In 150 years, RWTÜV has grown into a group of companies with global operations. Get to know us: 

The milestones of our changeable development since the start as a steam boiler monitoring association in 1872, the companies that today stand for safety and research with their engineers and experts in the fields of "Telecommunications", "Energy & Environment" and "Insurance", and the people who fill our motto "Creating value also in the future" with life every day.

Oberbürgermeister Thomas Kufen I Foto: Patrick Laut

With an atmospheric celebration, RWTÜV marked the climax of its anniversary festivities spread throughout the year on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Around 60 invited guests, including Essen's Lord Mayor Thomas Kufen as well as the Board of Directors, Supervisory Board, other representatives of the Group's bodies and the managing directors of the subsidiaries, were able to follow the varied history of the long-established company, which started out as the "Dampfkesselüberwachungsverein" (Steam Boiler Monitoring Association) in 1872, in film, spoken and visual presentations. They also experienced a highly motivated outlook into the future of RWTÜV. "Today, we are no longer a classic TÜV, but we embody its classic values and technical expertise - and we are expanding on them. With this in mind, you will be hearing a lot more from us!" announced RWTÜV Managing Director Thomas Biedermann confidently. In his congratulatory remarks, Mayor Kufen praised the successful linking of local ties and internationalization as well as the preservation of medium-sized values as a breeding ground for future vision and leadership.

The evening at the Group's headquarters in Essen was followed by a vernissage with live music by young musicians from the Folkwang University of the Arts. The guests present were impressed by the works on display by Mehmet Karacas, Juri Kim and Hang Dong, all three recent graduates of the Essen University of the Arts (HBK).

Photo: Patrick Laut

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The search for an appropriate legal form, for the best possible positioning, and also for a suitable name were the defining questions for RWTÜV at the turn of the millennium. The development of the Group was – and is – far from complete.

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150 years after the foundation of a small self-help project in Siegen called “Dampfkesselüberwachungsverein Lenne, Sieg und Dill e.V.”, the RWTÜV Group is now a globally operating business, represented on almost all continents, with around 2,000 employees. 

Yesterday we celebrated another highlight of the anniversary year with an atmospheric celebration.

The review of 150 years of tradition combined with a highly motivated outlook into the future of RWTÜV merged into an upbeat evening with an art exhibition and live music.

The administrative board, supervisory board and the managing directors of our subsidiaries were impressed by the works of the selected artists Mehmet Karaca, Juri Kim and Hang Dong, all three students of the Essen University of Fine Arts. 

Only three weeks after the first highlight of the anniversary year, the second highlight is already coming up: our official anniversary celebration with the Board of Directors, the Supervisory Board, the managing directors of our subsidiaries and our committee members. We are particularly looking forward to our guest of honour Thomas Kufen, Lord Mayor of the City of Essen.

For more than 45 years, CONSULECTRA GmbH has stood for optimised, customised and sustainable solutions and security of action, offering companies in the energy industry as critical infrastructure (KRITIS) services in network planning, IT system and organisational consulting as well as IT security. 

Anyone who works so conscientiously deserves a celebration in the anniversary year of the parent company! 😊

ENOPLAN GmbH, a subsidiary of RWTÜV, offers solutions for industrial and commercial customers: Due to the current political situation, concrete and reliable offers from energy suppliers are currently a rare commodity. Those who want to remain able to act can get help from ENOPLAN and be offered a suitable purchasing model (from 500,000 kWh).

As a member of the Charta der Vielfalt e.V. (Diversity Charter), we would like to congratulate you on this day of action, which for 10 years has been bringing the idea of
the idea of diversity into the world of work!

House of Plasma from Bochum! 🚀

The experts at House of Plasma are the developers of a multipole resonance probe that enables industry-compatible plasma diagnostics and successful use in industrial production processes.

House of Plasma offers top-class #measurement technology that significantly improves the quality of manufacturing processes in plasma surface treatments.

Areas of application are, for example, the surface of solar cells, eyeglass lenses, lenses, PET bottles and electronic devices that are treated with plasma. Being able to measure in the #plasma now is a special challenge that the Bochum researchers have elegantly solved.

With the real-time measurement of process-critical plasma parameters during surface treatment, process fluctuations or poor results are detected at an early stage and avoided.

We find: The solution to this problem and the measurement of the production parameters is true Industry 4.0 from NRW and is worthy of our highest award!

