The FEM Product Groups are the working bodies of FEM. They cover the wide range of products manufactured by the sector. The product groups draft and publish technical documents, follow marketing trends and serve as industry meeting points. Active FEM Product Groups today are:
- Conveyors for Bulk Handling
- Cranes & Lifting Equipment
- Elevating Equipment
- Industrial trucks
- Intralogistic Systems
- Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
- Racking & Shelving
The Board of FEM, composed of industry executives, formulates the FEM vision and policy, and represents the European industry at trade fairs and government level worldwide. The Board also supervises the activities of the Executive Committee and the General Secretariat. It works under the chairmanship of FEM’s President, Jan van der Velden.
The General Assembly is the supreme governing body of FEM deciding on its objectives and general policy. Jan van der Velden is also chairman of the FEM General Assembly. In even years, the FEM General Assembly is held in conjunction with the biennial FEM Congress. As the FEM Product Groups also hold their plenary meetings at the FEM Congress, this event has become a focal point for industry executives with an attendance of more than 200 people.
The FEM Executive Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss technical and legislative issues in the product groups and national committees. The Executive Committee also discusses industry positions relating to European legislation. Association executives from the national committees and the product groups attend the Executive Committee meetings.
The FEM General Secretariat is based in Brussels (Belgium) since 1977. The General Secretariat manages day-to-day business, prepares meetings, and coordinates communication and relations with the European institutions. Its permanent location at the centre of the European scene also facilitates FEM networking with other industrial sectors and stakeholders.
The FEM National Committee delegates and Product Groups also meet in thematic task forces and working groups to discuss matters directly affecting their industries, prepare positions on proposed European legislation and give guidance to manufacturers on existing European legislation. FEM national committees also have an important role in these task forces in identifying and addressing issues relating to EU legislation when it is transposed and implemented in the national law of the EU Member States.