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FIR e. V. an der RWTH Aachen

History

Writing success story


FIR Building
FIR Building

1953 Formation of the Research Institute for Operations Management

The Research Institute for Operations Management (short: FIR) is set up at the RWTH University of Aachen. One of the foundation ideas is the bridging between the fundamental research and the industrial application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joseph Mathieu
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joseph Mathieu

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joseph Mathieu becomes head of FIR

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joseph Mathieu becomes director of the FIR as well as holder of the chair in Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics (IAW).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Hackstein
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Hackstein

1967 New director and managing director at FIR

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Hackstein becomes director of the FIR as well as holder of the chair in Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics (IAW) and Dr.-Ing. Alfred Borges becomes managing director of the FIR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Eversheim
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Eversheim

1990 - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Eversheim becomes head of FIR

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Eversheim, holder of the chair in production technology at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), becomes director of the FIR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Luczak
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Luczak

1992 - The FIR gets a new director and a new managing director

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Luczak takes over as director and holder of the chair of the institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics (IAW) as well as director of the FIR. Dr.-Ing. Volker Hornung becomes managing director of FIR. Michael Prym, managing director of Stolberg-based William-Prym-Werke, becomes chairperson of FIR e.V.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Stich
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Stich

1997  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Stich becomes managing director of FIR

In 1997,  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Stich, previously division manager at Sekurit St. Gobain Automotive, takes over as managing director of FIR.

As one of the first research institutions in Germany, FIR is certified according to the DIN EN ISO 9001 in 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh

2004 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh becomes head of FIR

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh becomes FIR director and chairman of the production systematic at the WZL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006 Excellence initiative for the concentration of the German research and higher education area

In the excellence initiative for the concentration of the German research and higher education area, which is initiated by the federal government and the federal states, methods of the “integrative production technique for high-wage countries” are developed in the excellence cluster of Aachen. FIR deals with the development of a configuration logistic for a targeted interpretation of a company-wide production system in the subcluster “individualised production”. Further, FIR deals with the realisation and application of company-wide transparency in value added networks in the subcluster “self optimizing production systems” (high resolution supply chain management).

2008 Extension of the book series FIR editions

FIR entrenches next to the book series “FIR edition praxis” two new series: “FIR edition research” and “FIR edition studies”. The project Smart Watts is supported in the promotion program E-energy of the Federal government as one of six outstanding projects.

2009 RWTH Aachen Campus - FIR assumes responsibility for logistic cluster

The RWTH Aachen campus takes shape and FIR assumes responsibility in charge for the Smart Logistics Cluster. This is one of the six so-called start-cluster the sweeping project for Aachen and the RWTH should be started with.

2010 First ground-breaking ceremony for the RWTH Aachen campus

 

Campus
Campus

RWTH vice chancellor Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg (second from right) places the first ground-breaking ceremony for the building of the RWTH Aachen campus on February 18 2010. Over 300 guests participated at the ceremonial act.

2013 The FIR moves to the Smart Logistics Cluster at RWTH Aachen Campus

After sixty years the FIR left its original location in the center of Aachen at Pontdriesch and settles in the Smart Logistics Cluster at RWTH Aachen Campus.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Achim Kampker
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Achim Kampker

2014 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Achim Kampker is second FIR director

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Achim Kampker, Head of the Department "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) at the RWTH Aachen, forms since 25th of November together with Professor Schuh the FIR Directorate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 UdZ Company Journal Complemented by UdZPraxis

In 2015, we launched a new magazine, titled “UdZPraxis,” to complement our well-established company journal “UdZ – Unternehmen der Zukunft.” While UdZ will continue comprehensively to report on research projects undertaken by FIR, UdZPraxis will feature current trending topics in a hands-on, accessible way that is appealing to the wider public. The new format serves as a complement to the proven UdZ concept in that it “looks outside the box,” highlighting and discussing interesting trends, events and developments.

(c) 2009-2018 Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University   -   www.fir.rwth-aachen.de