In 2016, the Fraunhofer IME operating budget was 40.3 million euros, an increase of 6.5 million euros over 2015 representing a growth rate from operations of 19.1%. This growth reflected increased activity at all the IME locations: Schmallenberg, Aachen, Münster, Giessen, Frankfurt/Main and Hamburg. The total external revenue (operating budget plus capital budget) increased by 6 million euros (17.3%) to 40.3 million euros and the overall budget increased by 7.1 million euros (17.1%) to 49.1 million euros. Third party revenue (total rho) amounted to 87.4% and industry revenue to 44.6%, confirming the healthy business profile of the institute. New and replacement investments amounted to 8.7 million euros. Expenditure on construction works in 2016 amounted to nearly 1.8 million euros.
At the end of 2016, the Fraunhofer IME employed 541 personnel at its sites in Aachen, Schmallenberg, Giessen, Münster, Frankfurt/Main and Hamburg, representing a 13.4% increase over 2015 (51.2% of these employees were female).