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100 years of Austrian Standards

Austrian Standards celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020. In the past one hundred years, standardization developed enormously in Austria. We are planning numerous activities for this anniversary year – come and celebrate with us!

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“Safety, trust, innovation and diversity” are the main messages of our anniversary year. These aspects are highlighted by exhibits and events and presented in an entertaining and attractive way. In our exhibition on 100 Years of Austrian Standards, you can discover a lot thanks to interactive elements. The sculpture of a Penrose triangle designed by Ars Electronica invites you to get to know several dimensions of standardization. In a “neural network” you can check out how knowledge is interlinked and cross-referenced. In an illustrated timeline along a corridor, you can pass in review historical events from the world of standardization. These installations and more will be presented to a wider public in guided tours and during the “Long Night of Research”. Partner events organized in Vienna and in the other provinces include site visits and offer exclusive insights into organizations.

This website will be updated with new information and forthcoming events regularly – so, come back and visit us again!

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To celebrate the anniversary year, Austrian Standards is going to present an exhibition extending across the entire building. It does not only look back on 100 years of standardization in Austria but also looks ahead to the future. The exhibits allows you to experience interactively standards and their importance for everyday life. The anniversary exhibition was designed and curated in co-operation with “come in” and implemented by Ars Electronica. The official opening will take place in autumn 2020.

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Timeline

The timeline looks back on the history of Austrian Standards – without nostalgia and without glorification, but rather in the awareness that we are standing on firm foundations from which we can look to the future and resolutely continue on the path of international orientation.

1920
1920

The Österreichische Normenausschuss für Industrie und Gewerbe ÖNIG(Austrian Standards Committee for Industry and Commerce) is founded at the House of Industry on 23 September. Around 400 experts develop mechanical, electrical and automotive engineering standards. The first president is Wilhelm Exner, initiator of scientific-technical institutions, such as TGM, the Technical Museum, TÜV and the Austrian Business Association.

1921
1921

The first standard is published. ÖNORM M 1501 defines metrical threads. Updated multiple times, it remains effective until 2018.

1926
1926

The third international conference of national standardizing associations is held in New York. It saw the birth of the International Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA). Austria is also represented among the 18 participants – by ÖNIG’s Vice-President Paul Bretschneider.

1930
1930

ÖNIG celebrates its 10th anniversary and, subsequently, hosts the first international standardization meeting in Vienna.

Re-promulgation of the Federal Constitutional Law by ordinance of the Federal Chancellor of 1 January 1930: Legislation on standardization becomes a federal competence (Section 1 Art. 10 (1)).

Austrian Standards Timeline 1930
1932
1932

To mark standardized products, a special collective trademark is registered – subsequently known as ÖNORM GEPRÜFT.

The activities of standardization continuously widen. Following the examples of Germany, Great Britain and Sweden, ÖNIG changes its name to ÖNA – Österreichischer Normenausschuss (Austrian Standards Committee).

Austrian Standards Timeline 1932
1938
1938

The end (I): Upon Austria’s Anschluss into Nazi Germany, independent Austrian standardization work ends. At the last general assembly on 25 May, ÖNA is dissolved and becomes the “Viennese branch office of the German Standardization Committee DNA”.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1938
1942
1942

The end (II). Due to the war, the Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA) ceases its activities.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1942
1945
1945

A new start (I). Shortly after the reconstitution of the Republic of Austria in 1945, ONA already resumes independent standardization work.

The “Dinorm” (DIN) standards introduced during the Nazi regime remain in effect, but are gradually replaced by “Oenorm” standards.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1945
1946
1946

A new start (II). On 14 October, 25 national standardization organizations meet in London to set up the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which begins its activities on 23 February 1947.

ÖNA is a founding member and, one year later, already manages two international secretariats: firefighting apparatus and reinforced concrete.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1946
1948
1948

“OeNORM” and “OeN” are registered as trademarks.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1948

Timeline

The timeline looks back on the history of Austrian Standards – without nostalgia and without glorification, but rather in the awareness that we are standing on firm foundations from which we can look to the future and resolutely continue on the path of international orientation.

1920
1920

The Österreichische Normenausschuss für Industrie und Gewerbe ÖNIG(Austrian Standards Committee for Industry and Commerce) is founded at the House of Industry on 23 September. Around 400 experts develop mechanical, electrical and automotive engineering standards. The first president is Wilhelm Exner, initiator of scientific-technical institutions, such as TGM, the Technical Museum, TÜV and the Austrian Business Association.

1921
1921

The first standard is published. ÖNORM M 1501 defines metrical threads. Updated multiple times, it remains effective until 2018.

1926
1926

The third international conference of national standardizing associations is held in New York. It saw the birth of the International Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA). Austria is also represented among the 18 participants – by ÖNIG’s Vice-President Paul Bretschneider.

1930
1930

ÖNIG celebrates its 10th anniversary and, subsequently, hosts the first international standardization meeting in Vienna.

Re-promulgation of the Federal Constitutional Law by ordinance of the Federal Chancellor of 1 January 1930: Legislation on standardization becomes a federal competence (Section 1 Art. 10 (1)).

Austrian Standards Timeline 1930
1932
1932

To mark standardized products, a special collective trademark is registered – subsequently known as ÖNORM GEPRÜFT.

The activities of standardization continuously widen. Following the examples of Germany, Great Britain and Sweden, ÖNIG changes its name to ÖNA – Österreichischer Normenausschuss (Austrian Standards Committee).

Austrian Standards Timeline 1932