Munich/Ankara - TÜV SÜD has acquired the Ankara-based Turkish company TEKKON A.S., a provider of specialist services in the fields of quality assurance and quality control, non-destructive testing and inspections. The acquisition represents a further expansion of TÜV SÜD’s portfolio of industrial services in Turkey. The company is primarily known there for the vehicle roadworthiness tests supplied by TÜVTÜRK, a joint venture of TÜV SÜD, Doğuş Holding and Bridgepoint, and for testing and certification of industrial pressure equipment.
“Turkey is one of the most attractive high-growth countries in the world”, says Karsten Xander, Member of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG. “We have long sought an opportunity to establish a broader base for our industrial services here in addition to our vehicle inspections.” The services previously supplied by the international testing and certification service provider via its Turkish subsidiary, TÜV SÜD TGK, have focused on testing and certification of pressure equipment, tank systems, machinery and components and on testing and certification services for power stations and production operations. By acquiring Teknoloji ve Kontrol Mühendislik Ticaret A.S. (TEKKON), TÜV SÜD is now pursuing a targeted expansion of its services for the energy sector.
Founded in 1996, TEKKON specialises in non-destructive testing and inspection for the energy industry and additionally offers Quality Assurance and Quality Control. The focus is on services for conventional power plants, suppliers to power plant operators and machinery and plant construction companies. In future the portfolio will be extended areas like Asset Integrity Assessment and services for the Oil and Gas sector. With around 70 employees and a nationwide network of external experts, TEKKON’s operations extend beyond Turkey itself and into neighbouring countries. “As the Turkish economy grows, demand for energy is keeping pace. The necessary investments in the Turkish energy sector which this growth involves offer excellent opportunities for development”, explains Tarhan Alacam, General Manager of TEKKON. “By integrating our company into TÜV SÜD’s international network, we are now able to supply our customers with a broader range of services and expand into new market sectors.”
In Turkey, TÜV SÜD has previously been best known for its activities in the area of periodic vehicle roadworthiness testing. TÜVTÜRK, a joint venture of TÜV SÜD, Doğuş Holdingand Bridgepoint, has operated a national network of 197 service centres and 73 mobile testing units with 3.500 employees since 2007, and conducts over 7 million vehicle roadworthiness tests per year.