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Record investment in digital safety

• Growth drivers in automated mobility, connectivity and cyber security
• Expert organization opens test environments in Germany and Spain
• 150 million Euros directed at digitization

Arnhem, December 13 - In 2017, DEKRA invested a record amount of 150 million Euros in digital growth. The global expert organization established an international test network for connected, automated, and electric driving at the Lausitzring track in Germany, Málaga in Spain, and Hsinchu in Taiwan. This has boosted DEKRA’s position in the important fields of connectivity, driver assistance systems, and automated mobility. The company also expanded its expertise in cyber security. Thanks to the recruitment of more than 4,000 experts, DEKRA is set to employ more than 43,000 people by the end of the year – more than half of whom outside Germany.

Record investment in digital safety

DEKRA is well on its way to becoming the world's preferred partner for technical safety. Within the last ten years, the non-listed expert organization more than doubled its revenue to well over 3 billion Euros and its headcount to more than 43,000 employees. Stefan Kölbl, CEO at DEKRA explains:

Our Vision 2025 to become the global partner for a safe world is taking on shape. We are working around the world to achieve more safety for people on the road, at work, and at home.

2017 saw the launch of DEKRA's international test network which offers comprehensive testing and development expertise for automated and connected mobility. One of the main areas is testing products in the early development stage as well as the testing of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies. Test environments opened in Germany, Spain, as well as Taiwan and started a strategic partnership with the Chinese Automobile Association (CAAM).

DEKRA Automotive made a significant contribution to the success of the DEKRA Group in 2017 as well with expected revenues of around 1.6 billion Euros. The company used their strong position to further expand internationally in vehicle inspections as well.

DEKRA's industrial branch strengthened its position in future fields in 2017 – revenues are expected to rise around 5% to around 900 million Euros. Next to the acquisition of high power and high voltage test labs of VEIKI-VNL, DEKRA tapped into the power plant testing business in the US through the acquisition of Core Visual Inspection Services.

Finally, DEKRA expanded in the field of cyber security with the acquisition of Epoche & Espri in Spain. The company is specialized in reviewing and testing products according to internationally accepted IT security standards.

A positive outlook
Overall, DEKRA worked intensively to expand its strong competitive position in 2017. The expert organization will therefore continue its stable growth trajectory. Kölbl:

DEKRA is prepared for the digital transformation of the economy and society. We are assisting in the development of the necessary testing standards and ensuring safety in the digital world through a corresponding range of testing and certification services.

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