TÜV Rheinland

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TÜV Rheinland AG

legal form Corporation
founding 1872
Seat Cologne , GermanyGermanyGermany 
management Michael Fübi
(Chairman of the Board of Management)
Number of employees 20,450 (2018)
sales 1.99 billion EUR (2018)
Branch service
Website www.tuv.com

TÜV Rheinland high-rise in Cologne

The TÜV Rheinland AG is an international, independent testing service based in Cologne . TÜV Rheinland is a technical testing organization in the areas of safety, efficiency and quality. TÜV Rheinland is the most internationally oriented of the three competing TÜV corporate groups in Germany .

The Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV Rheinland AG is Michael Fübi, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board is Michael Hüther . The sole shareholder of TÜV Rheinland AG is TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz eV

With 19,924 employees, TÜV Rheinland generated sales of 1.97 billion euros and earnings before interest and taxes of 130.6 million euros in 2017 . Business outside of Germany accounted for 45 percent of sales. The company is present on every continent with its own companies. 11,420 employees work outside Germany, 8,504 in Germany.


In the course of the industrial revolution, steam engines found their way into factories in the 19th century . However, some steam boilers could not withstand the stresses and there were numerous terrible boiler explosions with innumerable deaths and injuries. Therefore entrepreneurs founded on October 31, 1872 under the chairmanship of the cloth manufacturer Gustav Schlieper jun. on his own initiative the “Association for the Monitoring of Steam Boilers in the Elberfeld and Barmen Districts ”. Elberfeld-Barmen (today Wuppertal ) was the first large industrial conurbation in continental Europe. Further associations were founded in Koblenz (July 6, 1873), Aachen (November 17, 1873) and Mönchengladbach (April 1, 1874). The aim of the founding of the association was to minimize the risk of explosion in the steam boiler by monitoring the technology. These associations were subsequently entrusted by the German Empire with the task of carrying out sovereign security inspections. On April 1, 1877, 80 steam boiler operators in the Rhineland joined forces to form the “Rheinisches Dampfkesselüberwachungsverein Cöln-Düsseldorf” (DÜV) based in Düsseldorf.

Motorization began in Germany towards the end of the 19th century . In Germany, the first driving license was issued in 1888 for Carl Benz , the inventor of the automobile. From 1900 the DÜV checked the first motor vehicles and took driving license tests. With increasing motorization, on September 29, 1903, a Prussian ministerial decree introduced the first fundamental, Reich-wide regulation of the examination of motor vehicle drivers. The experts from DÜV were recommended for the tests.

On April 1, 1909, the Rheinische Dampfkesselverein split into two independent associations, namely the Rheinische D.Ü.V. Düsseldorf-Essen and the D.Ü.V. Cologne , on. Due to the further mechanization of industrial society, the DÜV expanded its activities in 1918 to the areas of mining and energy.

In 1936 the Rhenish DÜV became the "Technical Monitoring Association Cologne", or TÜV Cologne for short. The license to carry out the driving test had to be given in 1940 to engineers of the National Socialist Motor Vehicle Corps (NSKK) ; It was not until 1950 that the TÜV was allowed to carry out the driving test again.

At the beginning of the 1960s, the "TÜV Cologne" had grown to 600 employees and expanded to six locations in the Rhineland. In 1962 the company was therefore renamed “TÜV Rheinland eV”. Under the chairmanship of Albert Kuhlmann, the company began with a national expansion and a short time later with its international expansion: in 1967 the first German TÜV-Rheinland subsidiary was founded, followed by the first subsidiary abroad in 1970. In the same year, the Construction of the new company headquarters Am Grauen Stein in Cologne's Poll district began. The 114 m high skyscraper, the work of the architect Helmut Hentrich , was moved into in 1974.

TÜV Rheinland in Berlin

TÜV Rheinland AG was founded in 1993 to control the operating companies . In 1997, TÜV Rheinland merged with TÜV Berlin-Brandenburg eV to form "TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg eV" Another merger took place in 2003 with TÜV Pfalz eV to form "TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz eV".

