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Celebrating 10 Years of TÜV SÜD GRC

Celebrating a milestone year for our important partnership


While 2020 has presented some unique challenges, it is also a year of celebration! In May of 2010, the company now known as TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants (GRC) was acquired by TÜV SÜD, a testing, inspection and certification organization based in Munich, Germany. With more than 150 years of combined expertise and an expansive global network, the joint know-how of these two organizations merged, adding to an already diversified portfolio for existing and future customers alike. 2020 marks 10 years of TÜV SÜD GRC and we invite you to celebrate with us and learn more about our rich history!


The company now known as TÜV SÜD GRC opened its doors in 1958 as American Risk Management in Ohio. The organization was born from the need to provide fire and boiler & machinery loss prevention services to captive audiences, a concept that was defined by our company’s founder, F.M. Reiss.

Over the years, the service portfolio grew and introduced the Infrared Practice in 1985 to global audiences and in 1992, bundled loss prevention services for captives gave way to independent, unbundled loss prevention services, earning our company the distinct establishment as the “Pioneer of the Unbundled Loss Control Program.” The company continued to grow with the establishment of ARISE (now TÜV SÜD ARISE) as a subsidiary to provide jurisdictional inspection services. In 1998, the company name changed to Global Risk Consultants, descriptive of its expanding global breadth and presence, and evolved again in 2010 into TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants through the innovative merger.


The company that became known as TÜV SÜD traces its roots back to January 6, 1866, when 22 entrepreneurs from Baden launched the “Gesellschaft zur Ueberwachung und Versicherung von Dampfkesseln mit dem Sitze in Mannheim” (Association for inspecting and insuring steam boilers with headquarters in Mannheim). The association was formed in response to a steam boiler explosion that had occurred a year earlier in a brewery.

Celebrating 10 Years of TÜV SÜD GRC

A trained technician could have easily found the deficiency and prevented the disaster, but regular inspections had not taken place as there were not strictly required procedures. In addition, the operating personnel were not familiar with the hazards of boiler operations. Incidents like this were not uncommon at the time, indicative of a lack of organized safety and compliance standards and general knowledge of risks.

Both the government in the Grand Duchy of Baden as well as potentially affected industrialists supported the creation of an association for inspections. Their aim was to prevent future accidents with regular inspections. In later years, due to efforts by the association, none of the more than 1,000 boilers inspected by the association had exploded.

In a reorganization of German technical inspections in the 1930’s, the facilities were transformed into regional monitoring associations, collectively named TÜV (Technische Überwachungsvereine: technical inspection associations).

While TÜV SÜD expanded its portfolio over the years, its roots have always been grounded in boiler and pressure vessel safety, ensuring that incidents threatening lives and property do not occur.


TÜV SÜD has had a long history in testing, inspection, and certification services, providing clients with comprehensive solutions around the globe. It was, in part, because of this legacy that the two organizations were merged in 2010, allowing us to now offer our clients expanded solutions to their business needs. As part of the TÜV SÜD family, our customers can benefit from:

  • An even more diverse portfolio of testing, inspection and certification services
  • Comprehensive industry expertise
  • A global network of experts on-hand to assist you with your unique challenges
  • A focus on innovation and a push for exploring new solutions to evolving Industry 4.0 needs
  • Join us in celebrating our 10-year anniversary!

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