CEO Comité Européen de l‘Outillage 
European Tool Committee 
Europäisches Werkzeugkomittee


Key dates in the history of the European tool manufacturers’ association CEO


First French – German meeting in Paris, discussion about, how to reconcile the activities of the European handtool manufacturers. The associations of UK, Sweden, Italy and Austria join.


Finalization of the first corporate project: comprehensive listing of handtools.


The First General Assembly took place in Paris (May 18th -20th, 1949). First meetings of the CEO professional sections: Machine saws, chisels, plane irons, pliers and carpenters‘ pincers, tinmen snips, bolt clippers and mechanical hand tools.


Official name of the tool manufacturer’s association: Comité Europeén de l‘ Outillage (CEO).


3rd July, constitutional meeting in Paris and official foundation of the CEO. The general secretariat was located in Paris.


The general secretariat moves to Remscheid (D). In the same year HERRAMEX, the Spanish association joins. The first formal General Assembly takes place in Nice, France (October 14th –15th ).


Decision to meet twice a year once in autumn, during CEO General Assembly and once in springtime on occasion of Hannover Fair and later during Cologne Hardware Show.


Introduction of the CEO Economic Committee.


Approval of the first formal and legal statutes.


Belgium joins CEO with its national association FABRIMETAL. Introduction of the new CEO-Logo.


The Netherlands join CEO with their national association FME. New sections like “Tools for Woodworking Machines” “Vices”, “Anchor Fixings” and “Masonry Drills” were intro­duced, which mainly represent the machine tool and construction tool sector inside CEO.


Switzerland joins CEO with its national association VSM.


First informal contacts to the Hand Tools Institute (HTI), the U.S. tool manufacturers‘ association. Discussions follow in subsequent years in Cologne as well as in Chicago during hardware shows.


Finland joins CEO with its Federation of Finnish Metal- and Engineering-Industries.


First participation of representatives of HTI member companies at the CEO General Assembly in Baden (Austria). Portugal joins as individual member.


General Secretariat moves from Remscheid to Paris.


Introduction of new statutes (2nd generation), which allow companies‘ direct memberships.


Hiring of a lobbyist located in Brussels and working for CEO.


CEO delegates first time attending the national HTI congress in Acapulco, Mexico.


Introduction of new statutes (3rd generation) which regulate direct membership, subscription schemes and voting rights. Enlargement of the working group activities. The General Secretariat moves back to Remscheid. CEO Economic Committee abolished


Introduction of the CEO Website, 2004 introduction of the protected members’ area


CEO becomes affiliated partner (“Bridgehead-member”) of ORGALIME, The European Engineering Industries Association


Celebration of CEO´s 50th anniversary at the CEO conference in Rome

The past CEO Presidents

1959 – 1972

Francois Peugeot (F), Outillage Peugeot

1972 – 1976

James Hugh Neill (GB), James Neill Ltd.

1976 – 1980

Giulio Amos (I), USAG

1980 – 1984

Hans Rauch-Christen (D), METABO

1984 – 1986

Walter Strasek (A), Stern-Werkzeuge

1986 – 1988

Michel Blanc (F), SAM

1988 – 1991

John J. Jewitt (GB), Footprint Tools

1991 – 1996

Günter Becker (D), VBW

1996 – 2000

Mario Cogliati (I), USAG

2000 – 2004

Anders Agren (S), SNA

2004 – 2008

Matthias Hoffmann (D), HAZET

2008 – 2012

Michel Laroche (F), MOB Outillage

from 2012

Neill Brodey (UK), NORBAR Torque Tools

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