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25 years of TÜV NORD Brazil

On October 22, TÜV NORD Brasil staged a very special event to celebrate 150 years of TÜV NORD and 25th anniversary of our presence in Brazil. The event was opened by Managing Director Reginaldo Maia. He spoke about the history of TÜV NORD as well as key moments in the history of Brazilian operations. Two of the longest serving employees contributed with recollections of changes at TÜV NORD Brasil down through all these years. To conclude the historic moment, a highly motivating video message from Dr. Stenkamp in which he expressed his congratulations was presented. The contribution of three members of the team with more than 20 years of service with the company was also acknowledged by all their colleagues. Since August 2019 the official name of company has been TÜV NORD Brasil and it became a 100% TÜV NORD company last December.
Contact: Reginaldo Maia (rmaia@tuv-nord.com)

10 years of TÜV NORD in Munich

In addition to its 150th anniversary, TÜV NORD celebrated another anniversary in September: in 2009, the southernmost TÜV NORD office in Germany opened in Munich. Under the motto "Digitisation in the world of work", around 50 customers and TÜV NORD employees attended the anniversary celebration to look back together on ten years of TÜV NORD in Munich and at the same time take a look into the future. The event was opened by our CEO Dr. Dirk Stenkamp with a keynote speech on the subject of digitisation at TÜV NORD. Afterwards, Claudia Hasse-Prech, branch manager of TÜV NORD Akademie in Munich, and Rudolf Miller, Manager Business Development TÜV NORD CERT, reviewed the last ten years. In addition, Thomas R. Köhler, a well-known expert on digital change, explained how digitisation and artificial intelligence will influence and change the working world of tomorrow. Afterwards, there was the opportunity for exchange and networking.
Contact: Holger Hoffmann (hhoffmann@tuev-nord.de)

Annual Specialist, Laboratory and Inspection Managers’ Meeting

Around 70 technical, laboratory and inspection managers informed themselves in September about new topics from conformity assessment. Invited by the TÜV NORD CERT certification body management, Dr. Dirk Stenkamp presented the "TÜV NORD way" in an opening speech: "In the course of digitisation, our services must remain innovative so that we can continue to meet the current requirements of our customers. This is particularly true in view of a world that is changing ever more rapidly – especially with regard to technical developments." Dr. Stenkamp emphasised that the most important asset to be able to take this path was the extensive knowledge that TÜV NORD CERT’s technical, laboratory and inspection managers bring to their field of expertise and to the company.
Contact: Dr. Klaus Oberste Lehn (koberste-lehn@tuv-nord.com)

TÜV Nederland acquires Qualitatis Inspectie

TÜV Nederland took over Qualitatis Inspectie in June. The Dutch company specialises in certifications in the field of fair working conditions and social standards. Qualitatis Inspectie has six locations in the Netherlands. With this acquisition, TÜV Nederland is increasing its annual turnover by one million euros and strengthening its position as one of the market leaders in the certification sector in the Netherlands. "With the acquisition of Qualitatis Inspectie, we are expanding our service portfolio to include the certification of social ethical standards in various industries. Thanks to our customer-focused approach, we will be an effective service provider for Qualitatis Inspectie's customers," says Edwin Franken, Managing Director of TÜV Nederland. Wolfgang Wielpütz, Head of OBS System Certification, emphasizes: "We are very pleased about the successful acquisition of Qualitatis Inspectie and the future cooperation. We want to expand our international business. In this context, Qualitatis Inspectie's portfolio fits very well into OBS's strategy and gives our profit centre in the Netherlands the opportunity to expand its service portfolio and develop further business beyond ISO or SCC standards through cross-selling".
Contact: Paul van Enckevort (pvanenckevort@tuv-nord.com)

Innovations

Grüner Knopf ("Green Button")

Recently, textiles can be offered in Germany with the label "Grüner Knopf“ (translated: „Green Button“). TÜV NORD CERT supported the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in the development of the label and now offers a certification according "Grüner Knopf“. The state seal of approval can be awarded to clothing companies that have their textiles manufactured under strict social and ecological standards. The 26 social and ecological standards include the payment of minimum wages, a ban on children and forced labour as well as specifications on the use of chemicals and air pollution. The project was carried out by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The corresponding certification must be recognised by the DAkkS. TÜV NORD CERT supported GIZ in assessing the criteria and requirements for certification. In a pilot phase, the first six pilot customers have now been certified by TÜV NORD CERT and have received the "Grüner Knopf" label from the BMZ. "Grüner Knopf" is initially only be awarded in Germany, but is to be expanded internationally in the long term.
Contact: Martin Saalmann (msaalmann@tuev-nord.de)

