A new beginning in the economic miracle

The MPA, merged with the former Chemisch-Technische Reichsanstalt in August 1945, becomes the Federal Institute for Materials Testing (BAM) in 1954 and has been a departmental research institution of the Ministry of Economics ever since.

Guests at BAM: Ludwig Erhard and, in 1957, Federal President Theodor Heuss.

 Ludwig Erhard visiting BAM


Theodor Heuss visiting BAM


BAM’s Mission: economic development

BAM carries out tests for German companies, advises Federal ministries and participates in national and international organisations on norms and safety standards. It is represented at industry trade fairs, such as here in Berlin in 1968.

Laboratory corrosion of technical equipment and devices
Industry trade fair Berlin 1968