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Expertise for insurance cases and product development

Accredited damage analysis in insurance cases

Product development

By means of comprehensive material analysis, we operate root cause analysis for damage to vehicle components, building components, electric components or structures. This is how we help insurers and manufacturers to safely recognize causes of damage, avoid production down-time through damage prevention measures, and increase user safety through product improvements.

In the highly modern DEKRA damage center in Saarbrücken, we use the whole spectrum of optical, mechanical, metallographical and chemical-analysis procedures to determine the degree and cause of damage. When required, our experts are happy to take samples on site for you. Benefit from our extensive experience and our vast competence for your material and chemical-analysis issues.

Our analysis spectrum covers:

  • Component damage to vehicles, machinery and plants (plastic as well as metal)
  • Structural damage and fire damage
  • Tap water damage (flexible hoses, valves)
  • Electronic components
  • On-site assessment of the damage situation
  • Securing the damaged parts and the professional taking of samples
  • Plausibility test regarding damage event and amount of damage
  • Precise production of samples in the laboratory’s own sample workshop
  • Laboratory examination of the damaged parts
  • Residue analysis
  • Photographic documentation on a macroscopic and microscopic level as well as high-resolution photography with SEM/EDX, field emission SEM (FE-SEM) using state-of-the-art technology
  • Expertise on preservation of evidence
  • Advice on the selection of materials and avoiding damage

Our recognitions and accreditations:

  • DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (DAkkS)
  • Recognized as a testing center for the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW)
  • Recognized as a testing, monitoring and certification center (PÜZ) according to the state building regulations for reinforcing steel
  • Recognized as a testing center for label plates according to DIN 74069

We are pleased about your interest in our laboratory services.


DEKRA Automobil GmbH

Untertürkheimer Str. 25

66117 Saarbrücken


Laboratory for materials technology and damage analysis

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