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DEKRA purchased shares from Movon laboratories in South Korea that is famous for its electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radiofrequency testing (RF)
By MT Bureau| Sep 14, 2020

DEKRA Acquires Movon To Expand Its Automotive Testing Network

DEKRA, a German-based global automotive testing organisation, has signed an agreement with Movon Corporation, a South Korean testing laboratory, to purchase the shares of the recently carved-out South Korean electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radiofrequency (RF) testing laboratories. Movon has a strong market position in South Korea and recognised by global automotive OEMs for its expertise in EMC and RF testing of automotive electronics.

Dekra Test lab

DEKRA claims that this acquisition further expands its expertise in the booming market for EMC and RF testing, a key technology for connected, automated and electric driving. As cars today become increasingly connected, automated and electrified, electronic systems now account for almost 50 percent of their added value. The current global EMC and RF testing market volume is estimated to be more than two billion Euro. This step is also designed to support DEKRA's increasingly comprehensive range of laboratory accreditations from car manufacturers (OEMs) in Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Europe and the US in the near future.

Stefan Kölbl, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE said, “The acquisition of the Movon laboratories is an important strategic step in further expanding our global automotive testing network. We expect strong growth in the coming years in the Asian market and in EMC and RF testing, with annual growth rates in the upper single-digit range.”

at High-Level UN Conference in Geneva
DEKRA at High-Level UN Conference in Geneva

Movon is said to be the only laboratory accredited for EMC testing in South Korea by domestic and foreign vehicle OEMs, which includes companies such as Volkswagen, GM, Ford, FCA, Jaguar Landrover, Mazda and Hyundai. The customer base includes other renowned car manufacturers as well as many well-known Korean names from the supplier sector who manufacture vital electronic components. Movon also serves international type approvals for mobile and wireless equipment for more than 190 countries and certifications for electrical products ("KC" – Korean Certification).

DEKRA lighting lab in Arnhem
DEKRA lighting lab in Arnhem, Netherlands

Ivo Rauh, CTO and Member of the Management Board DEKRA SE, in charge of Services, Innovation and IT said, “In our state of the art worldwide testing facilities we are able to test not only consumer electronics and IoT devices but also everything from automotive electronics through e-bikes to complete electrical vehicles.”
DEKRA is already involved in product safety testing in Korea at its location in Seoul, especially in the area of explosion safety protection testing and certification of products used in hazardous locations.

testing of child seats at DEKRA lab
Testing of Child seats at a DEKRA lab

DEKRA's global EMC and RF laboratory network comprises primary locations in Germany (Stuttgart), in the Netherlands (Arnhem), Spain (Malaga), Mainland China (ten laboratories in all major industrial centers such as Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Suzhou), Taiwan (Linkou and Hsinchu) and the US (Sterling, Virginia).

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