Formed in October 2009, IAEMA - The International Airport Equipment Manufacturers' Association - is a group of the world's leading airport equipment manufacturers working together to help focus industry events and gain a better deal for the manufacturer in tough economic times. Membership of the association ensures the major GSE manufacturers retain an authoritative community voice in the industry: a voice from the industry and for the industry.

This founding group of over 20 leading GSE manufacturers was particularly concerned with the increased cost and frequency of international exhibitions that did not seem to understand the needs of the industry.

The established airport equipment exhibition is widely recognized as an important international event and alternates between Germany to the US every other year.