The mission of the Estonian Furniture Industry Association is to ensure the continued competitiveness of the Estonian furniture industry by acting as the representative of all Estonian furniture companies through the development and improvement of the business environment in the sector.
The Estonian Furniture Industry Association is represented in the following organizations:
- Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EKTK);
The Estonian Furniture Industry Association is represented in the following vocational institutions:
- Haapsalu Vocational Education Centre
- Valga County Vocational Training Centre
- Võru County Vocational Training Centre
- Rakvere Vocational School
- TUT Chair of Woodworking
- Viljandi Vocational Training Centre
- Tartu Art College
- Tallinn Construction School
- Kuressaare Regional Training Centre
- Vocational Centre of Pärnu County
The Estonian Furniture Industry Association is connected with the following regional activity:
- South-East Estonian Timber Cluster.
The Estonian Furniture Industry Association is an open organization that must include at least five members. Members of the Association may be employers who are operating in Estonia in the fields of timber processing, furniture production and sales, as well as the manufacturing, intermediating and selling of equipment and materials in this field, and the provision of training. The members of the Association are divided into full and supporting members. Supporting members participate in the decision-making process at the general meeting with an advisory vote and they are not included when determining the representation of the general meeting. Members of the Estonian Furniture Industry Association may include furniture producers, timber processors, sales companies (furniture, equipment, and materials), trainers in the field of timber processing, and manufacturers of equipment and materials.
Services provided to members
- Project management.
- Organization of seminars (treatment of specific problems, carried out by the members of the Woodworking Federation or widely acknowledged opinion leaders);
- Contact events;
- Consultation services;
- Advertising services (e.g. a webpage banner);
- Visits to undertakings (study trips);
- Information on furniture and management (homepage, literature recommendations, etc.);
- Analysis of the furniture sector;
- Organizing member events;
- Visits to trade fairs.
The Estonian Furniture Industry Association is developing mutually beneficial relationships with partners who are selected based on the principle of striving towards common objectives. The Association cooperated with partners to achieve these objectives.
The partners may include:
- Other professional and vocational associations, especially the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association and the Estonian Woodhouse Association, as well as the Estonian Employers’ Confederation, the Estonian Trade Council (EVL), and the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EKTK);
- Companies operating in the timber and furniture industry and interested in cooperation with the EPTL and potentially becoming new members;
- Educational institutions in which wood processing vocations are taught, especially higher education institutions (e.g. TUT) and vocational schools, in developing vocational education and acquiring the professional qualifications of a carpenter;
- Companies that manufacture and supply equipment and materials;
- Establishments that support development projects, especially Enterprise Estonia;
- Trade union organizations (e.g. Trade Union of Estonian Forest Industry Workers);
- Consulting companies;
- Estonian public sector institutions;
- Foreign organizations;
- Training companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, labour consulting offices, law firms;
- the Labour Inspectorate;
- the Estonian Rescue Board.
A partner can:
- Enter into a cooperation agreement with the Estonian Furniture Industry Association involving joint activities taking place at a certain time;
- Cooperate with the Estonian Furniture Industry Association during a period of carrying out a joint project;
- Cooperate with the Estonian Furniture Industry Association in one-time events (for instance, a joint seminar).
The Estonian Furniture Industry Association cooperates with partners, to:
- Provide broader opportunities to our members;
- Improve the reputation of the Estonian Furniture Industry Association and the industry in general, and to recognize our problems;
- Solve many issues in a more operative manner, while expending fewer resources;
Focus our activities on professional matters, not to become fragmented dealing with the numerous issues of neighbouring fields.