Urban production

Urbane Produktion
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Manufacturing in the city in an economical, sustainable and employee-friendly way

Although the mega trend of urbanization continues unabated, manufacturing companies in cities must pay close attention to environmentally sound production and logistics. For this, they benefit from shorter distances, higher employer attractiveness for skilled specialists and opportunities for flexible production capacity.

At Fraunhofer IAO, we evaluate the company-specific potential for urban production for our clients. We do this by

  • evaluating from a holistic perspective whether relocating a company or factory to a city environment makes sense,
  • determining how to optimize existing locations in urban settings,
  • formulating areas of action together with the client,
  • creating a roadmap for specific steps, and
  • supporting our client during implementation.

The Urban Production innovation cluster provides a supporting network made up of interested companies, local and regional stakeholders and Fraunhofer IAO experts. Fruitful synergies and tangible courses of action arise in a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas for production in urban environments.

How can you optimize your urban production? Let’s figure it out together!

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Innovation network

Urban Production

Wie werden wir in Zukunft leben und arbeiten? Wie wirken sich Megatrends wie der steigende Ressourcenverbrauch, das Bevölkerungswachstum und die folglich zunehmende Bedeutung der Nachhaltigkeit, die Urbanisierung und die weiter gehende Durchdringung von Produkten und Prozessen mit Informationstechnik aus? Um diese Fragen im Kontext produzierender Unternehmen zu beantworten, bauen wir ein neues Innovationscluster auf. Vision ist dabei eine Produktion, die so schonend ist, dass sie auch im städtischen Umfeld stattfinden könnte.


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Future market: City

Urbanization means big opportunities for industry. The challenge facing companies is to identify and design innovations for the city of the future. With its dynamic team and an international network, Fraunhofer IAO is well placed to steer companies toward the right technologies.