Previous EICF Conferences
EICF has been active in conferences and workshops at least from 1955 Zurich
The first document which refers to the formation of a European Association is dated 1958. It gives the intent to form an association to promote the industry by bringing together the members of the industry to hold international conferences, standardise specifications and design tolerances. Special study groups would be formed to promote these activities.
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