HARTING Technology Group

09. November 2007

Dietmar Harting re-elected as DIN President

Dietmar Harting was re-elected as DIN President.

At a meeting of the presiding committee of DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. held on November 8, 2007 in Berlin, Dietmar Harting, personally liable partner of HARTING KGaA, was re-elected as President to serve an additional two-year term of office.

The presiding committee appointed Heinz Helmut Kempkes, the managing director of Kemkes GmbH, as the first deputy of the president, and Prof. Dr. Manfred Hennecke, President of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), as the second deputy. The 44 members of the presiding committee represent the numerous groups interested in standardization, and include representatives of various industries and sectors of the economy, as well as representatives of the Federal Government.

With a look to his third tenure of office, Dietmar Harting will focus strongly on strengthening European standardization, which has successful cooperation agreements in place with international standardization instances, as well as with European legislative bodies. In the past 20 years, the free exchange of goods and services on the foundation of common standards has made a major contribution to Europe’s renewed economic prosperity.

Within the context of regional standardization systems, the issue at hand is now to also place European standardization approaches on an external agenda, as Dietmar Harting explained: "The internationality, the coherence and also the deregulating effects of European standardization are fundamental factors for the free international exchange and flow of goods and products. Here, European standardization is charting a forward looking, future oriented course, which should now also be exported to further countries.“

The aim is to shape and design the organization of the European standardization landscape in a future capable manner. It is with responsibility in mind, that Dietmar Harting will be standing for election as CENELEC President on December 12, 2007 (CENELEC, European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization).

In the opinion of DIN’s President, the significance of standardization is set to rise in future: “In a continuously growing global community, which, like every other community, lives from the smooth interaction of all participants, standardization, as a process of communication on shared criteria, serves as an especially valuable instrument. After all, standards are initiated and developed by those individuals and instances that need them.“