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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 Point Pesaro: new headquarters inaugurated with a first workshop
On 4 April, the newOn 4 April, the new Catas Point Pesaro was officially inaugurated at the offices of Manifaktura, the laboratory's partner. For the occasion, Catas, the most important European laboratory for testing in the wood and furniture sector, organised the first workshop entitled 'Formaldehyde and volatile organic substances: the rules of the furniture market'.

Franco Bulian, director of the Catas laboratory, explained that this "is only the first of the many appointments we have scheduled for this year in Pesaro and in our headquarters in Brianza, Lissone. The end of the health emergency has allowed us to finally kick off a project that aims to bring Catas ever closer to companies and places where we can offer our experience and expertise'.

A constantly developing legislative and regulatory environment

The event was attended by many companies from the Pesaro district who showed great interest in the topics discussed, given the important developments affecting this delicate subject presented by Catas experts.

Norms, laws and regulations today increasingly focus attention on the effects of emissions of volatile substances: in addition to formaldehyde, we have to deal with numerous other substances, natural and otherwise, and with an evolving legislative and regulatory environment.
A proposal to revise Europe's legal limits for formaldehyde and the publication of the first-ever technical standard that classifies furniture materials according to their emission of volatile organic substances (the Italian UNI 11896 standard, published last January) is recent. Other important changes have also recently come into force for the North American markets, with Canada at the forefront.

Events scheduled in the coming months

The seminar marked the start of Catas Point Pesaro's activities in the Marche region, offering an immediate outline of the technical contents that it intends to develop in the future. Other events have already been scheduled for the coming months dedicated, in particular, to the delicate topic of container furniture safety, in the light of the new and strict directives coming from the United States, and reaction to fire, a topic that has always involved operators in the sector.

As a result of the interest shown by several companies on the topics of painting and gluing, Catas plans to schedule ad hoc courses and initiatives on these topics, even within the production companies themselves.

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

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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
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