Kiwa Annual Report 2015
We are Kiwa, a world top 20 leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC). With our certification, inspection, testing, training and technology services, we create trust in our customers’ products, services, processes, (management) systems and employees. We do so in a wide variety of markets, ranging from drinking water and energy supply, construction and healthcare to food, feed & farm and corporate social responsibility. We have clients in manufacturing and process industries, (business) services, public and private utilities, governments and international institutions. Kiwa employs over 4,500 people in more than 100 offices in over 40 countries across the world, mainly in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
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Kiwa is strictly independent and not involved in manufacturing, trading or other activities that might endanger Kiwa’s impartiality. There is no external influence on the decisions or opinions of Kiwa regarding the outcomes of Kiwa’s own operational activities like certification, testing, inspection or technology and data services. Kiwa’s management and personnel understand the crucial importance of objectivity and impartiality in carrying out certification, testing and inspection. Therefore, Kiwa analyzes its activities on a regular basis to identify possible conflicts of interest to ensure undisturbed objectivity and impartiality. Additionally, Kiwa is evaluated in a transparent way by several accreditation bodies, audited by external organizations and qualified by governmental bodies.
The roots of entities around the globe that form present-day Kiwa lie in safeguarding people's helath and safety by providing a high quality verification service. In many cases, this role originated from a governmental mandate in sectors including gas, energy, drinking water and construction or production safety.
The Kiwa that gives the present-day company its name was founded in 1948 by the Dutch drinking water companies, They wanted to safeguard drinking water supply in the country by having evey item examined that may come into contact with drinking water. In those days, KIWA (in capitals) was an acronym for Keuringsinstituut voor WaterleidingArtikelen (Institution for the Examination of Waterworks Articles). Nowadays, we've dropped the acronym as today's Kiwa comprises much more than just drinking water expertise. We're globally active in a wealth of markets, offering a broad range of products and services.
Some key years in Kiwa history:1948: Dutch drinking water companies found Kiwa NV as 'Keuringsinstituut voor WaterleidingArtikelen'2005: Kiwa takes over Gastec NV in the Netherlands, the UK and Italy2008: Kiwa spreads out into Spain and Sweden2011: Kiwa enters the sport sector via ISA Sport2012: Kiwa expands into Turkey2013: Kiwa expands into mobility infrastructure via KOAC-NPC2014: Kiwa expands in Food, Feed & Farm via BCS Öko-Garantie in Germany, Latin America and China2015: Inspecta, the asset healt company in Northern Europe, joins the Kiwa family2016: Company-wide rebranding to Kiwa starts
In the meantime, other companies with their own histories have joined the Kiwa family. Companies now referred to as Kiwa Compliance were part of the Shield Group with brands like Oesterbaai, SaferSpaces and Bioconsult. Kiwa Compliance strives to create a healthy living and work environment that is free of asbestos, ceramic fibers, Legionella, chemicals, microbiological organisms or other substances and situations that are potentially hazardous to human health or could damage the environment. Companies now referred to as Kiwa Asset Health were part of Inspecta, the largest inspection company in Northern Europe and the Baltics. Kiwa Asset Health focuses on inspecting all kinds of assets in industry, housing, the maritime sector, metals and mining and other market segments.
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