Competence Network INPLAS

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About us

The Network of Competence of Industrial Plasma Surface Technology e.V. (INPLAS) offers the possibility to show the importance and potentials of the plasma technology in Germany. It is a network for the technology’s industry, research and application alike. Plasma is an important tool in the production of high-grade thin layers and key for innovative surfaces and new products. The association was founded in order to strengthen the integration between actors of research, commerce, politics and society.
Through our work we pursue following goals:

Securing and expanding our companies’ and research institutes’ global leading position
Visibility of plasma technology for political institutions and the general public
Joint strategic orientation, support for research and development
Communication, cooperation and education


Experiences and research strategies are exchanged in topic focused and technology oriented workgroups by the representatives of the companies for the following application fields:

  • Optics and glass
  • Automobile and aerospace
  • Energy management
  • IT and electronics
  • Environmental engineering and life science
  • Mechanical Engineering and Tools
  • Plastics Technology and Textile Engineering

INPLAS organizes meeting between leaders from politics and industry. In 2009 a Parliamentary Evening with more than 100 guests took place in Berlin for the first time. In collaboration with all sponsoring companies of Plasma Germany new research topics and strategies have been successfully developed and communicated since 2010. The information film “Plasma - a bright advantage” was awarded the Silver Dolphin of the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in 2010. The aim of the film is to promote the plasma surface technology and to raise awareness in public as well as to illustrate possible applications. Working groups active in different fields of technology, special events and trade fairs support the exchange of expert opinions and the solution of technological questions.


Carola Brand
c/o Fraunhofer-Institut für Schicht- und Oberflächentechnik (IST)
Bienroder Weg 54 E
38108 Braunschweig
T +49 531 2155-574

More information

More information

Information on the Innovation Cluster:

Members / Cluster Actors

  • Total: 53
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: 32
  • Large-Scale Enterprises: 10
  • Universities and Colleges: 4
  • Non-University Research Institutions: 5
  • Other Organisation: 2

Member List

Fields of Research

  • Plasma surface technology and Coatings
  • Surface Technology in Process Chains
  • Additive Manufacturing

Internationalization: Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, France

Employees in Cluster Management: 4

Year Established: 2005

Excellence measures and awards

Logo des Programms go-cluster Silber Label
Silber Label der ECEI
[Source:: ESCA]