The fundamental idea is the international use of a standard ETIM classification model for technical products. The integration of the ETIM structure in international companies against the background of globalisation, only makes sense when the application can be carried out internationally long-term. Suppliers and wholesalers alike see a strategic option to standardize the flow of data and exchange the article information between the countries as far as centrally administered databases for all available products.

ETIM International is the international standardization committee for ETIM and is founded to join forces in the development, maintenance, publishing and promotion of one ETIM Model for the classification of technical products. The long-term goal of ETIM International is to achieve that the ETIM model becomes the most used technical information model in the involved industries.