90 Years SAFETY.

2015

 
 

Progress toward a safer world. Since 1925.

DEKRA rises to the challenges of the future – in the past and the present.

As one of the world’s leading expert organisations, we ensure safety in more than 50 countries – on roads, at work and at home.

2014

DEKRA extends its range of services for the rail sector with the purchase of the Netherlands-based Plurel B.V. This deal makes DEKRA one of the leading European players in the testing, inspection and certification of rail vehicles.

DEKRA expands its consulting business by acquiring RCI Safety. The US-based company provides software expertise for organisational and process safety.

2013

DEKRA expands its car testing business internationally, and acquires the New Zealand market leader Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ).

In South Africa, DEKRA boosts its industrial business offering by buying Raysonics, the market leader for non-destructive material testing.

Under the banner of global safety

DEKRA successfully continues the internationalisation of its testing, inspection and certification services business. Organic growth and purchases allow further expansion of international supply capability for global customers.

DEKRA operates in more than 50 countries, and has had a presence in all five continents since 2013. This is because safety is hugely important to everyone in modern societies – at home, at work or on the move, for example in road traffic.

This growth also creates jobs: the 30,000 employees mark was comfortably exceeded for the first time ever in 2013. Almost half of the workforce, which now comprises something like 100 nationalities, is now working abroad.

2012

DEKRA buys the US-based consulting company Behavioral Science Technology (BST). Their sought-after experts ensure uncompromising process and organisational safety in industries with risk potential.

Room for expansion: DEKRA extends its corporate headquarters in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. A highly modern ground-floor testing facility for trucks and cars is also built there.

2011

DEKRA opens its Asian headquarters in Shanghai. The new DEKRA office provides product, certification and automotive testing services and is home to one of Asia’s most state-of-the-art LED test centres.

DEKRA acquires Chilworth. The UK-based specialist is one of the world’s leading providers of explosion protection and process safety services.

2010

The purchase of the Swedish ÅF-Kontroll AB strengthens DEKRA position in the power station sector. July 2010: DEKRA AG takes on the legal form of “Societas Europaea” (SE).

DEKRA AG becomes a "European company"

DEKRA AG takes on the legal form of a “Societas Europaea” (SE). The conversion into a corporation was resolved on 28 June at the Annual General Meeting of DEKRA AG in Stuttgart and was entered in the commercial register in July 2010. This change in legal form was a logical step following the many years of development that DEKRA had undergone in Europe. As an “SE”, the European idea of employee participation on the supervisory board has also been implemented. As a group which generates a great part of its revenues of more than 1.7 billion euros in Europe, DEKRA expressly commits itself to the European domestic market and, through its systematic focus, assumes a pioneering role in its field. Through the integration of the European employee representatives on the Supervisory Board and on the Works Council of DEKRA SE and the continuation of the proven codetermination culture, DEKRA is placing the emphasis throughout Europe on trustful cooperation with its employees.

2010

 

2009

The Brazilian Volchi Group is acquired by DEKRA. Volchi is the Number One appraisals specialist in the country.

DEKRA acquires the KEMA Quality Group with headquarters in the Netherlands, a global player in product testing and certification.

2007

From test sticker to trademark. The new DEKRA Seal is an unmistakable emblem which emphasizes the quality of the services which DEKRA renders in its 4 Business Units. It documents successful testing, certification or training activities for their customers.

2005

The acquisition of NORISKO sees DEKRA making a massive expansion in its industrial testing services.

Acquisition of the French company NORISKO S.A.

On 31st January 2005 DEKRA acquires a majority shareholding in the French industrial testing organisation NORISKO S.A., based in Limoges. With sales of 180 million euros and 2,700 employees, the NORISKO Group is one of the three providers of industrial testing services in France having the highest revenues. By taking advantage of its existing activities in this field, DEKRA aims to occupy a top spot in the industrial testing business in Europe.

2004

The business unit DEKRA Industrial Services is hived off from the DEKRA Automobil GmbH on January 2004 and becomes an autonomous company. It trades under the name DEKRA Testing & Inspection GmbH.

2003

DEKRA opens its highly modern technology centre at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz.

At the beginning of the year the DEKRA Akademie GmbH takes over the renowned German Institute for Business Management (DIB), based in Frankfurt am Main, and thus supplements its own training and further training programme particularly in the commercial sector.

2000

75 years: DEKRA embraces the future in Europe, moving forward in a clear direction.

