Notable Milestones
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1898–1
998 A Century of Progress
1898
ASTM Founded in Philadelphia.
1901
First Standard on steel rails issued.
1910
First publishing of ASTM Book of Standards.
Cement and Petroleum Committee formed.
1928
Rubber Committee develops standards
for testing of rubber in auto production.
1938
Non-destructive Testing Committee leverages
new x-ray test methods, first used in aircraft manufacturing.
1942
ASTM introduces emerging standards to support WWII efforts.
1950
ASTM standards on building codes and construction
play role in post-war growth of cities and suburbs.
1962
Seattle's Space Needle, built for 1962 World Fair,
features steel legs built to ASTM standards.
1970
ASTM committees on soil, water, and air quality
break new ground in environmental standards.
1978
ASTM standards are widely used in the 70's in the
development of consumer products, such as skiing equipment.
1981
ASTM opens European standards distribution center.
1995
Internet-based Electronics Standards Development Forums
provide global access to ASTM Standards development process.
2001
ASTM changes name to ASTM International to reflect global
participation in ASTM and worldwide use of its standards.
2003
ASTM establishes new student membership category to
expand awareness of standards at the university level.