Our History

FMW Förderanlagen GmbH: Engineers of Progress in Material Handling – A Journey of Innovation, Challenges, and Triumphs

Welcome to FMW Förderanlagen GmbH – where we not only move material, but also push the boundaries of progress! Our story began with a visionary idea, a handful of technology enthusiasts and a coffee machine that released more energy than most of our systems. The beginnings of our founding story more than 60 years ago read like a technical thriller.  As engineers, we faced industry challenges, encountered failures, and persevered, creating solutions and machine designs, all while learning from setbacks and refining our original concepts.

We achieved groundbreaking innovations in material handling for the pulp and paper, power generation, recycling and chip and panel board industries. Our journey has been characterized by highs and lows, with the highs of course being the best. But without lows and failures, there would be no progress.

Here at FMW Förderanlagen GmbH, we are not only making history, but also promoting progress with our customized solutions. Our engineers are the true heroes of material handling, working every day for a successful chapter in our history. „We are Engineers of Progress“ – and this is reflected in every fiber of our solutions. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride – because every page of our company history is written with passion and teamwork (and a freshly brewed coffee 😊).

Are you an Engineer of Progress?


„We are Engineers of Progress,“ and we invite you to be a part of this journey. Explore our job openings, and together, let’s write the next exciting chapter in our history – fueled by passion, teamwork, and, of course, a freshly brewed coffee. Your opportunity awaits – join us, and let’s push the boundaries of progress together! 😊

Have a look at our history:

FMW has a dynamic history going back to 1962. It has been focused on pulp and paper eversince adding different industries throughout the years.


Foundation of FMW Austria with an initial focus on plants for the sugar industry.


Refocus of the business on the pulp and paper industry and relocation of the production from Vienna to Kirchstetten.


Continuous expansion in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.


Expansion of scope of supply (plants for building industry).


Launch of new product lines: Stacker-reclaimer, dewiring systems for recycled-paper and pulp bales.


FMW delivers the largest recycled paper handling plants in North America (Bowater, Alabama) and Europe (Stora Enso, Belgium).


Entry in new business segment: Mixing plants.


FMW becomes market leader in biofuel handling plants.

Fuel Handling


Expansion of Stacker-reclaimer systems to South and North America.


Acquisition of Cimprogetti S.p.A (Dalmine, Italy), a manufacturer of lime kilns.


FMW delivers biomass handling equipment for Europe’s largest biomass plant in Poland.


Cimprogetti is sold separately from FMW in an MBO.


Commissioning of the world's first fully automated dewiring system for the plastics industry. Expansion into the recycling industry.


Opening of two new subsidiaries in the USA and China: FMW North America and FMW Automation Technologies Shanghai


FMW is engineering your progress

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FMW is the Austrian engineering company specialized in handling systems for the pulp, paper, energy, chipboard and recycling industry.