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NDT.net Issue: 2012-06
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

TÜV Rheinland Celebrates 140th Year Anniversary

TÜV Rheinland13, Cologne, Germany

Longevity Credited to Innovative Ideas, Expertise & Worldwide Network

Boxborough, Mass. — May 14, 2012 — TÜV Rheinland is celebrating 140 years of delivering premier independent certification, testing and assessment services to businesses around the world. The company is known for employing innovative ideas, solid technical knowledge and a global network to ensure the safety and quality in interactions between people, technology and the environment.

What began in 1872 as an entrepreneurial endeavor to inspect steam boilers in the districts of Elberfeld and Barmen in Germany, now has grown into a network of acknowledged laboratories and test and training centers with 500 locations in more than 60 countries and 16,000 employees. The oldest testing and certification company in the world, TÜV Rheinland tests and certifies technical systems, products and services, supports projects and designs processes for companies in nearly all industrial sectors and areas of life and business.

Businesses use TÜV Rheinland’s services to effectively enter domestic and international markets. The company assures its clients’ success by adhering to uniform, high standards of safety and quality while meeting strict time-to-market requirements in a cost-efficient manner.

“For 140 years, people and companies around the globe have placed their trust in TÜV Rheinland because of our history, reliability and long-standing reputation in the industry,” said Gerhard Luebken, Chief Regional Officer and President & CEO of TUV Rheinland North America Holding Inc., TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. “We keep our focus on serving customers, achieving success and developing safe and sustainable solutions for the challenges of today’s ever-changing markets.”

TÜV Rheinland maintains its services and technical testing up-to-date with the latest innovations and standards, which allows it to work with the most groundbreaking products on the market. The company combines new ideas, expertise and a strong global network to contribute to further development of products, services, systems and people, making them more competitive.

In addition to investing in and enhancing its existing capabilities, the company also makes strategic acquisitions and builds new laboratories to assure a leading position in important and emerging markets. For example, the company’s recent additions of railway and materials testing capabilities, combined with its already extensive in-house expertise, have made TÜV Rheinland a leading worldwide provider of such services. The company’s photovoltaic testing laboratory in Arizona is one of six such laboratories in the company’s global network, giving it a leadership position in the rapidly growing solar power industry. Additionally, TÜV Rheinland’s recent commissioning of the new high-technology product testing facility in Arkansas has greatly expanded the company’s capabilities for consumer product safety and environmental testing capabilities.

About TÜV Rheinland
Founded in 1872, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent testing, inspection, and certification services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life. The company maintains a presence in 500 locations spanning 61 countries, employs 16,000 people and has an annual revenue of $1.9 billion (€1.4 billion). TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for a wide variety of companies through its worldwide network of approved labs, testing facilities and education centers. Since 2006, the company has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. For more information, visit www.tuv.com/us.

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