At the same time, the group of companies was renamed "TÜV Rheinland Group" and increasingly oriented itself as an international company. In 2005 the LGA and two large Hungarian testing institutes are integrated. In 2006, TÜV Rheinland joined the United Nations' “Global Compact” strategic initiative . The international network of companies and interest groups campaigns for human rights, basic labor rights and environmental protection as well as against corruption worldwide. The international TÜV Rheinland Global Compact Award was presented for the first time in 2008 . The award is given to outstanding personalities whose work supports the goals of the United Nations Global Compact.

Thanks to extensive acquisitions in 2006 and 2010, TÜV Rheinland is one of the largest independent testing companies in Brazil with well over 1,800 employees. Since the establishment of the subsidiary in Australia in 2007, TÜV Rheinland has been represented in the market on all continents.

In 2012, TÜV Rheinland achieved more sales outside Germany than in Germany for the first time in the company's history. Around 60 percent of employees work outside of Germany.

On September 29, 2014, the Supervisory Board appointed Michael Fübi as Chairman of the Management Board with effect from January 1, 2015. The engineer was previously Chief Executive Officer of RWE Technology, which is responsible for project development and power plant construction in the RWE Group. Previously he worked for Babcock Borsig AG and since 2002 for RWE . In January 2010 he was appointed to the management and in September 2012 to the management of RWE Technology.

Fields of work

E-filling station in front of the company headquarters in Cologne

TÜV Rheinland is an independent service group for testing, inspection, certification, advice and training. The company has bundled its services in five business areas: Industry Service & Cyber ​​Security, Mobility, Products, Academy & Life Care and Systems. TÜV Rheinland tests technical systems, products and services, accompanies projects and designs processes for companies.

TÜV Rheinland offers services for almost all branches of industry and areas of life. These include, for example, the energy industry, the production of consumer goods, the automotive, raw materials and capital goods industries, trade, construction, food industry, aviation, IT, IT security and data protection, logistics, banks and financial service providers, agriculture, leisure and tourism or the education and health sectors.

In many countries, TÜV Rheinland also takes on tasks to relieve the state, for example inspecting motor vehicles and industrial plants as well as holding driver's license tests.

Industry Service & Cyber ​​Security

The largest business area of ​​industrial testing includes the classic testing of industrial plants, power plants, steam boilers, pressure vessels and elevators as well as the areas of construction technology, infrastructure and project management. There is also the area of ​​information security with advice and certification. In addition, TÜV Rheinland is becoming increasingly involved in the energy sector. This applies to tests and certifications in the field of renewable energies as well as to infrastructure and conventional power plant technology or the oil and gas industry. In the field of renewable energies, the company maintains a broad network of Solar Energy Assessment Centers with a focus on testing and certification of photovoltaic modules.


TÜV Rheinland checks the safety of 8.6 million vehicles in Germany and worldwide every year. Especially in the field of vehicle inspections, TÜV Rheinland maintains 275 test centers in Chile, Germany, France, Latvia and Spain as well as test centers for passive safety, exhaust gas and engine technology. Another field of activity is damage and valuation reports including the specialized market for high-quality classic cars. Internationally, the area of ​​services in rail technology is also being promoted further.


TÜV Rheinland tests the safety, usability, functionality and quality of products worldwide. He works as a testing service provider from development to market approval, nationally and internationally. The tests take place in the fields of medicine, protective clothing, children's toys, cosmetics, food, vehicles and electronics.

Academy & Life Care

TÜV Rheinland has bundled numerous services relating to people at their workplace and in their professional environment in a separate division. This includes topics of personnel and organizational development, advanced training and seminars, company health management, occupational medicine and occupational safety, personal certifications, labor market services and private schools as well as publishing and media offers. The division has around 60 locations in Germany and around 30 countries on all continents.


TÜV Rheinland evaluates management systems according to internationally recognized standards or according to individual performance criteria. The most important standards that are checked include quality management, environmental management and occupational safety. TÜV Rheinland has been offering employers a certificate since 2014 in order to make the value orientation of a company visible. The criteria relate to the assessment of personnel management strategies and applied practice with regard to personnel recruitment and development. Some additional modules such as “Parental friendliness” and “Fit for foreign specialists” are offered.

International activities

TÜV Rheinland has a global network of test laboratories and test centers for analyzing different issues. These include laboratories for environmental analysis and materials technology, for physical and chemical tests and for the analysis of food.

