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DEKRA grows fifteenth year in a row

New setup of organization for global growth

• 8 service divisions an 8 regions globally from 2019
• Revenue up 5.5% in 2018 to 3.3 billion and headcount rises to over 46,000
• International test network extended for digital safety

For international expert organization DEKRA, 2018 meant the fifteenth year of uninterrupted growth. Thanks to its success, DEKRA cemented its standing as the world’s fourth largest company in testing, inspection and certification. To continue to achieve sustainable growth, DEKRA refocuses its basic organizational setup in 2019.

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Some of DEKRA’s 2018 highlights included initiatives aimed at boosting the digitalization of services and processes in safety. From a safety app that analyzes driving behavior to developing a more simple damage management 4.0 together with start-ups; by combining global expertise with new opportunities, DEKRA continues to strengthen its customer focus.

DEKRA and Telekom will offer automotive manufacturers and suppliers a test area on the Lausitzring race track, Europe’s largest non-manufacturer-affiliated test track for automated and connected driving, based on 5G technology in the near future. Reinforced collaboration with partners in China represented a further highlight of 2018, with DEKRA working with the Chinese think tank EV100. The country is looking to ensure a safe transition to connected and automated driving with the help of DEKRA’s expertise.

“Our Vision 2025 of becoming a global partner for a safe world is making excellent progress,” said CEO Stefan Kölbl. “DEKRA is well on track to becoming the preferred partner for technical and organizational safety, including in growth markets in Asia, in the three areas of life: on the road, at work, and at home.”

Success stories
DEKRA has continued to consolidate its standing as the market leader, carrying out over 26 million vehicle inspections a year across the world. In 2018, the DEKRA Automotive revenue is expected to rise by around 5% to more than EUR 1.6 billion. The division pressed ahead with international expansion as well, gaining a foothold in China and Denmark.

Thanks to ongoing business globalization and a good position in upcoming sectors, DEKRA Industrial saw its revenue improve by an estimated 6% to around EUR 950 million in 2018. “We used the year to continue improving foundations for future business,” reported Kölbl.

International expansion was marked by strategic acquisitions and a targeted expansion of expertise. DEKRA’s position as a safety consultant to oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical companies made strides thanks to the acquisition of Industrial Safety Group in the Netherlands.

In Japan, DEKRA was also recognized as a certification body for testing products used in areas at risk of explosion. DEKRA also built on its digital safety expertise by developing its range of behavioral safety solutions. For example, exposure-based safety technology boosts organizational and process safety at industrial companies.

Finally, DEKRA Personnel took advantage of the ongoing good economic climate in Germany and many other European countries to support further expansion. Revenue is estimated to rise by almost 8% to around EUR 700 million in 2018. DEKRA Akademie and DEKRA Arbeit both strengthened their market position.

Positive outlook on 2019
In 2018, DEKRA has created the conditions required to ensure that growth continues in 2019 for a 16th straight year. Services will be further developed in the eight service divisions. The eight regions will structure DEKRA’s setup in around 60 countries across the world, in order to enable focused market cultivation and global supply.

Kölbl: “Improved internal integration and positioning towards customers means that DEKRA can continue to benefit from the mega trend of safety and achieve stable growth.” The company anticipates positive business development in 2019 in keeping with the previous year: “DEKRA is making the most of its strong position and so next year we will grow as an innovative global solution provider, both in traditional and in digital safety markets.”

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