ICTM Aachen

Joint Initiative to Speed-up Innovations

The ICTM International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing in Aachen is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Manufacturing Technology Institute MTI of the RWTH Aachen University the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH Aachen as well as the Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP of the RWTH Aachen.

Target of the ICTM Aachen is to speed up technological innovations and transfer them to industrial applications. It will employ the full technology portfolio of all of its institutes to provide excellent R&D for turbomachinery manufacturing.

Partner Community for Collaborative R&D

Complementary to individual and bilateral R&D cooperations the ICTM Aachen and its industry partners joined forces and set-up a partner community for collaborative R&D. 

It is an interactive platform of exchange for R&D institutions and industry along the entire value chain of turbomachinery manufacturing, including original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and technology providers. It conducts high level R&D and offers consolidated access to a wide network of experts, allowing further competencies to be called in when required.

Fraunhofer and RWTH Aachen University

Aachen has become a comprehensive center of excellence for turbomachinery manufacturing. Numerous industrial cooperations have been initiated in recent years including the Fraunhofer Innovation Clusters “AdaM“ and “TurPro“ or several EU funded projects such as “Esposa“ and “Lemcotec“. In addition, strategic and long term partnerships with individual manufacturers of turbomachinery have been established, as well as transatlantic cooperations.

For both Fraunhofer as well as RWTH Aachen University turbomachinery is one of the major fields of activity. Focusing exclusively on the manufacture and repair of components for turbomachinery, a large number of engineers and scientists work on innovative technologies for turbo applications within Fraunhofer and at RWTH Aachen University. Their equipment is maintained to the highest level, meeting industrial standards. Future challenges will lead to more interdisciplinary and more integrative cooperations between institutes than today.

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bergs MBA
Division Director


Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Constantin Häfner

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schopphoven
Fraunhofer ILT