TÜV SÜD: Fleet business on course for international success
Munich - As Europe’s largest provider of independent fleet services, the TÜV SÜD subsidiary Fleet Logistics – a member of TÜV SÜD – and its German subsidiary FleetCompany GmbH ensure transparency throughout all processes in this respect. Data analysis joins vehicle selection, leasing and driving behaviour in playing a central role in cost control. To cater to this need, TÜV SÜD acquired Belgian company TCOPlus and its subsidiary FleetVision in May. International fleet management is one of numerous topics that will be addressed by TÜV SÜD at the 2015 IAA, held from 17 to 27 September in Frankfurt am Main. Further subjects will include automated driving, damage management, charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and vehicle development services including buzz, squeak and rattle testing.
“By acquiring leading international software provider TCOPlus, TÜV SÜD is continuing to expand its services in the area of fleet management and focus on its objective of becoming market leader for fleet services in Europe“, stresses Rainer Laber, head of Business Unit Fleet at the TÜV SÜD Group. The software solutions supplied by TCOPlus and FleetVision are the ideal complement for TÜV SÜD’s portfolio of services. To give two examples of dashboard solutions, TCO-FleetCube provides fleet operators with an overview of all key parameters from fleet size and vehicle models to routes travelled, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – in real time. A further solution, “GreenCube”, allows fleet managers to simulate fiscal effects online and deliver valid forecasts for financial operations. As an additional bonus, they can avail themselves of the global network of TÜV SÜD companies in over 70 countries. “Local colleagues are thoroughly familiar with special features and legal framework conditions of specific markets”, points out Laber. “This enables us to provide individual support for our customers at many locations throughout the world.”
The opportunity to internationalise fleet management and thus take advantage of fiscal advantages makes TÜV SÜD’s portfolio of services particularly appealing for large-scale fleet managers. Take Linde AG; Fleet Logistics’ German subsidiary has long supported the international supplier of technical gases by managing its domestic fleet, and Linde is now extending the TÜV SÜD fleet experts’ assignment to cover provision of a complete range of services on several European markets – from vehicle procurement, operation and invoice verification to vehicle returns. US customers in the IT, pharma and consumer goods industries particularly appreciate this unique global level of coverage in fleet management services.
TCOPlus has contracts spanning several years in place with international key accounts, and currently provides global reporting and applied fleet software services for 120,000 vehicles. FleetVision supplies global consultancy services for fleet analysis. Software solutions from TCOPlus provide global fleet operators with an overview of costs and core data for their international fleets. In addition, the software enables savings to be identified and implemented within both national and overall fleets – incorporating country-specific vehicle taxation systems from 30 countries throughout the world. The software solutions therefore assist in generating cost transparency as well as enabling users to forecast developments and fiscal effects.