CIRP was founded in 1951 with the aim to address scientifically, through international co-operation, issues related to modern production science and technology. The International Academy for Production Engineering takes its abbreviated name from the French acronym of College International pour la Recherche en Productique (CIRP) and includes some 600 members from 50 countries. The number of members is intentionally kept limited, so as to facilitate informal scientific information exchange and personal contacts.
CIRP has some 180 Fellows and Honorary Fellows who are internationally recognized scientists elected to be CIRP members for life. Due to the limited number of CIRP Fellows, the election of a Fellow is a lengthy, rigorous process ensuring the highest possible academic standards.
CIRP includes some 150 Associate members well known scientists, with high potential, elected typically for a period of three years with the possibility of renewal. A number of Associate members eventually become Fellows. Some Associate members may also belong to fields related to Manufacturing.