Opening of the DEKRA Technology Center

In 2003 the DEKRA Technology Center at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz begins its activities. DEKRA has invested around 25 million euros in metrological and test laboratories as well as test tracks. The new competence centre offers 70 professional jobs and has a total surface area of 32,000 square metres, of which around 5,100 square metres is reserved for ultramodern testing technology. Apart from approval tests, it also takes on development projects and project-supporting quality monitoring (conformity of production) on behalf of industry and various authorities.

 

2000

1999

Innovative services: Information and communications technology, internet, full service in fleet management – DEKRA offers future-orientated solutions for its customers.

1998

DEKRA companies operate in most EU states - apart from vehicle inspections, also appraisals, claims settlement and quality assurance are other fields of activity.

Future market – internet: FairCar opens an attractive door onto a new world for car workshops.

Problem-solving partnership

For DEKRA, actively shaping the future means developing innovative solutions for market demands. In turn this involves a close dialogue with our customers and partners backed by the experience acquired over 75 years in relation to the safe use of modern technology. Concentration on our core areas of competence forms the platform on which we continue to develop our proven services to meet contemporary challenges and to create new ones. The measure of success is our customers' success.

1997

A clear profile – a systematic customer focus and renewed innovative drive. DEKRA is a highly capable partner, both nationally and internationally.

1996

The national business units become a platform for a marketable service portfolio for the whole of Europe.

A change at the top: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Zeidler becomes the Chairman of the Board of DEKRA e.V.

New dimensions: Europe

The DEKRA EuroTruck, built in the late eighties, transports a vision: mobility. Safety and efficiency become a European goal and DEKRA sets about offering solutions. For example, in 1988 a motor vehicle inspection centre network is set up in France. The nineties see DEKRA establish associated companies for vehicle inspections, appraisals and quality management services in Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the Slovakian Republic, Hungary, Russia and Poland.

DEKRA associated companies acting as claims adjusters for insurance companies or as appraisers are active in the Benelux countries, France, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Sweden and Switzerland. With over 16 million vehicle inspections, around one million damage assessments and comprehensive services in the fields of quality management, fleet management and certification DEKRA has established itself in a leading position in Europe.

1995

A course is charted to reposition the company. The new management sets out the objectives which concentrate on the core competences and the creation of clearly structured, self-contained units.

1994

Stakes acquired in Poland and Russia, later also in Slovakia, Hungary and Italy strengthen the European DEKRA presence.

Group sales exceed a billion Deutschmarks. The main profit areas are vehicle inspections, appraisals and training services. However, increasing competitive pressure and disproportionately high costs make their mark on the results.

Staff members are as individual as our customers

Individualists welcome! 75 years of successful development are due to the commitment and creativity of the people that make up DEKRA. And today especially, this is truer than ever before: Top services require qualified and highly motivated staff. This is why DEKRA embarked on a new course. By acquiring profit participation rights in 1999, employees can participate directly in the success of the company. It means that DEKRA has turned employees into co-owners.

What happens when motivated staff members treat customer wishes as a challenge? The result is friendly contact partners, flexible appointments, competent care and brief processing times, creative solutions – in short: innovative services.

1993

Privatisation of motor vehicle monitoring in the Czech Republic sees DEKRA acquire a stake in the ÚSMD.

DEKRA sponsors Michael Schumacher: The DEKRA logo is present in all media.

DEKRA Umwelt GmbH, a joint venture with the Kölnische Rückversicherung (Cologne Re), is launched.

1992

The DEKRA main offices in Stuttgart-Vaihingen are expanded.

Specialists in demand

In their job as experts, DEKRA engineers are frequently faced with complex technical problems - ones that go beyond the boundaries of individual technical disciplines. This is why competence has also been built up in areas such as environment and energy, materials testing, the technical safety of plant and building services.

In the early nineties DEKRA established its own subsidiaries to open up new markets for their services. DEKRA Umwelt GmbH has positioned itself as a specialist for environmental services. Ultramodern measuring technology and ideally equipped laboratories are available, for example, to monitor and analyse emissions of industrial plant or to examine the environmental compatibility of products. DEKRA ETS GmbH focuses on the fields of materials testing and quality construction work, which is why its specialists take a keen interest in materials. And the conscientious monitoring of construction work on behalf of commercial and private building owners ensures that building quality and costs stay in balance.

1991

Establishment of DEKRA ETS GmbH which is tasked with technical safety, materials testing and construction.

In October in Dresden, the one millionth test sticker is issued by DEKRA in Eastern Germany.

Test drive with a mouse

Have you had a quick look on the internet to see whether you can find your dream car: low mileage, air-conditioning, preferably in red...? In the era of global data networks, DEKRA has reinterpreted car and service concepts, for example, with FairCar, a company formed by DEKRA and Gruner + Jahr. The used car exchange in the internet has made finding a new used car easier than ever before. A broad range, simple search functions – and the DEKRA know-how to back it all. Once the dream car has been found, you can go on a “test drive” by mouse on your PC: In the virtual market place the DEKRA Seal creates real transparency about the condition of the used car. “Everywhere and at any time”, the chosen slogan of the DEKRA founders, applied to a new dimension.

