German vehicle inspection company Dekra’s rail division has acquired all shares in Plurel, formerly known as DeltaRail, in Utrecht, Netherlands.
The acquisition of Plurel, a leading testing institute for rail transport in the Benelux countries, will help Dekra to offer Europe-wide testing services for the rail sector.
Dekra SE management board member and head of Dekra’s industrial business unit Ivo Rauh said: "With this transaction, we are strategically expanding our rail transport activities in Western Europe and making Dekra a leading player in this sector.
"Plurel is an ideal addition to our portfolio of approvals and accreditations, which gives Dekra Rail a crucial competitive advantage at European level."
The rail institute manages the testing, inspection and certification of rolling stock, infrastructure and wheel-rail interfacing and has a workforce of 65 employees in areas such as signalling and control, material and wear testing, notified body and safety assessments, mechanics and calibration.
The company serves railway operators, maintenance contractors, infrastructure managers, and supplying industries in the Benelux countries, France and the UK.
Dekra Rail is a notified body for the EC conformity assessment (TSI) in Europe and through its companies in Germany and Sweden, it serves Scandinavia and central, eastern and south-eastern Europe.
This is its second acquisition this year, after it purchased the materials testing business of DNV-GL in August.
Image: This acquisition will help Dekra to offer Europe-wide testing services for the rail sector. Photo: courtesy of Dekra.