STUTTGART, Germany, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Strong Growth Momentum and New Record Balance Sheet
- Security drives success for Industry 4.0
- Revenues increase by 8.4% in 2015 to EUR 2.7 billion
- Operating earnings surge to over EUR 200 million
- Number of employees rises by 1,650 to approximately 37,000
- Success in the growth regions of North America and Asia
The internationally operating expert organization DEKRA again grew dynamically in the 2015 financial year. Revenues climbed by 8.4% to EUR 2.72 billion, thereby achieving the most ambitious plans. Adjusted operating earnings (EBIT) improved by 15% to EUR 201.1 million. As a result of new hiring and acquisitions, the number of employees increased by 1,650 to approximately 37,000. As DEKRA reported to journalists in Stuttgart on Wednesday, targets were achieved not only in the established markets in Europe but also in the growth regions of North America and Asia-Pacific.
DEKRA also benefited from its good position within industrial testing and the new challenges posed by Industry 4.0. "Due to in-house expertise and strategic acquisitions, we are one of the Top 5 players in the world in the growing inspection area of connectivity," stated DEKRA CEO Stefan Kölbl. "Digital expertise is a key competence. This is why we are investing in the ongoing qualification of the workforce and are looking for further specialists relating to the Internet of Things," declared Roland Gerdon, member of the Management Board responsible for HR and Finance. "In the last five years alone, we have grown by some 12,000 employees and have had a revenues upturn of almost EUR 1 billion," commented Gerdon. DEKRA always thinks safety from the very start and has set the objective of becoming the global partner for a safe world by 2025.
DEKRA has embedded this target in its "Vision 2025" Strategy Program. A focus here is further international expansion. Alongside its home market of Europe, the focus is sharpening particularly in the growth regions of North America and Asia-Pacific. "We will be there where people need safety," stated Stefan Kölbl. For example, in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, in parallel to the standard of living, there is growing demand for safety "Made in Germany". DEKRA aims to double the business volume in this region over the next five years. In North America, too, the objective is to make above-average revenue increases in this period. In internationalizing its business, DEKRA also intends to continue deploying strategic acquisitions. At the same time, the testing centers and laboratory networks are to be further expanded. "In important countries and markets, we are aiming to achieve blanket coverage, so as to operate close to the customer," reported the DEKRA CEO.
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DEKRA has been active in the field of safety for 90 years. Founded in 1925 in Berlin as Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein e.V., it is today one of the world's leading expert organizations. DEKRA SE is a subsidiary of DEKRA e.V. and manages the Group's operating business. In 2015, DEKRA generated sales totalling approximately 2.7 billion Euros. The company currently employs around 37,000 people in more than 50 countries on all five continents. With qualified and independent expert services, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. These services range from vehicle inspection and expert appraisals to claims services, industrial and building inspections, safety consultancy, testing and certification of products and systems, as well as training courses and temporary work. The vision for the company's 100th birthday in 2025 is that DEKRA will be the global partner for a safe world.
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Dr. Torsten Knödler
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