Kiwa: We create trust
We are Kiwa. With our assurance, testing, inspection, certification, training, consultancy and data services, we create trust in our customers' products, services, processes, (management) systems and employees. We do so in a wide variety of markets segments, ranging from construction and energy supply to drinking water, healthcare, food, feed & farming. Areas of expertise include management systems, corporate social responsibility and lab testing, among many others.
We have clients in manufacturing and process industries, (business) services, public and private utilities, governments and international institutions.
Kiwa employs over 10,000 people in over 35 countries, in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. Since 2021 we are a member of SHV Family of Companies.
The SHV Family of Companies consists of SHV Energy (energy distribution), Makro (cash-and-carry wholesale), Mammoet (heavy lifting and transport activities), ERIKS (industrial services), Nutreco (animal nutrition and aquafeed), NPM Capital (exploration, development, providing private equity), ONE-Dyas (production of oil and gas) and Kiwa (testing, inspection and certification).
The roots of entities around the globe that form the present-day Kiwa lie in the safeguarding of people's health and safety by providing a high quality verification service. In many cases, this role originated from a governmental mandate in sectors including gas, energy, drinking water and construction or production safety.
The Kiwa that gives the present-day company its name was founded in 1948 by the Dutch drinking water companies, They wanted to safeguard drinking water supply in the country by having every item that might come into contact with drinking water, examined. In those days, KIWA (in capitals) was an acronym for Keuringsinstituut voor WaterleidingArtikelen (Institution for the Examination of Waterworks Articles). Nowadays, we've dropped the acronym as today's Kiwa comprises much more than just drinking water expertise. We're globally active in a wealth of markets, offering a broad range of products and services.
Some key milestones in Kiwa history:
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Companies now referred to as Kiwa Inspecta were part of Inspecta, the largest inspection company in Northern Europe and the Baltics. Kiwa Inspecta focuses on inspecting all kinds of assets in industry, housing, the maritime sector, metals and mining and other market segments.