PEABODY, MASS. - TÜV SÜD America is pleased to announce its official 25-year anniversary of business operations in the United States. Founded as a business-to-business engineering services firm providing international safety testing and certification services, TÜV SÜD America was officially organized under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as TÜV Bayern Inc., Manchester, MA, in the summer of 1987.

A subsidiary of TÜV SÜD AG, an internationally recognized technical services organization, today the Americas region company's name is officially recognized as TÜV SÜD America Inc. to align with all the TÜV SÜD companies worldwide. Its primary service divisions are Industry Service, Management Service, Product Service, and its subsidiaries, PetroChem Inspection Services Inc. and Global Risk Consultants Corp.

"TÜV SÜD America is an important cornerstone of our company's internationalization strategy," says Dr. Axel Stepken, chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG. "The U.S. market plays a crucial role in the global economy. Through our services, we support our clients in the Americas in distinguishing themselves and to win top positions in the global marketplace."

In 25 years of operations in the United States, TÜV SÜD has grown from a handful of individuals to a staff more than 1,000 experts in over a dozen locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, including the acquisitions of EST Testing Solutions and PetroChem Inspection Services in 2006, followed by Global Risk Consultants unbundled risk management and engineering consulting expertise in 2010.

"Through a quarter-century of tremendous organic growth, investments, and acquisitions, TÜV SÜD has significantly increased our footprint in the Americas marketplace for our customers," says Ian Nicol, president and CEO, TÜV SÜD America Inc.

"These acquisitions in combination with investments in new initiatives outside of the quality and safety focus supporting renewable energy, battery testing, and lighting fosters our growing network of testing laboratories and services,” Nicol concludes. “TÜV SÜD enables clients to conveniently test their products and demonstrate their commitment to quality in building safe and reliable products. We are excited to continue our strategy of providing 'added value' to our customers and to expand our service portfolio with new strategic locations in the years to come.”