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Korean Conference Addresses Industrial Standards Promotion

In December 2003, the Korean Standards Association hosted its second Networking Conference on Industrial Standards Activities Promotion at the Korea Technology Center in Seoul, South Korea. The content of the conference was aimed at Korean business; nearly 200 attendees from the general public were present to learn about standardization issues. Representatives of Korean and international industry and standards developing organizations, including ASTM Director of External Relations Teresa Cendrowska, gave presentations on:

• The importance of standards in the automotive industry (Veit Ghiladi, chief standards officer, DaimlerChrysler AG);
• A new vision for standardization in the electronic industry (Hee-Youn Lee, vice president, LG Electronics Institute of Technology, Information Technology Lab);
• Benefits of using a standard pallet and its impact on company efficiency (Hiroji Fukumoto, director, Japan Pallet Association);
• Benefits of participation in the development of global standards and how to accomplish your objectives with ASTM International (Cendrowska);
• U.S. standardization and the conformity assessment system (James E. French, aerospace standards consultant, American National Standards Institute); and
• Promotion of private-sector standards activities in Korea (Chang-Hyeng Park, director, Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy).

Cendrowska also was a panelist, with Ghiladi, Fukumoto and French, on a roundtable organized by KSA covering the subject of building networks to promote standardization activities. Issues addressed at the roundtable included the economic effects on multinational corporations of having a standardization strategy; the benefits of networking between organizations of standards users such as the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) and SDOs, and between SDOs and national standards bodies; and the protection of intellectual property. //

In December, a delegation from the China National Institute of Standardization visited ASTM International Headquarters to sign an agreement of cooperation between the two organizations. Zheng Weihua, vice president of CNIS (seated, right) and James Thomas, ASTM International president, signed the agreement while representatives of ASTM and CNIS looked on. The agreement notes that CNIS and ASTM can serve as a bridge between global and Chinese enterprises, promoting the circulation of goods between China and the rest of the global economy; it provides a framework to facilitate Chinese participation in ASTM activities, training opportunities, and the distribution of ASTM standards in China.

Nominations Sought for William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award

Nominations are sought for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Established in 1987, this award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the voluntary standards system who may or may not be a member of ASTM. The title of honorary member is bestowed upon recipients of this award.

Nominations should contain a citation of 25 words or less, career background, and details on candidate’s outstanding contributions within ASTM at the Society level as well as to other standards development or professional societies. All offices and special positions held in each organization should be identified, and accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community specifically identified.

Nominations must be received by April 1. Send nominations to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Contact Maureen Houck for a copy of the award criteria or if you need additional information (phone: 610/832-9594). //

Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions for ASTM Board

The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board of directors, welcomes suggestions from the ASTM membership for candidates for the following positions on the 2005 board of directors:

• Chairman (one-year term);
• Vice chairman (two-year term); and
• Six directors (three-year terms).

Complete biographical information including candidate’s name, title, business address, education, as well as candidate’s professional experience, affiliations, honors and awards should be sent to ASTM Nominating Committee, Attn: Maureen Houck, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.

Nominations must be received by April 1. Contact Maureen Houck if you need further information (phone: 610/832-9594). //

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