Bureau Veritas’ businesses
Bureau Veritas is a global leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has around 59,000 employees in 1,330 offices and laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performances by offering innovative services and solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructures, and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility.
Through its Marine business, Bureau Veritas is a ship classification society. The business of ship classification consists of verifying the conformity of ships to the classification rules or standards issued by the classification society. Classification societies certify the conformity of a reference level for ship quality by delivering a “class certificate.” The classification activity is most often carried out together with the regulatory, or statutory, certification mission conducted under delegation from the maritime authorities of the ship’s flag administration. Most flag administrations require verification of the on-board application of technical standards defined by the international conventions on marine safety and pollution prevention to which they belong, and a large number of administrations delegate these checks to a classification society.
Class and regulatory certificates are essential for using ships. Maritime insurance companies require such certificates to provide insurance, and port authorities regularly verify their validity when ships come into port.
The Marine business generated revenue of €317.0 million in 2012 (8% of the Group’s revenue for 2012) and had an adjusted operating margin of 26.7%.
The Industry business encompasses a vast range of services related to the compliance of assets with applicable international standards on a mandatory basis and with Quality, Health, Safety and Environment - QHSE policies implemented on a voluntary basis. Clients need the certification that their assets are built in conformity with pre-established standards and are able to meet the defined performance in terms of QHSE and availability when in operation. To address this market Bureau Veritas has developed a worldwide network of engineers, inspectors and supply chain experts with core competencies in design approval, risk analysis, sourcing and material selection strategies, quality assurance and quality control, reliability studies, maintenance optimization and asset preservation policies during the asset life cycle.
In 2012, the Industry business generated €874.8 million in revenues (23% of the Group's 2012 revenue) and an adjusted operating margin of 14.5%.
- IN-SERVICE INSPECTION & VERIFICATION
The In-Service Inspection & Verification (IVS) business verifies conformity of technical installations to regulatory requirements applicable to the technical installations of buildings and infrastructure. The Group offers a comprehensive service offering covering all the regulatory requirements for periodic inspection applicable to the Group’s clients. The technical installations covered by the business’ inspection services include electrical installations, lifting equipment and other work tools, gas and vapor pressure equipment, fire equipment (rescue equipment, fire safety systems), elevators, heating equipment (particularly furnaces and aerothermodynamic equipment), automatic doors and ionizing ray equipment.
In 2012, the IVS business generated revenue of €480.5 million (12% of the Group’s 2012 revenue) and had an adjusted operating margin of 10.9%.
The Construction business assesses the conformity of construction projects, such as buildings, civil engineering projects or works of art, with different technical standards of stability, water tightness, safety, comfort and zoning codes. Conformity assessment is performed through review and approval of plans, assignments to establish and monitor project-specific quality organizations during the design stage and inspections, tests and/or product qualifications during the construction stage. The Construction business also offers complementary services such as asset management and technical due diligence, as well as services linked to the post-construction life of a building (maintenance, adaptation rehabilitation, and demolition) which allow its clients to control the Quality/Safety/Environmental issues of their real estate assets under construction or in service.
The Construction business generated revenue of €447.6 million in 2012 (12% of the Group’s revenue for 2012) and had an adjusted operating margin of 10.5%.
The Certification business certifies that the quality, safety, health and environment management systems utilized by the Group’s clients comply with international standards, usually ISO norms, or national and/or sector standards. In addition, the business offers assessment services to large companies that wishes to audit and/ or certify certain elements of their organization or network, such as their suppliers and/or franchises.
The Certification business generated revenue of €344.1 million in 2012 (9% of the Group’s 2012 revenue) and had an adjusted operating margin of 17.9%.
The Group provides a wide range of inspection and laboratory testing services for all type of commodities: Oil and Petrochemicals, Metals and Minerals and Agriculture.
The Commodities business generated revenue of €713,6 million in 2012 (18% of the Group’s 2012 revenue) and had an adjusted operating margin of 13.9%. The Group is one of the three world leaders in Commodities’ testing.
- CONSUMER PRODUCTS
The Consumer Products business provides inspection services, laboratory testing and certification services to retailers and manufacturers of consumer products. Services are provided throughout the clients’ manufacturing and supply chains to ensure that products offered to the market comply with regulatory safety standards or voluntary standards of quality and performance.
The Consumer Products business generated revenue of €442.9 million in 2012 (11% of the Group’s 2012 revenue) and had an adjusted operating margin of 24.5%.
- GOVERNMENT SERVICES & INTERNATIONAL TRADE - GSIT
The GSIT business provides merchandise inspection services (finished products, equipment, commodities) in connection with international trade transactions. These services are targeted at governments (customs authorities), exporters, importers, trade intermediaries, banks, and international organizations managing development aid programs (the European Union, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund).
The GSIT business generated revenue of €281.8 million in 2012 (7% of the Group's 2012 revenue) and had an adjusted operating margin of 21.1%.