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TÜV SÜD America Inc. Company History
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Established over 140 years ago as a steam boiler inspection association, TÜV SÜD is a globally active, future-oriented company, represented internationally by more than 600 locations. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, TÜV SÜD is the largest of the German TÜVs with 2006 revenues of EUR 1.17 billion and over 11,000 employees.
The original TÜV association in Bavaria, founded over 140 years ago, had 43 industry members and employed just two safety inspectors. With the advancement of technology, its presence and capabilities quickly expanded. In the 1900's the group began working not only with electrically powered devices but also passenger elevators, diesel engines, sprinkler systems, and hydroelectric power plants. These inspection services further expanded into the transportation and motor vehicle industries and later to the nuclear energy industry. As late as the 1980's, the TÜV associations (TÜV Bayern being one of the largest) continued to operate independently in the federal states of Germany and their activities and name became synonymous with public safety, quality, and environmental protection.
Deregulation, liberalization, and harmonization of trade practices in Europe in the late 1980's and early 1990's allowed TÜV Bayern, whose activities were limited to Bavaria, to compete with other inspection agencies on both a national and international level. To meet this challenge, TÜV Bayern joined forces with other regional TÜVs: TÜV Hessen and TÜV Sachsen; establishing TÜV Bayern Holding AG a holding organization for technical safety services. In 1997 TÜV Südwest joined TÜV Bayern Holding AG and formed TÜV Süddeutschland Holding AG, the largest of the TÜV organizations. In 2004, TÜV Süddeutschland changed its name to TÜV SÜD AG.
Globally, there are several TÜV organizations, including TÜV SÜD AG, TÜV Rheinland, TÜV Nord, RW TÜV, and others. The largest of the TÜV organizations is TÜV SÜD.
TÜV SÜD America understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities. We manage conflict of interest and ensure the objectivity of our certification activities
SÜD America Inc.
Product Service division
Our Medical services unit is the leading Notified Body for a number of EU Directives including: Medical Devices Directive, Active Implantable Medical Devices directive and the In Vitro Diagnostic Directive. In addition, TÜV SÜD America provides FDA 510(k) reviews and third-party inspections, an SCC-qualified ISO 13485 registrar for the Canadian Medical Devices Regulations, EMC testing service provider (60601-1-2), NRTL services, Japanese approvals, and more.
Our EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) services unit is a leading provider of EMC testing solutions in the military and aerospace/defense fields. Services include testing to MIL-STD-461, RTCA/DO-160, EUROCAE/ED-14, Def-Stan 59-41, Multiple-Burst and Multiple-Stroke Lightning and HIRF testing up to 9500 Volts/meter.
Our environmental testing unit provides dynamics (vibration & shock), acoustic, climatic and fluid dynamics testing from our accredited labs, simulating the most hostile environments.
Management Service division
Industry Service division
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