About FEM

Established in 1953 and based in Brussels, FEM is the European federation representing manufacturers of materials handling, lifting and storage equipment. Through its national member associations, FEM speaks for some 1,000 companies that employ around 160,000 people and generate around €50bn in annual turnover.

FEM's mission is threefold


Represent and defend the technical, economic and political interests of European manufacturers of materials handling, lifting and storage equipment, especially with regards to the European Union


Provide a platform for exchanges on market trends and technological developments


Cooperate with other industrial sectors and international trade partners on issues of common interest

About the materials handling industry

An enabling industry

We manufacture equipment that enables the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods and products. We deliver organisational and technical solutions for efficient and sustainable materials flow.

A technological industry

Our equipment is often integrated into complete systems that provide tailor-made solutions for complex production, storage and logistic requirements. In addition to mechatronic products, special attention is given to system controls, information processing and telecommunication.

An omnipresent industry

Our equipment is present in almost every production and distribution facility, throughout the entire supply and logistic chain and during the whole lifecycle of products from manufacturing to distribution, consumption and disposal.

A sizeable industry

We are the second largest sector in mechanical engineering with nearly 300,000 people employed directly and a €62bn annual turnover. We are the world leader in most of our subsectors and we operate globally with some €25bn exports and more than €16bn trade balance.

A diversified industry

The materials handling, lifting and storage industry covers seven different types of equipment: conveyors for bulk handling, cranes and lifting equipment, elevating equipment, industrial trucks, intralogistic systems, mobile elevating work platforms and racking & shelving