Facts and figures

Employees and staff

As compared to the previous year, the permanent staff at the institution increased by seven in 2020, with a total of workforce of 135 as of the end of the year: of these, 101 people are employed in the scientific area and 30 in support areas. The latter are made up of marketing, IT, administration, technology, quality management, organization and services. In addition, the Fraunhofer EMFT team is supplemented with five trainees.


Another 49 student assistants from a wide range of educational institutions were employed at Fraunhofer EMFT in the course of the year, writing their final thesis and/or working on Fraunhofer EMFT research topics.

Operating budget

Fraunhofer EMFT’s total budget amounted to EUR 17.3 million in 2020, with industrial orders generating a total volume of approx. EUR 4.4 million. This is a 26.6% share of the operating budget.


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Thermal processing during the eighties

Fraunhofer EMFT originates from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solid State Technology IFT, which was founded in 1974. Here, technologies were developed for the manufacture of semiconductors. Other areas of activity included sensor technology, communication technology and microstructure technology. 1999 the Fraunhofer IFT was dissolved and split into three independent sections. The section located in Hansastrasse, Munich - today`s Fraunhofer EMFT - became part of the Berlin-based Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM. Since July 1, 2010, Fraunhofer EMFT has been operating as an independent institution of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft afresh.