To learn more, click on the images below, which link into the ASTM History Book, 1898-1998 A Century of Progress. 1898 ASTM founded in Philadelphia. 1901 First standard on steel rails issued. 1942 ASTM introduces emergency standards to support WWII efforts. 1950 ASTM standards on building codes and construction play role in post-war growth of cities and suburbs. 1962 Seattle's Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair, features steel legs built to ASTM standards. 1970 ASTM committees on soil, water and air quality break new ground in environmental standards. 1978 ASTM standards are widely used in the 1970s in the development of consumer products, such as skiing equipment. 1981 ASTM opens European standards distribution center. 1991 The first Chinese-language edition of the ASTM magazine, ASTM Standardization News, is published in a joint venture between the China Association for Standardization and ASTM. 1995 ASTM launches Internet-based Electronics Standards Development Forums, leading the way to today’s advanced electronic standards development tools on the ASTM website, which provide global access to the ASTM International process. 2001 ASTM changes name to ASTM International to reflect global participation in ASTM and worldwide use of its standards. 2001 ASTM launches its global Memorandum of Understanding program, encouraging the participation of technical experts around the world in its standards development process. 2002 ASTM opens its first office serving Mexico and Latin America. 2003 ASTM establishes a new student membership category to expand awareness of standards at the university level. 2004 The Interlaboratory Study Program (ILS) launches to assist in developing precision and bias statements for ASTM test methods. 2005 ASTM International opens an office in Beijing, China. 2005 Interlaboratory Studies Program funded to provide support for statistical accuracy of ASTM standards. 2006 The Digital Library is launched, offering digital versions of ASTM’s entire library of technical information. 2007 A research study of corporate executive viewpoints indicates ASTM standards strongly enhance product quality and customer receptivity. 2009 ASTM Board of Directors approves the initiation of ASTM certification programs for products and personnel. 2011 ASTM launches personnel certificate program. 2013 ASTM opens a European office in Brussels, Belgium, and a Canadian office in Ottawa, Ontario. 2014 ASTM launches new brand identity with the tagline, “Helping our world work better.” 2014 The board of directors announces that Katharine E. Morgan will be ASTM International’s next president, to succeed James A. Thomas upon his retirement in early 2017.