The FATM over time
The FATM was founded in 1941 as an institute at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Muenster, by Professor Alfred Müller-Armack, who was a professor in Muenster from 1938 to 1950 and is regarded as one of the “fathers of the social market economy”. The FATM thus is one of the oldest institutes at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Muenster, at which both textile-industry-oriented basic research is conducted, as well as joint research with members of the Sponsorship Association of the FATM. Accordingly, the institute contributes both to the ongoing recognition and value of the German textile industry and facilitates or conducts project-specific contract research for interested member enterprises.
The many years of scientific work have led the FATM to a well-established and well-known brand in the textile and clothing industry. The institute guarantees a permanent gain of knowledge for the general benefit of the German textile industry and also provides a project-specific contract research for interested members. Vision and central objective of the FATM is to consolidate its strong position in the national textile and clothing industry and continue to build a corresponding international research networks. The FATM thus developes the leading management and marketing intelligence for the entire textile industry in Germany.