The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), founded in 1981, addresses current logistics issues of high economic, ecological and social relevance. The institute, based in Dortmund, has made a name for itself in Germany as a leading authority in holistically oriented logistics research. With a market volume of 223 billion euros and 2.8 million employees, logistics is the third strongest economic sector in Germany. Efficient logistics networks ensure economic growth and participation in international economic processes.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics offers extensive research and development infrastructure
The institute maintains an extensive research and development infrastructure on site, such as the LivingLab Cellular Transport Systems or the Innovation Laboratory ‘Hybrid Services in Logistics’. The Fraunhofer IML pushes the digitalization of logistics together with industry in numerous research and innovation projects as well as in the new Enterprise Labs – think tanks of applied logistics research.
The Fraunhofer IML’s members are Prof. Michael ten Hompel (Managing Director, Department of Material Flow Systems), Prof. Uwe Clausen (Department of Logistics, Transport and Environment) and Prof. Michael Henke (Department of Corporate Logistics). 260 scientists as well as 250 doctoral candidates and students, supported by employees in workshops, laboratories and service areas, work at the institute in all fields of internal and external logistics.