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History

DIN was founded in 1917 as the "Normenausschuss der deutschen Industrie (NADI)", the Standards Association of German Industry.

 

Milestones

1917 DIN is established on 22 December as the "Normenausschuss der deutschen Industrie (NADI)", the Standards Association of German Industry (name changed in 1926 and, most recently, in 1975).

1918 In March, the first German Standard is published (DIN 1 Taper pins).

1922 DIN 476 Paper formats (DIN A 4 etc.) is published.

1924 Beuth Verlag is founded as a publishing company, its primary objective being the sale and distribution of DIN Standards.

1943 The DIN offices in the centre of Berlin are destroyed in an air-raid.

1946 The Allied Control Council permits DIN to resume its work.

1951 DIN becomes a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as the "only competent German organization for standardization".

1961 DIN is a founding member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). The East German government closes the DIN offices in East Berlin, Jena and Ilmenau.

1975 DIN and the German Federal Government sign an agreement by which DIN is recognized as the national standards body for Germany. For its part, DIN undertakes to give priority to standardization projects initiated by the government as being in the public interest.

1985 Introduction of the "New approach" in European standardization (legislation refers to standards for technical specifications) with a view to speeding up the process of European unification.

1990 The East German "Office for Standardization, Metrology and Commodity Testing" is closed. The use of DIN Standards is recommended.

1996 DIN and Beuth Verlag establish their first web sites.

2000 A research project initiated by DIN together with the German Federal Ministry of the Economy on the "Economic Benefits of Standardization" is completed. The results of the study confirm that the overall benefit to the German economy of the work of DIN is approximately $15 billion per year.

2001 DIN institutes a competition with a prize of EUR 15,000 for the best example of the practical value of standardization. The winner is Jürgen Herther, whose entry describes a system of multi-use small load carriers in the automotive industry.

2004 "Standardization in Germany helps business and society strengthen, develop and open up regional and global markets" This is the vision agreed upon by representatives from all stakeholders in standardization in Germany and detailed in five strategic goals. The publication of the German Standardization Strategy in December 2004 represents a timely response from the German standardization system to the ever increasing demands from the globalization of markets, the increasing convergence of technologies, and the dynamic changes in its environment.
On 2 November in a ceremony in honour of World Standards Day, DIN awards its first DIN Prize "Best Practice" for the best example of how standards are incorporated into company procedures.
On 2 November in a ceremony in honour of World Standards Day, DIN awards its first DIN Prize "Best Practice" for the best example of how standards are incorporated into company procedures.

2005 On June 10 DIN hosts a colloquium titled "30 years of successful partnership - A model of success, in Germany and beyond" to mark the 30th anniversary of the standards agreement between DIN and the German Federal Government. All of the speakers at the colloquium declare the longstanding partnership between the national standards organization and the German Federal Republic, as represented by the Federal Government, as a success.
In July the Presidial Committee "FOCUS-ICT" is founded with the aim of implementing the German Standardization Strategy, particularly Goal 1, using standardization's potential to "secure Germany's position as a leading industrial nation".
In November the first DIN Prize "Young Science" for students is awarded.

2006 DIN is cooperation partner of "Germany – Land of Ideas", an initiative sponsored by German Federal President Horst Köhler. DIN is designated one of 365 "landmarks".
In May the first of the "Innovation with Norms and Standards" projects are started, launching this long-term program initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology and coordinated by DIN.
DIN holds an "Open Day" to celebrate World Standards Day on 14 October, displaying examples of its cooperation with numerous companies and organizations in a wide variety of sectors.

2007 Michael Glos, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, and Günter Verheugen, Vice President of the European Commission, are keynote speakers at the European Conference "Innovation and Market Access through Standards" held on 27 March in Berlin. The conference was organized by DIN within the context of the German EU Presidency.
In Mai DIN launches its new Internet web site with a completely new look.
The relocation of standards committees from Cologne to Berlin – part of a strategic centralization of DIN's standardization activities - is completed.
DIN celebrates its 90th anniversary with a colloquium and the opening of the multimedia exhibition "NormenWerk" in Berlin.

2008 The Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) and DIN sign a cooperation agreement outlining their future cooperation as strategic partners in research and higher education.