Historical development of RWTÜV

Historie RWTÜV

The roots of RWTÜV extend back to the year 1872, with the establishment of the steam boiler inspection association named “Dampfkesselüberwachungsverein (DÜV) Lenne, Sieg und Dill”. In 1938, following mergers with other steam boiler inspection associations in the Rhine and Ruhr regions, TÜV Essen e.V. was formed. Its name was changed to RWTÜV e.V. at the end of the 1980s. The purpose of the association was and still is to protect natural and legal persons, property and the environment from the detrimental impacts of technology.

RWTÜV gradually transformed into an innovative, market-oriented service company. In the 1990s, as this transformation took place, RWTÜV acquired a group structure in line with the normal industry standard. The operating business was divided into independent group companies managed by a holding company, the present-day RWTÜV GmbH. Today, RWTÜV e.V. is the main shareholder in RWTÜV GmbH, via Aktaios Verwaltungs-GmbH.

With full market liberalisation approaching, in 2004 the traditional testing and inspection services were hived off from RWTÜV Group and merged with the operating service companies of TÜV NORD e.V. and TÜV Hannover/Sachsen-Anhalt e.V. The TÜV NORD group was created in the course of this merger. RWTÜV GmbH has an equity interest in its management holding company TÜV NORD AG.

A few years later, in 2007, RWTÜV e.V. established the foundation RWTÜV-Stiftung. Its purpose, "to promote science and research in the fields of technology, safety and the environment", is complementary to the purpose of its founder. The foundation supports scientific projects at many well-known higher universities in Germany. Sponsored projects range from nanotechnology and fuel cells to medical diagnostics. Since 2012, RWTÜV-Stiftung has also funded a junior professorship at the University of Münster. The foundation holds shares in Aktaios Verwaltungs-GmbH and is therefore indirectly a shareholder in RWTÜV GmbH.

Today, RWTÜV e.V. and RWTÜV-Stiftung form the structural umbrella of the RWTÜV Group. They firmly uphold the Group's core values, namely: neutrality, independence and reliability. At the same time, RWTÜV e.V. and RWTÜV-Stiftung guarantee the sustainable development of the RWTÜV Group, which is free from the influences of the capital market.

Since 2004, RWTÜV has positioned itself as an independent group of companies with a multiple brand strategy under the management holding company RWTÜV GmbH. Today, the RWTÜV Group is highly successful in its niche markets, with solid financial figures.


Established in Siegen as "Dampfkesselüberwachungsverein Lenne, Sieg und Dill"


Merger with other inspection associations to form TÜV Essen e.V.


Name changed to "Rheinisch-Westfälischer Technischer Überwachungsverein" (Rhine-Westphalia technical monitoring association)


Gradual transformation into a market-oriented, internationally operating service organisation


Name changed to RWTÜV


TÜV Thüringen set up


Group structure created


Traditional testing and inspection business merged with service companies of TÜV NORD e.V. and TÜV Hannover/Sachsen-Anhalt e.V., forming the TÜV NORD AG group


RWTÜV-Stiftung (foundation) established

Since 2004

Group of companies with multiple-brand strategy in niche markets