Det Norske Veritas (DNV) reported Thursday it has signed an agreement to merge DNV with Hamburg-based Germanischer Lloyd SE (GL). The new entity will be called DNV GL Group. It will be one of the world’s leading ship classification societies and risk experts in the oil and gas, renewable energy and power sectors, and among the global top three within management system certification.
"The merger rests on a strong strategic rationale, and responds to challenges of increased globalisation, rapid technological change and the need for sustainable development. Our customers will benefit from an increased service offering and global competence base as well as one of the densest networks," said DNV’s Group CEO, Henrik O. Madsen, who will be the CEO of the combined new company. "The merger with DNV supports our long-term goal of being recognized as one of the most respected technical assurance and advisory companies in the world," added GL Group CEO, Erik van der Noordaa.
By combining the two international organisations, the new company will be one of the world’s leading independent technical service providers with state-of-the-art technological expertise and strong capabilities for innovation. With more than 17.000 employees and an extensive global network of offices, DNV GL Group is positioned to meet increased international competition and even better serve the needs of the customers.
The DNV Foundation will hold 63.5 percent, while GL’s owner Mayfair SE will hold 36.5 percent of the shares. The new company, with a combined turnover of some US$3.3 billion (EUR 2.5 billion), will be headquartered and registered in Norway.
"We see this as a good strategic match. The two companies have a common set of values and complementary strengths. Both have strong brands and solid market positions as well as a reputation for high quality and strong integrity. There were negotiations between DNV and GL both in 1999/2000 and in 2006 about closer cooperation. I am very pleased that timing now seems to be right," said Leif-Arne Langoy, the chairman of DNV’s board of directors.
"DNV is the partner of choice for GL. Besides DNV’s clear commitment to Hamburg our decision for this partnership is based on the complementary fit of DNV and GL as well as the joint ambition for innovation and quality of both companies. As a long-term oriented shareholder we consider this partnership to be the continuation of our successful investment in Germanischer Lloyd," said Guenter Herz, chairman of Mayfair SE.
DNV GL Group will strengthen its foothold in several areas of expertise, including the maritime segment and across the entire oil & gas value chains. The Group will be one of the global leaders in pipeline verification and asset integrity services as well as in renewable energy certification and advisory services. Moreover, it will be a strong player within power transmission and distribution as well as testing and certification services. To enhance its service offering the DNV GL Group will strengthen its focus on R&D and innovation.
DNV GL Group will operate in the business segments maritime, oil & gas, energy and business assurance. Its global headquarters will be at Hovik outside of Oslo.
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