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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.

Industry 4.0: MADE Competence Center presents its Learning Factory

MADE Competence Center for Industry 4.0, based in Milan at Via Durando 10, in the Bovisa area, has recently inaugurated its Educational Factory, a 2,500 m2 space dedicated to manufacturing SMEs to accompany them on their path to digital transformation: 20 demonstrators explaining the use of digital technologies in the factory, classrooms for training, co-working spaces and events.
“Established thanks to the common vision of 48 partners - 43 private companies, 4 universities, 1 public body and with the support of the Ministry for Economic Development - and an investment of 22 million euros, MADE will make its headquarters a true Digital and Sustainable Factory, a platform of resources to bring Italian SMEs into contact with 4.0 technologies, helping and supporting them along the path of technological transition“ - stated Marco Taisch, President of MADE Competence Center Industria 4.0.


The MADE Educational Factory

The MADE Educational Factory space is divided into 20 demonstrators, each dedicated to a particular 4.0 technology: from collaborative robotics to big data, from remote maintenance to digital twinning, from energy efficiency to industrial cyber-security, from lean 4.0 to additive manufacturing, from artificial intelligence to IoT and the 5G network.
The demonstrators are in turn grouped into specific areas of expertise, all integrated and interconnected to form a digital and sustainable factory: Virtual design and new product development; Digital twin, Virtual commissioning, Lean manufacturing; Collaborative robotics and Intelligent worker assistance systems; Quality 4.0, Product tracking and Additive manufacturing; Smart monitoring and control of industrial processes, Smart energy monitoring and control, Smart maintenance; Industrial cyber security and Big data analytics.
All MADE's activities will be concentrated in this factory of the future: from orientation services aimed at companies to learn more about the various components of the 4.0 system, to training activities for companies wishing to approach the enabling technologies for Industry 4.0 directly at the demonstrators.


Orientation seminars and webinars

MADE is already organising numerous orientation seminars and webinars for users and Italian companies, with the involvement of its partners and numerous strategic alliances with trade associations such as Confindustria, Unioncamere, Confartigianato, CNA and Federlegno. From May to the end of November, 60 orientation events have already been held with around 3,000 participants, and many more are already planned.
The seminars and webinars organised by the MADE Competence Center Industria 4.0 cover numerous topics from Industrial Smart Working 4.0 to the Industrial Internet of Things, from predictive maintenance in Industry 4.0 to Industrial Artificial Intelligence. The calendar of events scheduled for next year will be available on the MADE website.  


Innovation, research and development projects for Industry 4.0

MADE Competence Center Industria 4.0 is also implementing 19 projects linked to the first call for bids that was promoted at the beginning of this year, aimed at “innovation, research, industrial and experimental development projects on the themes of Industry 4.0“.  Seventy-one companies from various sectors took part: 60% based in Lombardy and 40% in the rest of the country. Among these projects, subsidised at 50% and with a total value of 3 million, some are nearing completion and others are still in progress, but MADE is already thinking of setting up a second call for proposals that it will launch early next year.
To meet the financial needs of companies, especially in the current difficult situation due to the pandemic, MADE Competence Center Industria 4.0 offers support on the one hand on subsidised finance for investments, planning and training (which will take on considerable impetus according to the current indications for the 2021 Budget Law) and on the other has stipulated a framework agreement with Intesa Sanpaolo concerning funding opportunities for investments in research and innovation for MADE partner companies and those that will turn to the MADE Competence Center.

The design industry and the challenge of recovery: the theme of the 6th Design Summit Pambianco Interni

Pambianco Research has highlighted how digital and sustainability will be the strongest trends in the medium term
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 02/08/2020

Scm Group: 2019 financial results confirm its financial solidity and reward innovation

The Group closes 2019 with a turnover of more than 700 million euros.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 24/01/2020
Company: SCM GROUP S.p.A.

New version of Lectra's Versalis® Offline: production speed and material savings

The evolution of the digital leather cutting solution offers furniture manufacturers excellent performances
Category: Cutting systems and software for the padding industry
Publication date: 23/01/2020
Company: Lectra Italia

The Report of the Confindustria Study Centre on Italian Industry is presented

Digitisation increases the competitiveness of the manufacturing system
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 20/05/2019

Campus and Smart&Human Factory: two important initiatives of SCM Group

The new SCM Group Training Center and the intelligent factory
Category: Woodworking machines and software
Publication date: 05/02/2019
Company: SCM GROUP S.p.A.

Category: Woodworking machines and software
Publication date: 23/03/2018
Company: GREDA Srl

Acimall economic survey: positive also for the fourth quarter of 2017

Optimistic forecasts for 2018
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 13/03/2018

Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 19/12/2017