NEMRA Joins ETIM North America

New Project

Nov 12, 2020

ETIM North America (NA) is pleased to announce that the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) has joined ETIM NA to help support the digitization, standardization and overall exchange of technical product data within the North American electrical channel.

For more than 50 years, NEMRA has been promoting and enhancing the value of the independent representative to the U.S. electrical industry. Fulfilling a crucial role within the distribution channel, independent sales reps and agencies help present and support manufacturers’ products and solutions in the marketplace, which involves circulating vast amounts of product information to distributors, architects, engineers and installers.

An international model for the standardization and classification of technical product data, ETIM originated in Europe almost 20 years ago and is used worldwide by manufacturers, distributors and end-users doing business in dozens of countries. ETIM has been gaining adoption in North America in recent years, especially in the electrical sector. ETIM facilitates the efficient exchange of product information throughout the entire ecosystem of the industry—from manufacturers who produce the content, down through their distribution channels, to specifiers and end-users of products.

According to Mary Shaw, Executive Director of ETIM NA, “NEMRA is the perfect example of a group ‘downstream’ of manufacturers that relies heavily on product content to assist electrical professionals in selecting the right products for the job. As such, their perspective is invaluable in helping ensure the quality and consistency of information for use in various languages as well as business platforms.”

Jim Johnson, president of NEMRA, echoes that “Manufacturer representatives are a critical link in the supply chain and need to be involved in industry initiatives. We appreciate that ETIM NA desired our participation. Reps need to be aware of what ETIM is to support their distributors and manufacturers, and the ETIM model will need to be integrated into manufacturer representative sales, operating and warehouse management systems to ensure data integrity, facilitate commerce and improve reporting. Our members will also be able to contribute to the Product Expert committees with insights on how end-users describe products.”

From supporting e-commerce to architectural and engineering tools like CAD, BIM and 3D modeling, manufacturers’ product data is the “fuel” needed for all applications within the electrical industry and related construction and industrial trades. As a language-independent classification model, ETIM is uniquely suited for sharing product information consistently regardless of geography or technology.

Members of NEMRA will have the opportunity to participate on various ETIM NA committees and share subject-matter expertise to support the standards development.

More information, including ETIM NA membership details, can be found at www.etim-na.org/about-us/members/.

Source

Related Articles


Changing Scene

  • Schneider Electric Appoints Frederick Morency to Drive Electrification and Sustainability in Canada

    Schneider Electric Appoints Frederick Morency to Drive Electrification and Sustainability in Canada

    October 3, 2022 Schneider Electric has recently announced the appointment of Frederick Morency as Vice President, Sustainability, Strategic Initiatives & Innovation to lead its Electrification and Sustainability strategy in Canada. Frederick has been with Schneider Electric for 25 years and most recently served as Vice President, Services, where he orchestrated strong digital experiences between Schneider Electric’s partners, customers and… Read More…

  • Sonepar Acquires PEPCO

    Sonepar Acquires PEPCO

    September 30, 2022 Sonepar announced that its U.S. subsidiary has entered into an agreement to acquire Professional Electric Products Co., Inc. (dba “PEPCO”). With a strong presence in the state of Ohio, this acquisition offers Sonepar the opportunity to expand in the 6th largest electrical distribution market in the U.S. A family-owned business headquartered in Eastlake, Ohio, since… Read More…


Peers & Profiles

  • Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, is Canada’s top international corporate citizen in 2022. This designation was awarded to Schneider Electric by Corporate Knights, a media and research company committed to advancing a sustainable economy. Read More…

  • The Sonepar Ontario Region is proud to announce the relocation of their SESCO Central Distribution Centre (CDC) to its new location in Brampton, ON. This move has facilitated an amalgamation between Texcan’s large Brampton branch and SESCO’s CDC, as both businesses work together within one facility for the first time. Read More…