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BENEFITS

Whether it be external challenges from new competitors in the global market place, or labour or regulatory issues, conducting business has become a much more complex affair to manage.

Joining IGI will give you the opportunity to receive strategic information and to network with knowledgeable professionals from your industry sector.

IGI is committed to meeting  your business needs.

Objectives

  • Establish standards of commercial practice and product performance to protect and further the interest of consumers, traders and manufacturers,
  • Promote excellence in the standards of materials and workmanship in the products of the industry,
  • Conduct technical research and market studies,
  • Organize technical and marketing seminars,
  • Participate in international exhibitions.

Services provided by IGI are regularly reviewed in order to match the evolving expectations of the association’s membership.

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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Information

  • Annual Market Statistics Report – Published once/year
    Information collated on the worldwide production and consumption of wallcoverings, including imports, exports and domestic usage in various countries. The annual statistics show trends over the 5 previous years.
    Improvements are continuously being made to expand the number of reporting countries to improve collection and reliability of data and to include new categories as new products enter the market place.
  • Industry Opinion Survey – Conducted up to twice/year
    The findings will provide participating companies with valuable information about the wallcoverings  industry covering the past and current year as well as trends and forecast.
  • Operating Ratios Benchmarking Study – Pubished  every other year
    The study looks at a range of carefully chosen performance measures covering all the main areas of a company’s operations. There are sections on profitability, operating costs, employee productivity and asset utilisation together with a short written summary of all the main findings and trends.

    The aim of the IGI Benchmarking Project is to help companies improve profitability by providing a systematic method for participants to compare their own results with those of other leading wallcovering manufacturers from across the industry.
    IGI offers participation without charge to IGI members.

Meetings

  • Annual Congress – once a year
    The opportunity to meet informally with industry colleagues, and to gather information  about industry trends, new techniques and retailing initiatives etc.

    The Congress format emphasises interactive programmes, and includes value-added speakers.
    IGI offers preferred Members and Associate Members registration fees.
  • Technical Conference – every 3 year
    Targeted to the production and technical staff of the member companies, the Technical Conference provides a forum for sharing new techniques and developments within the wallcoverings production process.

Communication

  • E-Newsletter
    Published every other month and distributed via electronic mail, the newsletter keeps members informed on EU legislation affecting the industry, standards and any other relevant industry news.
  • Website
    IGI’s website provides quick and easy access to industry information and services.

    Using a specific password, IGI members have access to the “members only” section where they can download the latest market and industry reports.

Certification

  • IGI Mark
    IGI is determined that rolls of wallcoverings should be governed by a system of control that will ensure they do not cause any problems for the consumer or the world at large. IGI has therefore established the ground rules for a quality assurance system that is applicable worldwide. IGI proposes to act as the monitoring body for the award of a distinctive symbol that can be used on rolls and packaging to indicate that the product conforms to these rules.

    IGI offers a preferred Members  fee to cover the sample testing.
    IGI Member – Fee First Year: 1.500 Euro
    IGI Member – Renewal Fee/Year: 995Euro

Liaison with other bodies

  • CEN
    The European Standardisation Body has granted IGI with a liaison status to the Technical Committee on Wallcoverings (TC 99 ) and on Dangerous Substances
    (TC 351). Meetings are regularly attended, and members kept updated on the development of standards.

BECOME A MEMBER

Member:

Individual companies may become members of IGI providing that they:

  • are a legal entity according to the law in their country,
  • are currently in membership of an existing National Association of Wallcovering manufacturers, or are manufacturers of wallcoverings (see Brussels Nomenclature -Chapter 48.14), or flexible wallcovering,
  • produce and market a recognised collection of wallcoverings under a trade name.

The 2017 annual membership EARLY Bird fee is 2.400 euros by 30 March 2017.
The 2017 annual Branch/Sister Company Membership fee is 360 euros by 30 March 2017.


Associate Member:

Companies may become associate members of IGI providing that they are suppliers to the wallcovering industry.

