About Us

Professor Dr.-Ing.
Michael Zaeh,

studied mechanical engineering, h and earned his doctorate under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Milberg. From 1996 to 2002 he held several positions at a machine tool manufacturer, at last as a member of the extended management board. Since 2002 he has headed the Chair for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and, together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunther Reinhart, is managing director of iwb.

He is CIRP associate member since 2006.

Professor Dr.-Ing.
Gunther Reinhart,

studied mechanical engineering until 1982 and completed his doctorate at the iwb in 1987.  In 1993 Prof. Reinhart was appointed to the Chair of Industrial Management and Assembly Technology at the Technical University of Munich and to the management of iwb. Since 2007 he has headed the iwb together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael F. Zaeh at the Garching site near Munich.

He is CIRP Fellow since 1997.

Professor Dr.-Ing.
Hartmut Hoffmann,

studied mechanical engineering with a focus on manufacturing technology at the TU Berlin and received his diploma in 1967. He received his Ph.D. in 1973 under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Spur and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Panknin. In 1994 he was appointed as a full professor for the Chair of Metal Forming and Casting (utg) at the TUM, which he held until his retirement in 2011. Since 2012 he is Emeritus of Excellence of the TUM.

He is CIRP associate member since 2000.

Professor Dr.-Ing.
Wolfram Volk,

studied physics and mechanics at TH Darmstadt and received his diploma in 1994. His work as research associate under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Ehlers led to his Ph.D. in 1999. Since April 2011, Prof. Volk holds the Chair of Metal Forming and Casting as a full professor at the Technical University of Munich.

He is CIRP associate member since 2015.

Founded in 1875 the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb) at the Technical University of Munich is one of the largest research institutions for production technology in Germany. It compasses two chairs at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Garching near Munich.
Both chairs, the Chair for Industrial Management and Assembly Technologies, as well as the Chair for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology define the research content and the thematic focuses of the iwb. These lie in the areas of additive manufacturing, machine tools, battery production, assembly technologies and robotics, joining and separation technology, as well as in the field of production management and logistics. The staff at the iwb work in research, teaching, and industrial transfer in these fields.

The Institute of Metal Forming and Casting at Technical University of Munich was founded by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fritz Fischer in 1968. The high reputation of many of his alumni confirms the extraordinary quality of his work. In 1994 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Hoffmann was appointed the ordinarius of the institute in Garching near Munich. The institute with Prof. Hoffmann took up an international leading position in education and research in the fields of metal forming and casting, with more than 80 dissertations and a significant increase of the office, laboratory and workshop space. In April 2011 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Volk was appointed as his follower to utg’s ordinarius. Currently more than 35 scientists work at the institute on research projects, which vary from fundamental research to industrial application.