DEKRA buys Hungarian power test house

April 06, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
German safety consultant DEKRA has bought Hungarian competitor Electric Large Laboratories (VEIKI-VNL) in Budapest to expand its test and certification services in the power and energy market. It has also changed the name of its AT4 wireless test business.

VEIKI-VNL specializes in the testing and certification of electrical transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment and has around 60 employees. It is a member of the Short-Circuit Testing Liaison (STL), the association of companies for short circuit testing laboratories.

At its in-house laboratories in Budapest, VEIKI-VNL offers services such as short circuit testing, high voltage testing, temperature rise testing, as well as mechanical and aging tests. The company supplies its services to multinational T&D equipment manufacturers as well as energy utility companies in over 40 countries on all continents.

"DEKRA and VEIKI-VNL complement each other well with their respective service portfolios," said Ivo Rauh, Member of the Management Board of DEKRA SE and Head of DEKRA's Industrial activities. "From VEIKI-VNL's perspective, being incorporated under the DEKRA roof creates exceptional opportunities to boost existing business, expand further, and leverage synergies through DEKRA's broad network of laboratories and local offices. DEKRA is going to be the global partner for a safe world."

As well as Product Testing and Certification, VEIKI-VNL's expertise will also be used in DEKRA’s Material Testing & Inspection and Business Assurance business, particularly in renewable energy and power management.

"For us, the acquisition of VEIKI-VNL is a major step in our strategy of expanding our expertise in the industrial energy sector assuring safety and compliance to standards for electrical equipment manufacturers, utility companies, and grid operators," said Bert Zoetbrood, Head of DEKRA Product Testing and Certification. "We offer our international customers, testing services that range from established energy generation to a wide range of newer, innovative applications. There is a growing demand for these services due to technological developments, such as renewable and distributed power generation, smart and micro grids, energy storage, and EV charging. The energy markets worldwide are in transition."

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