The history of Nordmetall GmbH began in 1927 with the founding of the Nordmetall company in Bremen by Hans Meyer. Silver-plated tableware was manufactured in the family-run company until 1970. In 1970, the business was sold to Bremer Silberwarenfabrik.
Lothar Meyer, the grandson of Hans Meyer, re-founded Nordmetall in 1996, initially as a company constituted under civil law (GbR), with a new orientation and a new business focus. The company headquarters was in Eibenberg in the Erzgebirge region. From 1992 until 2009, Prof. Meyer was holder of the Materials for Mechanical Engineering professorship at the Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz). A cooperation agreement between the university and Nordmetall led to the development of an intensive and mutually beneficial cooperation, with one of the benefits being the shared use of the laboratory equipment on the main campus at TU Chemnitz. It was during this time that a high-dynamics laboratory for dynamic-impact testing of materials and components was set up. Nordmetall GmbH was founded in 2003 and has remained active in the market to the present day as a successful international specialist for highly dynamic materials testing in uniaxial and multiaxial applications.
In 2009, Nordmetall GmbH was spun off to the current location in the Adorf district of Neukirchen in the Erzgebirge region. The Nordmetall branch office in Emmeln (Haren) in Emsland was established in 2012.
Today, 15 highly qualified scientists and technicians work under the direction of Dr Norman Herzig to solve difficult metrological problems related to the high-speed characterization of materials and components as well as in the area of creating constitutive material laws for the numerical simulation of dynamic-impact processes (crash loading, deformation and metal cutting, safety against ballistic and blast threats). This is done using metallic materials as well as plastics, fiber-reinforced plastics, ceramics and glasses, construction materials and wood or biological materials.
Nordmetall GmbH also manufactures ultra-fine-grained materials with a focus on their performance and application.