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.
The ETIM Standard is governed by a not for profit organisation called ETIM International.
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.