DEKRA Expands in South Africa

May 15, 2013, 06:45 ET from DEKRA SE

STUTTGART, Germany, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Expert organisation acquires non-destructive testing market leader

The international expert organisation DEKRA expands its industrial business considerably on the African continent. DEKRA has signed a purchase agreement for the full acquisition of the Raysonics Group in Vanderbijlpark south of Johannesburg. Raysonics is a market leader for non-destructive testing (NDT) in South Africa.

Raysonics has over five locations in the major industrial centres of South Africa and employs over 300 highly qualified persons. The company offers a broad range of conventional techniques for non-destructive testing (NDT) as well as advanced testing methods. Its clients are from the power generation and petro-chemical plants sectors as well as from industries such as mining, steel production, casting, aviation and rail transport. Raysonics also operates with its services in the neighbouring countries of Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

"The acquisition of Raysonics is an important step in our global expansion strategy," said Stefan Kölbl, Chairman of the Management Board of DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE. "We are consistently pursuing the objective to establish DEKRA as a leading provider in the area of industrial testing in the strong growth global regions. As a result of this transaction, we have gained access to very interesting markets in southern Africa with its increasing demand for modern testing services."

Ivo Rauh, Member of the Board of DEKRA SE and head of the DEKRA Industrial business unit: "Raysonics is strengthening our Material Testing and Inspection service unit quite significantly. Thanks to the intensive transfer of technology within the DEKRA Group, we have the opportunity to continue to expand our position. Now, DEKRA is not just the leading NDT testing company for clients in southern Africa. We are also able to offer international key customers high-quality testing services on the African continent."

"Being a member of the DEKRA family will give Raysonics entirely new prospects for growth", stated Ivan Holden, Managing Director of Raysonics (Pty) Ltd. "Under the umbrella of an international expert organisation, we can serve our customers more extensively, with the benefit of the transfer of the latest technology and expertise". The Raysonics management team will remain in a leading role within the company.



DEKRA SE is one of the world's leading expert organisations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. More than 28,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units "Automotive", "Industrial" and "Personnel" provide professional and innovative services in the fields of vehicle testing, expert appraisals, international claims settlement, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification as well as temporary work. In 2012, DEKRA generated sales totalling 1.16 billion euros.



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