These three convinced us with their outstanding ideas, which we will present to you in detail next week, and won the RWTÜV Anniversary Startup Award!

Our 50 or so invited guests were also impressed by the creativity and know-how of our award winners, who presented their business ideas to us in short videos and talks.

After the award ceremony and greetings from our guests from politics and business, there was lively networking in the inspiring surroundings of the Buschhütten campus.

Who knows what exciting new projects might emerge?

Enjoy our small picture gallery! 🚀

Around 150 years ago, the self-help associations for steam boiler monitoring came into being, not only the predecessor of the RWTÜV for the industrial district of Lenne, Sieg and Dill e.V., but also in Great Britain, the whole of Germany, the neighbouring countries.

And what has grown out of that? An internationally active group with subsidiaries and branches on all continents. Over the decades, countless steam boiler explosions, car accidents, burst pipes and other accidents have been prevented, and even more inventions accompanied and exciting innovations made possible.

Therefore, today on Friday 13 May, we think: Do something good, found an association! We wish you every success!

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With their expertise and history of successful research activities, the development and testing laboratories of the subsidiaries of today’s RWTÜV Group are in demand worldwide. In parallel, the Group’s own foundation supports research projects and initiatives.

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To this day, it remains the case that inspections alone cannot sufficiently minimise possible risks. As early as 1921, when a predecessor of RWTÜV still operated under the name of the Mines Association (Zechen-Verein) in Essen, a department for laboratory work was established in addition to the steam boiler department, electrical engineering department, and department for heat and power management.

Travel stories

We have packed the anniversary suitcase again and sent it on its next journey!

This time it's "across the pond" to the offices of RWTÜV subsidiary CETECOM in the USA. On an area of approx. 45,000 sqm, the colleagues sit here in the best neighbourhood to the companies in SiliconValley.

CETECOM USA mainly offers OTA, Wi-Fi and audio tests to suppliers of IT and telecommunications equipment in order to ideally prepare manufacturers for market approval.


At the Campus Buschhütten in Kreuztal, we will award prizes to the innovative business ideas of three start-up companies from NRW on 19 May 2022.

On the occasion of our 150th company anniversary, in cooperation with Startup Campus Siegen, we had announced a prize of 150,000 euros for young entrepreneurs under the patronage of the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, and received applications from over 60 young companies from North Rhine-Westphalia.

The winning start-up will receive 70,000 euros from RWTÜV GmbH; second place will receive 50,000 euros and third place 30,000 euros.

Better Bau GmbH from Essen, House of Plasma GmbH from Bochum and Terranigma Solutions GmbH based in Aachen made it onto the shortlist in alphabetical order. 

But which company will end up in which position?

As part of the eurobits security summit 2022, the eurobits women academy (ewa) workshop will take place this Friday at the GDATA Campus in Bochum.

RWTÜV is a supporter of the ewa and its declared goal of getting more women interested in IT security. That's why our Managing Director Thomas Biedermann is today's panel guest at the summit and will describe the company's activities in terms of diversity, perspectives and offers for female employees.

All information is available here: eurobits women academy | ewa

Last Thursday, our managing director Thomas Biedermann visited the apro.gmbh | Computer & Dienstleistung team in Erfurt, which has been part of the group since the beginning of April. In addition to managing director and shareholder Tobias Apel, office dog Bobby was also present at the get-to-know-you appointment! The kick-off meeting took place in the newly occupied office, which is clearly designed for growth. APRO GmbH, experts in IT security, information security, confidentiality and data protection projects who are recognised throughout Germany and Europe, is to strengthen RWTÜV's services in the field of digitalisation and data security. Together with the Siegen-based company ensun, a technology scouting and solution provider for digitalisation issues in which RWTÜV holds a stake, and Consulectra GmbH, APRO GmbH helps the customers of the RWTÜV Group with the currently relevant IT security topics. How secure is your IT set-up?

ALD Automotive is one of the leading providers of cross-manufacturer vehicle leasing and fleet management, with over 5,000 customers and over 1.62M vehicles at 43 locations around the world. The Paris-based company, has selected RWTÜV subsidiary Van Ameyde Group in the Netherlands to manage its self-insured property damage and personal injury risks under Motor Third Party Liability (MTPL) as well as recoveries arising from damage inflicted to its fleet.

ENOPLAN GmbH in Bruchsal has been busy building since last year. The new building is not only intended to bring about a spatial change.

