The Ultra-efficient Factory – Producing without Losses in a Livable Environment

Ressource saving production – without emissions

Producing efficiently and effectively to the highest technical standards, at the same time minimizing or avoiding environmental impact and resolving the conflicting aims – in brief, harmonizing future industrial production with urban life – is what lies behind the integrated (holistic) approach of the ultra-efficient factory.

Action fields and assessment levels of the ultra-efficient factory.
Integrated approach to sustainable production.

The ultra-efficient approach

The ultra-efficient factory is a new approach that reconciles efficiency (diminishing it as little as possible) and effectiveness (as ecologically compatible as possible), and further develops ultra-efficiency. Thus, the focus of attention is no longer on production alone; the whole manufacturing environment is integrated.

Against this background three Fraunhofer Institutes have set themselves the goal of formulating a concept of how the ultra-efficient factory should be structured, and how existing companies can be evaluated and improved on the basis of this concept.


Fraunhofer IGB: Optimization by means of process technology

Within the scope of the project “The ultra-efficient factory – Resource-efficient production without emissions in urban areas” Fraunhofer IGB’s expertise lies in the optimization of process technology in the field of water management, industrial wastewater treatment, environmental technology as well as the recovery of products from organic residues.

Project information

Project title

The Ultra-efficient Factory – Producing without Losses in a Livable Environment


Project duration

July 2017 – December 2020


Project partners

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB


We would like to thank the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg for funding the project.