In the 70s, with the development of “Satory”, as the exhibition was called at that time, a handful of exhibitors decided to come together and set up the Comité de Liaison des Exposants de Satory – CLES (Satory Exhibitor Liaison Committee).
As the Exhibition continued its international expansion, the two entities, CLES and GICAT, merged and founded COGES in 1993.
In 1995, COGES became the implementing entity of GICAT’s decisions. Its scope of action expanded, beyond organizing the Eurosatory event, and it began assisting GICAT with its policy to support French industrial exports and international outreach.
In1998, at Eurosatory, COGES organized the first Business Meetings in the Defence and Security sector.
Initially only in charge of the logistic part of the French Pavilions, COGES became from 1995 their organizer. Over the 2012-2014 period, more than fifteen pavilions were organised around the world, ranging in size from 50 to 350 square metres.
From 2013, to make available concrete export support means to GICAT’s members, COGES develops a regional exhibitions policy.
In 2013, COGES creates the APHS exhibition. The first edition took place in Singapore, in 2015.
In 2014, COGES becomes the prime contractor of the Expodefensa exhibition in Bogota (Colombia) that he organized in 2015 with his Colombian partner CORFERIAS.