Integrated solutions for the industry

Resources are an important key to securing the long-term competitiveness of European industry. They must be used effectively. In addition, sustainability and climate protection are now part of the corporate policy of many companies. Many are also working toward establishing a circular economy and closing their material and product loops. To achieve all these goals, a sustainable strategy on costs, environmental impacts, political framework conditions and technical requirements and functionalities is necessary.

Fraunhofer IWKS supports customers in creating a sustainable resource management. Product systems are always analyzed in a holistic system approach so that processes, material flows and their interrelationships are revealed. As a basis for sustainability improvement, not only the treatment and recycling of secondary raw materials, but also new business models and product designs are developed and integrated into the analysis.

The aim is to close material and product cycles through targeted analyses and by taking into account economic, ecological and technical aspects. Based on the specific requirements of the customers, a comprehensive and holistic information base is developed to enable strategic decisions and practical assistance. As a result, for example, costs and environmental impacts can be reduced and the energy and resource efficiency of production and recycling processes can be increased. In addition, potentials that can arise from the use of new circular economy business models are also highlighted.

Research services


Process Optimization


Circular Economy Concepts


Life Cycle Assessment


Life Cycle Costing

Selected projects of the department



Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials

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Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project Manitu

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