The 2017 annual associate membership EARLY Bird fee is 3.300 euros by 30 March 2017.
The 2017 annual Associate Branch/Sister Company Membership fee is 495 euros by 30 March 2017.

 

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Upon receipt of your application, it will be submitted to the IGI Executive Committee for official acceptance.

 

BY-LAWS

IGI AISBL – IVZW

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MEMBERS CODE OF CONDUCT

By signing the IGI code of conduct, an IGI Member undertakes to follow specific procedures in an endeavour to prevent the illegal copying of designs and the use of design copies in the Wallcoverings industry.

The adoption of the procedures laid down in the code of conduct should ensure that :

  • Wallcovering customers will have confidence that they receive wallcoverings that have been produced from original designs from their suppliers ;
  • Manufacturers will use only proprietary or licensed original designs for their production;
  • Buyers of drawings are not misled with regard to the originality of the design artwork.

Preventing illegal copying of designs and the use of designs copies

The procedures which the signatory of the code of conduct undertakes to adopt can be distinguished according to three different areas of design origination:

1. Designs produced in the company’s own studio
As far as necessary and in accordance with all applicable national laws, the signatory shall obtain the full assignment of intellectual property rights including but not limited to copyright (hereafter “the IP rights”) related to wallcovering designs realized by its employees.

2. Designs purchased from external suppliers

  • The signatory shall in accordance with all applicable national laws, obtain the full assignment of the IP rights related to wallcoverings designs realized by external suppliers (including but not limited to freelance associates); in this context, the signatory shall draw up a deed of transfer and maintain record of the design purchase invoice.
  •  Moreover, for the designs referred to under A and B, the signatory shall undertake to keep and regularly update records that contain at least the following information :

      – The date of origination of the design (in case of the company’s own design) and the
         name of the designer;
      – The date of transfer of the copyright (in case of purchase);
      – The relationship between the drawing on file and the design eventually
          produced on paper;
      – A copy invoice for the first delivery.

3. Designs which are accepted for production on a commission basis

  • The signatory shall only accept a design/artwork for production provided that the documents as referred to under A and/or B can be submitted simultaneously with respect to such design/artwork.
  • A declaration in writing by the client certifying that the conditions as referred to under A and/or B have been met will also suffice.
  • The signatory shall also keep records of the designs processed for each customer.

D. Warranties by the designer

The signatory shall only enter into the assignment of IP rights contracts as referred to under A and/or B which include a warranty by the assignor of a peaceful use of the concerned design by the assignee (and in particular that the concerned design does not breach the intellectual property rights of third parties).

By signing the IGI Code of Conduct, a Member Company is committed to strict compliance with these standards.

Click below to download the Code of Conduct Document to fill in.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS CODE OF CONDUCT

Voluntarily accepted obligations and ethical principles are considered as integral part of IGI’s culture. The Associate Members Code of Conduct shows IGI’s values and includes basic principles.

The described conduct requirements are binding for all IGI Associate Members. Every associate member company pledges to abide by the code’s standards and procedures as a condition of admission and continuing membership in IGI.

Lawful conduct
We take compliance with the law and regulations for granted. All Associate Members are obliged to know, respect and comply with the laws relevant for them within their own country and EU legislation.

Mutual respect
Members show respect to fellow members as an individual, irrespective of his ethnic origin, skin colour, handicap, ideology, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, social background, gender or age. A member is obliged to refrain from any kind of discrimination (e. g.disadvantaging, harassment, mobbing) and to make a respectful and fair cooperation possible.

Fairness
The Associate Group are formed from a diverse spectrum of all business sectors with a common interest in the wallcoverings industry.  The spirit of fairness awarded to fellow members is a fundamental necessity for IGI membership.  We support fair competition and follow the competition and anti trust laws of the European Community.   Coordinated behaviour preventing or restricting competition is expressly forbidden.  This would include but not be limited to agreements on pricing, quotations, terms and conditions of sale, capacity requirements which are sensitive or relevant for the market and would include the distribution of customers areas of production and production programmes.

