DEKRA timeline

  • DEKRA is founded: Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungsverein (German Motor Vehicle Monitoring Association) was registered on June 30 at the Berlin-Mitte local court.

    DEKRA engineers
    1925
  • DEKRA test institute is founded and first appraisals for courts and insurance companies are drawn up.

    1926
  • The 77th DEKRA monitoring center is opened.

    1927
  • DEKRA engineers value vehicles for the first time (letter of appraisal).

    1928
  • DEKRA operates 79 inspection centers and 52 centers for valuing vehicles (tax offices).

    1930
  • Under the management of Dr. Kurt Möhring, DEKRA follows a consciously neutral course with regard to the National Socialist state and the Nazi Party.

    1933
  • DEKRA can no longer maintain its neutral course and is forced to organize itself within the state-controlled trade association "Reichsverkehrsgruppe Kraftfahrgewerbe" (Reich Transport Group for the Motor Vehicle Industry).

    1937
  • Former DEKRA engineers take up the association's work again.

    stethoscope
    1946
  • Vehicles monitored by DEKRA receive the DEKRA test certificate and a sticker for the windshield with the wording "DEKRA monitored".

    Sticker windshield
    1951
  • DEKRA initiates the "work circle for large fleet owners" to provide greater fleet safety and efficiency.

    1954
  • DEKRA headquarters move to the new building at Heinrich-Baumann-Str. 1-3 in Stuttgart.

    DEKRA Headquarter
    1956
  • DEKRA revenues exceed one million; 60 employees look after 11,922 vehicles.

    1957
  • The engineering department is set up and provides used car valuation as a new service.

    1958
  • With the recognition of DEKRA as a monitoring organization, DEKRA experts have also been working as officially recognized experts since 1961, and vehicle inspections at DEKRA are open to everyone.

    1961
  • State-of-the-art inspection centers are set up in large towns and cities and DEKRA's revenue increases by 51.5 percent.

    1962
  • DEKRA'S revenue exceeds 10 million.

    1967
  • The research and development department starts operations.

    1968
  • The magazine ATV Auto Technik Verkehr is published, a job description is created for professional drivers, and DEKRA begins training drivers.

    DEKRA training drivers
    1973
  • DEKRA headquarters move to a new building in Schulze-Delitzsch-Str. 49 in Stuttgart.

    1977
  • An agreement with BMW enables DEKRA engineers to carry out vehicle inspections directly in the car manufacturer’s authorized workshops.

    1978
  • Inauguration of the DEKRA Akademie training center in Wart on March 22, 1979.

    1979
  • DEKRA becomes an accredited "inspection center for device safety".

    DEKRA Inspection center of device safety
    1980
  • DEKRA offers testing and appraisal services in 10,000 partner workshops.

    1984
  • Introduction of the playground inspection service.

    1985
  • DEKRA starts vehicle inspections in France.

    1988
  • DEKRA becomes a sponsor of the Deutsche Tourenwagen-Meisterschaft (DTM).

    DEKRA DTM 1989
    1989
  • DEKRA takes on the duties of the Kraftfahrzeugtechnisches Amt (Office for Automotive Technology) in the new East German states: 27 new branches are created.

    1990
  • In the new East German states, DEKRA issues the millionth vehicle inspection sticker; DEKRA ETS expands the range of services DEKRA offers with quality management, technical safety, material testing, and construction.

    1991
  • Sponsoring of Michael Schumacher: the DEKRA logo becomes highly visible across all media; DEKRA Umwelt starts providing various environmental protection services; DEKRA is involved in the privatization of vehicle monitoring in the Czech Republic.

    DEKRA Sponsoring Schumacher
    1993
  • DEKRA Certification Services and DEKRA Flottenmanagement GmbH are founded.

    1996
  • DEKRA founds the online vehicle market place FairCar.

    1998
  • DEKRA Arbeit is founded.

    2000
  • The DEKRA seal is introduced. It honors companies and products that demonstrably meet defined standards, for example when it comes to safety, quality, and sustainability.

    2001
  • DEKRA Industrial is founded.

    DEKRA industrial inspection
    2001
  • DEKRA Claims Services is founded.

    2002
  • The DEKRA Technology Center in Klettwitz is opened.

    2003
  • With the acquisition of NORISKO in France, DEKRA expands its industrial inspection services significantly.

