CECOF was founded in 1972 as a European association platform for the thermo processing industry. Since then, CECOF has developed into the respected voice and lobby organisation of the the industry in Europe. Against the background of common interests, it was decided at the 2019 General Assembly to open up to companies of the metallurgical plant construction sector.

The full name is now CECOF - The European Committee of Industrial Furnace, Heating and Metallurgical Equipment Associations. CECOF represents the industry's interest vis-à-vis national and European institutions, sets and harmonises national rules, regulations and standards and elaborates technical guidelines. Attractive platforms are provided by organising events and supporting exhibition activities.