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ASTM Panel Event highlights SMBs, technical standards.

Press Release Summary:

Apr 04, 2016 - Interested parties are invited to attend ASTM International's lunch-hour event on April 12 in San Antonio as part of "Committee Week" conference. Focusing on SMBs that create and use technical standards, event will feature Gary Ogden, Technical Manager at Wells Plastics Ltd (UK) along with leaders from other committees: Julie Kilgore, President of Wasatch Environmental; Dhuanne Dodrill, President of Rollprint Packaging Products; and Herb Dwyer, COO and Chief Engineer for Nanmac Corporation.

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Original Press Release

ASTM International Panel Event in San Antonio Highlights Small and Medium-Sized Businesses that Create and Use Technical Standards

Press release date: Mar 31, 2016

Small and medium-sized businesses will be in San Antonio’s spotlight on Tuesday, April 12, at a lunch-hour event hosted by ASTM International, one of the world’s leading standards organizations. Small businesses, government agencies, and others interested in attending can register free on-site at the Grand Hyatt (600 E. Market St.).

The Tuesday panel session is part of ASTM’s “Committee Week” conference that attracts more than 1,000 experts and engineers in many industries from around the world.

“Small and medium-sized companies can and should play a key role in creating specifications, guides, and other technical standards,” said Gary Ogden, Technical Manager at Wells Plastics Ltd. in the United Kingdom. “Standards – and the standards development process – are crucial to helping businesses like mine as we innovate, compete, and find new customers.”

Ogden, whose company makes a wide range of products for the plastics processing industry, is active in ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics, one of the committees that will meet to develop standards at the Grand Hyatt that week. He will be featured on the April 12 panel in Room “Lonestar E” of the hotel along with leaders from other committees, including:

Julie Kilgore, President, Wasatch Environmental, an environmental science and engineering services firm (member of Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action).
Dhuanne Dodrill, President, Rollprint Packaging Products, a flexible packaging company (member/chair of F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging) and,
Herb Dwyer, COO and Chief Engineer, Nanmac Corporation, a manufacturer of thermal sensing products (member of E20 on Temperature Measurement).
The event will be moderated by Daniel Smith, vice president of technical committee operations for ASTM.

This event is part of ASTM International’s “Year of the Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME),” launched by the organization’s board chairman Ralph Paroli, Ph.D., director of R&D in Measurement Science and Standards at the National Research Council of Canada.

“Entrepreneurs, small manufacturers and other SMEs create the majority of private-sector jobs worldwide while accounting for more than half of global GDP,” Paroli said. “It’s time that more of them have opportunities to get involved in creating technical standards that will help them truly thrive.”

For more information about the April and May Committee Weeks in San Antonio, go to: www.astm.org/MEETINGS. For success stories and other information on the Year of the SME, go to: www.astm.org/sme.

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