Top Contracts

Framework agreement with Frauenhofer Institute

The TÜV NORD CERT Medical Team has concluded a framework agreement with the Frauenhofer Institute. Together we will participate in an EU project with the focus on active medical devices. With a scope of 2-3 days per month, the project will run until the end of 2023. From 2024 it should be self-sustaining.

Contents and goals of the project:

  • To improve and advance testing beds for medical devices in light of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR)
  • To reduce the burden of MDR for SMEs who cannot easily afford the required additional testing
  • To push three medical device developments further towards application
  • To make use of automation and prediction where possible
  • To establish a self-sustaining platform after the funding period.

Contact:
Karin Such (ksuch@tuev-nord.de), project manager
Christian Wolf (cwo@ce-med.de), technical expert

Brose

TÜV NORD CERT has received a major order from Brose for IATF certification. Brose is the fourth largest family-owned automotive supplier. Its products increase comfort, safety and efficiency in the vehicle. Around 26,000 employees at 64 locations in 24 countries generate sales of 6.3 billion euros.
Contact: Matthias Schall (mschall@tuev-nord.de) and Karl Varga (kvarga@tuev-nord.de)

Wacker AG

The global chemicals group Wacker Chemie AG is now customer of TÜV NORD. In a close cooperation between International Sales and the D-CH cluster a major order could be placed. We will certify the group according to ISO 9001, 14001, 50001, IATF, SMETA and Food. Wacker Chemie AG, headquartered in Munich, is the parent company of a globally operating German chemical group.
Contact: Matthias Schall (mschall@tuev-nord.de) and Karl Varga (kvarga@tuev-nord.de)

LEONI

The largest order in the history of TÜV NORD CERT was won at LEONI Kabel: The company commissioned us with certification in accordance with ISO 9001, 14001, 50001, 45001, IATF 16949 and EN 9100 for locations in 27 countries. The total order value is over one Million Euro. "We are very pleased that we were able to prevail against our competitors after numerous rounds of negotiations," explains Matthias Schall from the department International Sales & Marketing. LEONI is a German manufacturer of cables, wires and supply systems. With around 120 locations worldwide, 92,000 employees and sales of five billion euros, the company is one of the main players in the automotive market as well as in the health, energy and infrastructure sectors.
Contact: Matthias Schall (mschall@tuev-nord.de) and Karl Varga (kvarga@tuev-nord.de)

Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst

At Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst, the International Sales team was able to win another major order. TÜV NORD CERT certifies the automotive supplier according to ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and ISO 45001 in Europe, North & South America, South East Asia and China. "We are very pleased that Huf has signed the contract after long negotiations and various offers. We are thus gaining another well-known international customer", says Heiko Sepúlveda Barriga from the International Sales & Marketing department. The Huf Group, headquartered in Velbert, employs around 7,500 people worldwide and develops and manufactures products for the automotive and logistics industries. These products are delivered from Germany to many countries around the world.
Contact: Heiko Sepúlveda Barriga (hsepulveda@tuv-nord.com) and Gregor Gonsior (ggonsior@tuev-nord.de)

Bilfinger SE

TÜV NORD CERT was able to take over Bilfinger from the competition and win a major international order in the six-digit range. The re-certification takes place according to ISO 9001, 14001, 45001, OHSAS 18001 and SCCp for the headquarter and 143 locations. Bilfinger is a leading international industrial services provider with around 36,000 employees worldwide. The Group increases plant efficiency, ensures availability and reduces maintenance costs. Bilfinger is particularly active in the regions of Continental Europe, Northwest Europe, North America and the Middle East. Until 2012, the company operated under the name Bilfinger Berger.
Contact: Heiko Sepúlveda Barriga (hsepulveda@tuv-nord.com) and Kevin Mühlenberg (kmuehlenberg@tuev-nord.de)