The complex R&E topics are executed with highly qualified employees. Complementary to the human resources a modern testing facility center for mechanical and metallographic (incl. high resolution methods e.g. secondary electron or electron probe microscopy) examinations is available and used for daily R&D-work.
The operational and strategic work of R&D is focused on the development of costumer and business-oriented solutions to get answers on complex issues. Therefore a close cooperation with universities and other research institutions as well as excellence centers at national and international level is aspired. The applied research plays beside the experimental development an important role. As generating new knowledge is especially in R&D of importance, about 20% of the total R&D-budget is spent to cover the field of applied research.