1950 The predecessor of AECMA "Association Internationale des Constructeurs de Matériel Aérospatial, AICMA" was founded in 1950. It was a Forum primarily for social and informal contacts

1960's Extension of membership to all Western European Aerospace Industries in the wake of first generation international cooperative programmes

1961 The organisation of the emerging space industry, EUROSPACE was founded in 1961 to foster the development of space activities in Europe, and to promote a better understanding of space concerns

1973 AICMA became AECMA (European Association of Aerospace Industries) in the context of growing European awareness and increased trans-national cooperation. It continued to give emphasis on technical issues

1976 The European Defence Industries Group, EDIG, was founded in 1976 as a body responsive to the National Armaments Directors (NADs) of the Independent European Programme Group (IEPG) nations. The aim of EDIG was to gather together the European Defence industry's positions to be further provided for the policy making bodies. In 1984, EDIG was formally recognized by the IEPG as "the designated forum to advise the IEPG on industrial matters"

1990 EDIG opened a Brussels Office

1991 AECMA opened a Brussels Office

2004 AECMA, EDIG and EUROSPACE merged to form AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, ASD

2006 ASD creates a specific Task Force which developed a common set of principles to tackle the issue of corruption through the use of agents. The Common Industry Standards (CIS) were created and adopted by over 400 companies in Europe

2009 ASD and AIA (Aerospace Industries Association) solemnly endorse the Global Principles of Business Ethics in Helsinki. Companies that sign on commit to including programs and policies that foster ethical business conduct in their corporate business practices


Both a window on the European Union as well as a source of information for the Industries it represents, ASD gathers all data and resources of interest for its overall community.