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Prof. Alexander Sauer

Areas of Research: Energy Research, Production Technologies, Bioeconomy/Biointelligence
Thematic Priority: Sustainable production and quality, industrial energy systems, battery production, circular economy
[Image: Fraunhofer IPA / Rainer Bez, Clemens Hess]

Field of Work

Sustainability is the driving force behind innovation. The production paradigm of the future, in Germany especially, will be closely linked to the issue of sustainability. Production will be holistic in how it is conceived and assessed: the existing strategy of pure efficiency will in future be enhanced by a new effectivity strategy. The emphasis will be on doing the right thing rather than continuing to optimize the wrong thing. This will require the large-scale use of innovative and sustainable technologies and materials as well holistic changes to our systems of production, use and recycling. The paradigm change will affect all production factors – energy, material and human resources as well as finance IT, planning and control. This change is the driving force behind our research and expertise.

 The institutes directed by Prof. Sauer realize innovative solutions for sustainable productions in the industrial sectors of the future in Germany as a technology base, promoting specialist expertise and interdisciplinary collaboration among staff as the driving force behind qualitative growth. The aim is to strengthen the partners’ competitive lead.

Personal Information

Prof. Alexander Sauer has been the Director of the Institute of Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) since 2015 and Director oft he Fraunhoder-Institute for Manufacturing and Automation (IPA) since 2020. He studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Management at RWTH Aachen and holds a Ph.D. since 2005. There he worked from 2002 to 2006 as research associate at Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) and was involved in consulting and research projects, headed a research group as well as a department and the competence center tool and die industry. Following this, at HOERBIGER he was member of the board of directors of the business unit automotive comfort systems and was globally responsible for the operations. From 2011 until his appointment at the University of Stuttgart, he was Professor at the University for Applied Sciences in Munich, and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Manufacturing Technology.


Prof. Alexander Sauer
University of Stuttgart
Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP)
Tel. +49 711/ 970-3600
Homepage EEP
Homepage Fraunhofer IPA


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