Both NFA and Ifea had a long history to look back on, although NFA was established first – already in 1958. Ifea was established in 1971. After years of competition between the two organisations, the two boards managed to decide for a merging process in 2017 which should be effective by beginning of 2018.
NFA was founded in 1958 as a response to the establishment of different regional automation societies throughout Norway. As the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) was established in 1957, it was natural to connect the new Norwegian ‘branch’ to the international Federation. NFA, and now NFEA, has thus been an active member of IFAC for over 60 years.
NFA have always had a close connection to academia and new technology environments, a fact that is underlined by the close connection to IFAC, and the arrangements carried out in Norway on behalf of IFAC.
Ifea was founded in 1971 based on a need in the producing industry in Norway for a separate professional organisation within the electrotechnical and automation subjects. Ifea established a number of professional committees which worked as consultative bodies and collaborators for the norwegian authorities within electrical safety.
Ifea established a number of regional boards during the nineties, and the regional seminars became very important for the growth in Ifea – with regards to both economy and number of members. Ifea also played an important role in establishing NEMKO and Elektroforum in 1990.
Both organisations offered membership to businesses, and among other benefits – competence development to their members through courses, seminars and conferences.
Although the origin of the two organisations was very different, during the operating years it became clear that the activities and the competence that the members in the two different organisations were offered, was complementary, and even competing from time to time. This lead the boards to the conclusion that it was time to merge the two organisations and make one administration serve the total membership base. This lead to founding of NFEA as of 1st January 2018.