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Before beginning a discussion of new materials or new products may I make a few comments on testing? In the accelerated pace which research and development have taken in the last decade or two, we are perhaps too apt to forget the collective part which testing has played in that endeavor. Nowadays testing is so much the partner of our progress that we take it for granted; yet without the continual search for new methods, or necessary revisions in old procedures which the Society has constantly prosecuted, all types of development and production activities would have been handicapped. The efforts of the Society have served as a potent force in substituting the results of experiment and testing for opinion and prejudice.
Director, United States Rubber Co., Detroit, Mich.