The new management committee of the TÜV NORD GROUP, the Group Executive Committee, started its work on January 1 2017. All the areas of the company are represented; all decisions draw on a broad knowledge base and are made on an interdisciplinary basis. In 2017, the TÜV NORD Group continued its consistent policy of investment to improve the Group’s performance. At the Am Technologiepark site in Essen, the new hall of the Institute for Vehicle Technology and Mobility (IFM) was ceremonially opened. The investment volume was €5 million. Over an area of 3,100 square metres, components such as tyres and wheels are tested and vehicles for import and export inspected. This makes it possible to process customer orders even more quickly at the highest possible technical level. On an immediately adjacent site, IFM specialists are working on car IT systems and autonomous driving – in a nutshell, on the mobility of tomorrow. 70 piles were sunk for the construction, 1,250 m³ of concrete used and 18,000 electrical cables laid. In the summer of 2018, a further piece of high-technology equipment in the form of a state-of-the-art half-axle test stand to measure driving dynamics will be installed in the IFM hall on the A 40 motorway.