ETIM - ETIM International - ETIM-UK
Introducing you to ETIM
In this section we explain the background to ETIM and why the EDA is championing the classification for the UK.
Video: “Well organised data ensures success.”
This 2 minute video will help you understand the potential for ETIM-UK, illustrating how the ETIM classification simplifies the exchange of data for manufacturers and wholesalers.
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How ETIM started
ETIM – the European Technical Information Model – is an open standard for the classification of technical product data that removes ambiguity and ensures that all users of the product data are using the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. Use of this common Standard removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.
ETIM first appeared in the Netherlands in the early 1990s and has grown across borders over the past 25 years to be used today in multiple languages in 18 countries across the world including the USA and Canada.
The Classification was initially applied to electrical installation products but soon spread to encompass heating , ventilation and plumbing and, later, general building products. It has now developed further to include a 3-D modelling version. You can read more about the technical aspects of ETIM in this section of our website.
The ETIM Standard is governed by a not for profit organisation called ETIM International.
Founded in 2008, ETIM International is responsible for the development, maintenance, publication and promotion of the ETIM Product Data Classification Standard. It is a partnership of national organisations with its HQ in Brussels. In accordance with its statues, ETIM International can only recognise one national ETIM organisation in each country.
ETIM-UK is an initiative of the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA), which became the official National Member Organisation (NMO) of ETIM International in January 2017. The Association is ideally placed to champion this initiative having served the UK’s electrical wholesale sector for over 100 years and representing around 80% of the market through its membership. It is also supported by 70 affiliated members who are industry leading manufacturers.
Membership of ETIM-UK is automatic for EDA members and manufacturer affiliates following a decision of the EDA Board of Management in July 2017. Members of ETIM-UK also become indirect members of ETIM International.
As the National Member Organisation in the UK, the key responsibilities of ETIM-UK are :
- To raise awareness and understanding of the ETIM Product Classification Standard
- To work with industry stakeholders to adapt and translate the Standard to take account of requirements of the UK market
- To support manufacturers and suppliers who wish to adopt the Standard for their technical product data
- To support industry stakeholders in the integration of the ETIM Standard into their e-commerce/ERP systems
- To liaise with ETIM International for the harmonious development of the Standard
- To liaise with UK BIM bodies to ensure that ETIM data is integrated into BIM standards and projects.
- To promote the wider use of the ETIM Standard in the UK
- To ensure that the latest version of the ETIM standard is circulated to members
The strategy of ETIM-UK is guided by an Advisory Board made up of volunteers from across the ETIM-UK membership. The ETIM-UK Advisory Board is headed up by the President of the EDA, currently Simon Barkes of BEMCO.
How can I get involved in ETIM-UK?
From 1 August 2017, members and affiliated members of the EDA automatically become members of ETIM-UK.
If you are not a member of the EDA, but are interested in finding out more about ETIM-UK please email us or call on 020 3141 7350.
Defining the ETIM standard for the UK
In late summer 2017, work will start on defining the ETIM standard for UK products.
A series of 20 product-specific ETIM-UK Working Groups will be established and it is estimated that it will take around 9 months to complete.
How ETIM-ready is your data? Book to find out
To help you get to grips with your product data, the EDA is offering members and affiliated members a free ETIM data audit.
Following an analysis of the key components of your data, including your current current data processes and your short-to-medium term data plans, you’ll receive a report from us with suggestions on processes and systems for you to consider to help cleanse, standardise and enrich your data content.
To date, these members and affiliated members have taken advantage, or expressed an interest in, the free audit offer. If you would like to do the same simply complete the short form at the foot of this page:
- BPX Electro Mechanical
- BT Cables
- Carl Kammerling International
- City Electrical Factors
- Collingwood Lighting
- Eaton Electric
- Eyre & Elliston
- GE Lighting
- GDC Group
- GreenBrook Electrical
- Greenwood Airvac
- Holland House Electrical Co Ltd
- Illuma Lighting
- Kew Electrical
- Kingfisher Lighting
- Lapp Group
- LED Group – Robus
- L H Evans Holdings
- Lincs Electrical Wholesalers Ltd
- Medlock Electrical Distributors
- Midshires Electrical & Lighting Ltd
- Phase Electrical Distributors Ltd
- Rexel Group
- Venture Lighting