The above would apply not only to formal agreements which are by definition prohibited but also apply to coordinated behaviour, for example informal discussions or informal agreements aiming to or causing a restriction of competition.  Individual companies may wish to present a united market approach to the industry by associate members in different product groups enabling commercial collaboration to increase sales.  This is acceptable provided that any association, formal or informal, complies with anti trust/competition legislation and that any cooperation is made clear to all other associate members through the IGI Executive Committee.

Avoidance of conflicts of interest
No IGI Associate Member should in any way defame, criticize, undermine, or take unfair advantage of another person or firm’s reputation or merchandise, in order to promote and sell his or her own merchandise.
Situations which may result in conflicts of interests or which may influence the decisions of members and their business have to be avoided.

Benefits may only be accepted or granted by IGI Associate members if the mere impression that decision-making processes are intentionally or actually influenced is already excluded. Offering, granting, demanding and accepting money for personal purposes or enrichment are definitely not permitted. »

An IGI Associate member should actively promote and encourage the highest level of integrity within the industry.

Undertaking of confidentiality
Members are committed to protect confidential information this means all information supplied to Associate Members by the IGI organization in whatever form including oral, written and electronic.

Each associate member undertakes not to disclose to third party i.e. non IGI member, the confidential information and that each associate member will take all appropriate measure to maintain confidentiality of such information supplied.

Exclusions:  The foregoing would not be considered confidential if:-
Information was already known by the recipient prior to disclosure by IGI; information which is part of the public domain; information lawfully disclosed to an associate member by a third party who has the right to hold the information.

Involvement and support to IGI
Clearly the involvement and support of associate members is an essential part of the IGI’s raison d’être and associate members are requested to supply all reasonable endeavours to ensure genuine involvement and support by the IGI’s members and associate members in general.

Application of the Code of Conduct
Violations of the Code of Conduct will not be tolerated. Every member who does not behave in conformity with the rules has to reckon on reasonable consequences within IGI and provision which may reach membership termination.
 
Click below to download the Code of Conduct Document to fill in.

 

 

ANTI TRUST GUIDELINES

Guidelines for Compliance with European Competition Law

IGI is committed to compliance with all applicable laws, including competition laws.  These Guidelines highlight a number of key concepts of competition law and how it can be ensured that IGI’s competition compliance policy is observed at all times.Members of IGI should be aware that exchanging commercially sensitive information even in the context of a trade association is a potential breach of European competition law and/or the national competition rules of the EU Member States. 

Correspondence, diary entries, personal notes, emails, figures agreed, documents exchanged in meetings can all be taken as evidence by a competition authority.
IGI’s premises as well as the company premises of IGI’s members and the private homes of directors may be searched in an investigation by the European Commission and/or a national competition authority. Violations of competition rules can lead to serious fines on individual members – up to 10% of each member’s individual annual turnover. IGI itself can also be fined – up to 10% of the sum of the total turnover of each infringing member.

Prohibited Activities

It is strictly prohibited for IGI’s members to discuss or agree on the following:

  • Prices
    Agreement on level of prices, agreement to consult on each other’s price lists or terms of sale or to exchange detailed information on each other’s production costs or to agree conditions of sale (such as discounts to be applied).
  • Market Sharing
    Agreeing geographical areas where members will not compete against each other.
  • Customer Allocation
    Allocating customers to whom the members will sell.    
  • Output Restrictions
    Agreement to restrict output or to establish quota systems allocating a specific part of the total industry output amongst IGI’s members.   
  • Bids
    Agreement on strategy for forthcoming tenders to private and public sector contracts and allocation of bids to individual members. 
  • Commercially Sensitive Information
    Exchanging commercially sensitive information (strategy or investment plans, costs, know-how etc.) between competitors such as, for example :
    • Sale or purchase prices;
    • Terms and conditions of sale;
    • Market Shares;
    • Company Specific costs;
    • Company-specific current and forecast market information;
    • Sales output;
    • Marketing or production plans.

