Sonovation B.V. with 50 employees / Specialising in ultrasonic test methods for oil
and gas companies / Customers on all continents
Cologne, 12 August 2011. TÜV Rheinland is acquiring the highly specialised
service provider Sonovation B.V. in the Netherlands. Founded in 1988, the
company has a staff of 50 and provides services in the area of advanced nondestructive
testing (NDT), particularly for companies in the oil and gas industry.
This includes ultrasonic weld examination and corrosion inspections for pipe
systems or pressure equipment, for example. As leaders in the field, Sonovation
invests heavily in R&D and also operates an accredited training school for
Dieter Hesel, Executive Vice President Industrial says:High-tech solutions for nondestructive
testing represent an important growth area, and one in which TÜV is
making strategic investments.
With the acquisition of Sonovation, TÜV Rheinland is targeting a large-scale
regional expansion of international NDT services beyond the USA and Germany,
along with a considerable increase in the market share in the oil and gas sector.
"With the integration of Sonovation, we are significantly expanding our worldwide
network of experts for the energy sector and safety inspections of industrial plants",
comments Thomas Biedermann, Chief Regional Director for Western Europe at
In 2010, Sonovation B.V. achieved sales of nearly 12 million with a growth rate of
around 15%. In future, the company, which has locations in the Netherlands, the
UK, Belgium and Germany, will do business as TÜV Rheinland Sonovation.
With the integration of the special service provider, TÜV Rheinland is expanding its
international specialist team for non-destructive testing in industrial and systems
engineering. With specialised processes, TÜV Rheinland is already successful on
the market, particularly in the USA and Germany, and is also active in further
European and Asian countries. "As part of the global network of TÜV Rheinland,
we can enter new markets. For us, as the TÜV Rheinland competence centre for
Advanced Non Destructive Testing, this opens up completely new prospects for all
our employees, which we have never experienced at this pace before", says Jan
Verkooijen, CEO of TÜV Rheinland Sonovation.
TÜV Rheinland has nearly 200 employees in the Netherlands in the areas of
product testing, passive vehicle safety with an ultramodern crash centre and
the certification of management systems. The company operates locations and test
centres in Apeldoorn, Enschede, Helmond and Niekerk.
TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded 140 years ago.
The Group maintains a presence at around 500 locations in 61 countries with 16,000
employees. Annual turnover is EUR 1.3 billion. The independent experts stand for quality
and safety for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life. TÜV
Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps
to shape processes for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and
industries. To this end, TÜV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing
and education centres. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United
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