CENFIM – Home & Contract furnishings cluster and innovation hub has the mission to contribute to improve the competitiveness of furniture producers and companies along all interiors value chain. It was created by wood and furniture sector companies associations and public entities as a non-profit organization. It has 140 associated companies from the furnishings sector: furniture, carpentry, flooring, bathrooms, lighting and home textiles.
CENFIM contributes to the member companies competitiveness improving their innovation and commercialisation capacities through promoting collaborative projects and providing training. The innovation activities of CENFIM are focused on 4 areas: 1) digitization, 2) circular economy, 3) product design and 4) organization management. In order to support member companies commercialization, CENFIM has created the hotel interiors marketplace, InteriHOTEL (www.interihotel.com), with an annual edition in Barcelona, the showrooms WEcontract in Barcelona and in Madrid and the B2B online platform HIcontract.net
AMUEBLA is an Innovative Association built as a non-profit entity. It is characterized as a combination, in the sector of furniture manufacituring and related sectors of the Region of Murcia, of companies, research centres, public and private training centres, involved in collaborative exchange processes, aimed at obtaining advantages and benefits derived from the execution of innovative projects.
The purpose of AMUEBLA is facilitate innovative practices to improve the competitiveness of partners companies, to defend its general business interests, and promote its projection and international visibility:
- Supporting strategies for innovation and business competitiveness in the companies
- Promoting and spreading innovation practices to groups of companies will undertake advanced projects of a collaborative nature conditions.
- Favouring the interaction and cooperation between the agents to generate economic advantages and competitive for its members.
- Implanting collective solutions that they allow to the challenges identifying and achieve increases in productivity and added value.
URV is a public university made up of 12 Faculties and Schools, with 24 Departments, having 1045 permanent teaching staff that welcome annually 12.000 undergraduate students, 2000 masters students and 1000 PhDs (half of them full time employees). The URV is well positioned internationally in terms of research, development and innovation. Thanks to the competitiveness of its staff it has obtained good results in both the quantity and the quality of its publications and it has been classified for the 4rd year running among the best 150 young universities in the world. URV’s long-term co-operative relationship with the industry incorporates both research and human capital development programmes that are relevant to the industry needs. Its industry-centered model is oriented toward increasing the management, productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity of industry firms, both large and small.
Danmar Computers LLC is a private company operating in the field of Information Technology and providing vocational training in this field. Danmar has an extensive experience in developing modern Web and mobile applications that are used for educational purposes. Danmar also has long-term experience of carrying out European projects within which company’s R&D staff conducts research and prepares trainings tailored to the needs of various learners. During 15 years, Danmar has successfully implemented over 50 projects within Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, Progress and recently Erasmus+.
In many of these projects Danmar was responsible for designing and coordinating dissemination strategies. Danmar Computers is the developer and provider of AdminProject (adminproject.eu), the on-line system for management of European projects. All activities of the company are based on wide and well-established cooperation network, both on national and international levels. The national networks include training and counselling institutions, universities, schools, non-governmental organisations as well as private sector companies. International network include partners of various profiles coming from every European Union’s country. Danmar Computer’s mission is the promotion of life-long education and assurance of equal access to education for everyone with the use of modern technology.
European Furniture Manufacturers Federation
UEA – European Furniture Manufacturers Federation is a European-level social partner organisation representing European employers and involves furniture national organisations from 7 countries. It was created in 1950 to promote co-operation among the furniture manufacturers in post war Europe and five years ago, it moved the headquarter to Czech Republic. It has a deep knowledge of the Czech and other EU countries furniture companies and markets. UEA supports furniture National associations exchanging information, participating to specific projects and to the work of the European Social Dialogue Committee on Furniture, of which is an official social member.
UEA involves: ACN (Czech Republic), BKDMP (Bulgaria), APIMA (Portugal), APMR (Romania), CENFIM (Spain), MOBIDER (Turkey) and BFM (UK).
It aims to maintain and strengthen the permanent contacts among members and to act as their voice towards other trade organizations, EU authorities and international entities such as WTO, OECD, UNIDO.
It aims to establish and represent the general interests of its members while ensuring the greatest possible influence on rules, decisions and directives made or issued by international organizations and authorities
FCBA – the French Institute of Technology for Forest-based and Furniture Sectors
The mission of the FCBA, an industrial technical centre, is to promote technical progress and contribute to improving performance and guaranteeing quality within the industry. Its scope includes all of the industries related to forests, pulp, wood and furniture: forestry, pulp, logging/forest exploitation, sawmills, carpentry, woodwork, framework, wood panelling, furniture, packaging and various products. It also works with suppliers in these sectors.
Its activities are based on three major areas:
- Providing know-how and recognised skills to enterprises: consultancy, technical assistance, tests, training, information, etc.
- Supporting the professions in becoming leaders on national, European and international markets: standardisation, quality and advanced technologies.
- Acquiring, centralising, managing and disseminating scientific and technical information: research and development, business intelligence, monitoring technology and regulations, documentation.
The FCBA employs 350 people and is established in Paris (75), Bordeaux (33), and three other locations throughout France.
Institute “Giuseppe Meroni”
The Institute “Giuseppe Meroni” located in Lissone was founded in 1878 and was part of a context of strong furniture sector development linked to the introduction of the wooden mechanical processing and the first great furniture exhibitions.
The goal was to give young people, who were working in that sector, practical and theoretical teachings about design, furniture production and technological innovations in furniture manufacturing.
In 1968 it became State Vocational Institute, giving birth to the training of the best cabinet makers, interior designers and technicians who nowadays are still a flagship at international level. In the 90s, by the experimentation of “Progetto 92”, the Institute renewed its educational offer for the Wood-Interior design sector and for the Business and Tourism sector. In 2007 it increased its offer with the opening of the course of “Arts high School” specializing in Furniture Design.The latest School Reform lets the Institute start the Technical Institute for “Graphic Design and Communication” which has attained a great prestige outcome for having designed the Logo for the 6-month Italian Presidency of the European Union in 2014. The school has a Lab Factory : a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn. Ours is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. Our Fab Lab comprises digitally controlled machines like laser cutters, CNC-routers, 3D printers, with the aim to make “almost anything”. Over the years, the Institute has started different cooperation activities to enhance the educational offer, also in term of professional development and lifelong learning such as:
- Higher Technical Education courses in cooperation with the Politecnico of Milan, Monza, Como, Lecco Universities, Local Authorities and companies.
- Lifelong learning on the design of furniture components, on the material technology, on the production technique and on Design, courses for personnel operating in industrial and trade businesses or craft enterprises in cooperation with Trade associations.
- Partnership of Transnational training among the schools of the European community, enterprises and local authorities like, for instance, the LEONARDO programme for the European project VET & WORK and WOOD WORKERS ABROAD.
- Higher Technical Education and Training Makers: Higher Technical course for the production of products made in Italy with engineering and marketing in the wood furniture sector.