Permissible Activities

It is permissible for IGI’s members to :

  • Exchange commercially sensitive information for statistics via an independent organisation which will aggregate the data and ensure that the data is sufficiently historic and that the report guarantees anonymity;
  • Undertake studies/research on legislative and environmental issues or issues of common concern to the industry;
  • Share costs for undertaking legitimate projects based on size of companies involved as long as there is no direct link with or exchange of commercially sensitive information such as, for example, market shares that are considered commercially sensitive (rule of thumb: less than 12 months old) or turnover figures that are not public;
  • Develop industry standards;
  • Analyse key economic trends;
  • Promote awareness of use of IGI arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution as an expeditious means of settling intellectual property disputes;
  • Negotiate preferential terms and conditions for participation in international industry fairs.

Conduct of IGI meetings

  • Once the agenda has been sent out, members should feel free to consult their legal department if they consider that any topic may involve the disclosure of commercially sensitive information in breach of the competition rules.  Any objectionable item should be removed from the agenda with all the members informed of the deletion. 
  • A competition lawyer should be invited to attend a meeting if there are any concerns that the topics may trespass on to sensitive areas for the members.
  • At the beginning of each meeting it is recommended that the Chairperson remind all members that the meeting is to conform with European competition law and that commercially sensitive information relating to prices, markets, output and commercially sensitive activities are not to be discussed either in the meeting or afterwards by IGI’s Members.
  • Avoid any presentation or discussion of topics covered by the Prohibited Activities list.
  • Commercially sensitive information to be used for the compilation of statistics (such as the information listed above in the “Prohibited Activities”) should be provided before the meeting to an independent organisation for onward processing (see detailed rules on preparation of statistics below).
  • Any member that considers information being provided to the meeting breaches the competition rules should interrupt the meeting and request that the information is not provided.  A minute of this objection should be made.  The members should not discuss this matter again until a legal opinion has been sought as to whether discussing this matter would be in breach of the competition rules.  
    If the members continue to discuss a matter that another member considers is in breach of the competition rules, the objecting member should leave the room and have this noted in the minutes. 
  • IGI should draft the minutes of meetings carefully and accurately.

ANTI TRUST GUIDELINES (next)

Preparation of Statistics Report

Statistics prepared in the following manner will be considered as being acceptable under competition law:

  • Independent Compiler
    Commercially sensitive data must not be compiled by a member or representative of a member but only by an independent body that is entirely independent from IGI or any member.  Compilation of data should ensure anonymity.
    No access to commercially sensitive information
    Any commercially sensitive information from individual members collated by IGI or by an independent compiler should not be accessible by the members of IGI.
    Computer programmes should be password protected and the paper copies of the sensitive information should be kept in a locked cupboard.  A cover note in front of the paper copy should make it clear that the information is not to be disclosed to members.
  • Aggregated Data
    Information compiled from commercially sensitive information should not be so accurate that individual companies’ details are provided or that it is possible for IGI’s members to reverse engineer the results to work out their competitors’ positions.
    This means that the data should be compiled by reference to sectors where there are a sufficient number of players.  Where there are three players or less in a given market or market segment, it should be discussed with IGI’s external lawyers whether it is necessary that the information is expanded to include other broader markets in order that accurate information is not disclosed. IGI’s external lawyers’ advice must be followed.
  • Historical Data
    Exchanges of aggregate information which is based on commercially sensitive information must relate to past market conditions so that it cannot be used by competitors to determine the future conduct of rivals. As a rule of thumb, such information should be at least a full 12 months old.
    Public Data
    IGI’s members can be provided with publicly available information.  However, publication of individualised commercially sensitive information does not make that information lawful where the information was provided by IGI’s members in the first place (e.g. to an industry magazine).
    Information provided in Annual Reports which involve disclosure of output and future conduct etc. should still not be discussed with competitors.
    If the data used has been made available through public channels such as official customs or trade reports, it would be useful to make it clear from where the information first appeared.

