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Public Limited Company
Founded 1866
Headquarters Munich, Germany
Number of locations
800 locations worldwide
Key people
Dr. Axel Stepken (CEO), Dr. Matthias J. Rapp (CFO), Dirk Eilers, Klemens Schmiederer, Horst Schneider, Karsten Xander,[1]
Revenue 2.2 billion(2015)[2]
Number of employees
22000 (2015)
Website http://www.tuv-sud.com [3]

TÜV SÜD is an international service corporation focusing on consulting, testing, certification and training.[3] At over 800 locations, primarily in Europe, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific, TÜV SÜD Group employs approximately 22,000 staff. In 2015, sales revenues totalled EUR 2.2 billion.[2] TÜV SÜD Group is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It is one of the TÜV organizations.

Business segments[edit]

TUV facility in Munich.

TÜV SÜD's services range includes the inspection 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.

SECTORS COVERED: Aerospace, Automotive & Transportation, Oil & Gas Exploration and Production [Upstream and Down Stream], Petroleum Refining [Upstream and Down Stream], Integrated Cement Plants, Power [Thermal/Nuclear/Solar/Wind] (Upstream and Down Stream), Petrochemical [Upstream and Down Stream], Fertilizer Complexes [Upstream and Down Stream], Ferrous industry, Non-Ferrous industry, Engineering industries, Chemical Processing [Upstream and Down Stream], Pharmaceutical Industries, Consumer Products and Retail, Food and Health, Health Care and Medical Device, Infrastructure, Defence, Management Systems etc..



Services for the safe, reliable operation and optimization of industrial plant and infrastructure facilities. Services for the planning, optimization, construction, operation, life extension and dismantling of such plant and facilities. Consulting in the area of renewable energy, particularly wind power, as well as risk management and consulting for industrial companies.


Services for the real estate sector and in the areas of structural engineering, materials handling, electrical engineering, real estate valuation, due diligence and facility management. Infrastructure services in the field of rail technology including rail vehicles, transport systems and water management, aimed at manufacturers, operators and government authorities.



Comprehensive automotive services: homologation, training and service tests for dealerships, used car appraisals, consulting, industrial health and safety, data protection and registration services, vehicle fleet management. For retail customers at more than 350 service centers – driver’s license tests, road worthiness tests and exhaust-gas analyses, and assessments of vehicle modifications.



Services across the entire supply chain aimed at ensuring market readiness of consumer, medical and industrial products. Associated testing, inspections and certification in a global network of laboratories: from simple toys to complex machines, from microwave ovens to components for the automobile industry, and from textiles to foodstuffs.


Certification of management systems, primarily in the areas of quality, the environment, energy, health, industrial health and safety, foodstuffs, education and IT security, for all industries. Management excellence certification for process and business optimization. Energy-efficiency certification and penetration tests for IT security. Global QM service and project management.

Other divisions


Corporate education and training in the form of standard courses and tailored training solutions in the fields of technology and management. Certification and training of persons. Company-specific education management from requirements analysis to ensuring learning transfer. International conferences and congresses.


Services relating to driving suitability for private individuals at more than 80 locations in Germany. Appraisals within the scope of the medical-psychological assessment, medical certification of suitability to drive and programs for verifying abstinence from drugs and alcohol, as well as suitability tests for vehicle drivers with particular responsibility.

Company history[edit]

TÜV SÜD's roots date back to the first steam boiler inspection association, founded by steam boiler operators in 1866 in Mannheim as a private-sector regulatory body. The purpose of this inspectorate was to "protect people, the environment and property against technology-related risks". In the years that followed, similar associations sprang up in all industrial centres across Germany, in Baden, Bavaria, Hesse and Saxony. In Bavaria, for example, the "Bayerischer Dampfkessel-Revisions-Verein" was established.

Step by step, these associations (which evolved into today's TÜV SÜD subsidiaries after a progression of mergers) expanded their fields of activity in line with technological development – adding fields of operation including electricity, motor vehicles, fire safety, power stations, passenger lifts, cableways, nuclear power stations, environmental protection, product safety and management systems.

The last decades have witnessed consistent progress in the internationalization of TÜV SÜD's activities in the European Single Market, in North America and Asia Pacific. Today, TÜV SÜD is a global provider of technical services.

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).[4]

1866 The Steam Boiler Inspection Association Baden was established in Mannheim

1926 Introduction of the "TUV mark / stamp" in Germany

1958 Development of a Bavaria-wide network of vehicle inspection centres

1987 TÜV SÜD America opens its doors throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and includes the subsidiaries PetroChem Inspection Services, Inc., Global Risk Consultants and ARISE, Inc.

1990s Subsidiaries established in numerous European countries

1995 TÜV SÜD South Asia was established in 1995 as TÜV Bayern India a branch office of TÜV Qualitats Management GmbH. In 1999, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of TÜV SÜD Group. Today, TÜV SÜD South Asia is the leading certifying, inspection and testing agency in India. With presence in all metropolitan cities like Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and New Delhi to name a few, TÜV SÜD South Asia has an extensive network of over 30 locations including 13 labs across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

1996 Merger of TÜV Bayern Sachsen, TÜV Hessen and TÜV Südwest to form TÜV Süddeutschland

2003 Foundation of TÜV Hanse in Hamburg

2005 TÜV SÜD Chemie Service established

2006 TÜV SÜD AG acquires PSB Group in Singapore, the testing company PetroChem (USA) and Kermi Kft. (Hungary)[5]

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

2011 Acquisition of South-African market leader in nondestructive material testing and inspection for energy industry (Pro-Tec Boiler Inspection and NDT Services)

2012 TÜV SÜD expands footprint in India with state-of-the-art consumer product testing lab

2014 TÜV SÜD Japan enters into a business alliance with ESPEC Corporation

2015 TÜV SÜD expands its real-estate services in the UK

2016 TÜV SÜD 150th year Celebration..

International branches[edit]

TUV associated testing facility in Gormley, Ontario, Canada.

Since the 1990s, TÜV SÜD has established branches outside Germany. Today, international business in the Strategic Regions Germany, Europe, Americas, Asia and Middle East / Africa is conducted across more than 50 countries worldwide.

TÜV SÜD AG, Westendstraße 199, 80686 Munich, Germany

TÜV SÜD Central Eastern Europe s.r.o., Novodvorská 994/138, 142 21 Praha 4, Czech Republic

TÜV SÜD Middle East, Unit No: A01-A06, 15th Floor, Tower - A, Empire Heights Building, Abraj Street, Business Bay, P.O. Box 2834, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

TÜV SÜD PSB, 1 Science Park Drive, Singapore 118221, Singapore

TÜV SÜD Japan, Sumitomo Fudosan, Nishi-Shinjuku No. 4, 8F, 4-33-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

TÜV SÜD South Africa, Boston Circle, Airport Industria, 7490, Cape Town, South Africa

TÜV SÜD China, 3-13, No. 151 Heng Tong Road, Shanghai 200070, P.R. China

TÜV SÜD Korea, 29F, Two IFC, 10 Gukjegeumyung-ro, Youngdeungpo-Gu, Seoul 150-945, Korea

TÜV SÜD South Asia, Solitaire, 4th Floor, ITI Road, Aundh, Pune 411007, India

TÜV SÜD America Inc., 10 Centennial Drive FL2, Peabody, MA 01960-7900, USA


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b TÜV SÜD Starts its Anniversary Year with a Major Acquisition, PR Newswire, 13 April 2016
  3. ^ German certification firm plans expansion in Bangladesh, The Daily Star, 2009
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Germany's TUV SUD opens S'pore service centre, The Straits Times, 1 April 2016

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