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DEKRA’s history begins in 1925 – the year the "Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein" was founded. The company, which started out in the automotive sector, now covers a whole range of safety-related services.
Whether on the road, at work or at home – DEKRA’s skilled experts improve safety across all the key areas of life.
And this mission extends around the globe – the expert organization has a workforce of 44,000 people working in over 60 countries on six continents.
DEKRA’s international expansion began with their entry into the marketplace in France and Italy in 1988. Since then, the company has further expanded its global position through strategic acquisitions with locations in countries such as China, the USA, South Africa and New Zealand.
In 2020, DEKRA generated turnover totaling almost EUR 3.2 billion. DEKRA is the world’s largest unlisted expert organization in the TIC (testing, inspection, certification) industry. You can find more information about our latest business figures, expansions, developments and management in our annual and financial reports.
DEKRA’s extensive and independent expertise also makes it a sought-after partner for decision-makers, organizations and authorities on an international, European, national and regional level. Professional articles written by our experts, on the issue of road safety for example, complement and encourage sustainable political decisions. We have representative offices in Brussels and Berlin representing our political interests.