It also represents a step into a new, modern working world and the start of the upcoming process changes at ENOPLAN in the context of the energy transition.

Accompanied by experts for innovative work concepts, the employees have created a space plan for a team- and function-specific working environment that enables modern processes and promotes inspired work.

In addition, it should inspire employees for the company and offer flexibility. The basis was the results of a previous analysis that included all organisational, spatial, cultural and technological requirements.

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RWTÜV subsidiary Ingenieurbüro Nordhorn GmbH & Co. KG plans intelligent and efficient technical building equipment (TGA) at the pulse of time - and is in corresponding demand.

In 2021, the growing Münster team moved to a larger space in "Speicher 3" at the port of Münster and opened further branches in Hamburg and Berlin in addition to the branch office in Munich.

The Berlin team, based in the Prenzlauer Berg district in the "Maschinenraum," is currently overseeing a particularly exciting project: in the realization competition for the renovation of rehearsal and work rooms, foyers, restaurants and terraces at the Komische Oper Berlin, IB Nordhorn was commissioned by the architectural firm kadawittfeld to develop a building services concept.

The design, much praised for the harmony between tradition and innovation, won the tender and IB Nordhorn has now been commissioned with planning and implementation.

The fascination of James Bond films or many a Netflix series lies in the fact that there is a lot of crashing and banging going on.

But who actually pays when something breaks "off schedule" on the set in London, Rome or Paris?

In this case, the adjusters at British company Spotlite Claims Ltd. have been the contact of choice for 10 years. Spotlite specializes in the settlement of #insurance claims in the entertainment sector.

In the event of claims arising in the course of film, TV and advertising productions, the Spotlite experts, with an international network of specialists, engage in active claims management, examine claims in an economically efficient manner, and then quickly gather all technical and financial information.

Spotlite is a reliable "all-in-one" provider for all entertainment claims management needs.

And since April 2022, a member of the RWTÜV family, as Van Ameyde Group, International Insurance Service Provider, has acquired the company. 
Roll cameras for a new chapter of success!:)

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As an excursion destination for the last day of the holidays, we recommend the Media Harbour in Düsseldorf today!

Here you will find the construction management project Campus MIZAL of the RWTÜV subsidiary G+N Consult Baumanagement GmbH. From the design of the architects Eller & Eller, the "working world of the future" was created on a 15,000 m² plot under the project management of G+N: an innovative and sustainable office landscape with a complex utilisation concept, which is now ready for occupancy in the 2nd quarter of 2022.

The different areas and levels of the campus site, a total of around 52,000 m² of usable space, are partly open to the public, partly reserved for enclosed smart offices. Inner courtyards, sheltered pavilions and a spacious promenade lined with plants form a green protective cloak against the highly frequented traffic routes of the surrounding area.

On roofs and terraces, almost completely greened utility and activity areas are created. Here, our RWTÜV subsidiary G+N Consult optimally combines requirements, prerequisites and needs and is responsible for environmentally friendly construction at the highest level, in keeping with the tradition of the parent company - yesterday chimneys, today skyline-defining landmark buildings!

RWTÜV wishes happy Easter holidays! 

As a little Easter egg, we have prepared the next Newsletter for you. It's about a very hot topic, namely energy.

No, we don't have the solution to the current shortages or an answer to the skyrocketing prices. But historically grown expertise, deep knowledge of the market and future-oriented consulting are offered by RWTÜV subsidiaries ENOPLAN GmbH and CONSULECTRA Unternehmensberatung GmbH, which we present in this issue.

Drive digitalization, strengthen data security - this motto already applies to all three business units of the RWTÜV Group. The management has now set the course for further expansion of activities in the area of IT security:

Since April 4, 2022, apro.gmbh | Computer & Dienstleistung from Erfurt has been part of the Group family.

The eleven-strong consulting team is booked throughout Germany and Europe for IT security, information security, emergency management, confidentiality and data protection projects.

Customers are companies and especially public administrations that need support in implementing laws (BSIG, BDSG) or standards (BSI-Standard 200-x, ISO27001).

Here comes together what belongs together!

Welcome, APRO!

In 2020, RWTÜV subsidiary CETECOM established a platform to collect and make available information and know-how on the subject of testing and approval of products with wireless technology. A little more than two years, 23 webinar recordings, seven whitepapers and more than 120 news articles later, what started as a "test balloon" can be called a complete success!

CETECOM has succeeded in creating a central contact point for questions and knowledge transfer around this complex subject area. More than 10,000 registrations, visits and downloads speak for themselves. 

