CECIMO is the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries, we bring together 15 national associations of machine tool builders, which represent approximately 1500 industrial enterprises in Europe, over 80% of which are SMEs. CECIMO defends the common interests of its members, particularly in relation to authorities and associations, and promotes the European machine tool industries and their development in the fields of economy, technology and science. CECIMO covers more than 99% of the total machine tool production in Europe and 30% worldwide. It accounts for almost 150,000 employees and a turnover of over €23 billion in 2014. More than three quarters of the production in CECIMO countries is shipped abroad, whereas half of it is exported outside Europe.