In 2015, IDEA announced its membership to ETIM International, the international standardization organization responsible for managing the European Technical Information Model (ETIM) standard. IDEA is the first non-European member of ETIM International. As a member, IDEA supports its customers who require ETIM - the European equivalent to the UNSPSC-based Electrical Attribute Schema - and will create an adaptation of the ETIM model geared toward the needs of the North American market.
During the annual General Assembly in Frankfurt in February 2017, Franz Ernst, President of ETIM International, in the presence of most of the country members of ETIM, signed a MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING between ETIM International and buildingSMART International. The recently signed partnership will strengthen the interoperability of open standards throughout the building and infrastructure lifecycle and value chain and improve the broader availability of digital product information.