In the “IntWertL” research project, science and industry are working together on a digital engineering and production platform that makes the development of individual forms of mobility and their realization in small quantities attractive even for small and medium-sized companies.

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Faster to customized vehicles

The IntWertL research project aims to pave the way for small and medium-sized enterprises to produce customized vehicles. At a time when individuality and sustainability are becoming increasingly important, this project opens up new perspectives for the automotive industry.

The idea is to optimize and shorten product development processes in order to avoid the high investments usually associated with the production of customized vehicles. By using modern technologies and innovative methods, it should be possible to bring vehicles to market in small quantities in a cost-efficient manner without compromising on individuality.

Close cooperation with various partners from industry, science, business and research is creating a comprehensive network that pools know-how and resources. Small and medium-sized companies can benefit from this concentrated expertise and offer their customers tailor-made solutions.

IntWertL is thus paving the way to a future in which customized lightweight vehicles are no longer the preserve of the big players in the automotive industry, but also represent a viable and sustainable option for smaller companies.

New forms of collaboration in value networks

“From order to payment, we want to develop an end-to-end automated process,” says Vladimir Jelschow of the Corporate Strategy and Development department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. In doing so, the platform must map the entire process chain and take into account technical, organizational and legal framework conditions for the value network. Intelligent algorithms are to be used for automation, which, for example, determine the appropriate manufacturers for the components of the desired vehicles.

“The effective design of the value network is at the core of the platform’s success,” says Mirko Schneider from the Corporate Strategy and Development department at Fraunhofer IPA. In this context, added value must be generated for each company by participating in the platform, with new business models and billing logics for the value network being developed within the project.

Platform prototype to be ready by early 2026

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection is funding the IntWertL research project with around twelve million euros. The project sponsor is TÜV Rheinland. The research project started on September 1, 2022 and is scheduled to run for 42 months. By spring 2026, the participating companies and research institutions want to complete a prototype of their platform – with a limited range of functions and initial member companies.

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Altran Deutschland S.A.S & Co. KG

S&R Eisenmann GmbH

Fiber Engineering GmbH

Instawerk GmbH


KNEBEL Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH

König Metall GmbH & Co. KG

Lauer & Weiss GmbH

Motion Ray GmbH

Schübel GmbH

3RS–Software GmbH & Co. KG

thingsThinking GmbH

Weber Fibertech GmbH

Bwcon GmbH

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft & Raumfahrt e.V., Institut für Fahrzeugkonzepte

Three Associate Partners:

Stadt Meersburg BW

Technologieregion Karlsruhe

Stadt Bühl

and three use case donor:

AtTrack GmbH

INYO Mobility GmbH

Dipl.-Ingenieure Rainer & Oliver Puls GmbH

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, short BMWK.

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