STUTTGART, Germany, August 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
DEKRA expands business in the Netherlands
The international expert organisation DEKRA has taken over the Plant Integrity (PI), Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and Microsopy operations from DNV GL (formerly KEMA) and as such is expanding its industrial operations in the Netherlands. A respective purchase agreement was signed by DEKRA and DNV GL on 8th of August 2014.
The three units, employing together 24 experts, will be operating under the name DEKRA Material Testing & Inspection (MTI) in the new DEKRA buildings in Arnhem. MTI is concerned with the inspection and testing of capital-intensive and business-critical systems and materials. Customers include a large number of petrochemical, industrial and energy companies.
"The acquisition of these units is an important step in DEKRA's global expansion strategy," says Marcel Blinde, Managing Director of the Service Unit Material Testing & Inspection. "The acquisition is vital in terms of our presence in both Europe and the Middle-East as well as being an important addition to our industrial testing operations in the test laboratory in Arnhem."
"We are delighted that our colleagues' job security and knowledge will be retained within DEKRA," says David Walker, CEO of DNV GL - Energy. "DNV GL is more focused on sustainable energy, transmission, distribution and energy efficiency. Recent investments include a 70 million Euro expansion of our High Power Laboratory creating the first laboratory in the world in the extreme testing segment and the acquisition of PV Evolution Labs in the solar panel testing arena."
The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
DEKRA SE is one of the world's leading expert organisations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. Around 33,000 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 2013, DEKRA generated preliminary sales totalling approximately 2.3 billion euros.
DEKRA Material Testing & Inspection
DEKRA bundles its material testing and inspection business in a global Service Unit. The business segment employs around 1.600 experts and has a comprehensive portfolio of services relating to inspection, non-destructive material testing, destructive material testing, failure analysis and welding & qualification. Customers come from all sectors of industry that require advanced inspection and material testing tasks.
About DNV GL
Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. DNV GL provides classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. It also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. DNV GL, whose origins go back to 1864, operates globally in more than 100 countries with its 16,000 professionals dedicated to helping their customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.
In the Energy industry
In DNV GL we unite the strengths of DNV, KEMA, Garrad Hassan, and GL Renewables Certification. DNV GL's 2,500 energy experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our testing, certification and advisory services are delivered independent from each other.
Learn more at http://www.dnvgl.com/energy.
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