Munich - By acquiring Dunbar and Boardman Partnership Ltd., TÜV SÜD is continuing to expand its real-estate services in the UK and its global network. The UK service provider has its headquarters in London, with further offices in the UK, Dublin and Dubai. It provides consulting and planning services in the lift, escalator and access equipment sector.
“Dunbar and Boardman’s portfolio of services is the perfect match for our company”, says Dr Ulrich Klotz, Head of TÜV SÜD’s Real Estate & Infrastructure Division. “By acquiring the company, we can achieve several strategic objectives at once.” These objectives span further consolidation of TÜV SÜD’s position on the UK real-estate market, as well as the company’s plans for global establishment and expansion of consulting services from the Real Estate & Infrastructure Division. “In recent years we have made enormous progress in creating an integrated range of consulting services”, says Dr Klotz, “and our customers are the primary beneficiaries.”
The UK is among the most important markets for lifts, escalators and access equipment in the world, with around 270,000 systems in operation. “TÜV SÜD’s acquisition of Dunbar and Boardman has given us the status of market leader”, explains Michael Valente, CEO of the Western Europe Region at TÜV SÜD. With almost 60 employees at 12 locations in the UK and further offices in Dublin and Dubai, Dunbar and Boardman provides a full range of consulting services for the installation, operation and maintenance of lift systems. TÜV SÜD thus now occupies an excellent starting-position from which to roll out further services in the UK and extend its integrated consulting services for the real-estate sector to this market.
“Vertical transport and façade access inspections are areas of core business for TÜV SÜD”, notes Peter Boardman, co-founder of Dunbar and Boardman Partnership Ltd. “I am therefore delighted that our company can extend this core business and continue our successful development under the umbrella of the TÜV SÜD Group. We look forward to contributing our experience and advancing the range of consultancy services on offer.”
TÜV SÜD will continuously expand its range of engineering, testing and consulting services and specialist support for investors, developers, planners, operators and manufacturers of systems, buildings, and infrastructure facilities and, above all, pursue its path of international growth.