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Did you know that founder Adam Freiher von Burg was rector of today's Vienna University of Technology? Von Burg introduced the popular Sunday lectures and published numerous scientific publications, such as the Compendium of Popular Mechanics and Machine Theory (1849).
Did you know that founder Adam Freiherr von Burg is an honorary citizen of the city of Vienna? In 1847, today's federal capital awarded honorary citizenship to the renowned mathematician and engineer for his services in fire-fighting, water supply and gas lighting.
Did you know that the consequences of the First World War shrank the DUVG, once the largest inspection organisation, to the level of 1880? Before the Treaty of Versailles came into force on 10.1.1920, the DUVG recorded 19,877 steam boilers in recurrent inspection; in 1920, with the loss of the kingdoms of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, there were only 5,047. The establishment of a testing institute in 1909, initiated by Wilhelm Exner, was largely responsible for making up for the lost installations.
Did you know that TÜV AUSTRIA was already internationally active before its foundation as a steam boiler inspection and insurance company? Under the leadership of Adam von Burg, the later founding committee cultivated an intensive international exchange of experience, as Great Britain was considered a role model with the "Manchester Steam Users Association" founded in 1855. In Germany, steam boiler societies were also formed after a steam boiler explosion in a Mannheim brewery in 1865. The founding committee around Adam von Burg was involved in the creation of an association of boiler inspection societies. After the foundation of the Austrian Steam Boiler Testing and Insurance Company in 1872, the administrative director Roman Fachini represented the interests of the DUVG at a conference for "consultation on common interests" and the first meeting of the newly founded German Association.
Did you know that TÜV AUSTRIA was transformed into a holding company in 2007? In the spirit of advancing internationalisation, expansion and acquisitions, it was decided in 2006 to transform TÜV AUSTRIA into a corporation. The operative business was transferred from the association to companies which are still grouped under TÜV AUSTRIA HOLDING AG. Founded in 1872 as DUVG in Vienna, Austria, the independent, Austrian TÜV Österreich is the sole owner.
TÜV AUSTRIA has been accredited by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) as an AIA (Authorised Inspection Agency) for the field of steam boilers and pressure vessels. TÜV AUSTRIA is therefore one of only 24 companies worldwide authorised to carry out inspections and product certifications for new pressure equipment manufactured according to the rules of the American ASME Code. The ASME Code is widely used (apart from the USA and Canada) especially in the oil and gas industry as well as in parts of Western Europe and Asia: TÜV AUSTRIA's ASME Certificate of Accreditation
Learn more about Pressure Equipment / Vessels here.
Did you know that TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas in Greece is the first foreign subsidiary and the second subsidiary of the TÜV AUSTRIA Group? Founded in 1994, the Greek subsidiary initially focused on the certification of management systems and is now considered a major player in industrial, educational and system management solutions. gr.tuvaustria.com
Did you know that TÜV AUSTRIA has been inspecting elevators on Cyprus since 2015? Its subsidiary TÜV AUSTRIA Cyprus was approved by the Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance of the Republic of Cyprus as an Authorized Lift Auditor: TÜV AUSTRIA Lift Inspections here
Did you know that TÜV Wien's corporate colour was green, signifying life, safety and trust? Only since its international re-branding in 1996 has TÜV AUSTRIA Group appeared in the fitting red-white-red colour scheme of its name and founding country.
Learn more about TÜV AUSTRIA's rebranding in 1996 here.
Did you know that the Antwerp Port Authority was the trigger for the OK compost certification? When the EU Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste was published in December 1994, the Antwerp Port Authority felt obliged to ensure that only demonstrably compostable bags would be collected as garden waste. Five years before the EN 13432 standard on the subject was published, the first OK compost INDUSTRIAL certificate saw the light of a sustainable future in May 1995. Learn more at okcompost.tuvaustria.com
Did you know that the phrase "taking the car to the TÜV" originated solely in Germany? While in Germany technical inspection associations are responsible for the inspection of vehicles, in Austria the Motor Vehicle Act of 1960 authorises all registered motor vehicle workshops to carry out the technical inspection of vehicles. TÜV AUSTRIA started with inspections according to §57a, the "Pickerl", the vehicle permit sticker, in the 1960s as a complementary service to the materials testing procedures of dangerous goods transports.
Today, TÜV AUSTRIA is renowned as an automotive expert in the fields of wheels, tyres, homologation, e-mobility and charging, and cyber security. Learn more here.
