“DEKRA has performed very strongly in its core business units and simultaneously benefited from the momentum in newer business units,” DEKRA CEO Stefan Kölbl told journalists in
“The latest strategic acquisitions represent important steps towards further expansion in growth markets,” said Kölbl. “This also allows us to open up growth opportunities in business with our globally operating customers – such as those from the automotive and process industries.” As of this year, DEKRA is represented on all five continents.
Internal structures geared towards further growth
As a result of acquisitions and business expansion, DEKRA’s revenues have increased by more than €700 million in the past five years, while its staff numbers have risen by around 10,000. “The strong growth in revenues and employee numbers also requires strong internal structures,” said Kölbl. These include newly appointed country and regional heads and global key account management. DEKRA has also improved structures and sped up processes with a Group-wide IT solution.
DEKRA continued to establish DEKRA offices in its core markets in 2013, opening a new office in
DEKRA Automotive business unit successful nationally and internationally
Revenues of the service lines in der DEKRA Automotive business unit are expected to rise by around 4% to approximately €1.21 billion in the 2013 financial year. This success is due in particular to the positive development at DEKRA Automobil GmbH in
DEKRA’s international position was strengthened in
New test facilities for pedestrian protection and export vehicles
Automotive manufacturers and suppliers are working intensively to develop electronic driver assistance systems that can detect pedestrians crossing roads and slow down the vehicle if necessary. With a state-of-the-art test bench at the DEKRA Automotive Test Centre in Klettwitz, these types of systems can now be tested during the development phase already. “Around 500 pedestrians die each year on German roads alone,” said Kölbl, explaining the challenge. “Active vehicle safety systems can significantly reduce this figure.” Based on internationally acclaimed test procedures, the “vFSS – vorausschauende Frontschutzsysteme” (predictive frontal protection systems) working group is supporting the market launch of assistance systems. The new DEKRA facility is the first to be specifically tailored to the requirements of the vFSS test protocols.
In the 2013 financial year, DEKRA also continued to internationalise its range of tests at the Crash Test Centre in Neumünster: The “small overlap” test fulfils new requirements for the
DEKRA Industrial business unit benefits from strong market position
The service lines in the DEKRA Industrial business unit are expected to generate an increase in revenues of 6% to €679 million. “We are benefiting from our strong market position in business segments that are growing dynamically and have an international orientation,” said DEKRA CEO Kölbl. These business segments include, inter alia, three service lines: material testing and inspection, product testing and certification, and consulting. In all three segments, DEKRA strengthened its international position again this year with the acquisition of companies including ViaNorm (
Strong growth is the result of this strong market position: Revenues in the material testing and inspection service line, for example, have climbed from the low single-digit millions to more than one hundred millions in the space of five years. Kölbl commented: “Behind this success story is the strategic goal of offering our customers around the world a comprehensive package of highly specialised services.” In a refinery belonging to the Finnish company Neste Oil, for example, DEKRA is testing all plant components relevant to safety with up to 100 experts. Because the customer is provided with all necessary services from a single source, it can achieve considerable processing advantages and thereby reduce downtime.
DEKRA also tests railway vehicles and World Cup stadium
As an independent expert organisation, DEKRA will in future support the German Federal Railway Authority in approving new railway vehicles. DEKRA has been conducting risk assessments as an assessment body on behalf of the rail industry since 1 July 2013 and has already successfully completed two projects. “With our expertise, we will contribute to speeding up the approval procedures for railway vehicles,” said Stefan Kölbl.
DEKRA also played its part ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: DEKRA Construction Management examined the safety of the roof construction of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where the final and other matches will be played. The inspection order comprised on-site quality monitoring of the manufacture and installation of the membrane roof. The roof consists of a total of 120 membranes, called bays, with an average size of 300 square metres covering a total area of 36,000 square metres – roughly equivalent to five football pitches. Fracture tests on the membrane material and on seams were carried out at a range of temperatures at the laboratory in
DEKRA Personnel business unit offering convincing new services
The Personnel business unit will increase its revenues by an anticipated 13% to approximately €380 million in 2013. The
The areas in which the
Securing skilled workers is a key issue in
Outlook: Uninterrupted upward trend
DEKRA is confident that its long-term upward trend will also continue in 2014. Admittedly, there are economic or regulatory challenges in some markets such as
DEKRA SE is one of the world’s leading expert organisations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. More than 30,000 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 is expected to generate sales totalling around 2.3 billion euros.