CEDIA REACHES MEMBERSHIP MILESTONE
CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) has announced that membership in Region 1 (UK, Europe, Russia and the CIS, Africa, Pakistan, India and the Middle East) has topped the 500 mark for the first time in the association’s history.
This milestone has been achieved with strong growth this year across the Region and in all CEDIA membership categories, including Home Technology Professionals, Trade Suppliers, Professional Services and Affiliates. Increasing membership is especially strong in the UK, the biggest single CI territory outside of North America, as well as key international markets, such as, France, Italy and South Africa, where CEDIA is also delivering active training and networking programmes as part of its international development strategy. In 2013 alone, over 100 companies have joined CEDIA, with the new online application procedure streamlining the process for many new members.
The growth in CEDIA Region 1 is part of a substantial global membership for the residential custom installation industry which currently stands at approximately 3500 companies.
“CEDIA’s growing international membership reflects an expanding market for residential custom installation and an appetite for the benefits and added value for businesses that CEDIA membership brings,” says Wendy Griffiths, CEDIA Region 1’s Executive Director. “We expect this trend to continue as CEDIA builds on its dynamic programme of international activities and look forward to representing the industry and meeting its needs as it evolves and prospers in the future.”
CEDIA offers members the opportunity to participate in a range of business-building marketing and training activities across Region 1. These include the industry leading CEDIA Awards scheme which rewards integration excellence in the work of CEDIA members. The Awards scheme generated a record-breaking number of entries, with over 160 submissions from 15 countries in 2013. CEDIA has also delivered training and networking events in Lyon, France, Rome, Italy and in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa this year, with the biggest ever CEDIA education programme ever taking place at Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam, The Netherlands during January 2013.
In the next four months, CEDIA will be running dedicated training at the Salon Hi-Fi event in Paris (28-29 September), MADE Expo in Milan (2-5 October) and at Integrated Systems Russia in Moscow (29-31 October) as well as a Connect with CEDIA networking event in Dublin, Ireland (24 October). Plans are also underway for CEDIA training to take place in India towards the end of 2013. This programme runs alongside a full calendar of education and networking events for the UK, which includes the Smart Buildings Conference, taking place on 15 October in London, organised by Integrated Systems Europe.
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CEDIA Members: On Joining CEDIA in 2013
“CEDIA is the most prestigious and well established trade organisation for the CI industry. Couture Digital recognises and applauds the activities and purpose of CEDIA and looks forward to contributing to the community. Being a technology integration company for seven years, Couture Digital is happy to share our experience and expertise and look forward to developing our knowledge, network and business through the great work CEDIA has already achieved.”
David Hills, Couture Digital
“We joined CEDIA as we believe the consumer should feel safe having a CI company come into their house as they do with other trades and their trade affiliations. This not only helps the consumer, but also the company, as it provides recognition for their working standards and ethics.’
Chris Smith, The Cinema Company
“Since joining CEDIA, Smarta Technology have benefited from the high quality and practical training courses provided by their enthusiastic team. As we continue to expand our home automation installation service. we find CEDIA's documentation and advice an essential part of meeting industry standards.”
Mark Wray of Smarta Technology
CEDIA is the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, an international trade organisation spanning three continents. Its members specialise in the planning, design, supply, installation, integration, concealment and control of automated electronic systems for the modern, intelligent home. They can install anything from multi-room audio systems and home cinemas to complete home networks and sub-systems which intelligently control lighting, security, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), and even garden features, such as lighting and watering. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s website at www.cedia.co.uk. Follow @CEDIA_region1 on Twitter, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CEDIA.Region1, or join the CEDIA group on LinkedIn.