Since 1922 the fem is the world’s only independent Institute for Precious Metals Research. The aim of our research in the fields of materials science and surface technology is to develop pioneering solutions for the industry.

The Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metal Chemistry in Schwäbisch Gmünd deals with various issues of material and surface technology. We are specialized in precious metals and galvanic surface treatment. Other priorities are corrosion, analytics, light metals and coating layers, pyhsical and chemical layer depositions, material physics as well as material and layer characterization.

Basic research and applied research are closely linked at the fem – following our conviction that innovative solutions are only achieved if one has detailed knowledge of the basics. This also benefits our services: The fem provides a comprehensive range of services with the latest equipment and instruments. Around 200 procedures and test methods are accredited according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025. Our customers and partners are from all sectors of the metalworking industry and business, from universities, research institutions and other public institutions.

Institute Brochure 2019 (Pdf)


In the metallurgical laboratory of the fem innovative alloys are produced, processed and mechanically and technologically tested. The laboratory equipment at fem - vacuum hot press and vacuum arc furnace, as well as equipment for tilting, centrifugal and vacuum pressure casting - has now been extended by a new continuous casting machine. You will find all further information in the film!

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Edelmetalle + Metallchemie
Katharinenstrasse 17
73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd
P +49 7171 1006-0
F +49 7171 1006-900