SAE International

SAE International is dedicated to progress in mobility technologies. The company operates as a not-for-profit organisation for technology and science. From its origins in the creation of standards in the automobile industry, SAE International is now active worldwide in the in the creations of standards in all forms of mobility.


History of SAE International

The company was founded collaboratively in 1905 by 30 members. The first president was Andrew L. Riker, a pioneer in the automobile sector and a successful racing driver. The vice-president was Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company. Originally SAE International was known as the „Society of Automobile Engineers“.

The first task of the company was the develop of standards for the automobile industry. Further to this was the promotion of knowledge transfer and exchange.

The following years were characterised by a constant expansion of SAE, whose membership had already grown to 1800 people by 1916. The organisation made its name in this period through the publication of specialist articles and journals, which continue to exist to this day in a modified form. The 1916 SAE-Konferenz also resulted in the decision to broaden the activities of the society to include all forms of mechanical propulsion, which was reflected in the first name change to become the “Society of Automotive Engineers”.

During the First World War, SAE was led by inventor Charles Kettering, who was able to achieve a further growth in membership, as well as the creation of local branches. After 1945 the organisation dedicated itself more strongly to the implementation of its global ambitions, firstly through forging contacts with related societies and also by opening locations in countries like China, Russia and Brazil.

Since the 1980s SAE – analogue to the mobility sector itself – underwent a transformation towards greater globalisation and diversification. As a result there was a large increase in member number inside and outside the USA.

With the end of the Second World War SAE International began a global collaboration with other organisations dedicated to standardisation in Mobility.


The SAE Standards

The company has now developed nearly 10,000 standards which are established as guiding rules in the automobile and aerospace industries. The most important standards are the series SAE J, SAE AS, SAE AMS and SAE USCAR. These standards are developed in over 240 technical SAE Committees The are supported by more than 450 working groups.

SAE Standards support Engineers, experts in the Mobility Sector, technical experts in the aerospace industry and experts in the automobile industry, in particularly in the commercial vehicle industry. The standards are now essential.


SAE topic areas

The subject areas of the company have been constantly evolving. In this respect, the domain of Environment, Fuels and Energy Sources is an essential and future-proof area. The development of Standards in the area of Transport systems, Vehicles and Performance is as always an essential part of the programme, which is complemented byConstruction, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Avionics. Quality, reliability and durability of materials are also being improved through SAE standards.

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What does SAE mean?

SAE stands for the „Society of Automotive Engineers“. The company has operated officially as SAE Internationalsince 1916 to make clear the expansion of the activities of the society into all forms of global mechanical propulsion. The Organisation SAE has over 130,000 members in more than 30 countries. SAE Standards are used globally by car manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.

Why does SAE International exist?

SAE International serves to facilitates the globaly networking of experts and interested parties. It aims to make exchange and further development possible, and to this end organises conferences and publishes journals and other publications. A further important role of SAE is concerned with the development of globally valid standards in the mobility sector.

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