Drafting Correspondence

In general, correspondence between the members, minutes of meetings, diary entries, notes at meetings, documents handed out at meetings and computer records (including emails) can be copied in the course of an investigation for alleged breach of competition law by the European Commission.
However, correspondence with external lawyers on issues relating to competition law issues may be protected and should be clearly marked by the external lawyers concerned as being subject to legal privilege.
Correspondence with in-house lawyers is not guaranteed protection from the scope of an investigation.  Any documents sent to in-house counsel with a view to subsequent obtaining external legal advice on competition law compliance should be clearly marked “Confidential and Legally Privileged – Documents for External Legal Advice”.
In the event of an investigation, IGI or a member should not allow copies to be taken of documents marked as being subject to legal privilege.  If there is any doubt, these documents should be placed in a sealed envelope (signed by the company and the European Commission or national competition authority) for the European Courts or national court to determine whether the documents are subject to legal privilege.

Further Reading

Further reading can be found on the website of the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission: www.ec.europa.eu/competition

ARBITRATION GUIDELINES

Objectives of the IGI Arbitration Committee

Since January 2003, IGI has included an Arbitration Committee as part of its organisational structure.  The Arbitration Committee will preside over intellectual property issues.

The purpose of the IGI Arbitration Committee will be:
– to promote awareness of use of IGI arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution as an expeditious and economical means of settling intellectual property disputes
– to provide IGI members with a way to preside over issues affecting the wallcovering industry while avoiding lengthy and expensive time in court over disputes

IGI has put in place a code of conduct for the prevention of illegal copying of designs in the wallcovering industry. As per the IGI Member Code of Conduct , signed by all IGI members upon acceptance into the association, the IGI Members, wallcovering, vinyl or textile wallcovering manufacturers undertake mutually not to copy the designs of any other industry stakeholder by infraction of existing copyright or by any other unfair means.

The decisions made by the IGI Arbitration Committee will be recommendations only and will not be legally binding. IGI will be excluded from any legal responsibility for the decisions made by the Arbitration Committee.  Therefore, should parties involved in the IGI Arbitration Committee process contest its decision, they are free to pursue legal proceedings in settling their dispute.

Arbitration Committee Structure
The Arbitration Committee is composed of three members including: the President of the Executive Committee, the Chair of the Marketing Committee and the Chair of the Technical Committee for as long as they hold their term in the respective Committee.  The IGI Secretariat will also be part of the Committee structure as a silent observer and recorder of the Committee activities.  The IGI Secretariat will not retain any voting rights on the Committee.

– Should the President or Chairs not wish to participate in the IGI Arbitration Committee, it is their responsibility to select a replacement from their respective Committee.

– Should one or more of the Arbitration Committee members be directly involved in a dispute, they will be unable to participate in the arbitration process. In this event, the Arbitration Committee must select a Deputy or Deputies to take their place, uniquely for this case.

The IGI Arbitration Committee will also contain a fourth Committee member in the form of a Deputy. All IGI Members are eligible for the position of IGI Arbitration Committee Deputy.   The Deputy will be informed of Arbitration Committee processes and decisions but will only be called upon to arbitrate a dispute should one of the other Committee members be unable to arbitrate a case due to a conflict of interest.

The IGI Arbitration Committee will preside over disputes as a service provided free of charge to parties involved in the case applicable to both IGI members and non-members.

Arbitration Committee Rules and Procedures
The IGI Executive Committee President will act as Chairman of the Arbitration Committee.  It is the Arbitration Committee Chairman’s task to convene meetings when he/she receives requests for arbitration.

The plaintiff party refers the matter for dispute to the Chairman and notifies the case at the same time to the defendant as well as the IGI Secretariat.

The Chairman convokes the members of the Arbitration Committee at least 21 days before the meetings.  He/She also convokes the two parties via letter within the same time limit.  He/She asks the defendant to explain its point of view in writing within a fixed time limit.   The defendant will also have to notify its standpoint to the plaintiff.

Individuals involved in a dispute will be asked to present their evidence at a regularly scheduled IGI Arbitration Committee meeting.  The IGI Arbitration Committee will review the evidence and make a decision at that time.

