The Centre for Lightweight Production Technology (ZLP) aligns within the programmatic research approach of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with its core disciplines in aeronautics, space, transport and energy. ZLP seeks to enhance aeronautical research by taking production technology into account, which complements the interdisciplinary approach of DLR in research on the air transport system. Thus, fundamental assessment capabilities from materials up to maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) will be researched. ZLP ’s concept was designed by the DLR -Institutes’ Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive systems, Institute of Structures and Design and the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics; it covers the complete process chain for composite parts. ZLP is building upon the institutes’ research portfolio consisting of materials research, design, technology and assembly. ZLP bridges the gap to industrial application in terms of technology and manufacturing.