1990

West Germany sees further development – DEKRA commits itself to the promising area of quality management services.

German unity: While the East German government was still in place, DEKRA was tasked with the remit of the technical inspection centres – in addition to vehicle inspection also driving licence tests.

The newly established DEKRA AG takes over the operative business of DEKRA e.V. – a new framework to meet the demanding challenges of the future. Total sales around 540 million Deutschmarks.

Thrilling years

Founded in Berlin in 1925, DEKRA's activities extended across the whole of Germany right from the beginning. Completely irrespective of whether the vehicles of a DEKRA member were in Lübeck or Leipzig - the owner could rely on DEKRA.

65 years later, the fall of the Berlin Wall presents a once in a lifetime opportunity: In 1990, while the last East German government is still in power, DEKRA is tasked to establish a technical inspection centre for motor vehicle traffic in East Germany. DEKRA makes an enormous effort in meeting the new challenges - apart from vehicle inspections, type testing, appraisals for type approval, driving licence issue and the conducting of medical-psychological examinations form part of the catalogue of services. Thrilling years – 27 new centres are set up and 2,000 secure jobs are created by DEKRA in East Germany.

1990

 

1989

Interim balance sheet of a dynamic development: 62 centres, 21 branches, 3,000 employees, annual sales of 441 million Deutschmarks. DEKRA has evolved into group of a large technical service companies.

1988

A commitment is made in France: DEKRA offers vehicle inspection in a neighbouring European country for the first time.

Everything you always wanted to know about technology

Technology is fascinating. And technology must be coldly calculated with the mind of an economist. It is an almost inexhaustible subject, to which DEKRA was devoting its attention as far back as the twenties in the form of its DEKRA magazine.

Making technology accessible and shedding light on economic relationships, is no mean feat – after all we are not all engineers and economists. This is why today our journalists have a professional eye for facts and driving fun, and occupy themselves with automotive engineering and economic fleet management. With its more than ten publications dealing with commercial trucks and vehicles, ETM, the EuroTransportMedia GmbH, jointly owned by DEKRA, Motorpresse Stuttgart and VF Verlagsgesellschaft, provides a breath of fresh air in the world of the print media.

1985

Strategic branches strengthen the service offerings in the areas of training and technical safety.

1984

Tight-meshed network: DEKRA offers inspection and appraisal services in 10,000 partner workshops.

1981

A record high – DEKRA boasts over 59,000 members. In the following years structural developments in the transport branch lead to an increasing vehicle stock, but no increase in membership numbers.

1980

DEKRA becomes an accredited "Test Centre for device safety".

Apart from vehicle inspections the most important area of work is: appraisals. The service generates 60 million Deutschmarks equivalent to some 40 per cent of total sales.

Future task: Learning

Nothing is older than yesterday's newspaper. And nothing is more dangerous for a company than to miss out when it comes to advancing knowledge. Good means to become constantly better. The initial and further training of staff is therefore a key to the future – just as much for DEKRA as for our customers.

The DEKRA Akademie is in the job of ensuring knowledge transfer. Initially, it mainly staged training courses for occupational drivers and logistics employees. Today it is a high-calibre training partner for business generally, offering a comprehensive range of future-focused work fields such as information technology. With more than 100,000 participants at its courses every year it is one of the largest private training institutions in Germany. Together with its subsidiary DEKRA Arbeit it also contributes to reintegrating the jobless into gainful employment.

 

1980

1979

DEKRA has 51 inspection centres throughout the Federal Republic of Germany. Sales: 135 million Deutschmarks.

1978

DEKRA enters the car repair workshops. An agreement with BMW enables DEKRA engineers to carry out main inspections in the manufacturer’s authorised workshops.

A name becomes a brand

More and more people in Europe associate the name of DEKRA with technical expertise and high quality demands. Now, however, not everything revolves around motor vehicles. New business areas have been added; the traditional services have been augmented by new, future-focused services. The expansion of the service range is reflected in the further development of the symbol representing the face of DEKRA. Today the common brand stands for the services of a centrally managed, pan-European company.

1977

Wart in the Black Forest, around 60 kilometres from Stuttgart: the DEKRA Akademie is created as a training centre for the diverse training and further training activities.