The largest laboratory centers of the so-called Global Technology Assessment Center (GTAC) of TÜV Rheinland are located in Bangkok, Budapest, Cologne / Nuremberg, Milan, Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Yokohama. In the GTAC, experts from the independent testing service provider control and certify the quality and safety of products around the world. This reflects the reality of the global flow of goods.

Corporate strategy

The corporate strategy was realigned in 2019. The goal by 2022 is further international sales growth, growth in profitability and an increase in the number of employees in Germany and worldwide. Furthermore, the simplification of processes and structures as well as the concentration on scalable services are in focus. The most important content-related fields are digitization and Industry 4.0, quality assurance services along the global flow of goods, energy and infrastructure, and new forms of industrial testing.

TÜV Rheinland test mark

Over the course of time, the company had created over 130 different TÜV Rheinland certification marks, some of which were used regionally and some internationally. Since January 2013 there is only one TÜV Rheinland test mark; a square, white " button " with the company logo and in the lower quarter of the field the white lettering "ZERTIFIZIERT" on a blue background. The TÜV Rheinland test mark is supplemented by a special ID number that is publicly available on the company's website and contains details on the respective certification. In combination with a QR code, the test mark is also made forgery-proof, as it can be checked at any time. Further additions, depending on the certification, can include the specification of external test marks, such as the GS mark, or information about the next test. The addition of a key term to the test mark makes it clear what exactly has been tested by TÜV Rheinland.


In July 2013, the film for the introductory campaign for the new test mark received the Red Dot Design Award .

In 2016, the international research company CRF Institute recognized TÜV Rheinland as one of the leading employers in Germany for the ninth time in a row.


TÜV Rheinland is an independently operating company. In addition, in Germany there is TÜV Süd and TÜV Nord as other nationally and internationally competing TÜV companies. Large parts of the population and many of the company's customers are not aware of the independence of these companies. “The TÜV” is often perceived as a company with a regional appearance.


From the beginning under the chairmanship of the Elberfeld cloth manufacturer Gustav Schlieper jun. Until today, internationally operating company, different personalities shaped the image of TÜV Rheinland. The lists below provide an overview of the managers at the top of the company. When the company was converted into a stock corporation in 1993, the chairman of the board of management became the “ CEO of TÜV Rheinland AG”. The timeline for the chairmen of the administrative board starts later, as this body only came into being with the establishment of the "Technical Monitoring Association Cologne".

Chief Executive Officer
1872-1875 Gustav Schlieper jun.
1876-1878 Otto Budde
1879-1885 Hermann Blecher
1886-1901 Oscar Schlieper
1902-1907 CF shock
1908-1931 Heinrich Overbeck
1931-1938 Paul Neumann Sr.
1938-1950 Friedrich Ebel
1951-1962 Ernst Helfrich
1962-1992 Albert Kuhlmann
 CEO of TÜV Rheinland AG
1993-2009 Bruno O. Braun
2010-2011 Friedrich Hecker
2011-2014 Manfred Bayerlein
2014 Ulrich Fietz
since January 1, 2015 Michael Fübi
Chair of the Board of Directors
1938-1947 Fritz Lehmann
1947-1951 Otto Einsler
1951-1975 Heinz Horn
1975-1988 Walter Bellingrodt
1978-1987 Paul-Ernst Bauwens
1987-1990 Erich Seifert
1990-1993 Paul-Ernst Bauwens
1993-1994 Albert Kuhlmann
1994-2002 Heinz Malangré
since 2002 Gerd Schäfer


PIP scandal

In connection with the health scandal of the French medical device manufacturer Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), TÜV Rheinland, which was the notified body responsible for the certification of the PIP implants as implantable medical devices in connection with the CE mark , has been criticized . TÜV Rheinland was responsible for checking the quality management and compliance with the European guidelines for medical devices. The company claims that it was itself a victim of the criminal activities of PIP and that it has been taking legal action against the implant manufacturer since the irregularities became known in March 2010. So far, two courts have ruled in the first instance that TÜV Rheinland cannot be accused of any negligence in connection with the PIP implants. As a consequence of the scandal, the CEO of TÜV Rheinland is calling for changes to the test regulations in order to be able to better prevent extreme criminal acts in the future. For this purpose, according to his ideas, a 4-point program is to be introduced which prescribes type tests, taking samples from production and testing products that have already been delivered. In addition, supervisory authorities should be obliged to include the testing organizations in their flow of information. TÜV Rheinland was sued for damages in January 2013 by an affected 62-year-old woman from Ludwigshafen. On September 12, 2013, the health insurance AOK Bayern filed a lawsuit against TÜV Rheinland at the Nuremberg-Fürth regional court . AOK Bayern is demanding compensation for the costs of the operations to remove the breast implants from 27 insured persons.

