Where we come from…
In 1829, the company was renamed Bureau Veritas, adopted the emblem of Truth as its official logo and edited its first Register of some 10,000 ships. In 1833 the head office transferred from
The company went from strength to strength, expanding into new areas such as “Control of Materials”, for iron and steel inspection in the burgeoning railway industry, as well as inspecting factory equipment. In 1922, the French government entrusted Bureau Veritas with the official control of airworthiness certificates for civil aircraft. Nor was the automobile industry neglected: Bureau Veritas created a service to check buses, coaches and trucks in 1927.
What have we created since then? A versatile product for a successful future.
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In the winter of 1821, violent storms raged across
But what set the company apart from the competition was its new methodology.
As well as indicating the type of navigation a vessel could undertake, a note of risk (3/3, 2/3, 1/3) was ascribed to each vessel. This figure was arrived at by considering a vessel's structural design, quality of materials, strength of scantlings, age, previous accidents, and state of maintenance of hull and rigging.
In 1829, the company was renamed Bureau Veritas, the first Register was edited - which included 10,000 ships - and an emblem for Truth was adopted as the company insignia.
The Truth and the testimony
The original insignia of 1829 was designed by Achille Deveria and engraved by Jacques-Jean Barre. It represented the female figure of Truth emerging naked from a well. The founders explained their reasoning in a letter that was distributed with each Register. Their aim was clearly stated: “to seek the truth and tell it without fear or favor.”
Under new management the rejuvenated company went from strength to strength, as shown by this first testimonial:
“Nothing either in
Underwriters’ magazine “Revue des Assurances”, 1830
The Bureau's presence did not go unnoticed in other fields. The company was quoted in three Jules Verne novels:
- “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” (1869)
- “The Mysterious
- “The Survivors of the Chancellor” (1875).
… and the name “Bureau Veritas” entered both the French dictionary Larousse and Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913).
Without doubt the best testimony to the vitality of Bureau Veritas was its increasing worldwide expansion - first throughout Europe, then to the Americas and finally to all the main ports of the other continents.
With the expansion of the Industrial Revolution, Bureau Veritas broadened its range of services. The introduction of iron and steel into ship building had made materials inspection at production sites crucial. In
Then in 1922, the French government entrusted Bureau Veritas with the official control of airworthiness certificates for civil aircrafts. (The company's substantial experience acquired in the maritime field had already proved most valuable.) The new Aeronautical Service established thorough procedures based on periodical surveys with reference to specific rules.
Similarly, requests from insurance companies for periodical technical surveys of buses, coaches and trucks in
With the increasing number of accidents during the construction boom that followed the First World War, insurers realised they could no longer cover the risks unless there were pre-existing controls in place. Again Bureau Veritas responded to the market, and in 1929 it established the "Control Service for Buildings & Civil Engineering".
By 1932 Bureau Veritas had established its own laboratories at
Between 1980 and 1990 Bureau Veritas set up a number of new subsidiaries in response to specific needs.
Bivac - In 1984 the government of
BVQI - Now Bureau Veritas Certification - By 1988, quality imperatives and ISO certification had became key issues for many companies. With the growing need for independent third party systems certification, Bureau Veritas was in a strong position to respond.
Veritas Auto - 1990 saw the creation of a major subsidiary to handle the periodical inspection of motor vehicles. This activity was ceded a few years later.
In 1995, two new corporate shareholders, CGIP and Poincaré Investissement, injected fresh impetus into Bureau Veritas activities. At the same time, the global economic environment was evolving ever faster. The Asian economic boom and the emergence of strong economies in Russia and Eastern Europe were transforming the market. Moreover, in Europe and
Shortly after, the acquisition of two well-established
In the past few years, Bureau Veritas has streamlined its organisation to enable a better market focus and keep a strong growth momentum. The Group is now structured along 8 global businesses :
- Inspection and In-Service Verification
- Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
- Consumer Product Services
- Government Services and International Trade
Bureau Veritas has achieved a strong competitive edge in its 8 global businesses, with:
- All 8 global businesses positioned on markets with high potential and significant growth.
- Worldwide leadership positions in each one of these businesses.
- The ability to leverage an efficient and dense international network.
- An in-depth technical expertise recognised by relevant authorities and accreditation bodies.
- A solid track record of growth through acquisitions.
The flow of acquisitions has been particularly active in the past 5 years, enabling the emergence of solid growth platforms for Bureau Veritas, in 3 countries in particular:
After the integration of US Laboratories in 2003, the Group further strengthened its presence in the
In a country where investment in infrastructure and construction has shown good momentum in the past years, Bureau Veritas acquired in 2002 the Weeks group. This brought significant environmental and geotechnical consulting capacity throughout the country, as well as testing laboratories for construction materials and analytical chemistry. Another significant milestone was the 2005 acquisition of Casella, a leader for QHSE services in the
In 2006, Bureau Veritas acquired 3 companies in
A strong organic growth and more than 50 acquisitions in the past ten years have pushed us into a leadership on our market and given us a broad and unrivalled expertise in QHSE management issues.
Now we would like to share this expertise with you.
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