In 2018, the Fraunhofer IME operating budget increased by two percent compared to 2017, reaching 41.1 million euros. A further 3.5 million euros was invested in equipment. Once again, there was a marked increase in Fraunhofer IME building activity (10.6 million euros), the main projects being construction work on the new institute facilities in Gießen and Schmallenberg.
The budget included 71.1 percent from external revenues, equivalent to 81.3 percent when the largely state-funded locations in Gießen and Frankfurt are taken into account. Industry revenues increased once again, reaching 14.9 million euros. This represents 47.8 percent of total revenues or 36.1 percent when Gießen and Frankfurt are included. Fraunhofer IME has thus achieved an excellent outcome for the year 2018 in terms of key performance figures for the FraunhoferGesellschaft.