Standardization forms part of human culture. Since time immemorial, humankind has tried to simplify everyday life and work by harmonization and standardization.
Standardization as we know and use it today was born during the industrial revolution of the 19th century. Increased trade in goods and, specifically, industrial products, the development of transportation systems and more and more new machinery both promoted and required standardization for simplification purposes.
The British Standards Institution was the first national standardization institute (set up in 1901). In 1917, in the middle of World War I, DIN was founded in Germany.
The first Republic of Austria was established in 1920.
Have a look at the milestones of Austrian standardization in its European and international context: