30. November 2009

DIN honorary ring awarded to Dietmar Harting

Dietmar Harting with the DIN honorary ring

Dietmar Harting, the long-serving President of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), has been awarded the DIN honorary ring upon leaving office.

The new DIN President, Prof. Klaus Homann (Thyssengas GmbH), presented the highest-ranking DIN award to his predecessor at a ceremony held in Berlin. Homann paid tribute to the entrepreneur from Espelkamp for his outstanding contribution in his six years as head of DIN. As DIN President, Dietmar Harting showed great commitment to establishing and implementing the German standardization strategy, ensuring the increased involvement of small and medium-sized companies in the standardization drafting process and promoting closer integration of standardization in the innovation process. Consolidating DIN’s finances through a new financing model was also a priority issue. This ensured the stability and transparency of the financing of standardization projects and the budgets of DIN’s Standards Committees. Through the “Future Landscape of European Standardization” (FLES) initiative, Dietmar Harting also took the steps necessary to ensure that the European approach to standardization was embraced beyond Europe in order to foster and develop the European standardization system. “In his many offices and in many presentations, Dietmar Harting always effectively conveyed his standpoint that standardization is a strategic instrument vital to society’s prosperity,” said Homann summing up Dietmar Harting’s period in office. Homann brought his laudatory speech to a close with the words: “As DIN President, you truly set an example.” As a holder of the DIN honorary ring, Harting now becomes a member of the Waldemar Hellmich Kreis, the German Institute for Standardization’s honorary senate.
Rainer Brüderle (FDP), the new Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, described Dietmar Harting, who was also President of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) from 2007 to 2009, as a businessman “with a visionary insight into the future issues of standardization” in a letter of thanks, and commended his “relentless commitment to the merging of the European standards organizations.”

In his acceptance speech in front of Ernst Burgbacher, Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Dietmar Harting emphasized how standardization fosters innovation and the importance of integrating standardization into state-funded research programs to a greater extent.
Dietmar Harting was elected President of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), which is based in Berlin, in 2003. DIN works closely with its stakeholders to develop consensus-based standards that meet market requirements in a timely manner. DIN currently comprises around 1,700 members (companies, authorities, associations) and 380 staff working within 77 Standards Committees and Commissions. Every year, they develop around 2,600 standards, draft standards and specifications with the help of 26,000 external experts. The German Institute for Standardization is a privately organized non-profit association financed through project funding, its own income and member contributions.