Did you know that TÜV AUSTRIA has always been the only Austrian TÜV? Founded as "Dampfkesseluntersuchungs- und Versicherungs-Gesellschaft" (DUVG) in Vienna, DUVG was incorporated into the "Reichsverband der Technischen Überwachungsvereine" (RTÜV) with the annexation of the Third Reich in 1938 and reorganised into a corporation under public law as "TÜV Wien" in 1940. In 1948, director Karl Vogt re-founded "TÜV Wien" as an association according to Austrian law and became the new TÜV Wien's first president. In preparation for internationalisation and Austria's expected accession to the EU, the name was officially changed on 1 January 1993 to "TÜV Österreich" or "TÜV AUSTRIA" and "TÜV AUTRICHE" for the international market presence. See TÜV AUSTRIA Group on You Tube!
Do you know how many acoustic emission tests were performed by TÜV AUSTRIA in Italy alone?
The history of TÜV AUSTRIA Italia started in 2004 with the testing of underground LGP tanks using an innovative and non-invasive technique based on acoustic emissions. As part of the TÜV AUSTRIA Group, the wholly owned subsidiary TÜV AUSTRIA Italia has succeeded in taking a leading position in the Italian market following the publication of the Italian Ministerial Decree on the ten-year testing of underground tanks. In just 16 years, TÜV AUSTRIA Italia alone has performed nearly 15,000 acoustic emission tests on small pressure vessels. Learn more about TÜV AUSTRIA Italia and acoustic emission testing here.
Did you know that TÜV AUSTRIA has never been a government body since its foundation? On the contrary: By means of the Imperial Law Resolution No. 112 of 7.7.1871, the government waived its sovereign right and thus permitted boiler supervision by bodies of a private company. And on 9.9.1910, the so-called "Lex Exner" came into force. Named after the famous engineer, scientist and politician, Prof. Wilhelm Exner, who was also president of the DUVG, the Mutual Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Society, today's TÜV AUSTRIA, from 1917-1931, the "Lex Exner" authorised non-governmental testing authorities to act in "complete independence and objectivity" also in the technical examination, testing and materials testing sector. In 1994, the law was replaced by the Accreditation Act.
Learn more about the materials testing sector in our TÜV AUSTRIA TVFA (Technical Experiment and Research) video here.
Did you know that our current understanding of safety only started to develop in earnest in the 20th century? The principle of independent safety inspections, pioneered during the Industrial Revolution 1.0 in Austria by TÜV AUSTRIA founder Adam von Burg to greatly enhance the safety of steam boilers, was extended to high voltage systems with the advent of electricity in the early 1900s. The new power source caused frequent short-circuit fires. Statutory testing obligations for lifts and lifting equipment followed, spreading the importance and awareness of safety to every area of life, from operational health and security to data privacy and beyond: TÜV AUSTRIA introduced the first AI / artificial certification scheme in the world, learn more here: tuvaustria.com/ai
Did you know that the first TÜV AUSTRIA Academy Course Program had only 6 pages? Published in 1998, it contained among several other quality course offerings, the gas turbine operator and safety engineer training course. Both are still featured in the German TÜV AUSTRIA Akademie Kursprogramm, which today is available in 15 countries and as many branches of TÜV AUSTRIA Academy: tuv-akademie.at/en/company/branch-offices
Did you know that the first job advertisement was placed just one day after the constituent assembly? The "Dampfkesseluntersuchungs- und -versicherungsgesellschaft" (DUVG) announces in the Wiener Zeitung the day after its foundation on 12 June 1872 that a "chief engineer" and a "number of technical inspectors will be employed for the various kingdoms and countries of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy". Today, the TÜV AUSTRIA Group employs +2,500 people in 28 countries. Look for career opportunities in AUSTRIA | GERMANY | GREECE | ITALY | SPAIN
Did you know that "TÜV" stands for "Technical Inspection Association / Technischer Überwachungsverein" and that our TÜV AUSTRIA was founded 150 years ago as "Dampfkesseluntersuchungs- und -versicherungsgesellschaft" (DUVG)? The new energy source of steam power caused boiler explosions with devastating consequences on a daily basis. For 10 years, mathematician and professor at University of Technology in Vienna, Adam Freiherr von Burg, endeavoured to found an independent testing association, which he finally achieved on 11 June 1872.
Adam von Burg was born on January 28, 1797. The popular natural scientist, distinguished university professor and enterprising politician was involved as chairman of the committee for the creation of a steam boiler testing association, whose founding meeting von Burg presided over himself as president of the Dampfkessel-Untersuchungs- und Versicherungs-Gesellschaft auf Gegenseitigkeit (DUVG, Steam Boilder Inspection and Insurance Society) on June 11, 1876. Adam Freiherr von Burg is the founding father of today's Technischer Überwachungsverein Österreich, TÜV AUSTRIA.