Association of metal goods and related industries

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The Fachverband Metallwaren- und allied industries ( FMI ) eV is an association of manufacturing companies. It represents around 250 companies with around 20,000 employees and is based in Düsseldorf (register of associations : VR 3749). The FMI is organized through the WSM - Wirtschaftsverband Stahl- und Metallverarbeitung eV, Düsseldorf and Hagen, in the BDI - Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie eV, Berlin.


In 1948, the metal goods industry was separated from the business group in Berlin and founded as a professional association in Wuppertal - Elberfeld - with a branch in Velbert ( turned parts industry). In 1951 the association took its seat in Düsseldorf, where it moved into its own house at Leostraße 22 in Oberkassel in 1965 . A general manager and four managing directors managed the office with up to 15 full-time employees (1970) for around 350 member companies until 1987. Today, 6 employees support the approximately 250 companies.

Many branches no longer exist and other branches of industry have developed from FMI specialist departments to independent associations . So today's industry associations are z. B. the garden supply industry, construction and do-it-yourself industry, pet supplies and furniture accessories emerged from FMI specialist departments.

The former FMI specialist departments included the household machine industry (e.g. with hand-operated non-electric coffee grinders , meat grinders , bread slicers ), the washing and household appliances industry (with hand-operated washing machines , mangles, non-electric irons and machines), the sink unit Industry (stainless steel sinks), the metal pot cleaner industry (formerly a separate German branch of industry ), the soldering , heating and cooking equipment industry (cooking and lighting equipment for leisure, today: camping stoves in the grill association), household appliances, people - and small scale industry , the wire goods and household goods industry ( bird cages , kitchen sieves, whisk etc.), the Nuremberg metal goods industry (braids, cables, cords, etc.), the fine metal goods / gift industry (e.g. with Metal combs, make-up and jewelry boxes, fondue and Feuerzangenbowle kettles), the lighter industry (in 1964, 5.7 million petrol and gas lighters were made from German cher production sold, turnover = 54.6 million DM; In 1970 there were still 15 German manufacturers), the fittings industry ( stove and oven fittings, furniture and decorative fittings , coffin fittings , hinges for cigar boxes , etc.) and the sledging and roller skating industry.

On November 6, 2014, the specialist departments “PBS Industry Association” and “Altenaer Kreis” merged to form the Association of the PBS Brand Industry. The industry understands the abbreviation “PBS” to mean paper, office and writing.


  • Manufacturers' association industry signs
  • Association of the German Turned Parts Industry
  • Association of the stationery brand industry

Organizationally affiliated are:

  • Fachgemeinschaft input systems (FT), formerly Fachgemeinschaft keyboards
  • Professional Association for Safety Labeling (FGSK)


  • 1948–1949: Fritz Berg
  • 1949–1951: Alexander Klinke
  • 1951–1965: Gert Sickmann
  • 1965–1970: Max Benscheid
  • 1970–1975: Wilhelm Arthecker
  • 1975–1987: Georg Hohm
  • 1987-1994: Friedrich Hein
  • 1994–1996: Karl Lohr
  • 1996-2005: Hansjörg Holderried
  • 2005–2008: Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke
  • since October 16, 2008: Kurt Berkenhoff

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