Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics

Digital Hub Logistics takes 1st place in Champions Challenge of Digital Hubs in Europe

“This award is a great honor for us: it rewards the tireless commitment of science, business, politics and associations to develop Dortmund as a science location into an international center of digital transformation around the leading logistics industry.”

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Logistics proclaims the Silicon Economy

The silicon economy is the data and platform economy where people, companies, autonomous vehicles and IoT devices interact with each other.

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“Everything in motion”

Many success stories and major projects have shaped our scientific work over the past year. The new annual report provides insights!

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Plan logistics – guarantee mobility – design the future

Logistics consulting by specialists: Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics advises companies of all industries and sizes in all questions about material flow and logistics. For our customers we offer widespread services:

As consultants we support in fulfilling new tasks and meeting requirements, as researchers we work out new solutions together with our customers, as planners we help to optimize the internal and external logistics and as developers we realize solutions in soft- and hardware. In the process, Fraunhofer IML focuses on company-specific, made-to-measure solutions and accompanies its customers from planning to implementation.




Developing new ideas together

Innovation ecosystem creates the basis for future growth


Research infrastructure – Testbeds

Cooperative use makes cutting edge research possible



Designing the digital transformation in small and medium-sized companies


Start-in Factory for medium-sized companies

New innovation concept connects the best of two worlds


Newsletter “logistics ahead“

The international newsletter of Fraunhofer IML "logistics ahead" updates about news of the institute as well as current research results.



Find more international news of Fraunhofer IML in the archive.

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The Social Networked Industry

Find out more about our picture of the future and the possibilities of human-machine interaction.


International Activities

“A strong international network with excellent partners has the potential to boost innovation in logistics.“

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director at Fraunhofer IML