TÜV Rheinland

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TÜV Rheinland Group
Industry services
Founded 1872
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Number of locations
520 offices (2014)[1]
Key people

Dr. Michael Fübi (Chairman of the Executive Board of Management)

Bruno O. Braun (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Services technical services
market access services
certification services
inspection services
testing services
product safety
Revenue 1.731 billion (2014)[1]
Increase €110.2 million (2014)[1]
Number of employees
19,320 (2014)[1]
Website TUV.com
TÜV Rheinland building in Poll, Cologne

TÜV Rheinland AG (German pronunciation: [ˈtʏf ˈʁaɪnlant]) is a global provider of technical, safety, and certification services. Originally called the Dampfkessel-Überwachungs-Verein (Steam Boiler Inspectorate),[2] TÜV Rheinland was founded in 1872 and has its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. Renamed the TÜV Rheinland (Technical Inspections Organization) group in 1936, it employs about 19,320 people in 520 locations in 69 countries and generates annual revenues of €1.731 billion (49% outside of Germany).[3] Six out of ten TÜV Rheinland employees work outside Germany (over 11,500 employees outside Germany in 2014). The group's guiding principle is to achieve sustained development of safety and quality in order to meet the challenges arising from the interaction between man, technology and the environment (thus the triangular logo).

Key business areas[edit]

TÜV Rheinland has bundled its more than 2.500 services into a portfolio of 42 global business fields. These are again combined into 6 business streams: Industrial Services (TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service), Mobility (TÜV Rheinland Mobilität), Products (TÜV Rheinland Produkte), Life Care (TÜV Rheinland Leben und Gesundheit), Training and Consulting (TÜV Rheinland Bildung und Consulting) and Systems (Systeme). The areas of testing include motor vehicles, industrial facilities and plants as well as consumer goods. Consumer goods for example can be tested and certified according to the German GS Mark by TÜV Rheinland. Today TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in the areas of toy- and furniture testing as well as in the assessment and certification of Photovoltaics.[4]

Other services include the certification of management systems (according to ISO 9000 / ISO 9001) or market access services (which streamlines the importation and exportation of products) as an example.

Business Streams in Detail:[5]

1. Industrial Services

This business stream includes the business fields pressure equipment and material technology, elevator, conveyor and machine technology, electrical engineering and building technology, supply chain and integrity services, civil engineering, energy and environment as well as project management and supervision.

The inspection of pressure vessels represents the origin of systematical technical inspection in Germany. TÜV Rheinland inspects pressure equipment throughout the entire life cycle - from production to safe operation. Certification of products, personnel and manufacturing plants is also a part of the TÜV Rheinland services.

2. Mobility

With 5.5 million inspections globally every year the mobile and stationary vehicle inspection business is a core area of TÜV Rheinland’s business segments. The company conducts general vehicle inspections in various European countries as well as in Argentina and Chile. In Germany TÜV Rheinland carries out more than 2.6 million general inspections every year.

3. Products

The business stream covers the testing of items for everyday use such as con-sumer electronics, glass, furniture, textiles, toys, leisure articles, home appliances or food. Other testing includes environmental and hazardous substance analysis testing, electromagnetic compatibility testing for electrical and electronic products, machinery and medical devices as well as the testing of photovoltaic systems, batteries and fuel cells.

4. Life Care

Occupational health, work protection and safety, health management, medical devices, prevention and wellness are issues this business stream deals with.

5. Training and Consulting

The training and consulting business stream supports companies as well as indi-viduals with training and qualification programs, seminars for specialists and managers. In addition, TÜV Rheinland`s portfolio covers services for the labor market, research and development management, IT security, data protection and information security, business consulting, the administration of private schools and running its own publishing house.

6. Systems

TÜV Rheinland’s services for the auditing and certification of management sys-tems as well as security for IT and communications systems are combined at this business stream.

The company assess management systems and IT-processes, certain services or entire organizations as a neutral third party.

Share of Revenue (business streams) in 2014

  • Industrial Services: 29%
  • Mobility: 24%
  • Products: 22%
  • Academy & Life Care: 11%
  • Systems: 7%
  • ICT & Business Solutions: 7%


The history of the TÜV Rheinland Group is the story of its growth from a regional testing organisation into an international provider of technical services. Today, the corporate group is active in 62 countries and in 42 Business Fields.

The companies history can be traced back to 1872, when a group of entrepreneurs founded the "Dampfkessel-Überwachungs-Vereine" (DÜV) or "Steam Boiler Inspectorate". The aim of DÜV was to ensure technical safety of steam boilers, an immanent issue at that time.

1872 Entrepreneurs founded the “Verein zur Überwachung der Dampfkessel” (an organization to inspect steam boilers) - the predecessor of TÜV Rheinland Group - in the districts of Elberfeld and Barmen, Germany to ensure the safety of their production facilities. Soon later authorities granted the organisation to carry out mandatory inspections.

