Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics

Biointelligent Systems

“Nature never thought of introducing a central computer.” - Interview with Prof. Michael ten Hompel

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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.




Take part in the

Digital Logistics Award

This year the “Digital Logistics Award” takes on the third round. Present your innovative digital logistics solution and win up to €15'000. Until July, 31st 2019 applications from start-ins and start-ups will be accepted.


Logistics solutions 10 times faster and cheaper

A unique opportunity for SMEs to use robotics


Fraunhofer IML researches in the new Competence Center “ML2R“

Lots of data, little space: Machine Learning with mini algorithms


IML encourages innovation

SMEs in Korea benefit from know-how about Smart Factories


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. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director at Fraunhofer IML