History

History of the EIC

Celebrating more than 75 years of the EIC.

It’s been an incredible journey for the EIC and its members, starting way back in London in 1943 with 13 oil and gas companies. 

Over the years we’ve expanded our range of products and services, and opened offices around the world, and now support over 650 member companies across all energy sectors.
Timeline
1943
In February 1943, 13 firms met in London to form the Council of British Manufacturers of Petroleum Equipment (CBMPE), as we were known then, to look at how companies could benefit when the post-war reconstruction of the oil industry began.
1946
First overseas trade mission to the Caribbean is carried out.
1947
The EIC launches its first publications British Petroleum Equipment News and the EIC Procurement Guide. Both are still in print, with the former being renamed EIC Inside Energy.
1981
London office opened in Notting Hill Gate.
1995
The EIC opens its first office outside the UK, in Houston, the US.
1999
EIC offices open in Aberdeen and Brazil.
2002
The first ever EIC Connect event takes place in Manchester.
2004
The Dubai office is opened.
2005
The Teesside office is opened.
2008
EICDataStream is launched, quickly becoming one of the world's leading CAPEX project tracking databases. EIC Training department is formed.
2009
The EIC's Head Office moves to a new location on the South Bank of the River Thames in Vauxhall.
2017
EICAssetMap launched, the only operations and maintenance database to map all major UK facilities across all energy sectors. EIC Connect events held in Indonesia and the US for the first time.
2018
The EIC celebrates its 75th birthday, making us one of the oldest trade associations in the world.