ETIM is global
Its global reach is expanding. In January 2018, Slovakia became the most recent country to join ETIM International. This means there are 18 member countries – including the UK – in Europe and as far afield as the USA and Canada, who are all benefiting from streamlining their technical data.
It is estimated that over 7 million products are now classified using the ETIM standard, but how did it all start?
In 1991 electrical contractors in the Netherlands came up with the idea for ETIM. These visionary installers were finding it difficult to source and compare products and had the idea that a common data model for technical product data would make life much easier – and they were right.
Since 1991, the ETIM classification has developed to become a truly international standard adopted right across the globe.
And this international community is still growing.
International partners in Europe and beyond
Each country, including the UK, is a member of ETIM International which has its HQ in Brussels.
Each member country is at a different stage of its ETIM journey. The map above shows the growing global community, and the darker the country shading the more established they are in ETIM. In September 2017, Russia became the latest country to join ETIM-International.
Here you’ll find links to the websites currently live for each country in the ETIM global community:
- Austria – joined 2010
- Belgium – joined 2008
- Denmark – joined 2014
- Finland – joined 2015
- France – joined 2012
- Germany – joined 2008
- Italy -joined 2015
- Lithuania – 2017
- Norway- joined 2014
- Poland – joined 2010
- Portugal (AGEFE) – joined 1 January 2019
- Russian Federation – joined 2017
- Spain – joined 2008
- Slovakia – joined 2018
- Slovenia (GZS ZEE) – joined 1 January 2019
- Sweden – joined 2008
- Switzerland – joined 2008
- The Netherlands – joined 2008
- UK – joined 2016
- USA/Canada – joined 2015
Finland: an ETIM success story
Led by the EDA’s equivalent trade association, Sahkoteknisen Kaupan Liitto or STK, Finland launched its product database for the industry in 2006, becoming an member of ETIM International in 2015.
Their database drives a dedicated website, which features 240,000 electro technical products from over 400 manufacturers. The website provides installer visitors with links to product sheets, documents, photos and logistics data, and to date the site has received 1 million visits and 4 million page views and counting.
To get their data in a state of ETIM-readiness, STK established Standardisation Committees, involving 120 industry representatives.
“Communication is a key to success”
Mindful of the need to raise and maintain the message about the important of data quality and consistency, STK have made communication across the sector a priority.
Initiatives includes a programme of half-day product data training courses for members and an awards programme to acknowledge those manufacturers and wholesalers who are flying the flag for data excellence.
In addition, their ETIM initiative has a high profile presence at Finland’s largest electrical trade fair.