A message from the Chairman

Thank you for your interest in the FEEM website

FEEM is an international non governmental association which brings together most of the European Civil Explosives Manufacturers with the objective to improve Safety, Quality and Security within their Industry.

 

First of all I would like to convince the readers of the importance of the industrial explosives industry for our general economy.

Just a simple look to our surroundings and an analysis of how much we perceive allow us to understand that the origin of our lives comes from the use of the explosive products. Any place we look at has a “composition” of minerals or materials extracted from the nature (copper is found in the battery of a cell phone, steel obtained from the iron is found in the bodywork of a car, marble is found on our offices´ floors, etc…). This phenomenon happens thanks to the expansive energy as a contribution of the explosive products. Likewise, the infrastructure construction or civil work (a bridge, a tunnel, a road, a high speed railway network on a pass, a reservoir, a hydroelectric power station, etc…) should be defined as “Pharaohnic pieces of work” due the explosive products that make possible to modify the land, in a sustainable way, in order to achieve the progress and the development of our lives.

The mining industry, quarries, and infrastructure construction would be non-existent economic activities and sources of progress and development without the explosive products. The sum of these three industry sectors generates a great amount of theGDP (Gross Domestic Product) on the different national economies that the FEEM is composed with. This is not only an economic contribution, but also a vital contribution to create products and to develop the basic process of our society progress, and the way we conceive our life style.

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I would also like to dedicate this site to Alfred Nobel

You will surely know that Alfred Nobel stated in his will that every year from 1901 the Norwegian Nobel Committee should select those who during the preceding year “ have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind” in the field of Physics, Chemistry and Medical research. There is also an annual prize for the person ” who shall have produced the most outstanding work of an idealistic tendency “ in the field of literature, and of course a special Peace Prize for the person “who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations and the promotion of peace”. These prizes are funded by the interest on the assets left by Nobel at his death. Few know however that Alfred Nobel’s career and fortune was mainly concerned with civil explosives…

 

 


In 1864 Alfred Nobel patented a blasting cap that facilitated the detonation of Nitroglycerine. The use of Nitroglycerine was unsafe due to its volatile nature and accidents were frequent. In 1866 Alfred Nobel invented an explosive called dynamite by mixing Nitroglycerine with porous siliceous earth. This new explosive was easier and safer to transport and store. His invention was a success and his patent was sold all over the world. Alfred Nobel was not only a talented inventor but also a clever businessman, so he took a stake in most of the companies manufacturing dynamite, and by the time he died in 1896 there were over 100 Nobel companies making civil explosives in 20 countries.More than 100 years later most of these companies still exist even if they have no longer financial links and do not carry any more the Nobel’s name.

As history is a constant succession of new beginnings, the majority of European explosives companies joined together to form the Federation of European Explosives Manufacturers in 1975 with their main objective being the improvement of safety, quality and security for the employees and the environment.

Unfortunately, explosives mainly get “bad press” and are normally associated with damage, destruction and death, however few people realise the importance of explosives to maintain our every day life styles, without which the production of road stone, cement and most minerals would be seriously impaired, these products being essential to enable building and maintenance of the infrastructures we depend on.

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