2016 marks TÜV SÜD’s 150th anniversary. The concept of an independent and impartial testing organisation has become firmly anchored throughout the world. Today, TÜV SÜD has more than 22,000 employees and a global network of operations – while remaining true to its roots. The company applies high-calibre expertise to test technologies and products and ensure they are reliable, safe and sustainable.
Our company history began during the first industry revolution in 1866, when steam boilers were the innovative new technology. Following a series of accidents, the first steam boiler inspection association was established in Mannheim, Germany, as a voluntary organization committed to protect people, property and the environment against technology-related risk - with continued success in this to this day as TÜV SÜD.
Since our founding days, training has played a critical role in enabling technology development. Our company’s first inspection engineer, Carl Isambert, trained boiler operators and attendants to run constructions in an economic way.
The tasks of the company were developing as dynamic as technology and economics did in that time. After the turn of the century, the association moved into the broadly based field of electrical engineering and materials handling systems and rapidly added initial safety examinations on pipelines, storage tanks, places of assembly and cable cars to its areas of expertise. At the beginning of the 20th century in 1906, we made our initial foray into the automotive market through with the first technical vehicle inspection. Numerous training offers complemented the testing and certification services. The Academy business was formally established in 1986 in Munich, centralizing all training activities within the company into a single subsidiary.
The increasing liberalisation of markets, accompanied by mergers of various TÜV organisations, gave rise to today’s TÜV SÜD. The company is represented at 800 locations throughout the world. Over 50 per cent of its employees work outside Germany. Today, the octagon – our company logo and certification mark – is recognized as a symbol of independent and impartial technical expertise, building a reliable foundation of trust between suppliers, retailers and consumers.
Throughout our 150-year journey, we have demonstrated an enduring commitment to making the world a safer place. Today, and in the future, we continue to inspire trust in new technological development, shaping the next practice in quality, safety and sustainability.