SAE International Establishes an Affiliate Society in UK

PITTSBURGH, PA, Oct. 4, 2004 - The Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE-I), the world's premier technical society headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has recently established SAE-UK, an Affiliate society in the United Kingdom incorporating the Institute of Vehicle Engineers (IVehE). SAE International has over 85,000 members from approximately 90 countries. The main objective of establishing the affiliate society is to serve the UK-based mobility practitioners by supporting their professional and informational needs. SAE-UK henceforth will be able to provide these members with full access to SAE technical publications, programs, professional development seminars and other services.

Speaking recently at the 2005 September Performance Conference jointly organized by the SAE-UK Affiliate and the Welsh Development Agency, the SAE 2005 incoming President Ted Robertson said "Globalization of the automotive industry is presenting new challenges to mobility engineers worldwide. I am confident that SAE-UK members will play a significant role in supporting the quest for new technologies and promoting the advancement of mobility engineering in the United Kingdom."

SAE-UK members are professional engineers in the automotive, aerospace and off-highway machinery industries. Currently, SAE-UK has over 1,500 members. SAE-I has over sixty SAE chapters within and outside of North America in addition to two Affiliate societies in Brazil and India respectively. SAE-UK thus now becomes the third overseas affiliate society of SAE international.

Founded in 1905, SAE-I will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. The society has played a significant role throughout the past century in spearheading and actively supporting the mobility industry's strides into the future. SAE standards are used on a worldwide basis. Next year, SAE will be presenting its annual World Congress from April 11-14, 2005, in Detroit, Michigan, which is certain to attract a number of global automotive companies.

For more information on SAE-UK and SAE International, call SAE World headquarters at (724) 776-4841 or visit the SAE Web site at www.sae.org.