Inspecta joins the Kiwa Group
When London-based investor 3i transferred its shares in Inspecta to ACTA* – the holding company of Shield Group and Kiwa – in 2015, it became a leading testing, inspection and certification (TIC) organization with about 4,000 quality specialists in 25 countries.
Our merger with Inspecta Group is a solid step forward in our goal to develop into a leading independent TIC organization supporting customers in their home markets and with international trade and manufacturing. Inspecta offers complementing services and geographical presence and is a perfect match in portfolio, reputation and service attitude.Paul Hesselink, CEO
Inspecta’s roots go back to 1975, when the Finnish and Swedish authorities founded what would become Inspecta bodies in their respective countries. In 2015, the two merged and became a major player in the Scandinavian market, with inspection services for installations in the process and manufacturing industry, refining, power generation, mining and real estate.
Under the ownership of 3i, Inspecta’s revenues and footprint doubled between 2007 and 2015. When the company joined the Kiwa Group as part of ACTA*, Inspecta had 1,600 staff at offices in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland and the Baltics.
Two years later, Inspecta was fully integrated into Kiwa, becoming part of our overarching brand in 2017.