As an industry oriented R & D service center, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST is pooling competencies in the areas film deposition, coating application, film characterization, and surface analysis. A large number of scientists, engineers, and technicians are busily working to provide various types of surfaces with new or improved functions and, as a result, help create innovative
marketable products. At present, the institute's business segments are mechanical and automotive engineering; aerospace; tools; energy, glass and facade; optics, information and communications; life science and ecology. In pursuing these business segments the institute utilizes its competencies in the following fields: Low pressure processes; electrical and optical coatings; super-hard coatings; coatings on plastics; atmospheric pressure processes; micro and nano technology; friction reduction and wear protection; corrosion protection; analysis and testing.