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FPM Holding GmbH
Postfach 1145, D-09581 Freiberg
Hainichener Straße 2a, D-09581 Freiberg
Tel.: 0 37 31/27 14 35
Fax: 0 37 31/27 12 66
Internet: www.fpm.de
E-Mail: info@fpm.de


 history 

Sept. 2, 1771

Gottlieb Friedrich Schubert is appointed “Bergmechanikus” (mining master mechanic) by Elector's decree. He founds an independent business for the production of mining and metallurgy instruments.

1791

Johann Gottfried Studer assumes ownership of the workshop and starts production of improved and new instruments, including the theodolite.

1823

Wilhelm Friedrich Lingke becomes “Bergmechanikus” and expands the workshop

1859

His son August Friedrich Lingke becomes owner of the business.

Julius Ludwig Weisbach, Professor at the “Bergakademie Freiberg” (Mining Academy of Freiberg) uses Lingke’s instruments for surface and underground measurements during construction and driving of the famous “Rothschönberg Tunnel” mine

1869

Master mechanic Schramm becomes a partner in the firm and places his premises in the “Hainichener Strasse” at the workshop’s disposal

1873

Lingke sells the business to his master mechanic Max Hildebrand

Industrial-scale production of instruments begins, with 80 employees. Quality and accuracy is improved; new instruments are developed

1893/94

A new factory is built at Hainichener Strasse 2a

1912

Walter Hildebrand takes over management of the factory after the death of his father Max Hildebrand

May 8, 1945 The Soviet Red Army occupies the factory, dismantling some of the machinery and equipment. Fifteen workers continue to make smaller repairs on surveying instruments.
Oct 28, 1950 The VEB Freiberger Präzisionsmechanik company is founded.
1958 The buildings are expanded
1962 New buildings are added
1966 Cooperation begins with Carl Zeiss Jena. The traditional product line is expanded to include X-ray analysis metrology
1972 A new lightweight-construction hall is built for mechanical production
1990 The “Treuhand” (trusteeship) takes over after German reunification; the company is converted into a private (limited) company
1993 Privatization of the Freiberger Präzisionsmechanik GmbH. Various branches of the company are spun off as independent entities
Sept.13, 1994 Liquidation of the Freiberger Präzisionsmechanik GmbH
Oct. 1, 1994 FPM Holding GmbH begins its business operations, with development, production and sales of geodetic and nautical instruments, repair service, and mechanical subcontracting, with 23 employees at the Freiberg location