DEKRA Expands to Australia

                          DEKRA Expands to Australia

  PR Newswire

  STUTTGART, Germany and MELBOURNE, Australia, January 31, 2013

STUTTGART, Germany and MELBOURNE, Australia, January 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

- Acquisition of Russell Consulting International in Melbourne

The global expert organisation DEKRA steadily continues on an international
path to success and now has a presence in Australia. DEKRA is acquiring the
consulting company Russell Consulting International (RCI) in Melbourne. RCI is
a market leader for consulting services in safety, occupational health and
safety, and sustainability in Australia. With this purchase, DEKRA is
represented on all continents with its own subsidiaries.

"DEKRA now covers the entire globe. DEKRA's presence on the fifth continent is
a significant step for us in our global growth strategy", said Stefan Kölbl,
Chairman of the Management Boards of DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE. "Australia and
the Pacific region are a very interesting growth market with a huge demand for
our high-quality safety, testing, inspection and consulting services".

Russell Consulting International employs over 30 persons and generates an
annual turnover equivalent to approximately €12 million. Its customers are
primarily companies from the raw material extraction, oil, gas and process
industries. Companies such as BHP Billiton, ExxonMobil and Chevron implement
safety, occupational health and safety, and environmental protection concepts
from RCI to prevent risks.

"The acquisition of RCI positions DEKRA to advise our global industry
customers in safety issues on site on all continents", explained Ivo Rauh,
Member of the Management Board of DEKRA SE and Head of the DEKRA Industrial
business unit. "With the acquisition of the US consulting company BST last
year and the purchase of RCI, we are establishing our new DEKRA Consulting
business unit around the globe as an important building block for our overall
industrial business". 

"Russell Consulting International is an excellent fit for our consulting
portfolio and the DEKRA family," said Dr Gesa Koeberle, Head of DEKRA
Consulting GmbH. "RCI had already collaborated very successfully with BST in
the past. Both companies are proven specialists in establishing an
uncompromising safety culture from top management to the employees".

"The transition to the DEKRA Consulting Group is an important step for RCI",
stated Dr. Richard Russell, Managing Director of the company. "I am convinced
that our employees and customers will benefit enormously from the company's
integration into the DEKRA Group". The current owners and management will
continue to head the company. 

The DEKRA Group bundles its premium consulting services in the DEKRA
Consulting service unit. In addition to BST and RCI, the British Chilworth
Global Group - a specialist in explosion protection and process safety - as
well as the German, Italian and Swedish DEKRA Consulting units - specialists
in performance excellence and sustainability - are integral parts of the
service unit.

About DEKRA

DEKRA SE is one of the world's leading expert organisations. The company
currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. About 28,600 employees
are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental
protection. The DEKRA Business Units "Automotive", "Industrial" and
"Personnel" provide professional and innovative services in the fields of
vehicle testing, expert appraisals, international claims settlement,
consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental
protection, qualification as well as temporary work. In 2012, DEKRA generated
preliminary sales totalling approximately 2.15 billion euros.

Stuttgart, 31.01.2013 / Nr. 010 Tilman Vögele-Ebering ++49(0)711-7861-2122
++49(07 11)78-61-27-00 tilman.voegele-ebering@dekra.com
 
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