TÜV SÜD has acquired the Italian company Bytest S.r.l., thus strengthening its industry segment in Italy and expanding its global network for non-destructive testing (NDT). Bytest is one of the leading providers of NDT services in Italy, with 120 staff and revenue of more than EUR 11 million in 2011. TÜV SÜD recently also acquired Pro-Tec, the number one provider of NDT and inspection services on the South African market.
Non-destructive testing during production permits the manufacturers of complex industrial products to realize their high quality demands while cutting production costs. "Given this, we consider the NDT market a high-growth market" says Karsten Xander, Member of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG. "By acquiring Italy-based Bytest and Pro-Tec in South Africa, we have expanded our global activities in this sector and significantly strengthened our industry segment in these countries."
Bytest S.r.l., with headquarters in Turin, is one of the leading suppliers of non-destructive testing services in Italy. The experts specialize in non-destructive testing during production and laboratory testing of materials as well as non-destructive material testing on site in production facilities. Further services include the training of NDT staff and audits and inspections of welding processes. Bytest's key clients come from the aerospace, petrochemical, manufacturing and automobile sectors and from the rail industry.
"By combining the services of TÜV SÜD and Bytest we can offer our industry clients in Italy a broader service portfolio, and thus the best possible support in the future", explains Dr Boris Gehring, Head of the Industry Service Division at TÜV SÜD. "For us, TÜV SÜD's international network is an opportunity to provide even better service for our European clients in the aerospace and other industries in the future", adds Franco Baratta, Managing Director Bytest S.r.l.