The fem is an independent institute, which was founded over 90 years ago by the industry, the state of Württemberg and the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd. It is run by the registred association for the Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metals Chemistry. 

Under its statutes the Institute has the task "to do scientific research, particularly in the fields of precious metals and other metals as well as the metal chemistry and to transfer the results to the industry". The fem profits from the commitment and the expertise of its institutional members. As customers of the fem’s services they enjoy numerous advantages:

  • Information on the Institute's publications
  • Information on the training and education offered by the Z.O.G. and the EAST
  • Free consultation up to half a day
  • Preferred processing of their orders
  • Services are provided to the member price charged
    (Discount depending on the order, on request)
  • Advice on the national and international Industrial Community Research projects

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Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Thomas Engert,
Schwäbisch Gmünd (Chairman)
Prof. Dr. Uwe Landau, Berlin
Dr. Philipp Reisert, Pforzheim

Advisory Board (elected members)
Dr. Stefan Haep, Duisburg
Dr. Frank Krüger, Hanau
Dipl.-Ing. Günther Lausmann, Stuttgart
Michaela Eberle, Heidenheim
Dr. Matthias Peters, Geislingen
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Sedlmayr, Pforzheim
Prof. Dr. Michael Stoll, Freiberg
Dr. Gernot Strube, Geislingen
Dr. Gerd Wagner, Idar-Oberstein

Institutional Representatives
Ministerium für Finanzen und
Wirtschaft Baden-Württemberg
Steinbeis-Stiftung für
Edelmetallverband e.V.
Stadt Schwäbisch Gmünd
Hochschule für Gestaltung
Schwäbisch Gmünd
Hochschule Aalen

Dr. Andreas Zielonka

The Association for the fem is a member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungvereinigungen "Otto von Guericke" e.V. (AiF), the Innovationsallianz Baden-Württemberg as well as the Zentrum für Oberflächentechnik Schwäbisch Gmünd (Z.O.G.) and the European Academy of Surface Technology (EAST).