The Fraunhofer CEM – profile
A sustainable industrial society in the 21st century equally requires economic growth as well as a careful use of resources to maintain its prosperity and protect the environment. We want to accompany this process.
The change in our industrial society therefore represents a challenge as well as an opportunity. New materials, integrated product design, the circular economy and digitalised processes (Industry 4.0) become the key factors for an innovative, efficient and sustainable supply of goods and open up competitive and growth prospects.
The Fraunhofer Center for the Economics of Materials CEM is a new research unit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Partners from industry and politics support the CEM with a combination of materials science and economic expertise, for example in the field of technology and regulatory impact assessment, sustainable value systems (Total Design Management) and global value chain analysis. Hereby focus is on the systematic consideration of integrated value creation, development strategies in material processes and the relevant economic framework conditions. Further key areas of research include criticality analyses of raw materials and, in particular, materials, substitute possibilities, research on the impact of transformation as well as the digitalisation of materials and processes.