||ASTM in Mexico
The ASTM Board of Directors gathered for their first 2002 meeting
in Mexico City, Mexico, in April (see official Board photo). Prior to the start of their meeting, members of the Board and
staff visited with top standards officials of the Mexican government-owned
oil and natural gas company, PEMEX. PEMEX is Mexicos largest
company and ranks among the worlds largest petroleum enterprises.
A presentation about PEMEX and its use of standards was made by
Tiburcio Zazueta Ramos, PEMEX director of standards. In addition,
presentations about ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and
Lubricants were made by Board members N. David Smith, assistant
commissioner, N.C. Department of Agriculture, and Rey Montemayer,
senior chemist, Imperial Oil Ltd.
After conducting the business of the Board in three days of meetings,
ASTM International hosted seminars for Mexican professionalsone
on construction standards and another on steel standards.
The construction seminar, cohosted by Comisionado Nacional de
Fomento a la Vivienda, a federal agency responsible for new housing
initiatives, was well-attended. The purpose of the seminar was
to better understand the standards needs of the Mexican housing
industry and to introduce attendees to the U.S. system of voluntary
standards and their interrelationship with national codes. Because
Mexico has dozens of jurisdictions but lacks consistency among
their building codes, attendees were interested in learning about
the U.S. system of developing voluntary consensus standards and
incorporating those stakeholder-developed standards into a national
code. Jorge Marín Santillán, president of the Mexican Accredation Entity, and Belinda Ramirez Reyes, director of Comisionado Nacional de Fomento a la Vivienda presented talks on Mexicos housing industry.
ASTM Directors Jon Traw, former president and CEO of the International
Conference of Building Officials, and Anthony Fiorato, president
and CEO of Construction Technology Laboratories also gave presentations.
Attendees included engineers, architects, code offiicals, and
representatives of trade associations and government agencies.
The seminar on steel standards, co-hosted by Camara Nacional de
la Industria del Hierro y del Acero (CANACERO, Mexicos steel
trade association), was also successful, with attendees ranging
from metallurgical, chemical, and mechanical engineers to industry
and trade association representatives. CANACEROs General Director
José Antonio Gómez Urquiza presented a talk about the Mexican
iron and steel industry and its development of Mexican steel standards.
He was joined by ASTM Vice Chairman of the Board Wayne Holliday,
vice president of technology at Copperweld, who spoke about the
ASTM standards system and its interplay with the steel industry.
Also during the week of meetings and seminars, ASTM established
a presence in Mexico in the person of Director Luis Ordonez, who will help ASTM implement its goals for mutual cooperation
with that country. Ordonez, president of EfiTerm, S.A., will assist
ASTM in creating relationships with Mexican government standards
organizations, private trade associations, U.S. government in-country
representatives, private industries, and local chambers of commerce.
Through these relationships, ASTM plans to create educational
opportunities to benefit Mexican business and governmental organizations,
and to share resources with Mexico to provide an optimum environment
and support for the development of needed standards and related
More Memorandums of Understanding
In its goal of assisting developing countries in their standards
development and adoption efforts, ASTM International has recently
entered into agreements with three Eastern European countries:
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Romania. The Institute for
Standards, Metrology, and Intellectual Property of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, the State Office for Standardization and Metrology
of the Republic of Croatia, and the Romanian Standards Association
have signed MOUs with the intent of strengthening the relationship
between ASTM and each of their organizations. The relationship
established in the MOUs will aid in the development of national
standards for health, safety, and the environment and enhance
the ability of those standards to support the needs of each countrys
people and continue the growth of its economy.
ASTM International was aided in this effort through the financial
support of the U.S. Department of Commerces Commercial Law Development
Program, which provided the resources for full sets of the Annual
Book of ASTM Standards to be sent to each of these national member
bodies. For further information on ASTMs global outreach, please
contact Kitty Kono, vice president of Global Cooperation (phone:
610/832-9687; firstname.lastname@example.org). //
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