The Institute for Industrial Production (IIP) was established in 1982. It emanated from the then Institute for Manufacturing and Industrial Science and Technical Economics group of the University of Karlsruhe. In 1991 the French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU) was founded, which has closely cooperated with the IIP ever since. After the retirement of Prof. Dr. Otto Rentz, who was the director of the Institute for many years, in 2007, and the head of the Occupational Science group, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Knauth, in 2008, two new chairs were established – namely the Chair of Business Administration, Production and Operations Management and the Chair of Energy Economics. Thus the IIP currently consists of the following:
- Chair of Business Administration, Production and Operations Management
- Chair of Energy Economics
- French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU)
The Chair of Business Administration, Production and Operations Management performs techno-economic analyses of industrial value chains with a focus on risk management, circulatory economic systems, integrated environmental protection measures, production planning and biomass applications.
The Chair of Energy Economics analyses techno-economic questions along the whole energetic value chain, starting with primary energy production through energy conversion and transport, finishing with energy distribution and use.
Characteristic of the activities at the IIP is the interdisciplinary orientation in research and teaching, especially the conjunction of engineering-economic approaches and quantitative methods of operations research and informatics.
The French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU) develops joint solutions for Franco-Germanic research problems in the environmental areas of air, water, land, waste and energy.