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History of DEKRA

DEKRA’s history begins in Germany back in 1924, when industrialist Hugo Stinnes developed the idea of a voluntary technical inspection service for motor vehicles. The idea came to fruition on June 30, 1925 with the establishment of the Deutsche Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein (German Association for Supervision of Motor Vehicles) in Berlin.

History DEKRA in the Netherlands

DEKRA launched its first activities in the Netherlands in 2000. The initial activities consisted of automotive expertise, including vehicle inspections. The acquisition of BIRS-ISB followed shortly thereafter, adding the Claims division (which later evolved into Claims & Expertise) to the portfolio. In the years that followed, DEKRA grew in the Netherlands through acquisitions, including KEMA Quality and ARBO Support, and offered an increasingly broad package of safety-related services. In our current form, we have five Service Divisions operating in the Netherlands: Audit, Claims & Expertise, Consulting, Product Testing and Industrial Inspection.

Acquisition of BIRS-ISB. The history of the Claims division begins in 1958 with the establishment of BIRS-ISB.

Acquisition of Bartok Group. The Expertise division was formed in 1947 with the establishment of expertise bureau Hettema and Disselkoen (which merged into Bartok in 2000).

Acquisition of the company previously known as KEMA Quality, from which emerged the current Product Testing activities.

Acquisition of ViaNorm, an accredited assessment and certification organization for the automotive, transport & logistics and refrigeration sectors.

Acquisition of TES Automotive, a company specializing in inspection and settlement of shipping damage on new cars, with branch offices in the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Zeebrugge.

Acquisition of Interlloyd Survey, which focused on damage assessment in the areas of fire, liability, construction all-risk, and technical insurance.

Acquisition of personal injury specialist Van Kouterik Personenschade.

Acquisition of the DNV GL operations, which were incorporated into the DEKRA Material Testing & Inspection service unit in Arnhem.

Acquisition of Plurel in Utrecht, with a workforce of 65 employees, which is one of the leading inspection and research institutes for the rail sector in the Benelux.

Acquisition of Industrial Safety Group B.V. (also known as ARBO Support) in Rotterdam. Industrial Safety Group supports and counsels companies in the areas of occupational health and safety as well as safety coordination.

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