In 2015, the Fraunhofer IME operating budget was 33.9 million euro, an increase of 4.8 million euro over 2014 representing a growth rate from operations of 16.5%. This growth reflected increased activity at all the IME locations: Schmallenberg, Aachen, Münster, Gießen, Frankfurt and Hamburg.
The total external revenue (operating budget plus capital budget) increased by 6.5 million euro (23.1%) to 34.3 million euro and the overall budget increased by 17.3% to 41.9 million euro. Third party revenue (total rho) amounted to 97.1% and industry revenue to 47.1%, confirming the healthy business profile of the institute. New and replacement investments amounted to 8.1 million euro.
At the end of 2015, the Fraunhofer IME employed 477 personnel at its sites in Aachen, Schmallenberg, Gießen, Münster, Frankfurt and Hamburg, representing a 13.3% increase over 2014. Approximately 49.5% of these employees were female.