EMO® History
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EMO® History


The first concern of CECIMO since its foundation in 1950 has been the organization of a new type of exhibition complying with exacting rules. The aim of CECIMO has been to provide purchasers of machine tools, those working in the industry and connected with it as a complete view of the market place as possible.

Thus the European exhibitions of machine tools were created as the sole display in the world where only manufacturers of equipment may exhibit and also where only the machines of one category are displayed in the same hall.
The first E.M.T.E. (European Machine Tools Exhibitions) was held in 1951.

From 1951 to 1971 the exhibitions space was trebled and the number of visitors continued to increase.
Although the exhibition was limited till the end of 1971 to manufacturers from the member companies of CECIMO, E.M.T.E. was already the largest exhibition for machine tools in the world. With the first EMO® in Paris (1975) the exhibition opened its door to non-European, CECIMO showed its desire to:

  • provide machine tool users with an opportunity to see and compare products from all over the world at a single exhibition
  • include a still greater concentration of production equipment for user equipments and assist contacts between manufacturers andbuyers; so important because by stimulated by customers demands inform manufacturers of competitive products, thus promoting collaboration between them, for example, through licensed agreements
  • stimulate the dialogue between science and industry
  • facilitate successful investment policies in individual undertakings by presenting a comprehensive view of the state of the machine tool art at regular intervals.

The success of this policy is clear to see. Since 1981, CECIMO has promoted the European machine tool industry in overseas countries which are rapidly establishing an industrial basis, by the organisation of EMTO (European machine Tool Exhibitions Overseas). The first of these exhibitions was organised at Seoul (Republic of South Korea) in 1981.

The EMO® fair takes place every uneven year. In 2003, the initial EMO® cycle (Hanover-Paris- Hanover-Milan) was modified by CECIMO into Hanover-Hanover-Milan.

Former EMO® Commissioners

M. GARDAIR (Paris 1951)
M. HELLER (Hannover 1952)
MM. RASKIN, DUTRANNOIT (Brussels 1953)
M. HELLER (Hannover 1957)
M. GARDAIR (Paris 1959)
MM. RASKIN, DUTRANNOIT (Brussels 1961)
MM. RASKIN, DUTRANNOIT (Brussels 1965)
M. von BUSSE (Hannover 1967)
MM. LINE, DELHOMME (Paris 1969)
M. GRAZIANO (Milan 1971)
M. von BUSSE (Hannover 1977)
M. CONTI (Milan 1979)
M. von BUSSE (Hannover 1981)
M. von BUSSE (Hannover 1985)
M. RAMBAUDI (Milan 1987)
M. von BUSSE (Hannover 1989)
M. ROUCHAUD (Paris 1991)
M. MARCZINSKI (Hannover 1993)
M. COLOMBO (Milan 1995)
M. MARCZINSKI (Hannover 1997)
M. BUGAUD (Paris 1999)
M. ELSINGHORST (Hannover 2001)
M. STREPARAVA (Milan 2003)
M. ELSINGHORST (Hannover 2005)
M. ELSINGHORST (Hannover 2007)
M. STREPARAVA (Milan 2009)
M. ELSINGHORST (Hannover 2011)
M. WELCKER (Hannover 2013)