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About The ASTM
Sep 09, 2016

About the ASTM


ASTM was first founded in 1898 as the American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials. The group’s original purpose was to address railroad safety. Rails would often break due to a lack of standardized performance; the scientists and engineers created minimum standards for fabricating rails. The group has gone through some name changes during its life; it became the American Society for Testing and Materials before finally being renamed ASTM International in 2001. They have offices in Washington, D.C, Belgium, China, Canada and Mexico.


Membership in the ASTM is open to anyone with an interest in its activities. There are over 30,000 members in the organization from 140 countries. They include material users, producers and consumers.