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18
Jul

ETIM North America, based in Salt Lake City, is an initiative to standardize the electronic exchange of product data in the electrical industry and related sectors....

ETIM North America, based in Salt Lake City, is an initiative to standardize the electronic exchange of product data in the electrical industry and related sectors.

In mid-July, two well-known electrical manufacturers (Eaton and Rockwell Automation) joined the organization, which already included companies such as ABB, Schneider Electric and Siemens. While these manufacturers may be strong competitors in the market, they can work together at ETIM to accelerate digitalization, which will bring benefits to everyone in the market.

Membership in ETIM NA is open to manufacturers, dealers and anyone else working in the electrical industry.

At the beginning of June, the Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), Canada's national electrical manufacturers' association, joined ETIM in North America, in order to promote the exchange of product information across the entire Canadian supply chain.

As a link between electrical manufacturers (NEMA) and electrical wholesalers (NAED), the IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) joined ETIM in early June. IDEA was founded in 1998 by the manufacturers' association and the electrical wholesale organization.

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2014 was not a bad year for the Polish electrical wholesale trade, even though two important market participants had to declare insolvency at once in Ampli and Mors.

2014 was not a bad year for the Polish electrical wholesale trade, even though two important market participants had to declare insolvency at once in Ampli and Mors.

Both companies had already been having problems for some time. Now Ampli has sold its branches to the wholesale company Kopel, and Mors has closed the majority of its branches.

The turnover volume in the Polish electrical wholesale trade amounts to about EUR 1.8 bn. Over 85% of this is generated by the Polish wholesale association SHE, which currently comprises 13 members:

• ALFA-ELEKTRO (belongs to Sonepar/FR)
• ELEKTRO-HOLDING (purchasing association)
• ELEKTROSKANDIA Polska (belongs to Rexel/FR)
• ELMEGA (purchasing association)
• FEGA Poland (belongs to Würth/DE)
• FEGIME Polska (purchasing association)
• FORUM-RONDO (purchasing association)
• GRODNO (belongs to Fegime)
• INTER-ELEKTRO (purchasing association, belongs to IMELCO)
• ONNINEN (belongs to Onninen/FI)
• SOLAR Polska (belongs to Solar/DK)
• TIM
• WOJNAROWSCY

In addition the purchasing association El-Plus is likely also to join SHE in the next few days, raising the number of members to 14.

The association is led by Ryszard D’Antoni, a proven expert in the Polish wholesale trade and at the same time vice-president of ETIM.

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Even at a national level inputting products from manufacturer A at wholesaler B can be costly and time-consuming. With ETIM, the classification model for the electrical industry, practically any article can be described exactly and unambiguously.

Even at a national level inputting products from manufacturer A at wholesaler B can be costly and time-consuming. With ETIM, the classification model for the electrical industry, practically any article can be described exactly and unambiguously.

Because setting up and specifying the catalogue basis are the same, there is no need for all the data formatting and adaptations which have been necessary up to now and are as a rule time-consuming. The result is quick and trouble-free data exchange between manufacturers and dealers.

Naturally, the story gets really interesting at international level. Here as well ETIM allows all the relevant information to be distributed in all the supported languages and above all to be inputted without any problems into the systems of the respective distribution partner on the spot.

Thus it is not surprising that ETIM is also increasingly gaining in international currency. Last year, thanks to the two new partner countries of Denmark and Norway, the number of members could be extended to 11. In 2015 Finland will be added. Other interested countries are Russia, the Czech Republic and Italy, and in addition intensive talks are being held with IDEA (USA/Canada) on the further development of the cooperation in North America.

The make-up of ETIM’s executive committee is correspondingly international. Replacing B. Hogborn (Sweden), who has stepped down for reasons of age, his Swedish successor S. Skoklund and in addition D. Boucard for France were elected to the management board at the annual general meeting in June 2014. The office of president is held by Franz Ernst (Sonepar Germany), the vice-president is Ryszard D’Antoni from the Polish electrical wholesale association SHE, the treasurer is Yves de Coorebyter from the Belgian purchasing association FEE and the technical director is Marc Habets from ETIM in the Netherlands.

Future programme: For April/May the production of a new common guide to data transmission from suppliers is planned, and in addition preparations are under way for the publication of the version ETIM 7. In addition the classification model will gradually be opened up to the HVAC sector (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). This has already happened in the Netherlands, and Sweden, with Denmark and Poland about to follow shortly.

The next annual general meeting will take place on 4th June 2015 in Lisbon,as always a day before the annual general meeting of EUEW.

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