Prof. Dr Andreas Groß

Head of Workforce Training and Technology Transfer

Fraunhofer IFAM


Prof. Dr Andreas Groß has been a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM) / Adhesive bonding technology and surfaces department since 1987. Since 1997 he has been head of the "Employee Qualification and Technology Transfer" department at Fraunhofer IFAM, which integrates the accredited training facilities "Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology" and "Training Center for Fiber Composites". Since 1996 he has been chairman of the DVS working group V8 "Adhesive bonding technology", and since 1998 he has been a member of the steering committee "Technical Committee - TC" of the Industrieverband Klebstoffe e.V. (Adhesives Industry Association). In 2000, in addition to his work at Fraunhofer IFAM, he was appointed professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen/Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Furthermore, since 2000 he has headed various national and European working groups in DIN and CEN on the subject of "Quality standardisation in adhesive bonding technology". He is also chairman of the working group "Adhesive bonding DIN 6701". In this context, he is also project leader of the revision of ISO 21368 at ISO TC 61/SC 11/WG 5. In 2006, he was appointed to the board of the Fraunhofer Academy as a founding member and has been its deputy spokesperson since then. In 2013, he was appointed to the advisory board of the Fraunhofer Personnel Certification Body.

Presentation Abstract

Controlled longevity - a vision for adhesive bonding and sealing technology in the 21st century

In the future, the number of materials needed to meet changing requirements will continue to increase. Due to the increasing complexity of product requirements and the resulting material developments, these products will also have to be multi-material composites in the future. Beyond pure joining, joining technology therefore has the further central task of maintaining the material properties necessary to meet the requirements.

In this context, the key role of adhesive bonding technology is presented. With its help, all materials can be joined to themselves and to others safely and with long-term stability. At the same time, the material properties necessary to meet the requirements can be maintained. Both aspects together make new and safe as well as eco-balanced, efficient construction methods possible.

Against this background, Prof. Dr Andreas Groß from Fraunhofer IFAM presents a vision for the further development of adhesive bonding and sealing technology as the joining technology for the 21st century under the concept of  ‘controlled longevity’, i.e. the equal, inseparable combination of the safety of adhesively bonded products and their simultaneous eco-balanced efficiency, which leads to a sustainable synergism that expands the areas of application.

The book  ‘Adhesive bonding technology in the 21st century - Synergy of technological and ecological potentials’ by Prof. Dr Bernd Mayer and Prof. Dr Andreas Groß of Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen, was commissioned by FEICA to provide an overview of the various aspects of the industry, today and in the future.

Presentation Time

Business Forum

Thursday, 15 September 2022, 8:40 - 9:30

FEICA Conference