American Machinist

The need for ISO standards. (International Organization for Standardization)

The need for ISO standards No nation wants to change its existing standards, but the US may have to if it wants to stay competitive internationally, says Dr Thomas A. Siewert, leader of the Welding Group at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (Boulder, Colo) and director-at-large of the American Welding Soc (Miami).

The already unpredictable international trade scene will become even more volatile as formerly Communist countries seek new trade partners and, more important, as western European nations band together through the integrated European Community that will become fully established in 1992, he says. "While the EC looks good for Europe, it may cause the US some serious problems. …

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