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Furnishing Idea is the portal dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, designed to bring together different professionals such as architects, designers, carpenters, furniture makers and manufacturers active in the furniture market who represent the reference point in terms of innovation and quality of the product offered. On the other hand, the portal aims to provide a valid information service focused on products, projects, events and fairs and everything that revolves around the world of components, semi-finished products and accessories for the furniture industry.


The portal is divided into different sections where you can explore the different products according to different categories, get in touch with manufacturers, download catalogues to keep up with industry trends and watch videos of interviews with the best professionals and manufacturers.


In the articles section you can find all the information about the most innovative product technologies, such as furniture materials, furniture accessories and systems, furniture machinery, furniture hardware, manufactured by manufacturers with a solid experience in the field. In the companies section there is an overview of the manufacturers registered on our portal, divided by product category, where you can contact us for any request. Our portal also has a special catalogues section to allow professionals and operators in the sector to view in a practical way all the catalogues relating to the various products (furniture hardware, upholstery materials, furniture paints, etc.). In addition, to allow easy consultation of the products, our portal has reserved a product section, organized by categories, where you can find out about the technical characteristics, materials and functionality of each product. The video section, on the other hand, presents numerous video interviews given by professionals and manufacturers that report news, insights and informative content on the best technologies in the sector.


In addition, to keep you constantly informed you can also consult our Journal section which contains all the Furnishing Idea magazines dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, such as the edition dedicated to Sicam or Interzum, two of the most important trade fairs in the sector. The magazines can be consulted from the portal or easily downloadable in pdf format.


Thanks to the trust placed in us by many manufacturers, our portal is now recognized both nationally and internationally. In fact, there are already many internationally recognized and established companies in the sector, including the AIPEF group (Italian Flexible Expanded Polyurethanes Companies) which promotes scientific information on the use of flexible polyurethane foam in the sectors in which it is used.

Catas Academy: 2022 webinar calendar defined
After an intense 2021 on the training side, Catas Academy has recently defined the 2022 calendar which presents, alongside institutional appointments, "ad hoc" events also linked to the territorial contexts in which Catas operates with greater incisiveness: Triveneto and Brianza, where the two offices of the institute are operative, and Emilia Romagna/Marche, where the first Catas Point was opened in 2021.

Technical topics and new regulations

From the calendar of appointments emerges, first of all, the collaboration between Catas and realities such as Federchimica and Acimall, the confindustrial associations that represent companies operating in the chemical industry and in the construction of machinery for the processing of wood and its derivatives. The 2022 Catas webinar will seek to deepen some of the most topical technical issues, as well as inform on the latest regulatory news.


Webinar on the Catas You Tube Channel

Once again this year, the scheduled webinar will be made available on the Catas You Tube channel for anyone interested, (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNsYMkkXcAZn-RhM5XJIUzA, while subscribers to the lab's services will be able to access them directly from the "myCatas" area dedicated to them (https://my.catas.com/login).

"Being able to continue Catas Academy's intense training activities online allows us to overcome the limitations imposed by the health emergency," commented Franco Bulian, director of Catas. "Although our hope is to soon be able to meet again in person, we must recognize the great potential of these tools that allow us to keep alive the relationship and the comparison on the many terrains on which the actuality and the near future of the world of wood and furniture is played out."


Catas Academy: the 2022 calendar

01 February, 14.00

Container furniture for domestic use: a question of safety and stability.

The revision of the EN 14749 standard.

22 February, 14.00

The measure of environmental impact dedicated to furniture: 

focus the machining processes.

In collaboration with ACIMALL (Italian association of woodworking machinery manufacturers).

10 March, h. 14.00

Wooden floors and parquet: regulatory news

and product certification.

24 March, h. 14.00

Made in Italy furniture: from sampling

to product certification by CATAS.

21 April, 2.00 p.m.

Beds and mattresses: characteristics, performance and durability.

28 April, h. 14.00

The chair: which evolutions in the productive processes?  

In collaboration with ACIMALL (Italian Association of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers).

12 May, h. 14.00

Outdoor adhesives: classification, evaluations and regulatory news.

In collaboration with Federchimica - AVISA

31 May, h. 14.00

Panel and profile finishing.  

In collaboration with ACIMALL (Italian Association of woodworking machinery manufacturers)

09 June, h. 14.00

Reaction to fire of upholstered furniture: 

focus markets Great Britain and United States.

June 28, 2 pm

The coating drying process: the eternal challenge!

In collaboration with ACIMALL (Italian Association of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers)

September 8, 2 pm

Formaldehyde in the USA and Canada: ready for 2023?

27 September, h. 14.00

Wooden doors and windows: this is how they are made! 

In collaboration with ACIMALL (Italian Association of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers)

06 October, h. 14.00

VOC emissions from furniture: the new UNI standard

and the CQA certification "VOC Low Emission".

October 25, 2 pm

Excimer coatings: technologies and coating products.

In collaboration with ACIMALL (Italian Association of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers)

November 10, 2 pm

Finishes and surfaces for furniture: regulatory evolution

and product certification.

22 November, h. 14.00

Edgebanding: air, laser, infrared. Comparing technologies.   

In collaboration with ACIMALL (Italian Association of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers).

The programs of the webinar can be consulted on the pages of the Catas website (wwwcatas.com).

For further information you can contact Catas by writing to formazione@catas.com or calling +39 0432 747260.

Catas Academy: the 2023 calendar of information and training events for companies in the sector

New this year is the organisation of "Catas Days" in attendance at the Catas Brianza headquarters and at the new Catas Point Pesaro headquarters
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 13/02/2023

Catas: an excellent 2022 and a 2023 full of activities, investments and programs

2022 closed with a turnover of over 7 million euros, almost 45 thousand tests carried out and more than 200 hours of training
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 18/01/2023

Catas Engineering: alongside companies to measure quality in production

Many companies want to set up test laboratories as an integral part of the production system
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 30/09/2022

Antibacterial surfaces: Catas obtains ISO 22196: 2011 accreditation

The laboratory also launches the CQA Antibacterial Coating to certify interior painting cycles
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 27/06/2022

Catas inaugurates the new site for product certifications

Category: Industry news
Publication date: 28/03/2022

Catas: excellent results in 2021 and big plans for 2022

Subscribed companies grow by 6%, and the number of tests carried out and product certifications also increase
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 16/02/2022

Catas Academy: webinar calendar for the year 2021

A rich programme of events to inform about the latest technical and regulatory developments in the wood-furnishing sector
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 03/02/2021

Designing sustainability: the future of Italian furniture according to FSC Italia

FSC certification is a tool to guarantee the sustainable origin of wood and a communication topic for companies in the sector.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 19/10/2020

wood-furnishing sector and Covid-19 emergency : the call to reopen Made in Italy

The Federlegno-Arredo manifesto and the appeal of some leading companies in the design sector
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 14/04/2020

Catas Academy: the calendar of courses and seminars 2020 has been defined.

Address topical issues of great interest to the wood-furniture sector
Category: Trade associations
Publication date: 03/01/2020