Fraunhofer IML is said to be first address for all questions with respect to holistic logistics, the employees work on all fields of internal and external logistics. At the Institute, founded in 1981, there are at the moment 260 employees as well as 250 post-graduates and students, supported by colleagues in workshops, laboratories and service areas.
Made-to-measure arranged teams create cross-industry and customer-specific solutions in the area of materials handling, warehouse management, supply chain management, simulation supported business and system planning and also traffic systems, closed loop economy, resources logistics, building logistics and e-business. Not least, the Fraunhofer IML is acting as general coordinator for the multi-institute central theme »Internet of Things« within the entire Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. If necessary, Fraunhofer IML can draw on 24,000 employees in 67 institutes of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
With 120 partner companies as well as 11 educational and research institutions the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr is currently the biggest European research initiative in logistics.
Further locations beside Dortmund are Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Prien at lake Chiemsee, Lisbon and Beijing.