1975

Construction work begins on a new main administrative building in Schulze-Delitzsch Street in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

Modern workplaces

Service quality has a lot to do with providing the optimum technical equipment in the workplace – and naturally with the motivation of the staff. Both are closely linked. This is why DEKRA has always made ongoing investments in the equipment at its branches. Modern inspection centres began to make their appearance in many Germany cities back in the sixties, all of them built to a uniform standard.

In the early nineties, the Test Lane 2000 marked the appearance of a new generation of ultramodern inspection technology. It provided better working conditions for the vehicle inspections and improved transparency – the customer can look over the shoulder of the DEKRA engineer during the vehicle inspection. Other work areas also profit from the efficiency of the DEKRA infrastructure. Joint use is made, for example, of ultramodern information technology spanning main frame connection to PC networks.

1973

Information for DEKRA members – the DEKRA magazine becomes the Magazine ATV, Auto, Technik, Verkehr.

Being a professional driver is formally recognised as an occupation; the first driver training instruction course is held at DEKRA.

DEKRA enters the computer age

Modern times: The sixties herald the advent of the computer in the office. Impressive machines that initially require feeding with punch cards. DEKRA is one of the first companies to employ the new technical possibilities in a systematic way to improve its services. Appraisals are processed within 48 hours; statistical evaluations provide new findings for road safety.

Today a highly efficient IT infrastructure is the backbone of the networked DEKRA services – both in Germany and for our subsidiary companies in Europe. Mobile engineer terminals make the company's knowledge available directly on site for our customers. Anything less would simply be narrow-minded.

1970

 

1968

A change at the top: Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Moll takes over from G. A. Eglin as the first Chairman of DEKRA e.V.. Sales reach 12 million Deutschmarks. Employees: 355.

1967

The year draws to a close with sales exceeding the 10 million mark. Membership: 12.470, Staff: 299.

New: DEKRA driver service – in-service training of occupational drivers.

1964

The first EDP facility is installed; an IBM 421 goes into service at DEKRA.

1963

Double-digit annual growth rates demonstrate the dynamic development of DEKRA e.V.; DEKRA members: 4,933; monitored vehicles: 51,262; DEKRA staff: 149.

Focus on real life practice

Customer focus is a key component of success. And for DEKRA, customer focus has been the commercial basis for 75 years as the DEKRA e.V. members, today approximately 40,000, have a direct say in the development of the company. They are represented by the executive committee of DEKRA e.V., the highest supervisory board. This ensures that DEKRA remains firmly rooted in real-life practice. Vehicle inspections, vehicle valuations, safe handling of hazardous goods, accident prevention, environmental protection, staff training, fleet management – the requirements of DEKRA members are the spur for the development of future-orientated solutions. Thank you!

1962

Period of expansion – modern inspection centres appear in the large cities.

1961

Recognition of DEKRA e.V. as a monitoring organisation. Monitored vehicles receive their discs from DEKRA.

1960

Revised version of Section 29 of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO) comes into force and the official test disc to be placed on the registration plate is introduced.

Being spared a lot of pain

Right from the very outset, at the end of the twenties, the DEKRA test institute produced numerous appraisals, for example, on anti-theft devices, exhaust silencers, direction of travel displays, brake linings, chip-resistant glass. The knowledge gained flows directly in the training of DEKRA engineers and in the further development of technical safety. The sixties saw this work being taken up again.

Since 1991 the DEKRA Crash Center in Neumünster near Hamburg has continued to provide DEKRA with more and more opportunities to conduct research work in the field of vehicle safety. Today it is one of the leading research facilities in Europe. It can simulate all conceivable accident constellations in its tests. Passenger-car, car-car or truck-truck crashes are part of the standard repertoire of the DEKRA accident researchers. And because dummies are always putting their head on the line in these tests, it means that the real-life road users are spared a lot of pain.

 

1960

1958

The engineering department is set up. It develops used car valuation as a new, standardised service.

1957

DEKRA sales hit one million mark. 60 staff look after 11,922 vehicles owned by 1,570 members.

1955

Breaking ground in Stuttgart: DEKRA head office receives its own administrative building in Heinrich-Baumann Street.

1954

DEKRA initiates the “work circle for large fleet owners” – to provide more fleet safety and efficiency.

1951

A new feature: the test certificate for monitored vehicles and the sticker on the windscreen reading "DEKRA monitored".

1950

New structure and central management: Gustav Adolf Eglin becomes First Chairman.

Absolutely essential – to be neutral and independent!

Even if the traffic volume of less than one million motor vehicles in 1925 sounds idyllic to today's ears, accidents were still a common occurrence on the roads even then. This is why it soon became important to provide an objective and neutral evaluation of the causes and consequences of accidents. In 1926 DEKRA engineers drew up the first expert appraisals for courts and insurance companies. DEKRA's neutrality is the bedrock for its role as a partner able to provide a reliable expert opinion.

