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March-April 2015

The small-business advantage

Around the world, the small and medium-sized enterprises are a vital engine of innovation and job creation. Therefore, understanding the real challenges and opportunities shaping the future of SMEs is a matter of the highest importance.

In the March/April 2015 issue of ISOfocus, we look at how SMEs promote diversification of economic activities, support sustainable development, stimulate innovation and develop entrepreneurial skills, while contributing significantly to exports and trade. We also look at why International Standards are of economic importance, and how SMEs (despite all obstacles) stand to gain most from their use.

Spotlight

Dawn of a new space era ?

Is the dawn of the space revolution over, or are we teetering on the brink of a new chapter ? Rusty Rentsch, Chair of ISO/TC 20, Aircraft and space vehicles, shares his thoughts on the aerospace spaceflight industry and its future.


Boeing forecasts more than 36 000 new airplanes by 2033.

Leading articles from this issue


The Arctic's black gold

by Mary Ritchie

Forget the North Sea and the Middle East, it is the frozen oceans of the Arctic which are the next great frontier that companies such as Statoil are exploiting. The Norwegian company, the petroleum industry, authorities and other implicated parties are bringing together all their expertise to ensure this vital venture is done with one objective in mind : safety first in a cost-efficient manner.

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The big business of small companies

by Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

Around the world, the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector is a vital engine of innovation and job creation. Understanding the real challenges and opportunities shaping the future of SMEs, then, is a matter of the highest importance.

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China's crusade for anti-piracy

by Guo Hui & Nicolas Fleury

Engaged in the fight against copyright piracy and counterfeit standards, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) has successfully dismantled a number of nefarious online networks, ensuring standards users get the real McCoy. Mr. Guo Hui (SAC) and Nicolas Fleury (ISO/CS) tell us more.

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About ISOfocus magazine

Published in English and French, six times per year, ISOfocus is your gateway to International Standards. Whether a multinational enterprise faced with major decisions or a small business looking for ideas, ISOfocus seeks to provide both the kind of overviews that strategic planners need and the little details that can make a big difference.


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