About Us

Our Company

Founded in 1950, FMI Limited is the largest manufacturer of measuring tapes, spirit levels and measuring wheels in the Indian sub-continent. We are a highly vertically integrated measuring tape manufacturing company, with state of the art in-house injection moulding and steel cold rolling facilities. In 2018, we achieved our long term ambition of manufacturing more than 100,000 high quality measuring tapes per day. The FREEMANS product portfolio now extends beyond linear measurement tools to encompass a wide range of hand tools, precision measuring tools, digital measuring tools and power tool accessories.

Our History

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1950

Humble Beginnings

Our company was founded in 1950 by Mr. Madan Mohan Nayar, when he started manufacturing metal wired measuring tapes by hand in his garage. This marked the start of the journey, one which has seen us transition from selling measuring tapes door to door on bicycles to becoming the largest manufacturer of measuring tapes, measuring wheels and spirit levels in the Indian sub-continent.

1960

First factory built

Our first FREEMANS factory was built in 1960 at Ferozepur road, Ludhiana in the state of Punjab, India. The factory employed 35 workers and had a production capacity of over 100 metal wired measuring tapes per day.

1962

Launch of fibreglass measuring tapes

The FREEMANS product portfolio expanded to include fibreglass measuring tapes in 1962. Today, we are one of the largest manufacturers of fibreglass measuring tapes in the world, with a production capacity of more than 15,000 tapes per day. Our product range includes a wide variety of closed reel and open reel fibreglass measuring tapes, ranging in size from 5m to 100m.

1965

Launch of long steel and pocket measuring tapes

In 1965, we imported our first long steel measuring tape printing machine from Rabone Chesterman, USA. Today, long steel measuring tapes form an integral part of our product portfolio, ranging in size from 5m to 100m, in both 9.5mm and 13mm widths.

1967

5 export customers

By 1967, we achieved our initial, modest target of 5 happy and satisfied export customers.

1990

Started in-house injection moulding for measuring tape components

Our backward vertical integration journey started in 1990, with the purchase of two hand moulding machines. Our injection moulding department has developed into a large facility of 31 fully automatic injection moulding machines today. All plastic components of measuring tapes, measuring wheels and spirit levels are now manufactured in-house, enabling better quality control and shorter lead times.

1994

Starting in-house heat treatment of steel, using German technology

In 1994, we took another big step in our backward vertical integration journey with the purchase of slitting and heat treatment machines from Germany. Over the years, our heat treatment department has grown and we now have six heat treatment lines for the hardening and tempering of cold rolled steel strips.

2009

Launch of spirit levels

In 2009, we established India's first and only spirit levels manufacturing facility in Gurgaon, India. FMI Limited is one of the most vertically integrated spirit level manufacturers in the world, with in-house cutting, punching and powder coating operations. We manufacture more than 3,000 spirit levels per day.

2014

CE Certification

Increasing interest from European wholesalers and retail chain stores spurred us to successfully apply for CE (MID) certification for our pocket, long steel and fibreglass measuring tapes in 2014. This certification has been instrumental in driving our export growth in the subsequent years.

2015

Vertical integration via purchase of cold rolling mill

In 2015, we continued on our vertical integration journey with the installation of a cold rolling mill in our Doraha manufacturing facility. This strategic decision has helped us shorten our supply chain and increase our cost competitiveness vis-a-vis competitors.

2018

Daily production of 100,000+ measuring tapes

2018 was a landmark year for us, as it saw us surpass our long term ambition of manufacturing more than 100,000 measuring tapes per day.

Competitive Advantages

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED

  • In-house cold rolling mill
  • 31 injection moulding machines, all plastic components manufactured in-house
  • High degree of quality control
  • Competitive pricing

LOCAL SOURCING

  • Locally sourced raw materials and components have helped us build a shorter and more responsive supply chain

CUSTOMER SERVICE FOCUS

  • Our dedicated sales team and cutting edge customer facing technology empower us to provide an exceptional client experience

COMMITMENT TO QUALITY

  • Dedicated engineering staff
  • Quality control lab
  • Quality certifications

Global Presence

Our products are available in, more than 60 countries worldwide.

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COMMITMENT TO QUALITY

Best in class machinery and equipment, an in-house fully equipped quality control laboratory, and a team of 25 quality engineers help us consistently deliver world class quality.