Textile factories in Bangladesh

On June 6, 2013, ARD Monitor reported on too lax inspections by TÜV Rheinland in textile factories in Bangladesh. There, social standards and working conditions (via the BSCI seal) of the local factory workers are to be monitored. It has been criticized that factory workers have to work long hours of overtime and that they are occasionally beaten. TÜV Rheinland rejects these allegations in a press release.


  • Clemens Holzhauer: "The silent revolution - 100 years of the Technical Monitoring Association Rhineland", Verlag TÜV Rheinland, 1972
  • Heinz Welz: "With security towards the future - The history of TÜV Rheinland", Verlag TÜV Rheinland, 1996
  • Jörg Meyer zu Altenschildesche a. a .: Check the inspector. How does TÜV Rheinland work? TÜV Media Publishing House, Cologne 2014

Web links

Commons : TÜV Rheinland  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. [1]
  2. Current key figures . tuv.com. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  3. a b Holzhauer, page 27
  4. Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger: No seal for TÜV Germany from October 1, 2002; Accessed January 17, 2014
  5. a b Autobild: 100 Years of Driving Test - At the beginning, the character of November 7, 2003 counted ; Accessed January 17, 2014.
  6. TÜV Rheinland: data and facts
  7. Michael Fübi becomes the new CEO of TÜV Rheinland AG ; Accessed October 24, 2014
  8. Mission statement of TÜV Rheinland , PDF file; Accessed February 17, 2014
  9. ^ TÜV Rheinland: Services provided by TÜV Rheinland ; Accessed February 17, 2014
  10. a b TÜV Rheinland press department: expansion course continued in 2012 , press release from January 31, 2013; Accessed February 17, 2014
  11. a b TÜV Rheinland: test centers worldwide ; Accessed February 6, 2017
  12. TÜV Rheinland: product testing ; Accessed February 17, 2014
  13. TÜV Rheinland: Management Systems ; Accessed January 17, 2014
  14. TÜV Rheinland: Energy Management ISO 50001 ; Accessed January 17, 2014
  15. TÜV Rheinland: Excellent employer ; Accessed December 12, 2014
  16. TÜV Rheinland: An overview of our previous test marks ; Accessed February 17, 2014
  17. TÜV Rheinland Information Center: The new test mark from TÜV Rheinland ; Accessed February 17, 2013
  18. ^ TÜV Rheinland: TÜV Rheinland's certificate database ; Accessed February 17, 2014
  19. a b news current press portal: Red Dot Award for TÜV Rheinland - winner in the “Communication Design” category from July 15, 2013; Accessed February 17, 2014
  20. CRF Institute: Certified Top Employers ( Memento of the original dated February 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ; Accessed May 2, 2016. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.top-employers.com
  21. Heinz Welz: With security towards the future - The TÜV Rheinland story , Verlag TÜV Rheinland, 1996, page 142
  22. TÜV Rheinland: Press release from January 13, 2012
  23. TÜV Rheinland: TÜV Rheinland: Statement on implants from Poly Implant Prothèse
  24. ^ The criminal record of October 5, 2013
  25. Interview with Manfred Bayerlein: “Outrageous Fraud” in Focus 10/2012 , page 122
  26. Report on spiegel.de from January 8, 2013 , accessed on January 8, 2013
  27. Defective breast implants: health insurance company sued TÜV Rheinland. In: Spiegel Online . September 12, 2013, accessed June 9, 2018 .
  28. ARD Monitor report ( Memento from June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  29. TÜV Rheinland press release


  1. ↑ Temporarily until a new CEO is appointed.
  2. Michael Fübi becomes the new CEO of TÜV Rheinland AG

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