Munich. TÜV SÜD is significantly expanding its activities in the testing and inspection of steam boilers and pressure vessels in Italy. After the expiry of the state's monopoly on testing and inspection, the international service provider has already obtained accreditation as a Notified Body in 13 regions. Given this, in the future, TÜV SÜD will also be able to provide single-source services to companies that operate throughout Italy.
"Periodic inspection of pressure equipment and steam boilers is part of our core business," says Dr. Boris Gehring, CEO of TÜV SÜD's Industry Service Division. "Entering the nationwide Italian market for the inspection of steam boilers and pressure vessels, we will firmly continue on our path of internationalization." TÜV SÜD is making full use of the opportunities resulting from the liberalization of the Italian testing and inspection market and the removal of the last state monopolies in this area.
By introducing market liberalization, Italy is transposing the requirements of the European Union into national law. As early as ten years ago, the EU requested in a directive that member states must permit free competition in the inspection of plants subject to monitoring. In Germany, liberalization has already been completed, with the last transitional periods expiring on January 1, 2008. In Italy, companies have been able since late May 2012 to seek accreditation as a Notified Body for the inspection of plants subject to monitoring. This accreditation is effected by the authorities of the 20 Italian regions. As a matter of principle, only companies that have a branch office in the respective region and employ at least two inspectors there will be approved.
Widespread provision of services from a single source
"In this short period, we have already become accredited in 13 Italian regions," explains Gennaro Oliva, Head of Industry Services at TÜV Italia. "Our widespread coverage gives us a significant advantage over most other accredited Notified Bodies, which are generally only represented in one or two regions." According to Oliva, this will primarily benefit companies that are represented throughout Italy and want to get test services from a single source.
As a subsidiary of the international TÜV SÜD Group, TÜV Italia offers a comprehensive range of testing and certification services. The service portfolio extends from periodic testing and inspection of machinery, pressure equipment, plants, and amusement rides, plus non-destructive material testing for all kinds of installations and plants, to the testing of consumer goods and certification of management systems. "The Italian market is very important to us, and we will continue to expand our position there," says Joachim Birnthaler, CEO of TÜV SÜD's Western Europe Region, citing the fact that revenues generated by TÜV Italia have almost doubled since 2009.
Further information about the testing of plants subject to monitoring in Germany is available at www.tuev-sued.de/is and the services of TÜV Italia at http://www.tuv.it.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Thomas Oberst
TÜV SÜD AG
Westendstaße 199, 80686 Munich
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 57 91 - 23 72
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 57 91 - 22 69
About TÜV SÜD
TÜV SÜD is an international leading technical service organization catering to the INDUSTRY, MOBILITY, and CERTIFICATION Segment. The experts and technology consultants are dedicated partners in their clients' processes, offering comprehensive industry expertise throughout the entire value chain. They focus their services on their core competencies of consulting, testing, certification, and training. Over 17,000 employees are committed to optimizing technology, systems, and know-how at over 800 locations in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Africa. Further information is available at www.tuev-sued.de.