On 20 September 1958, the Trade Associations, involved in the activities of Aerological equipment manufacturing in the six original countries of the European Union (Belgium and Luxembourg being represented by the same Association) decided to create a European Committee called CECMA (Comité Européen des Constructeurs de Matériel Aéraulique).
Simultaneously, they also formed CECOMAF (Comité Européen des Constructeurs de Matériel Frigorifique) to deal with the issues related to refrigeration equipment.
Since the very beginning, there was a close co-operation between the two committees, mainly in the field of technical regulations and standardization.
Each Committee, however, kept its independence and opened to more countries, as the European Union expanded. Even Associations from non-EU member countries became members of CECOMAF or CECMA. In 1964, CECMA changed its name to EUROVENT. EUROVENT and CECOMAF grew up to a membership of 15 associations.
In the late 1980s, EUROVENT set up a programme for the performance certification of aerological equipment. CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation) expanded and asked more often for the expertise of the EUROVENT and CECOMAF experts. The importance of environmental concerns increased with the constantly rising issues such as ozone depletion, climate change, and energy efficiency. The experts of both Committees started to meet often to discuss matters of common interest.
In 1994, they decided to organize the annual General Assemblies of both Committees with a fixed time and place with the aim of preparing a strategic alliance between EUROVENT and CECOMAF. These discussions where finalized in June 1996 in Lyon (France) where both associations decided to form one single trade association EUROVENT/CECOMAF, the European Committee of Air Handling and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers.
Further in 1994, the importance and reliability of the European Air Conditioning Industry has been clearly demonstrated by setting up a EUROVENT's subsidiary EUROVENT CERTIFICATION based on voluntary certification programmes.
In 2006, the EUROVENT/CECOMAF changed its name and officially became EUROVENT.
Today, EUROVENT has 15 member associations from 12 countries representing more than 1 000 companies.
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