    2005
  • DEKRA acquires the Brazilian appraisal specialist Volchi; DEKRA acquires KEMA Quality in the Netherlands – a global player in product testing and certification.

    2009
  • DEKRA AG takes on the legal form of "Societas Europaea" (SE), which represents a European stock corporation; by purchasing the Swedish company ÅF-Kontroll AB, DEKRA strengthens its position in the power plant sector.

    2010
  • DEKRA takes over the British specialist Chilworth, one of the leading providers of explosion protection and process safety services in the world; DEKRA's Asian headquarters is opened in Shanghai.

    DEKRA's opening Beijing
    2011
  • DEKRA purchases the US consulting company Behavioral Science Technology (BST).

    2012
  • In New Zealand, DEKRA acquires shares in the market leader Vehicle Testing New Zealand; purchase of Raysonics in South Africa (market leader for non-destructive material testing).

    2013
  • DEKRA expands its consulting business in the field of software expertise for organizational and process safety with its takeover of RCI Safety; by purchasing the Dutch company Plurel B. V., DEKRA expands the services it provides for the railway industry.

    2014
  • The testing company AT4 wireless from Spain joins the DEKRA family; takeover of QuieTek Corporation Taipei with testing services for electronic products and components.

    2015
  • The first DEKRA vehicle inspection station in Portugal opens.

    2016
  • A laboratory for testing automotive parts and components opens in Taiwan; purchase of the Hungarian industrial laboratory VEIKI-VNL Kft.; takeover of Core Visual Inspection Services in the USA; purchase of the safety and testing company Epoche & Espri S. L. U. in Madrid; DEKRA signs the purchase agreement for the Lausitzring race track.

    DEKRA Lausitzring
    2017
  • DEKRA Digital GmbH is founded; in Shanghai, DEKRA opens a laboratory to monitor hazards arising from chemical reactions; the DEKRA test laboratory in Spain is authorized to provide certification services in the areas of smart home and building automation.

    2018
  • DEKRA is accredited as a calibration laboratory for measuring devices in the field of automotive engineering; a new test laboratory to ensure the safety of electric bikes is opened in Stuttgart; DEKRA enters the market for vehicle inspection in China and Chile; DEKRA cooperates with Argus Cyber Security.

    2019
  • DEKRA is founded: Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungsverein (German Motor Vehicle Monitoring Association) was registered on June 30 at the Berlin-Mitte local court.

    DEKRA engineers
    1925
  • DEKRA test institute is founded and first appraisals for courts and insurance companies are drawn up.

    1926
  • The 77th DEKRA monitoring center is opened.

    1927
  • DEKRA engineers value vehicles for the first time (letter of appraisal).

    1928
  • DEKRA operates 79 inspection centers and 52 centers for valuing vehicles (tax offices).

    1930
  • Under the management of Dr. Kurt Möhring, DEKRA follows a consciously neutral course with regard to the National Socialist state and the Nazi Party.

    1933
  • DEKRA can no longer maintain its neutral course and is forced to organize itself within the state-controlled trade association "Reichsverkehrsgruppe Kraftfahrgewerbe" (Reich Transport Group for the Motor Vehicle Industry).

    1937
  • Former DEKRA engineers take up the association's work again.

    stethoscope
    1946
  • Vehicles monitored by DEKRA receive the DEKRA test certificate and a sticker for the windshield with the wording "DEKRA monitored".

    Sticker windshield
    1951
  • DEKRA initiates the "work circle for large fleet owners" to provide greater fleet safety and efficiency.

    1954
  • DEKRA headquarters move to the new building at Heinrich-Baumann-Str. 1-3 in Stuttgart.

    DEKRA Headquarter
    1956
  • DEKRA revenues exceed one million; 60 employees look after 11,922 vehicles.

    1957
  • The engineering department is set up and provides used car valuation as a new service.

    1958
  • With the recognition of DEKRA as a monitoring organization, DEKRA experts have also been working as officially recognized experts since 1961, and vehicle inspections at DEKRA are open to everyone.

    1961
  • State-of-the-art inspection centers are set up in large towns and cities and DEKRA's revenue increases by 51.5 percent.

    1962
  • DEKRA'S revenue exceeds 10 million.

    1967
  • The research and development department starts operations.

    1968
  • The magazine ATV Auto Technik Verkehr is published, a job description is created for professional drivers, and DEKRA begins training drivers.

