Thorn Lighting announced as latest EDATA data pool sponsor

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  Posted by: electime      23rd January 2024

Thorn Lighting has become the latest manufacturer to sponsor EDATA, the electrotechnical sector’s data pool. Their commitment brings the total number of sponsors to 25, comprising a mix of manufacturers and wholesalers of various sizes. The sponsors’ pledges means that the EDATA Data Pool can continue to develop: making high quality product data available at no cost to EDA wholesalers and their branches, and continuing to develop the platform based on the input of the members.

Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA, said “EDATA is ‘by the industry for the industry’ and we are delighted to have secured the backing of Thorn Lighting, a highly respected, market-leading brand. Like the other sponsors, Thorn will take their place on the EDATA Steering Group and contribute to the strategic direction and development of the data pool.

“EDATA is about helping businesses benefit from efficiencies that standardised, high quality data can deliver to every point in the supply chain. This is not just about driving sales from manufacturer to wholesaler, and wholesaler to contractor, but also about improving the accuracy and traceability of product information during a building’s lifetime.”

Paul Kilburn, Managing Director, Zumtobel Group UK & Ireland, said “The EDATA data pool is changing the way the supply chain shares product information. Wholesalers are a key sales channel and our sponsorship means we can influence how EDATA evolves to support their businesses.

“We are also committed to giving our wholesaler customers easy access to high quality information about our products, and our EDATA sponsorship demonstrates that we are putting product data at the heart of our business and service to them.”

EDATA is growing steadily with over 80 leading brands signed up to share their high quality product data with electrical wholesalers. Every EDA wholesaler has free access to the data pool where they can download data in bulk to drive websites, e-shops, ordering and invoicing, and ERP systems, and create individual data sheets on the fly.