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The course is set for change in the 21st century, and expert advice is more important than ever in a sector becoming increasingly complex.

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All aspects of the energy business were already of interest to the founding associations of RWTÜV. And today – many decades and various energy sources later – industrial and commercial enterprises as well as businesses in the service sector are important customers for the RWTÜV subsidiaries.

Is your previously owner-managed company lacking a regulated succession?

Are you looking for a long-term oriented, financially strong partner who enables investments and thus new growth scales?

And you want to continue to support your company in transition in the medium or long term with a high degree of entrepreneurial freedom? 
Then contact us, RWTÜV is the right partner for you. We are a medium-sized group, independent of the capital market, with the structures and values of a family business and 150 years of company history.
We offer you a solid, trustworthy and reliable company succession or financial potential for investments with entrepreneurial courage but a sense of proportion.

We preserve the #values you have created and take responsibility for your workforce. 
With RWTÜV Group, the future of your life's work is in safe hands.

Congratulations to RWTÜV subsidiary CTC advanced GmbH, as it has once again been awarded the "Family-friendly company" seal of approval by the Saarland state government and the Saarland Chamber of Industry and Commerce!

For CTC advanced, as for all members of the RWTÜV Group, promoting the compatibility of family and work, such as through mobile workplaces, flexible working hours, an open exchange and close involvement of employee families, has long been a matter of course. But regular recertification is a constant reminder to the company to constantly question, reinvent and best position itself as a modern and family-friendly employer, comments Managing Director Andreas Ehre.

If you are also looking for an exciting and varied job at a family-friendly company: >> CTC advanced GmbH

cesitec GmbH is a leading service provider in mechanical and plant engineering. With a portfolio covering all aspects of conformity assessment procedures, functional safety, technical documentation and explosion protection, cesitec GmbH has been a professional partner for industrial companies for years.

Since they were founded 150 years ago, the technical inspection agencies and their engineers have helped shape the economic and social life of our country by providing testing and safety support for developments and inventions in all areas of application.

Since when vehicle owners have had to take a driving test, what the Medical-Psychological Institute's tasks are and where within the RWTÜV group of companies these services are classified today, you can find out in the current newsletter.

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RWTÜV has developed into a group of brand-strong technology service companies. Through its companies, it is present in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, America and Australia. RWTÜV bundles its services into three business units: Insurance Services, Telecommunications and Energy & Environment

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An important step in the sense of protecting people from harmful effects of "the technical age" was the foundation of the "Medical-Psychological Institute" MPI in 1954.

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Economic development in Germany is characterized by enormous innovative power. The technical monitoring associations and their engineers were in the direct slipstream of every new development: even if they were not inventors in the true sense of the word, they were indispensable for making these inventions suitable for widespread, safe and also economically efficient use.

On the day when the circle number π is celebrated all over the world, let's join in the praise of applied mathematics! Hooray for pi!

As a company active in telecommunications, energy & environment, and insurance services, and driving digitalization in all areas, we or our
subsidiaries are always on the lookout for math cracks and capable IT specialists, electrical engineers, architects and other experts with an affinity for math or science.

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Even though the RWTÜV Group as a whole is no longer focused on the classic TÜV business, some companies in the Group are still market leaders in the certification field! CTC advanced, based in Saarbrücken/Germany, tests and certifies electronic products with or without telecommunication interfaces according to the requirements of the respective national approval regulations – in Europe, on both American continents, in Africa and in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Globalisation brought the need for international safety and quality standards. The testing, inspection and certification sector was in great demand – and so too were the TÜV associations. Their response was to offer testing according to so-called quality assurance (QA) standards – later adopted by the International Organization for Standardization and published as ISO standards – along with independent certification bodies. For RWTÜV, this was a springboard to success.

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From the very beginning, the inspection association engineers carried out their own research to supplement the knowledge gained from testing activities and lessons learned from explosions. Their findings translated into design specifications and standards intended to prevent accidents and contribute to the best possible protection and welfare of the general public.

At the end of last week we received the anniversary case back from Korea. We are thrilled by the warm greetings, the creative "handicraft work“ 😉 with our portraits and the funny little Korean figurines!

This is exactly how we had imagined the exchange within the branches of the company and it’s subsidiaries to get to know each other better.

Thank you dear colleagues!

Soon the suitcase will be refilled and send off on its way to ….. Japan!