IMA Dresden – And it works

IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH, in short IMA Dresden, is the development and test centre which can speed up the process for your new developments and ensure that they are suitable for the market. As a partner of industry, economy and research, IMA Dresden has contributed for the last 25 years to ensure that the products of the future are reliable, efficient and safe.

Internationally recognised testing, monitoring and certification body

Whenever it comes down to strength, resistance, validation or material characteristic data, then IMA Dresden can combine the efforts with regard to test standards, approval and certification tests as well as experimental investigations.

We have over 10,000m² of test area in certified and accredited testing laboratories where we can test innovative products and technologies from aerospace, rail vehicle, automotive and medical technologies, shipbuilding, plastic, metal and electrical industries and other industrial branches. You can rely on us: the testing tasks at IMA Dresden will be processed according to the current state of the art technology and enjoy worldwide acceptance and trust.

Engineering platform with global interfaces

Developers, designers and operators from all over the world rely on the engineering expertise from IMA Dresden. Commencing with calculation and simulation, continuing on to measurement runs and test load generation and up to, and including, evaluating designs and product optimisation. Reliable results are verification of the strength and resistance, detailed test reports and in-depth material information, which support lightweight construction worldwide and help to make tomorrow´s industry and mobility competitive.

Dr.-Ing. Ron Buchholz
Managing Director

Marcos Martija Ortiz
Managing Director

Certified, accredited and renowned for reliable results

18 independent bodies have confirmed that IMA Dresden is working according to national and international norms and standards, and meets the strict stipulations and criteria. The quality management system is certified according to DIN EN 9100 and also according to the Environmental Management System ISO 14001. IMA Dresden demonstrates its competence, independence and performance on a daily basis and is also an internationally recognised testing, monitoring and certification body. Our test laboratories are accredited by DAkkS (The German Accreditation Body) according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and have the approval to modify test procedures as well as to develop them additionally or develop new procedures. IMA Dresden has been recognised by DAkkS as an accredited Type A inspection body for the inspection and certification of pipes and pipework systems for water and gas supplies and waste water disposal as well as construction products, product groups and construction components for many years in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 and as a certification body in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065.

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25 years of the ima testing world

IMA Dresden is now 25 years young. Back then, in May 1993, leading engineers took their future into their own hands and formed IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH, IMA Dresden for short, via a management buyout. Our roots however stretch right back to the 1950s to the start of pioneering aircraft development in Dresden. That’s how IMA Dresden is celebrating its 25th birthday and, at the same time, 56 years of exciting testing tasks in 2018.

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Innovative, exciting and family friendly – working at IMA Dresden

The future is full of challenges, and developments are moving forward rapidly. Numerous innovative products and technologies for the future pass through the test halls and laboratories of IMA Dresden and, irrespective of which industries, we meet daily with pioneering thinkers and pacemakers who develop the future with their willingness to design and futuristic visions.

The ability to think and act in the interests of our customers is not a frivolously formulated code of conduct. This principle also includes seriously striving for engineering perfection, which can then lead to intelligent solutions and sustainably usable results. Every one of our over 200 employees contributes a part to this responsibility.

Satisfied and motivated staff enable us to achieve maximum performance. Our corporate culture is characterised by fairness, self-responsibility, trust, tolerance and respect and we maintain open, active and honest communication. These are just a few of the reasons why we are perceived as an attractive employer.

Would you like to participate in the IMA test world and expand our diverse team? Apply for one of our job vacancies or initiatives – we are always looking for people who have their own initiative, courage and the will to help shape the future.

Learn more about our current job offers and IMA Dresden as an employer.

Our mission statement – this is what IMA Dresden stands for

IMA Dresden is a dynamically growing medium-sized company which provides extensive engineering services for different industries – the perfect solution for every branch. Verifying the reliability, safety and security of the material and the structure for a complete component service life is a demanding task. We generate genuine added value for our customers – through quality, customer orientation, team spirit, innovation and sustainability.

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The cradle of lightweight construction

The roots of IMA Dresden reach right back to 1955, when aircraft construction began in Dresden. The predecessor company of IMA Dresden was founded from these roots back in 1961: the founding mission of the IfL Institut für Leichtbau (institute for lightweight construction) was the economical use of materials, in this case utilising the smallest possible quantity of the technically-required most suitable material. This was in many ways the moment of birth of testing halls, test devices, methods and technical knowledge, everything that has been developed and built up since then – and what is IMA Dresden today.

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Commitment and social responsibility at IMA Dresden

IMA Dresden is a successful and dynamic company with a long tradition at the Dresden location and is closely networked in a socially committed as well as interdisciplinary research environment. IMA Dresden has maintained the support and networking of initiatives, associations and activities from research, education, culture, sport and the promotion of young scientists for many years.