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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: excellent results in 2023 and major projects for 2024

"Catas continues on its successful path," says President Lucia Cristina Piu with satisfaction, commenting on the 2023 results of Europe's most important testing entity in the wood-furniture sector.

"The year 2023 ended with excellent results," explains the President of Catas, in her second term of office, "both in terms of the number of tests carried out for customers all over the world, more than 50,000, and from an economic-financial point of view, with a turnover that has continued to grow compared to the €7 million of 2022. Profits are always reinvested in equipment and laboratories, guaranteeing the solidity and continuous technical updating of a reality that today employs about sixty people. An extremely competent and close-knit team that has always been the most important capital of Catas, thanks to which in its long history it has been able to accompany companies in the sector, becoming a point of reference worldwide'.


Catas, an international perspective

Over the last twelve months, Catas has not only further consolidated its positions in Italy, thanks to the headquarters in Lissone (Monza Brianza) and the Catas Point in Pesaro, but has invested in an even more significant presence at international level.

The excellence of Catas, also recognised at international level, could allow it to enter other fields, demonstrating its capabilities not only in the wood and wood derivatives sector, but also in mechanics, in the plastic or composite materials industries, which could be a new starting point for a path of development at national and international level.

"Catas' outlook has always been international,' comments Lucia Cristina Piu, 'and in 2023 this vocation was underlined by our first participation in a major international trade fair, which allowed us to meet many operators from all over the world. For us, this is an absolute value not only in terms of acquiring new customers and consolidating relations with important companies from other countries, which today represent around 30 per cent of our customers, but also as an important opportunity for comparison, verification, gathering information and knowledge on new processes and materials that then become the heritage not only of the laboratory, but also of all the companies we work with'.


Catas Academy: a heritage of skills to be transmitted

Catas also continues to preside over the training segment. The President explains that "Catas Academy is based on a wealth of skills that it is imperative to pass on in markets where products must measure themselves against increasingly stringent standards, imposing increasingly strict limits on quality, sustainability and safety. A principle that is also the basis of our relations with the world of education, from technical institutes to universities, both locally (University of Trieste and Udine) and nationally, from the Milan Polytechnic to the University of Florence'.

Another important project concerns sustainability: Catas is in fact working on drawing up its own 'Sustainability Report', a focus on the environment, the territory, and conscious consumption that is also being realised through the creation of the first regional Energy Community.


Important projects for important choices

Among the objectives for 2024 is also the dissemination of the need to measure the environmental impact of a product or service through the LCA-Life Cycle Assessment protocol, in anticipation of the fact that, in 2027, every good or product will have to carry a real 'environmental passport' certifying its 'goodness' in terms of the use of resources.

Important projects, which require important choices, not the least of which is the need for new spaces at the San Giovanni al Natisone site: "We are working on a hypothesis of expansion," concludes the President, "new spaces that are precious for the growth of the laboratory and that will be at the service of everyone, including the educational and professional realities that may need laboratories where they can complete training courses, perhaps having a fleet of machinery that is adequate for the current state of the art of technology.

Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 09/04/2024

Porro joins the 'Adopt a School' project promoted by Fondazione Altagamma

Now in its third year, the project aims to build a virtuous relationship between technical vocational schools and Italian luxury companies
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 31/01/2024

https://www.deepl.com/it/translatorFormaldeide: new limits for emissions from products including wood-based panels and furniture

European Commission publishes REACH restriction: European E1 classification values halved
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 03/08/2023

LG MoodUp refrigerator: color and music in the kitchen

Equipped with innovative doors with LED panels and integrated Bluetooth speaker for music diffusion
Category: Refrigerators and freezers
Publication date: 12/10/2022

Salone del Mobile.Milano: sustainability at the center of the 60th edition

From 7 to 12 June, at Fiera Milano Rho, the event is back in attendance with over 2,000 exhibitors
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 17/03/2022

High cost of energy: strong impact also on the companies of the sector

Unionplast, FederlegnoArredo and Confindustria ask for urgent measures to the Government
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 01/02/2022

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

At interzum 2019 the ideas and innovations for the furniture industry and interior design

The Surfaces & Wood Design Square presents the materials for tomorrow's furniture
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 18/03/2019
Company: Interzum - Koelnmesse GmbH

Rubinetterie Treemme celebrates fifty years of success

Great attention to high quality and service
Category: Taps and fittings
Publication date: 05/02/2018