The Business Unit DEKRA Industrial is the company's largest strategic growth area. With a dynamic increase in revenues of 15% to a total of approximately €630 million, the on-going growth curve has continued to rise in 2012. Besides strong organic growth, this success was also supported by the further expansion of the international market position through strategic acquisitions. Of the total of 10 acquisitions, five took place in the business with industrial testing in order to tap into new areas of expertise and gain new customers.
The acquisitions Incos and W. Hofmann strengthen the newly created DEKRA service unit "Material Testing and Inspection", in which the worldwide material testing activities of DEKRA are bundled. Both companies specialise in the non-destructive testing of materials. With radiographic and ultrasonic procedures, parts such as pipes and weld seams can be tested reliably and quickly for cracks and tightness. Precisely planned and carried out testing and inspection services in large-scale plants of the oil and gas industry reduce costly downtime and save the operators millions.
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Also active in the processing industry is the Californian company Behavioral Science Technology Inc. (BST), acquired at the beginning of 2012. The international consulting firm focuses on helping companies from the chemical, oil and gas industries to establish a no-compromise safety culture from top management to labourers. In the new DEKRA Insight Group, the expert organisation will bundle its expertise in such premium consulting services. As well as the British company Chilworth Global, a specialist in explosion protection and process safety services with branches worldwide, the group also includes the German company DEKRA Consulting GmbH, which offers consulting services in the areas of sustainability management and energy efficiency.DEKRA asserts its position in the temporary job market As an important partner for training and temporary employment for companies and institutions, the Business Unit DEKRA Personnel increased revenues by 2% in 2012 to €340 million. In temporary employment with approximately 1,500 active clients, the DEKRA Arbeit Group has now reached preferred supplier status with 125 customers and is involved in so-called on-site management. That means a DEKRA employee deals with the organisation of the temporary workers directly on site at the customer. In 2012, Airbus, Schmitz-Cargobull and Henkel, for example, were three well-known companies with which new framework agreements were concluded. Nevertheless, fears over the economy and the lack of qualified temporary workers have ended the boom of the previous years. The equal pay regulation and the introduction of industry surcharges as of 1 November 2012 have also contributed to this slowdown. "As a result of the current circumstances, temporary employment as an important instrument of flexibility is becoming increasingly less attractive," says Kölbl. Training and qualification: growth with corporate clients