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EURAS 2017 conference

(2017-05-10)  EURAS will hold its 22nd conference in Berlin, Germany, from 28 until 30 June 2017. The theme is 'Digitalization – Challenges and opportunities for standardization'. The conference will be organised by the Chair of Innovation Economics at TU and is sponsored by DIN. The program and registration form can be found on the EURAS website More 

2016 DIN Prize winners

(2016-11-04)  On 3 November 2016 several winners received awards in DIN's 16th annual DIN Prize competition. Seven prizes in four categories were awarded to entries demonstrating the central role standards play in science, research and practical applications. The "Weltfaktor Normung" (Standardization : A global factor) awards ceremony was held in Berlin's Museum for Communication, attended by nearly 300 guests. Benefits of Standardization DIN's "Benefits of Standardization" prize is awarded to those who provide the best examples of the concrete benefits of standardization in practice. The first prize winner receives € 10,000, while the second and third prize winners receive € 7,500 and € 5,000, respectively. 1st prize went to Karl-Ludwig Blumenthal, Siemens AG Title: Examination of the practical benefits of standardization taking as an example the revision of DIN 2626 "Line blanks" DIN 2626 lays down types, dimensions, materials, manufacturing methods and technical delivery conditions for line ... More 

International framework accelerates standards work on 3D printing

(2016-10-24)  At the start of October, ISO and ASTM International unveiled a framework for creating global additive manufacturing standards. This will help meet the needs for new technical standards in the fast-growing field of "additive manufacturing (AM)", also known as 3D printing. This is the process of joining materials layer upon layer, as opposed to "subtractive manufacturing" methods such as machining. The document will guide the work of global experts and standards development organizations involved in AM standardization, ensure cohesion among AM standards, and improve their usability and acceptance. Important elements of the standards will include more transparent processes, clearly defined sub-sectors in additive manufacturing, and uniform terminology. As DIN holds the secretariat for the ISO committee on additive manufacturing, it is a co-initiator of the framework, and will head international standardization activities in this field. ISO and ASTM International have been working ... More 

Germany hosts pre-G20 standardization conferenceStandards Boost the Digital World

(2016-10-07)  In anticipation of Germany's taking on the G20 presidency starting from 1 December 2016, roughly 100 experts attended an international conference on standardization in the world of digitalization held in early October. Experts from ministries and other government agencies joined representatives of standards organizations from the G20 nations - and the guest invitees chosen by Germany as host country - to discuss the many areas touched by growing digitalization. Topics such as Industry 4.0, smart cities, smart mobility and IT security were the focus. The potentials of international standardization were explored and common goals were established. German State Secretary Machnig said just how important this conference was: "In an international dialogue, we want to make sure to develop open and interoperable standards for Industry 4.0 applications. Only in this way can a networked global economy function well. The national and international standards organizations have to take up ... More 

First row (from left): Dr. Badr Abdelatty, Egyptian Ambassador; Mohamed El-Sewedy, Chairman of Federation of Egyptian Industries; Christoph Winterhalter, DIN Executive Board Chairman; middle of second row: Rüdiger Marquardt. Member of the DIN Executive Board

Egyptian delegation visits DIN

(2016-09-12)  On 7 September 2016, Mr Mohamed El-Sewedy, Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), visited DIN, leading a delegation of other Egyptian dignitaries, including Dr. Badr Abdelatty, Egyptian Ambassador to Germany. Discussions with DIN Executive Board members focussed on closer bilateral cooperation between the two countries in future standardization endeavours. In 2004 DIN had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (EOS), which was renewed in 2009 and which now has unlimited validity. The Egyptians also announced that the EOS is being restructured. A more intensive exchange of information with DIN was agreed upon, as was closer cooperation in general. More 

DIN launches innovation funding programmeInnovative ideas can be submitted up to 31 October 2016