    DEKRA training drivers
    1973
  • DEKRA headquarters move to a new building in Schulze-Delitzsch-Str. 49 in Stuttgart.

    1977
  • An agreement with BMW enables DEKRA engineers to carry out vehicle inspections directly in the car manufacturer’s authorized workshops.

    1978
  • Inauguration of the DEKRA Akademie training center in Wart on March 22, 1979.

    1979
  • DEKRA becomes an accredited "inspection center for device safety".

    DEKRA Inspection center of device safety
    1980
  • DEKRA offers testing and appraisal services in 10,000 partner workshops.

    1984
  • Introduction of the playground inspection service.

    1985
  • DEKRA starts vehicle inspections in France.

    1988
  • DEKRA becomes a sponsor of the Deutsche Tourenwagen-Meisterschaft (DTM).

    DEKRA DTM 1989
    1989
  • DEKRA takes on the duties of the Kraftfahrzeugtechnisches Amt (Office for Automotive Technology) in the new East German states: 27 new branches are created.

    1990
  • In the new East German states, DEKRA issues the millionth vehicle inspection sticker; DEKRA ETS expands the range of services DEKRA offers with quality management, technical safety, material testing, and construction.

    1991
  • Sponsoring of Michael Schumacher: the DEKRA logo becomes highly visible across all media; DEKRA Umwelt starts providing various environmental protection services; DEKRA is involved in the privatization of vehicle monitoring in the Czech Republic.

    DEKRA Sponsoring Schumacher
    1993
  • DEKRA Certification Services and DEKRA Flottenmanagement GmbH are founded.

    1996
  • DEKRA founds the online vehicle market place FairCar.

    1998
  • DEKRA Arbeit is founded.

    2000
  • The DEKRA seal is introduced. It honors companies and products that demonstrably meet defined standards, for example when it comes to safety, quality, and sustainability.

    2001
  • DEKRA Industrial is founded.

    DEKRA industrial inspection
    2001
  • DEKRA Claims Services is founded.

    2002
  • The DEKRA Technology Center in Klettwitz is opened.

    2003
  • With the acquisition of NORISKO in France, DEKRA expands its industrial inspection services significantly.

    2005
  • DEKRA acquires the Brazilian appraisal specialist Volchi; DEKRA acquires KEMA Quality in the Netherlands – a global player in product testing and certification.

    2009
  • DEKRA AG takes on the legal form of "Societas Europaea" (SE), which represents a European stock corporation; by purchasing the Swedish company ÅF-Kontroll AB, DEKRA strengthens its position in the power plant sector.

    2010
  • DEKRA takes over the British specialist Chilworth, one of the leading providers of explosion protection and process safety services in the world; DEKRA's Asian headquarters is opened in Shanghai.

    DEKRA's opening Beijing
    2011
  • DEKRA purchases the US consulting company Behavioral Science Technology (BST).

    2012
  • In New Zealand, DEKRA acquires shares in the market leader Vehicle Testing New Zealand; purchase of Raysonics in South Africa (market leader for non-destructive material testing).

    2013
  • DEKRA expands its consulting business in the field of software expertise for organizational and process safety with its takeover of RCI Safety; by purchasing the Dutch company Plurel B. V., DEKRA expands the services it provides for the railway industry.

    2014
  • The testing company AT4 wireless from Spain joins the DEKRA family; takeover of QuieTek Corporation Taipei with testing services for electronic products and components.

    2015
  • The first DEKRA vehicle inspection station in Portugal opens.

    2016
  • A laboratory for testing automotive parts and components opens in Taiwan; purchase of the Hungarian industrial laboratory VEIKI-VNL Kft.; takeover of Core Visual Inspection Services in the USA; purchase of the safety and testing company Epoche & Espri S. L. U. in Madrid; DEKRA signs the purchase agreement for the Lausitzring race track.

    DEKRA Lausitzring
    2017
  • DEKRA Digital GmbH is founded; in Shanghai, DEKRA opens a laboratory to monitor hazards arising from chemical reactions; the DEKRA test laboratory in Spain is authorized to provide certification services in the areas of smart home and building automation.

    2018
  • DEKRA is accredited as a calibration laboratory for measuring devices in the field of automotive engineering; a new test laboratory to ensure the safety of electric bikes is opened in Stuttgart; DEKRA enters the market for vehicle inspection in China and Chile; DEKRA cooperates with Argus Cyber Security.

    2019
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