noise control.


Circular Economy

We develop sustainable, recyclable and bio-based plastic solutions for a green future.


Ultra Lightweight Design

We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible and developing radically lightweight, property-optimized structural solutions.


Future Mobility

With our methods, we also support and shape the implementation of future innovative vehicle concepts.

Research divisions and collaboration


Research Division Structural Durability

To us, structural durability is the obligation to harness and shape the digitalization of engineering products.


Research Division Smart Structures

We develop methods and processes for smart and reliable lightweighting structures for our customers.


Research Division Plastics

We develop long-lasting and safe plastics with improved recyclability as well as new technologies for an efficient circular economy.


Networks and alliances

Take advantage of our extensive opportunities in a network of experts from business, science and applied R&D.


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