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TÜV Rheinland acquires clearance specialist D/Gauge

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TÜV Rheinland has acquired the UK railway clearance company D/Gauge. The UK company and its 28 employees will become a subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland UK and fully integrated into its existing structure.

D/Gauge is at the forefront of the clearance industry, seamlessly interfacing with the world of track maintenance, vehicle design, and railway operations. It has developed a suite of services to support universal rail initiatives. One, to decarbonise the railway, and another, to drive the industry forward with digitisation.

D/Gauge is regarded as the leading UK consultancy and software company for the analysis of clearances. This essential service enables the safe integration and assurance of railway assets.

“D/Gauge’s services perfectly complement our portfolio, which has already been confirmed in numerous joint customer projects in the UK,” says Dr Matthias Schubert, executive vice president mobility of TÜV Rheinland.

“We both serve many common key accounts, such as Network Rail, Hitachi, and others. The merger will further strengthen our customer offering.”

Based in the Midlands, D/Gauge was founded as family business by Dr David Johnson in 2008. Over the years D/Gauge has established itself as a highly innovative and fast-growing niche company.

Having proven its technology in the UK rail sector, co-founder Colin Johnson is excited that this move will accelerate international growth. He explained: “This acquisition opens the door to new opportunities and prospects for everyone involved, and I’m thrilled to receive the backing of TÜV Rheinland in our next chapter.”

The outstanding functionality of D/Gauge’s in-house developed simulation tools are seeing strong growth in demand. Together with consulting services, it is expected to become a cornerstone for the successful implementation of the digitisation strategy of TÜV Rheinland’s rail business.

“D/Gauge’s software solutions promise tremendous scalability based on an excellent customer network and can also be easily scaled internationally through our well-established sales channels”, said Dr Schubert.

Image credit: TÜV Rheinland / D/Gauge

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