|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2012)|
|Type||Public Limited Company|
|Number of locations||800 locations worldwide|
|Key people||Dr. Axel Stepken (CEO), Dr. Matthias J. Rapp (CFO), Dirk Eilers, Horst Schneider, Karsten Xander |
TÜV SÜD is an international service corporation focusing on consulting, testing, certification and training. At over 800 locations, primarily in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, TÜV SÜD Group employs approximately 19,000 staff. In 2012, sales revenues totalled EUR 1.82 billion. TÜV SÜD Group is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It is one of the TÜV organizations.
TÜV SÜD views its role as that of a process partner supporting its clients throughout the entire value chain. Its service range includes the testing and certification of industrial plants, the testing of consumer products (such as clothing, sports equipment or toys) to ensure their safe functioning in compliance with official standards, and the provision of management system certification and occupational health and safety services. TÜV SÜD is proactively involved in international climate-change projects and supports the automotive industry in the design, development and global approval of new technologies. The company is known as a provider of roadworthiness and exhaust emission testing for cars and motorbikes. Since early 2009, via its participation in TÜVTURK, the group has also taken charge of vehicle inspection in Turkey.
Today's TÜV SÜD Group originally started out as a technical private-sector regulatory body to the minimization of technical risks: from 1866, steam boiler operators in various industrial centres throughout Germany founded the private-sector regulatory bodies known as "Dampfkessel-Überwachungsvereine“, with the purpose of ensuring the safety of industrial plants. The areas of activity gradually expanded in step with technological progress (including electricity, motor vehicles, fire safety, power plants, lifts, cable cars, nuclear power stations, environmental protection, product safety, management systems).
1990s Subsidiaries established in numerous European countries
1995 TÜV becomes a stock corporation
1996 Merger of TÜV Bayern Sachsen, TÜV Hessen and TÜV Südwest to form TÜV Süddeutschland
2005 TÜV SÜD Chemie Service established
2006 TÜV SÜD AG acquires PSB Group in Singapore, the testing company PetroChem (USA) and Kermi Kft. (Hungary)
2007 TÜV SÜD starts to establish a network of 189 test stations for roadworthiness testing in Turkey
2008 Initial and periodic inspection of plants and installations now offered throughout Germany
2009 Launch of Turkey-wide vehicle inspection by TÜVTURK, a joint venture of TÜV SÜD and two Turkish partner companies
2010 Take-over of US-based Global Risk Consultants (GRC), thus becoming market leader in independent property loss control consulting
Since the 1990s, TÜV SÜD has established branches outside Germany. Today, international business in the Strategic Regions Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific is conducted by almost 50 national and international subsidiaries. The CEE region is controlled from Prague, while the headquarters of the Americas Region is at Peabody (MA) and of the Asia Pacific region in Singapore.