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 March 2006 ASTM International News

Meeting in India
Training Sessions in China
Mather Scholarship
Meeting in Mexico
MOU Signing with Honduras
Meeting with Automotive Executives
Nominations Sought
Annual Business Meeting

ASTM Leaders Meet with Standardization, Government and Industry Officials in India

ASTM International President James Thomas and Vice President of Global Cooperation Kitty Kono made an official visit to New Delhi, India, in January. The seven-day trip included high-level working meetings between ASTM and many top government and industry leaders involved in standardization. Meetings were held with the leadership of the Bureau of Indian Standards, the Confederation of India Industry, the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industries, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the National Council for Cement and Building Materials, the Indian Oil Corporation, the Indian National Physical Laboratory, the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum and the Gas Authority of India.

James Thomas, ASTM president, and Jayant Dasgupta, joint secretary, India’s Department of Commerce Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
R.A. Mashelkar, director general, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
S.P. Sharma, director general, Bureau of Indian Standards
L. Mansing, secretary, India’s Department of Consumer
Affairs (second from right), along with officials of the Bureau
of Indian Standards.

Interest from Indian technical experts in ASTM International has grown steadily over the last several years. In 2004, ASTM had 150 members from India. That number has tripled to about 450 members participating in more than one-third of all ASTM committees. “India is the fastest growing free market democracy in the world,” said Thomas. “Standards are vitally important to India’s economic growth, its environment and consumer protection.

“We envision that through greater cooperation with Indian standards-related organizations as well as through Internet technology and the open ASTM International standards development process we will see much greater Indian input into the content of ASTM standards and much greater use of ASTM standards in India in the months and years to come,” stated Thomas. //

ASTM Staff Holds Training Sessions in China

In continuing support of its partnership with the Shanghai Institute of Standardization and China National Institute of Standardization, ASTM International recently conducted training sessions with its partners in China. The training sessions took place in Shanghai and Beijing during the week of Jan. 15.

One of the key benefits of the ASTM training sessions in China was the opportunity to directly ask questions about ASTM’s policies, procedures, and technical committees. This significant exchange of information enabled the trainers and the audience to gain a better understanding of standards development systems and market needs.
Two ASTM International staff members conduct training sessions that took place in January in Beijing and Shanghai. From left to right are ASTM’s James Olshefsky, director of technical committee services, and Teresa Cendrowska, director of external relations.
Two ASTM International staff members, Teresa Cendrowska, director of external relations, and James Olshefsky, director of technical committee services, conducted the educational sessions. Each session built on relationships that were established between ASTM and the individual organizations over two years ago.

In both Shanghai and Beijing, the training events included separate sessions for staff and for representatives of enterprises that participate in ASTM, are considering membership, or utilize its standards.

Cendrowska and Olshefsky offered information on the standardization system of the United States, an overview of ASTM International, details about the structure and activities of ASTM’s technical committees, and a review of ASTM’s electronic tools (for example, virtual meetings and electronic balloting). These electronic tools enable technical experts from around the world to participate in various aspects of ASTM standards development. The presentations also highlighted the scope, structure, and key standards of ASTM technical committees such as A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and D13 on Textiles. At least 100 enterprise representatives attended each training session.

In Shanghai, the ASTM staff presentations were supplemented by a presentation from Mrs. Zhang Lihong and Ms. Ye Xiao Xin. Mrs. Zhang explained why enterprises should be involved in standardization and the key principles for successful standards development. Ms. Ye spoke about the Shanghai Institute of Standardization services that were available to enterprises and how they could join ASTM International or acquire ASTM standards through SIS.

In Beijing, the ASTM training program included presentations from Mr. Zhang Cheng Qing and Mrs. Guo Dehua. Mr. Zhang detailed the work of Committee D02 and discussed the benefits he had gained from his long-time participation, 18 years, in ASTM International. Mrs. Guo spoke of various types of ASTM standards and also demonstrated the China National Institute of Standardization Web site and how it enabled access to information about ASTM and its standards as well as how the CNIS Web site facilitated membership in ASTM International.

“Without question, the two most beneficial aspects of the training — both for the staffs of ASTM, SIS, and CNIS as well as for those who participated from a variety of enterprises — were the one-on-one interaction and the opportunity for the audience to ask extensive questions,” said Cendrowska. Questions pertained to various aspects of procedure, products and policy.

Opportunities for such communication enable ASTM International, SIS, and CNIS to understand the concerns of their respective members and customers and to respond with appropriate services and information. //

Applications Being Accepted for ASTM International’s Mather Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2006 ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship. Administered by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the scholarship applies to students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology.

