CECIMO is the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries. CECIMO brings together 15 national associations of machine tool builders which represent approximately 1,500 industrial enterprises in Europe (EU, EFTA, Turkey). CECIMO covers more than 97% of total Machine Tool production in Europe and more than one third worldwide. It accounts for almost 150,000 employees and a turnover of nearly €21 Billion in 2011.
CECIMO voices the position of the machine tool industries towards the European authorities and stakeholders. It represents globally the interests and values of the European machine tool industry. CECIMO strives for the creation of an ideal business environment in which the European machine tool industry can thrive, innovate and improve to maintain its leadership in the world. Activities performed by CECIMO include statistics and economic forecasts, EU policy and legislation monitoring, dialogue with European authorities on behalf of the industry, dissemination of R&D results within European research projects and promotion of innovation. The CECIMO Self-Regulatory Initiative is aimed at setting environmental performance standards for the machine tool industry and promoting energy efficiency in order to deliver the policy objectives laid down in the ecodesign legislation of the EU (Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC). CECIMO is also operating 'Blue Competence Machine Tools', a European-wide sustainability initiative which promotes optimizing the use of energy and other resources to enable faster, better and higher quality manufacturing in end-user industries.
Since its creation in 1950, CECIMO has committed itself to the promotion of the machine tool industry worldwide and the E.M.T.E. (European Machine Tools Exhibitions) was created for this reason in 1951. It was organized for the first time under the name of EMO® in 1975 in Paris. EMO® is a registered trademark by CECIMO and receives the support of its fifteen CECIMO member associations.