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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: webinar calendar for the year 2021

The training and refresher events offered every year by Catas Academy are very popular and appreciated by operators in the sector and in order to be able to hold them during the health emergency, the Italian laboratory has decided to organise them via the web.  On the other hand, in this period it is thanks to the digital mode that many companies have also been able to turn their attention to the most pressing technical issues and continue to operate safely.


A full calendar of events for the wood-furnishing sector

Catas, Europe's leading testing laboratory for the wood-furniture industry, has been working on the quality of presentations for some time now, holding several meetings in English for its many partners from all over the world. It has also set up a real “webinarteca“ where those who were unable to attend live can always find all the contributions; Catas subscribers, on the other hand, can access them directly from the “myCatas“ area dedicated to them.
The 2021 calendar includes a rich number of appointments that can be further enriched with new events during the year to provide a quick and coherent response to the technical and regulatory news of the wood-furnishing sector.  
The courses are held by Catas technicians and experts with the strength of their expertise and experience built up in the various areas in which they operate: laboratory testing, participation in national and international standardisation forums, listening to and studying the needs and technical problems of companies.
Last year, 54 courses were organised for companies, operators in the wood-furnishing sector, training institutes and universities; more than 5 thousand views were gathered from the live courses available online. An intense and satisfying year, which ended with the special “Catas Virtual Tour“ event, watched live on 10 December by around 300 viewers from all over the world, which has now been viewed online by over 1,200 people.


Webinars scheduled in the 2021 calendar

After the first event, held last 19 January in collaboration with Federchimica, dedicated to the presentation of the manual “Edge Bonding“, here are the next appointments.

25 February, 2 pm
Wood-based panels for furniture: from the intended use to the choice

11 March, 2 pm
Office seating and the new EN 1335-1 standard: focus on the “hot“ spots

08 April, 2 pm
Office chairs and the new EN 1335-1 standard: measurement uncertainty and decision-making rules

13 May, 2 pm
Office desks and storage furniture: standards and specifications

10 June, 2 pm
The edging process of furniture panels: materials, processes and quality control

08 July, 2 pm
Stability of storage furniture for domestic use: the state of play on requirements and upcoming innovations

16 September, 2 pm
Life Cycle Assessment LCA: new opportunities for the furniture sector

21st October, 2 pm
Wood-based panels: mechanical performance and CARB certification

18 November, 2 pm
Wood-based floors and parquet: laboratory tests and certification of the performance of finishes and surfaces
Detailed programmes for the various meetings will be published on the Catas website.
For further information you can always contact Catas by writing to formazione@catas.com or calling +39 0432 747260.

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