1877 More than 80 operators of steam boilers merge and form the “Rheinischer Dampfkessel-Überwachungsverein (DÜV) Cöln-Düsseldorf”.

1900 DÜV inspects the first automobiles and administers driving license tests.

1918 DÜV expands its activities to include safety inspections in the mining and energy sector.

1936 DÜV becomes TÜV, Technische Überwachungsvereine (Technical Inspections Organizations) and Rheinischer DÜV becomes TÜV Köln.

1962 TÜV Köln, at that time with 600 employees and six offices, is renamed TÜV Rheinland e.V.

1967 Foundation of the first domestic TÜV Rheinland subsidiary.

1970 Foundation of the first foreign TÜV Rheinland subsidiary.

1978 TÜV Rheinland opens first office in Asia with a representative office in Tokyo.

1980 TÜV Rheinland's first North American office is opened in New York City.

1986 TÜV Rheinland establishes a branch office in Taiwan.

1988 The first office in Hong Kong is opened.

1989 The first office in Mainland China is established in Shanghai.

1992 TÜV Rheinland Holding AG (a holding corporation) is established to oversee the operations of the corporate group.

1995 TÜV Rheinland enters the South American continent by offering Car Inspection Services in Córdoba, Argentina.

1997 TÜV Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. and TÜV Rheinland e.V. merge to form the new TÜV Rheinland Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.

2003 TÜV Rheinland Berlin-Brandenburg e.V and TÜV Pfalz e.V. merge to form the new TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz e.V., which in the end became the TÜV Rheinland Group.

2004 Restructuring of the corporate group, centralizing operations under the umbrella of TÜV Rheinland Holding AG.

2005 Integration of LGA Beteiligungs GmbH along with two leading Hungarian testing institutes.

2006 Entry into the United Nations Global Compact initiative.[6] Integration of Brazil’s two leading testing institutes into TÜV Rheinland do Brasil.

2007 Founding of a subsidiary in Australia grants the TÜV Rheinland Group a presence on every continent (excluding Antarctica) through its own offices and subsidiaries.

2012 TÜV Rheinland celebrates 140 years.[5] With Topic Energo s.r.o, a Czech CER buyer, validated carbon trade projects in North Korea in Kumya and two other counties in South Hamgyong Province.[7] The Sokjong Pig Farm was validated as "a model for the utilization and destruction of animal waste".[7]

2014 By means of corporate acquisitions in the IT security sector, TÜV Rheinland is becoming one of the world’s largest independent testing service providers for IT security and information security.[8]

Recently acquired companies[edit]

Online Certificate Database Certipedia[edit]

TÜV Rheinland provides documentation of all tested and certified products and companies in the online certificate database Certipedia.[20] According to TÜV Rheinland, the database aims at creating transparency. Retailers, purchasers, and consumers can use the certificate database to search for certified products and services. This can support their purchasing decision through the documented assessment of a neutral testing and certification body. Based on an individual ID number the authenticity of certificates can also be verified.


  1. ^ a b c d "TÜV Rheinland Balance Sheet 2014". TÜV Rheinland. Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  2. ^ History, Corporate website, Undate.Accessed: 7 October 2014.
  3. ^ General Key Facts TÜV Rheinland. Accessed: 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ "TUV Rheinland Group and Arizona State University Launch Global Leader in State-of-the-Art Solar Testing and Certification". Reuters. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  5. ^ a b "At a Glance 2014" (PDF). TÜV Rheinland. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Participants and Stakeholders". UN Global Compact Office. Retrieved 2009-02-01. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b Jong, Hwa Sun (May 5, 2010). "Carbon Trade validation carried out". Pyongyang Times (George Washington University). 
  8. ^ History TÜV Rheinland. Accessed: 4 September 2014.
  9. ^ Business Streams TÜV Rheinland. Accessed: 7 October 2014.
  10. ^ Press Release TÜV Rheinland. Accessed: 7 October 2014.
  11. ^ Press Release Prüfunternehmen LGA. Accessed: 7 October 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Kontakt Magazin" (PDF). TÜV Rheinland. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  13. ^ "History - ITACS - International Testing and Certification Services". Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  14. ^ Press Release ndt.net. Accessed: 4 September 2014.
  15. ^ Press Release TÜV Rheinland. Accessed: 4 September 2014.
  16. ^ Corporate Website ISTec GmbH. Accessed: 4 September 2014.
  17. ^ Press Release TÜV Rheinland. Accessed: 4 September 2014.
  18. ^ Press Release TÜV Rheinland Accessed 2 December 2014
  19. ^ Press Release TÜV Rheinland Accessed 2 July 2014
  20. ^ Certipedia Retrieved 2014-12-02

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Coordinates: 50°55′27″N 6°59′33″E / 50.92417°N 6.99250°E / 50.92417; 6.99250