The success of TÜV NORD GROUP is rooted in traditional steam boiler inspection organizations (DÜV). In 1869, these organizations made a voluntary commitment to undertake expert independent inspection of steam boilers in order to guarantee their safety. Step by step, the state transferred further safety-related tasks to these organizations, which later became known as technical inspection associations (TÜV); one particularly important area was the periodic inspection of motor vehicles.

Since the very first test of a steam boiler, TÜV NORD GROUP has developed step by step into the international technology service provider that it is today. With its acquisition of DMT and ALTER TECHNOLOGY Group, TÜV NORD GROUP has also gained a unique position in the areas of natural resources and aerospace.

Milestones in the development of TÜV NORD GROUP

1855: Serious steam boiler explosion in Hanover with people dead and seriously injured. Introduction of regular inspections in Hanover and the surrounding area.

1863: (Legislation of the Kingdom of Hanover): movable steam engines have to pass a final inspection.

1869: Establishment of the "Norddeutschen Vereins zur Überwachung von Dampfkesseln" in Hamburg.

1871: Establishment of the "Magdeburger Vereins für Dampfkesselbetrieb".

1872: Establishment of the "Dampfkessel-Überwachungs-Vereins (DÜV)" in Siegen.

1873: Establishment of the "DÜV" in Hannover.

1900: 28 associations with 273 engineers monitor 89,000 steam boilers throughout the German Empire.

1902: Vehicles and lifts are tested for the first time.

1903: First driving tests.

1938: Renaming of steam boiler inspection associations (Dampfkessel Überwachungsvereine e.V.) into technical inspection associations (Technische Überwachungs-Vereine e.V - TÜV).

1961: Introduction of periodic vehicle inspection stickers.

1965: Establishment of new areas of work: Reactor safety, power and heating supply industry, energy technology, environmental technology.

2004: Establishment of TÜV NORD AG from TÜV Nord e.V., TÜV Hannover/Sachsen-Anhalt e.V. and parts of RW TÜV e.V..

2007: TÜV NORD acquires DMT and adds natural resources to its service porfolio.

2011: TÜV NORD acquires ALTER TECHNOLOGY Group and tests satellite components within the new business sector of aerospace.

2012: TÜV NORD sets the pace for the energy supplies of the future, electromobility, IT security and sustainability.

2013: TÜV NORD GROUP becomes the umbrella for the operative brands TÜV NORD, DMT, ALTER TECHNOLOGY TÜV NORD (ATN) and TÜViT.