Should a dispute needs to be considered urgently, i.e. before a regularly scheduled IGI Arbitration Committee meeting, parties involved in the dispute are asked to send the three Committee representatives evidence in the dispute.  The IGI Arbitration Committee will then arrange a tele-conference to discuss the dispute and to swiftly make a decision if necessary.

Before the meeting, the Chairman asks for the complete file relating to the dispute.  He has the right to ask for technical advice from the Technical Committee in order to have a clear insight into the problem and the liabilities concerned.

At the oral hearing, the plaintiff is first to be heard.  He/She will have to give all the necessary details asked for by the Arbitration Committee.  Then the defendant is to be heard.  Each party has the right to be assisted or represented by a legal consultant.  In the latter case, the legal consultants are also to be heard.

 If the plaintiff or defendant or a legal consultant is not present, although having been convoked, the Arbitration Committee reserves the right to make decisions.

Either of both parties can make proposals to the Arbitration Committee to settle the    dispute. The task of the Chairman is to conduct the negotiations.  If parties waive these, they will not take place.

Decisions
If the Arbitration Committee concludes that there has been an infringement of the engagement  of the agreement and if the parties have not reached an agreement on the settlement of the dispute, it can make an award based on the content of the deed.

The Arbitration Committee decides by simple majority of votes.
Each decision taken by the Arbitration Committee will be minuted by the IGI Secretariat and signed by all members of the Committee and provided with arguments supporting the decision. A copy will be sent to each party.

The decisions, which can be taken by the Arbitration Committee, are the following:
– a warning or a blame
– withdrawal of the copy from the market

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

Technical Committee 2015 -2016

The IGI Technical Committee’s purpose is to advise IGI on technical matters of common interest transcending corporate and national boundaries. The committee aims at establishing criteria and standards of performance of wallcoverings when used by the ultimate consumer. It liaises with national and international standards associations and trade associations to ensure the industry’s freedom to trade and to maintain a common industry response on technical matters. The Technical Committee meets 2-3 times a year.

Chair
Keith Giddens (UK)

Committee Members
Rafaele Gussoni (I)
Sirpi SpA

Fredrik Larsson (S)
WA WallVision AB

Michele Ledward (UK)
Graham & Brown Ltd.

Paul Vincke (B)
Decoprint NV

Thorsten Voss (D)
Tapetenfabrik Gebr. Rasch GmbH

Associate Member Representatives
Bernhard Schöttmer (D)
Henkel KGaA

Thomas Ullrich (D)
Dresden

Hermann Walter (D)
Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG

Heiko Warnecke (D)
Follmann

Patrick Kersten (NL)
SPGPrints BV

IGI Technical Consultant
Peter Whitehead (UK)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

Executive Committee 2016-2017

The IGI Executive Committee, working with a high level participation and support from IGI members is committed to address common goals such as ethical practices, quality standards, aesthetics, functionality, and innovation, and believe they can solve global problems more effectively. The Executive Committee meets 3 – 4 times a year.

President
Pascal Siellet (FR)
UGEPA

ake-straberg-pictureVice President
Ake Straberg (S)
WA WallVision AB

mauro-jannelli_2016_mgTreasurer
Mauro Jannelli (I)
Sirpi SpA

 

Committee Members
Karsten BrandtKartsen Brandt (D)
VDT

 

john-carter-exec-com-pictureJohn Carter (UK)
Graham & Brown Ltd.

 

Philippe Debruyne (B)
Decoprint

MingMing Hu (CN)
Ningbo Bonny Wallcoverings

 

Gary Rizzo (USA)
Roysons

Alexey Shcherbakov (RU)
Kof Palitra

Associate Member Representatives
Klaus Ruland Olbrich GmbH Website

Klaus Ruland (D)
OLBRICH GmbH

 

 

Paul Philips (UK)
Speciality Coatings (Darwen) Ltd.

 

Technical Committee Chair
Keith Giddens (UK)

peter-whiteheadIGI Technical Consultant
Peter Whitehead ( UK)


Secretary General

Géraldine de Limelette (B)