Södra Sveriges Ångpanneförening was founded on February 23, 1895 for the inspection of steam boilers and was the first of its kind. The idea was to prevent accidents through regular inspections. Thirty years later, Deutcher Kraftfahrzeugs-überwachungs verein (abbreviated as DEKRA) was founded in Berlin, Germany. The idea here was also to prevent accidents, but accidents involving trucks driving off the road with subsequent damage to expensive cargo, not exploding steam boilers.
In 1975, a new law was enacted in Sweden for national inspection bodies, and in 1977 the government founded the Swedish Plant Inspectorate. This resulted in Ångpanneförening losing its fundamental field of operations and the company instead concentrated its efforts on continuing under different conditions. But 20 years ago in 1995, the inspection monopoly was abolished and ÅF-Kontroll was founded.
DEKRA acquired ÅF-Kontroll in March 2010 and this was a giant step in its expansion into the industrial sector.
“Being a part of the DEKRA Group is a very good fit for us,” says Stefan Törngren, CEO for the company since 2016. “We have the same values and take the long-term approach. We even have the same orientation – challenging monopolies. With no reservations, I can say that we've played a key role in moving the sector forward.”