WELCOME TO IGI – The Global Wallcoverings Association

IGI, the Global Wallcoverings Association, is a world-wide not-for-profit organisation with the mission to increase the ability of wallcovering industry members to solve their business problems by providing a forum for discussion, disseminating information, and representing the industry before government and standards bodies in order to facilitate the establishment and the promotion of industry standards.

Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Belgium, the 104 members of IGI represent the main players of the wallcovering industry – manufacturers and suppliers – active in the five continents of the world. IGI members are committed to cooperation in addressing common goals and issues such as ethical practices, quality standards, functionality, and innovation.

IGI is recognised as a valuable, comprehensive and authoritative information source on the wallcovering industry.

 


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.

to become a Member !

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 once/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.

    IGI offers complimentary attendance to Members and Associate Members.

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 yearly fee: 750 Euro to cover the sample testing.

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 2015 annual membership EARLY Bird fee is 2.200 euros by 31 March 2015.
The 2015 annual membership fee is 2.400 euros after 31 March 2015.

Associate Member:

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

The 2015 annual associate membership EARLY Bird fee is 3.200 euros by 31 March 2015.
The 2015 annual associate membership fee is 3.500 euros after 31 March 2015.


to become a Member !

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

 

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