Essen, 14 June 2022 RWTÜV marked the high point of celebrations taking place throughout the year with a special anniversary event on Thursday, 9 June 2022. Around 60 invited guests included the Mayor of the City of Essen, Thomas Kufen, as well as the Advisory Board, Supervisory Board, representatives of the Group’s other governing bodies and the managing directors of the subsidiaries. Via films and audiovisual presentations, they learned about the colourful history of the long-established company, which started out in 1872 as the “Steam Boiler Inspection Association” (Dampfkesselüberwachungsverein). They were also given a highly motivated outlook on the future of RWTÜV. “Today, we are no longer a classical TÜV inspection association, but we embody its traditional values and technical competence – and are building on them,” said Thomas Biedermann, Managing Director of RWTÜV. “You can expect to hear a lot more from us on this topic,” he added. In his congratulatory speech, Mayor Kufen praised the successful marriage of local roots with internationalisation, as well as the preservation of Mittelstand values as a fertile ground for future vision and leadership.
The evening at Group HQ in Essen continued with a display of artwork and a concert performed by young musicians from the Folkwang University of the Arts. Guests were impressed by the exhibited works of Mehmet Karacas, Juri Kims and Hang Dongs, all three recent graduates of the University of Fine Arts Essen (HBK Essen).
The anniversary celebration was a highlight for the company, which has grown over 150 years from a self-help association into an agile group with activities in the fields of energy and environment, IT and telecommunications, and insurance services. A few weeks ago, under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the RWTÜV Startup Prize worth a total of 150,000 euros was awarded to three promising startup companies from the region; the inauguration of “RWTÜV Campus” – an internal innovation and training platform – took place on 10 June.
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