Full-time undergraduate students completing their second/sophomore year of college, or later, or graduate students (specializing in cement or concrete materials technology) are eligible to apply. The 2006 Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship consists of $7,500 of tuition assistance. The deadline for applications for this year’s scholarship is April 30.

The scholarship honors Katharine and Bryant Mather, who together contributed more than 100 years to the investigation and research of various concreting materials and construction techniques, and on the ability of hydraulic-cement concretes to remain durable under aggressive exposure conditions.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers named the lab where the Mathers worked for 50 years “The Katharine and Bryant Mather Building.” In ASTM International, the Mathers were well known for many decades of leadership, dedication, and technical knowledge.

For more information, including a full description of the scholarship award, student scholarship application and faculty reference form, please click here. //

ASTM Representatives Host Meeting With Mexican Construction Trades Organization

On Feb. 2, Pat Picariello and Luis Ordonez, ASTM representative in Mexico, hosted a meeting in Mexico City, Mexico, with members of the standards developing working groups and other interested members of the Organismo Nacional de Normalizacion de la Construccion y Edificacion’s Technical Board. ONNCCE is a Mexican standards developing organization that specializes in the construction trades. The meeting was attended by over 40 technical experts in diverse fields of the construction industry, all of which are in some way involved in developing Mexican standards for materials and processes of the construction trades.

Louis Santamaria, standards attaché from U.S. Commercial Services, U.S. Embassy, speaks to the Mexican representatives.
The objective was to jointly analyze opportunities in which ASTM technical committees may cooperate with ONNCCE committees in harmonizing and developing standards that could also serve as the basis for the Mexican standards process.

In addition to Ordonez and Picariello, presenters at the meeting included Franco Bucio, CEO of ONNCCE, Adriana Vicente, also from ONNCCE, and Carlos Martínez from DGN, national standards body of Mexico. Louis Santamaría, standards attaché from U.S. Commercial Services at the U.S. embassy and Antonio Macías, manager, NFPA’s Latin American office also offered valuable input to the meeting.

In their comments, Bucio and Martínez noted the international reach of ASTM International standards and urged greater communication with ASTM technical committees as a good way to accelerate and improve their own standards development process. //

ASTM International Signs MOU with Honduras

With the Jan. 16 signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ASTM International and Honduras’ national standards body, Consejo Hondureño de Ciencia y Tecnologîa, ASTM International’s global outreach initiative has been formally adopted throughout Central America and the standards authorities of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. These strategic working relationships, made possible through MOUs with ASTM International, encourage the participation of government and industry technical experts from the region and align ASTM standards with official policies and commercial interests of their countries. The MOU was signed by Vicente Williams Agassse, minister commissioner, COHCIT, and James Thomas, president, ASTM International.

The purpose of ASTM International’s MOU program is to promote communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies; promote knowledge of each other’s standards development activities; facilitate greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process; and facilitate the development of national standards that will improve each country’s health, safety, environmental and economic conditions. //

ASTM President Discusses Standards Issues with Automotive Executives

ASTM International President James Thomas recently traveled to Detroit, Mich., to meet with representatives of the automotive industry and discuss standards and technical regulations affecting the worldwide automotive supply chain. At the world headquarters of the Automotive Industry Action Group, a global organization including some 1,500 original equipment manufacturing companies and suppliers to the automotive industry from North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Thomas and industry executives reviewed ASTM’s numerous standards activities of interest to the industry, discussed global regulatory challenges, and identified areas for continued collaboration.

Through interactions with automotive executives, Thomas observed that ASTM standards are deeply embedded throughout the global automotive supply chain where they are utilized to improve product quality, enhance safety, and optimize speed to market. “With the direct participation of experts from the automotive industry in our technical standards-writing committees, ASTM will continue to publish international standards known for their technical quality and relevance that can be widely used and accepted around the globe as the basis for purchasing and manufacturing contracts, or to demonstrate regulatory compliance,” said Thomas.

During his tour of Detroit’s automotive manufacturing enterprise, Thomas also visited the U.S. Council for Automotive Research. USCAR serves as the umbrella organization of DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors to further strengthen the technology base of the auto industry through cooperative research. Thomas discussed ASTM’s interest in working more closely with the auto industry as research leads to the need for standards. “Standards help drive research and innovation to commercialization. As auto industry researchers develop better performing paints, more durable lubricants, stronger materials and alternative fuels, we invite them to work with ASTM technical committees to develop international standards so that industry and society can benefit,” concluded Thomas. //

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 International. 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 the candidate’s outstanding contributions within ASTM at the Society level as well as to other standards organizations 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 2007 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 the 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). //

ASTM Annual Business Meeting

The 2006 Annual Business Meeting will be featured during the Wednesday, June 14, ASTM members’ breakfast at the June Committee Week meetings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International, for further information (phone: 610/832-9594). //

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