ASTM International has named 2016 as its ‘Year of the SME: Small Business in Action’ at its first major meeting of the year.  

 Throughout the year, ASTM will emphasize how input from small and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to creating high-quality technical standards. ASTM will also highlight the advantages could SMEs gain by being members.

 ‘I’m thrilled that we are celebrating SMEs this year,’ said Ralph Paroli, PhD, ASTM International’s chairman for 2016. ‘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.’

 Paroli, director of research and development in measurement science and standards at the National Research Council of Canada, made the announcement at ASTM’s January Committee Week in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

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