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ASTM International highlights SMEs’ role in standardisation

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To highlight how involvement from small- and medium-sized enterprises is important in creating high-quality technical standards, ASTM International has introduced “Year of the SME: Small Business in Action”.

ASTM International will draw out the advantages that SMEs gain by being members, including ASTM’s consensus-driven approach that gives them an equal voice and vote alongside representatives of larger companies and others, the press release states. “Thousands of small businesses around the world work through ASTM to make their voices heard, to help them compete globally, to drive innovation, to create jobs, and to network. ASTM’s open process and low membership cost make it easy for small manufacturers and others to participate on a level playing field,” said Ralph Paroli, Ph.D., ASTM International’s Chairman for 2016.

Paroli made the announcement at ASTM’s January Committee Week in San Antonio, Texas. Throughout the week, more than 600 technical experts and others are creating and revising standards in a variety of fields including textiles, chemicals and more.

Headquartered in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, ASTM International is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. Some 12,575 ASTM voluntary consensus standards operate globally.


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