TÜV Rheinland Acquires Sonavation
August 18, 2011 - TÜV Rheinland is acquiring Sonovation B.V., a highly specialized non-destructive testing services provider based in the Netherlands. Founded in 1988 and employing a staff of fifty, Sonavation provides advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) services particularly for companies in the oil and gas industry. Typical services can include weld examination, pipe system and pressure equipment corrosion inspection, and others. The company also operates an accredited training school for Advanced NDT.
"High-technology solutions for non-destructive testing represents an important growth area and one in which TÜV Rheinland is making strategic investments,” said Dieter Hesel, TÜV Rheinland’s Executive Vice President, Industrial. “We are targeting a large-scale regional expansion of our international NDT services beyond the USA and Germany, and we expect this acquisition to help us accomplish that while also helping us increase market share in the oil and gas sector.”
"With the integration of Sonovation, we are significantly expanding our worldwide network of experts for the energy sector and safety inspections of industrial plants," commented Thomas Biedermann, Chief Regional Director for Western Europe at TÜV Rheinland.
With locations in the Netherlands, UK, Belgium and Germany, Sonovation’s 2010 revenues were approximately €12 million ($17 million). The company has been growing at a 15% annual rate. Moving forward, the company will be named TÜV Rheinland Sonovation.
As part of the TÜV Rheinland global network, we can now serve new markets that were not available to us before,” said Jan Verkooijen, CEO of TÜV Rheinland Sonovation. “TÜV Rheinland is already quite successful in Germany and America. Our core competencies can help the company extend its non-destructive testing services for industrial and systems engineering to additional locations throughout Europe and Asia.”
The acquisition of TÜV Rheinland Sonovation increases the number of TÜV Rheinland employees in the Netherlands to nearly 200 in the areas of product testing, certification of management systems, and passive vehicle safety, for which the company has created an ultramodern vehicle crash center. The company maintains facilities in Apeldoorn, Enschede, Helmond and Niekerk.
About TÜV Rheinland
Founded in 1871, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services. The company inspects technical equipment, products and services; oversees projects; and helps to shape processes for U.S. companies seeking entry to worldwide markets. With 14,500 employees, TÜV Rheinland maintains a presence in approximately 500 locations in 62 countries. In addition, it encompasses an international network of approved laboratories, testing facilities and education centers, and its experts train people across a wide range of industries.
MORE INDUSTRY NEWS
Rockwell to showcase solutions for Water and Wastewater Facilities at WEFTEC 2016
Featuring its PlantPAx platform, Rockwell Automation will demonstrate process and automation solutions for efficient process control, monitoring...
Siemens donates automation technology to support Georgia’s THINC College & Career Academy
The donation of $100,000 in automation hardware and expert training will help support career pathways for high school students in manufacturing and...
Siluria names Erik Scher as Chief Operations Officer
As COO, Dr. Scher is responsible for the company's operating activities, including its OCM demonstration plant in Texas and multiple pilot plants...
ABB announces NKT Cables acquisition of ABB's cable system business
NKT Cables is acquiring ABB’s global high-voltage cable system business with a total value of 836 million euros (US$934 million). The business is...
IMTS concludes as third largest in their history
IMTS 2016, the 31st edition of the show, was the third largest in number of registrations (115,612) and in net square feet of exhibit space...
Stahlin's enclosures provide protection for ECS compost temperature sensors
Engineered Composted Systems needed a strong corrosive resistant NEMA 4X enclosure that could survive this environment and protect their RF...
Siemens introduces Fleet Manager for Machine Tools app for MindSphere
With this cloud-based application (MindApp), machine tools at small or large production sites can be monitored, and their availability and...
2015 PAR Insights: Leveraging Supply Chain Solutions with Stage-By-Component
By Bill Lydon, Editor
Automated Guided Vehicles (AVG) served as an enabling technology for a pharmaceutical manufacturer to achieve Stage By...
UEGA of Brazil turns to ABB to automate control system monitoring
The ABB ServicePort Service Delivery Platform allows users to view, scan and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that impact equipment and...
Sensor Concepts chooses Acromag's XCOM-6400 for InfiniSCAN measurement systems
Although the original intent was to use the power management system to reduce processor throughput and keep the board operating under 20 watts per...