President's Message

Gerhard Luebken, Chief Regional Officer North America Gerhard Luebken, Chief Regional Officer North America Gerhard Luebken, Chief Regional Officer North America

I am pleased to join TÜV Rheinland’s experienced regional management team and look forward to working with them to further develop our business footprint in North America. As economies in different regions are closely interacting, my experience in Asia will help our team better connect the U.S. operations to that region and therewith offer our clients global solutions.

Today, globalization requires innovative strategies to cope with the recovering economy. Companies seeking to effectively enter domestic and international markets need country-specific knowledge of regulatory compliance requirements – and they need it fast.

North American companies have had to make some difficult decisions during this challenging economic environment. Mid-size manufacturers now need to determine how to successfully penetrate both the domestic as well as international arena to grow their revenue . Some have even moved production overseas to improve cost margins and savings – only to find quality assurance and time-to-market headaches.

TÜV Rheinland provides Market Access. We open doors to new markets for our clients as a cost-conscious yet performance-driven partner. We have repeatedly proven to be client-focused and a solid performer in this capacity. In fact, we have a successful track record of meeting strict time-to-market launch plans. With more than 13,000 experts located globally, we can provide ownership throughout the process and guarantee fast turnaround times.

To stay on top of changing market conditions and to support industry with a broader bandwidth, we are continually expanding our North American business scope: Our recent strategic acquisitions of world-renowned consulting and inspection services in the U.S. combined with our network's in-house expertise has brought us unmatched levels of service excellance in the railway and materials testing industries. Additionally, our photovoltaic testing laboratory in Arizona is now one of six in TÜV Rheinland’s global network – providing unmatched geographical coverage. Together, our comprehensive network of technical experts helps compress time to market and offers the highest level of assessment and certification available.

As North American companies continue to adapt, so do we. You can plainly see that spirit of change on our website. TÜV Rheinland has updated its site to reflect our modern, proactive, business-driven philosophy. Further, a host of interactive features allows our clients to communicate with our experts directly. This one-to-one interaction reinforces the importance we place on client relationships.

Consider our website the gateway to the TÜV Rheinland World and the most direct path to global market access. I personally welcome your comments on both the updated website and our services. Through this open dialogue, we can help you stay on top of your needs as we all evolve during these challenging times.

Gerhard Luebken