Dear Readers,

 

Over the long, successful history of TÜV SÜD, there have always been turning points—periods of time in which technological and social developments were embraced and transformed into new services.

Right now, we’re again at one of these turning points, one that we’re examining in this issue of ABOUT TRUST: digitization is changing the ways we coexist and do business; new technologies and ideas can, in the blink of an eye, challenge business models that had worked perfectly until that moment. With massive investments in new technologies, from e-mobility to automated driving and even IT security, TÜV SÜD is rising to meet these challenges—one example being the almost six-month-old Center of Excellence in Singapore, with its Smart Nation initiative.

Sometimes, when facing new challenges, it’s a good idea to look to the past: Carl Isambert, born in 1839, was the first salaried engineer at a TÜV technical inspection organization. With his foresight and willingness to initiate and support new developments, he made essential contributions to making new technology safer. We asked four TÜV SÜD employees who are currently working in especially innovative sectors of our company to what extent Carl Isambert can still be a role model for them today. We received strikingly contemporary answers that underscore the fact that—even in the face of significant change—an enthusiasm for innovation, neutrality, objectivity and outstanding expertise are still in high demand. These values have been formative for our employees for 150 years—and will certainly continue to be so in the future.

 

 

I hope you enjoy the new issue of ABOUT TRUST!