First steps to form Pneurop
were taken in 1958 and 1959 by the Trade Associations of France, Germany
and Great Britain. Pneurop was formed in 1960 with, as founding members,
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy,
Luxembourg, Sweden and Switzerland.
Pneurop was set up to study the development of the
compressed air industry and foster its progress.
Pneurop's early work was of a fundamental nature, that
is the production of a glossary of terms and classification of products
and harmonisation of the different national test rules.
Pioneer work took place in the production of safety documents,
compressed air quality classes, acceptance specifications for vacuum
pumps, noise and vibration test procedures.
From the mid-1980s Pneurop, being an EC-recognised
"Sector Committee", has been involved in detailed discussion
on draft Directives and work on CEN (European Standards Organisation)
harmonised standards mandated from the European Commission. This work
Following the intensive years of work on Directives and harmonised
standards, Pneurop has returned to its innovative work
e.g. compressed air contaminations, purity classes and measurement
methods, as well as items for submission to ISO.