Stuttgart – DEKRA's Dutch subsidiary, KEMA Quality B.V. in Arnheim will change its name as at 1 January 2011 to DEKRA Certification B.V. Expert organisation DEKRA acquired the testing company in 2009 from energy consulting group KEMA N.V. KEMA Quality specialises in product testing and certification in electronics and medical equipment and employs some 600 people around the world.
KEMA Quality operates testing labs and branches in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, the US, China and other locations around the globe. About one-half of em-ployees work in China. The traditional company with a history spanning more than 80 years is a worldwide leader in various specialised testing market seg-ments such as electric tools and electronic components.
The new name is in line with DEKRA's single-brand strategy. Together with DEKRA Certification GmbH, headquartered in Stuttgart, the Dutch company han-dles product testing and certifications for the DEKRA group.
DEKRA has expanded international industrial testing in recent years to its sec-ond-largest business unit, where it concentrates on machine and equipment test-ing, real estate and construction, energy and chemicals, occupational health and safety, environmental safety and product testing and certifications. The DEKRA Industrial business unit accounted for more than EUR 500 million of the EUR 1.8 billion group sales in 2010, with 5,900 employees worldwide.
January 3, 2011