British Standards Institution buys German aerospace certification company


The BSI Group has strengthened its position in the aerospace certification market after acquiring German firm AirCert.

Munich-based AirCert was founded nine years ago and is to become a subsidiary of BSI’s assurance business. The move significantly expands the BSI Group’s presence in the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) aerospace sector.

The acquisition also means the BSI Group is accredited by the German accreditation body DAkkS (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle). It is already accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) and the ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) in the USA.

Peter Leveringhaus, BSI managing director for DACH said, “Over the last nine years, AirCert has built a strong and respected reputation in the region. It’s a people-focused business and we anticipate that this culture integrates well within BSI and will continue to develop in the future.

“I’m delighted that AirCert co-founder and director, Flora von Heise-Rotenburg, has agreed to join our global aerospace team as the aerospace sector head for BSI DACH, and will personally lead our combined growth agenda and cement our reputation as a leading player in the DACH market.”

The deal also means that existing AirCert clients will gain access to BSI Group’s international network of standards, training and compliance solutions in areas such as aerospace quality management (AS9100), supply chain management, occupational health and safety (ISO 45001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and cybersecurity and information resilience.

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