GFE - Gesellschaft für Fertigungstechnik und Entwicklung e.V.



GFE - Gesellschaft für Fertigungstechnik und Entwicklung e.V.


Näherstiller Straße 10, 98574 Schmalkalden, Germany


+49 3683 6900-0


+49 3683 6900-16



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The competences of the GFE is to transfer new scientific findings from theory and practice into industrial application in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of small and medium-sized companies in particular in the long term. Because - innovation is the best way to grow entrepreneurially.

The GFE secures these goals by pursuing or accompany own preliminary research, applied research and development and business-related industrial implementation. The GFE is focussed on components and systems in production processes, in particular within machining and quality assurance processes. The GFE develop ideas and turn ideas into products.

Outstanding competencies include:

  • Tools and tool components with integrated sensors and actuators

  • Tools and technologies for processing new materials

  • Structuring the cutting macroscopic and microgeometry of precision tools

  • Coating to improve friction and wear characteristics

  • Use of novel materials for tools and machine components

Services & Solutions

The unity of research and implementation competence, from preliminary research, pre-competitive development to contract research and technology-oriented services, is reflected in the GFE fields of services.

  • Manufacturing engineering

  • Tool development

  • Process technologies

  • Hard coating

  • Process / quality control

  • Material / component tests

  • Management consulting

  • VPS certification body

  • Network management


The GFE accompanies its customers competently in the following fields of:

  • Quality management

  • Environmental management

  • VPS Certification and Testing Center

  • Energy management

  • Other standards / specifications


Prof. Dr. Frank Barthelmä

Managing Director / Institute Director

Näherstiller Street 10, 98574 Schmalkalden, Germany



+49 3683 690020

+49 3683 690016

Heinz-Wolfgang Lahmann

Head of Measurement Technology / Test Building

Näherstiller Street 10, 98574 Schmalkalden, Germany



+49 3683 690022

+49 3683 690016

Funded by:
Supported by:
Certified with:
Silber Label for Cluster Management Excellence

Supported by the Free State of Thuringia with funds from the European Social Fund.

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