TÜV NORD strengthens its position as functional safety service provider

23 August 2023 | TÜV NORD GROUP: TÜV NORD GROUP acquires the majority stake in CE-CON GmbH, which is headquartered in Bremen and has additional locations in Augsburg and Wilmington (USA).

CE-CON is a service provider with focus on machine and plant safety and offers customers a holistic portfolio from technical expertise, conformity assessment and training to integration through a cloud-based software. With the acquisition, TÜV NORD GROUP strengthens its position as a leading provider of functional safety.

Functional safety certification processes are time-consuming and highly staff-dependent, while at the same time there is a shortage of specialists on the market and the training period for new employees is long. With the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application "CE-CON Safety", CE-CON offers a software solution that guides its users through risk and conformity assessments in a structured way, thereby significantly simplifying the processes and leading to significant increases in efficiency.

Dr. Ralf Jung, Head of Business Unit Industrial Services: "The acquisition of CE-CON GmbH is part of our growth strategy in the strategic core market of functional safety. Due to increasing digitalization, shortening development and product life cycles and the growing number of networked and automated production lines, ensuring machine and plant safety continues to gain in importance for our customers across all industries. With CE-CON, we are taking over an established company that complements our portfolio with core competences in the areas of risk assessment, occupational safety, CE marking and technical documentation very well."

"The SaaS application CE-CON Safety provides us access to scalable software for performing risk and conformity assessments," says Dr. Jörn Bruhn, Head of Operative Business Segment Manufacturing Technology. "By using the software as part of our certification projects, we will greatly simplify the process for both our customers and our own auditors, thereby realizing significant time savings and efficiency gains on both sides."

CE-CON is owner-managed by the founders and managing directors Maren Handwerk and Jörg Handwerk, who will continue their positions after the majority takeover by TÜV NORD GROUP. "Our merger with TÜV NORD will result in significant sales synergies, especially for our CE-CON Safety software, which would not be achievable on our own" explains CE-CON's Managing Director Maren Handwerk. "We will continue our growth track record together and are convinced to offer our employees excellent prospects for the future as part of the TÜV NORD GROUP.”


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