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At that time we were not thinking of a business model. We assumed back then that the work-

force training in adhesive bonding technology would remain a subsidized business but that we

could possibly acquire R&D projects via this instrument. Prof. Hennemann – our then institute

director – always accepted this risk and supported me in every way. However, we never imagined

that the number and scope of the training courses would increase so much, that we would col-

laborate with national and international partners, that we would carry out our training courses

worldwide, and that the training courses would become a real “business segment” for Fraun-

hofer IFAM!

What is so special about the training concept? Who developed it and how are the

courses designed?

A number of key words and phrases can be used to describe the training courses: always up-to-

date from a technology standpoint, not product-specific, not industry-specific, not hierarchy-

specific, accredited, workforce certification, methodically and didactically designed. I believe

all these aspects are necessary for acceptance of the courses by industry. The main feature of

the training courses at the Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology is that Fraunhofer IFAM is

first and foremost a research and development organization – namely a “generator of know­

ledge” – but also provides training courses and so is simultaneously a “transferer of knowledge”.

The course participants benefit from this in two ways: Firstly, the transfer of knowledge from the

institute’s departments to the training courses ensures that the course contents are up-to-date

Prof. Andreas Groß,

Head of the Workforce

Training and Technology

Transfer Department

at the Fraunhofer Institute

for Manufacturing

Technology and Advanced

Materials IFAM in Bremen.

“Only using adhesives is it possible for materials to be joined such

that there is maintenance of the material properties and good

long-term joint stability”