The BMF is set to fast-track the implementation of ETIM in the UK building, HVAC and plumbing sectors with the support of a diverse group ETIM Trailblazers drawn from their broad-ranging membership.

More than 20 merchant and supplier members – including Travis Perkins, UK’s largest distributor of building materials and H&B, a leading buying group for independent building timber and plumbing merchants – have signed up as ETIM Trailblazers. They will support the numerous working groups that begin meeting in Q1 2021 to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area.

The initial working groups will cover bricks, insulation, sanitary ware and paints/adhesives, but others will quickly follow.  In addition to relevant personnel from the ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF has invited manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

BMF ETIM Project Manager, Dave Bate said:

“The Covid pandemic inevitably slowed our progress in 2020, but it wasn’t all bad news as adapting to lockdown trading conditions increased the pace of growth in e-commerce transactions within the merchant industry. Since we were able to restart ETIM presentations the reaction has been universally positive.  The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of the BMF members we have engaged with to date.”

Speaking on behalf of the BMF’s ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said:

“Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers.”