(2016-07-14)  DIN and DKE (German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies in DIN and VDE) have launched a new funding programme for supporting innovative ideas through standardization called "DIN Connect". The programme will promote R&D in innovative areas and will make it easier to bring results to the market. Standards create trust and market acceptance, which innovations need in order to be successful. With their extensive international contacts and mature infrastructures, DIN and DKE can provide access to global networks of potential customers and partners. Start-ups, established companies, research organizations and academic institutions are invited to submit their ideas. Projects will last one to two years and will be funded with up to € 35,000 per year for the project management. The objective is to draw up one or more DIN SPECs and/or VDE Application Guides, or other preliminary standardization work results. Ideas should be submitted by 31 October 2016. More 

IT security "Made in Europe"2016 KITS Conference

(2016-07-08)  "Cybersecurity is the foundation upon which digitalization is being built" said Kerstin Jorna, Director of the European Commission's Single Market Policy, Regulation and Implementation, DG GROWTH, at the third Conference held by DIN's IT Security Coordination Office (KITS) on 30 June 2016 in Berlin. The motto of the conference was "Make digitalization more secure!". This year's KITS conference was again a resounding success, with over 70 participants from industry, politics and research. Lectures and panels covered various aspects of IT security. The participants pointed out that because this topic is so complex, special efforts will have to be taken to achieve the necessary transparency on the market. Labels and certificates based on standards and specifications can help, and an "IT Security - Made in Europe" branding can help set the right tone. But everyone agreed on one thing:  IT security can only be achieved with the help of all economic players, including professional ... More 

Rüdiger Marquardt, DIN, Dr. Markus Schulte, Kabinett Günther Oettinger, Kerstin Jorna, Europäische Kommission, Dr. Bernhard Thies, DKE

Roadmap Industry 4.0: An important milestoneStandardization Roadmap handed over to the European Commission

(2016-06-23)  Dr. Markus Schulte, member of cabinet of Commissioner Günther Oettinger, called the "German Standardization Roadmap on Industry 4.0" a landmark document. Standardization is essential for the success of the digitalization of European industry. "To meet the challenges of the digital revolution, we need ICT standards. Europe's goal should be to be a leader in this area, of course always taking a global perspective." On 21 June Rüdiger Marquardt, DIN Executive Board Member, and Dr. Bernhard Thies, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DKE – the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE, officially presented the "Standardization Roadmap on Industry 4.0" to the European Commission. The Commission was represented by Dr. Markus Schulte and Kerstin Jorna, Director - Single Market Policy, Regulation and Implementation, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. "The Roadmap gives an overview of the current situation, and shows how ... More 

DIN-TERMinology Portal - now available in Polish

(2016-06-22)  Terms that have been defined in European Standards published in Germany (DIN EN (ISO) and DIN ISO documents) are almost always available in German, English and French. This is why the DIN-TERMinology Portal has always presented terms and definitions in these three languages, where available. Now a fourth language has been added to this extensive terminology database: As of 22 June 2016, terms and definitions in Polish are also included on the online portal. (This change does not yet effect the app version.) DIN has made its terminology database "DIN-TERM" available online for free since 2012. DIN-TERM online can be used without registration and for free to access to terms that have been defined in DIN Standards and DIN Specifications in the four languages. Registration (also free) to DIN-TERMinology portal gives users access to more extensive information such as the full definition, notes, examples of use, etc. Some definitions are only available in German, while others are ... More 

DIN awarded German Brand Award

(2016-06-17)  DIN is one of the winners of the 2016 "German Brand Award". At the awards ceremony held in Berlin on 16 June 2016, DIN was named a winner in the main category "Industry Excellence in Branding", subcategory "Culture & Non-Governmental Organisation“. The Brand Award recognizes DIN’s innovative approach to brand management as exemplified by the new look of the DIN website,, relaunched in August 2015. Working together with the Berlin branding and consulting agency "kleiner & bold", DIN developed its new look in a strategic, multi-phase process. In 2015 the German Design Council had already awarded DIN's new corporate design with the "Special Mention" prize in the category "Corporate and Brand Design".  Since its foundation in 1917 DIN has been known worldwide for its trustworthiness, precision and dedication to safety. Faced with ever shorter innovation cycles and converging technologies, the standards organization has changed to keep pace with a continually changing ... More