The Association did not just restrict itself to the evaluation of the consequences of accidents. DEKRA has conducted extensive research projects that have again and again contributed to improving active and passive safety on the road.

1950

 

1947

Additional DEKRA Offices established in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Mannheim/ Heidelberg and Munich.

1946

Former DEKRA engineers take up the association's work again. New Head Office in Stuttgart.

1939-1945

The Second World War: Private vehicle use comes to a standstill. The DEKRA organisation ceases de facto to exist.

…today we call it Full Service

Who likes to be checked up on? Nevertheless, in 1925 vehicle owners decide to found an association for monitoring motor vehicles. No compunction was involved, but rather in the expectation of a perceptible benefit: The engineers commissioned by the association inspected, advised and made recommendations within the range of services offered by DEKRA. From the outset it aimed at providing a comprehensive service for association members: “Monthly services: vehicle inspections with a written appraisal, a regular fuel consumption check with a written report. As required: testing of new drivers, technical information regarding vehicles, advice in the event of damage, appraisals of cost estimates and bills, repair supervision, delivery of the association magazine,” is the way a DEKRA chronicler described the association's work.

A Full Service offer that is not to be sniffed at: Potential for the development of DEKRA into a modern technical services organisation - added-value services for members and customers.

 

1940

1938

Section 29 of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations is introduced: Registration centres can invite vehicles for inspection – in particular to also consider their suitability for wartime use.

1932

The number of motor vehicles in Germany hits the one million mark.

1930

DEKRA operates 79 inspection centres and 52 valuation centres and records 143,000 vehicle inspections and 800 valuations.

Bowing down to the car?

DEKRA engineers examine things very closely. Which is why they are occasionally down on their knees, or even found completely underneath the car? What they are interested in are possible weak points. This is because defects that can be detected in good time can be cost-effectively rectified - and the associated road safety dangers reduced. In effect, the objective is to be a “servant” who serves everybody.

This is because, in the end, it is not about bowing down before the car. The DEKRA commitment: Guaranteeing efficiency and safety at the interface between man and machine, environment and mobility.

1930

 

1928

Neutral and independent: DEKRA engineers determine for the first time the estimated value of vehicles. The “letter of appraisal” was the precursor of today's valuation.

1927

In this second year the 77th monitoring centre opens.

1926

Establishment of the DEKRA Test Institution, its remit being to organise vehicle inspections, technical testing, training of DEKRA engineers and a consultancy service for members.

First appraisals for courts and insurance companies are drawn up

“Everywhere and at any time”

The founders of the German Motor Vehicle Monitoring Association followed the guiding principle of “Everywhere and at any time”. “Everywhere” meant that the technical condition of the vehicles belonging to DEKRA members could be inspected in a workshop close to where they lived. And DEKRA engineers also took “at any time” meant that the technical condition of the vehicles belonging to DEKRA members could be inspected in a workshop close to where they lived.

And DEKRA engineers also took “at any time” quite literally: The inspection of commercial fleet vehicles frequently took place, and still does, at weekends or in the evening – i.e. at those times when the vehicles were not in use. These technical inspections gave the vehicle clear information about necessary repairs and their costs.

This explains why customer proximity is a DEKRA tradition. And we have continued to apply this customer concept of “everywhere and at any time” as we have ventured into new areas of activity such as quality assurance or fleet management, for example.

1925

The idea – virtually to become the members' very own vehicle department able to supply any kind of information needed.

Dr. jur. Adolf Neidhard becomes the first Chairman of the German Motor Vehicle Monitoring Association.

30. June: The German Motor Vehicle Monitoring Association is registered at the local court in central Berlin.

1924

The industrialist Hugo Stinnes and other businessmen develop the idea of a voluntary technical monitoring service for motor vehicles.

In the beginning was the automobile

Smoking, spluttering, occasionally spreading fear and dread among other road users: the motor car, which was to have such a brilliant future on the road, entered the scene as a rather clumsy contraption. Wonderful for those that were able to drive it; a bit of a problem for everybody else. Even the proud owners of an automobile did not always find that it was a source of undiluted pleasure. Rely on a workshop network? Think again! The situation in the early days of motoring can be briefly and quite aptly described by the modern term as being a service wasteland.

It was, therefore, quite a modern, i.e. forward-looking, idea that led to the establishment of the German Motor Vehicle Monitoring Association, namely, to promote safety and efficiency in the running of motor vehicles. Nowadays, automobile and mobility go hand in hand - not least because the car has learnt some manners.

 

1920