Summary of our market study

The global market for roadworthiness testing, which is essential for vehicle safety and environmental protection, is led by Europe, with the United States holding the second position, while emerging countries significantly contribute to market growth, buoyed by increasing disposable income. The French market, specifically, has seen a notable uptick in activity, with a reported increase in turnover in recent years. Despite the market's dominance by a few major players, such as the French group Sakar with its Autovision brand, the sector demonstrated resilience during the Covid-19 crisis, registering a 2.17% growth over 2019. However, this market faces impending changes, particularly with the onset of electric vehicles that require specialized training and equipment, aligning with the European Commission's environmental objectives and propelling a sector-wide technological transition post-2020.

Emerging Trends in the French Roadworthiness Testing Market

The roadworthiness testing market in France is currently experiencing significant growth, with the momentum expected to continue in the future. This expansion is reflected in the increasing turnover, which has seen a notable rise in recent years. The overall global market for roadworthiness testing is led by Europe, with France playing a pivotal role. There's a marked contribution to market growth from emerging countries, where rising disposable incomes are fueling the demand for such services. In this dynamic environment, the French market is not highly fragmented despite having more than 6,000 approved inspection centers.

Instead, it's dominated by a few key players, with the French group Sakar and its brand Autovision controlling over 85% of the market share. This indicates a high concentration of market power among a limited number of companies. 

One of the impending transformations in the French roadworthiness testing market is related to the surge in electric vehicles. This shift, which aligns with the European Commission's objectives, necessitates specific training and equipment for testing centers, indicating a future technological evolution within the sector. With these changes, the market is set for a significant overhaul to accommodate the requirements of electric cars.

The regulatory landscape also plays a critical role in shaping the French roadworthiness testing market. Constant changes in regulations carry significant consequences for market participants, requiring them to stay agile and responsive. In summary, the French roadworthiness testing market is characterized by its vigorous growth, market concentration among a few large brands, resilience during the pandemic, and is currently at the cusp of a technological transition due to the rising prevalence of electric vehicles.

Key Players Shaping the Roadworthiness Testing Market

Landscape Within the dynamic domain of roadworthiness testing, a small cohort of significant players exercise predominant influence over the market's contours.

  • Among these titans is the French conglomerate, the Sakar group, which asserts its market dominance through its widespread brand, Autovision. Autovision stands as a flagship entity within the roadworthiness testing sector, operating an extensive network of approved inspection centres that contribute to its robust market presence.

The market, while appearing concentrated at the upper echelons, is underpinned by other critical actors that maintain the sector's competitive edge. These companies are distinguished by their commitment to excellence in safety inspection services, embracing technological advancements and regulatory compliance to adhere to the stringent demands of roadworthiness protocols.

Beyond the borders of France, the other European entities further solidify the continent's leadership in the global market. These firms are renowned for their meticulous inspection process, which encompasses thorough visual examinations, precise brake testing, and detailed exhaust emissions analysis to reinforce their contribution to road safety and environmental preservation.

The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) prompts an impending epochal shift within the industry, demanding the adaptation of inspection techniques and the acquisition of new specialized skills and tools. Those market players who are swift to embrace the evolving technological landscape and to provide for the nuanced needs of EV inspection will be primed to secure their positions at the forefront of the industry transformation.

Within this fiercely competitive arena, positioning strategy is paramount. The prevailing entities not only compete on the breadth and quality of their services but also on their ability to navigate the complex regulatory environment that shapes the roadworthiness testing landscape. Their resilience and innovative capacity will be put to test more than ever before as they reimagine roadworthiness for the increasing fleet of electric vehicles heralding the future of automotive transportation.

As these main actors continue to drive innovation and maintain high standards within the sector, the roadworthiness testing market is likely to sustain its growth trajectory and remain a crucial part of the automotive industry's commitment to public safety and environmental standards.

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1.1 Definition and scope of the study

Roadworthiness testing is a standardised regulatory procedure, based on the visual findings of the approved inspector, the measurements taken on the brake test bench and the results of the exhaust gas analyser.

It is compulsory to be able to drive on the road because it allows the detection of possible failures capable of harming both the environment and the safety of road users. There are many types of vehicles subject to technical inspection and some are subject to specific regulations. However, according to the Central Technical Organisation, we can distinguish between technical inspections for light vehicles and those for heavy vehicles. The world market for roadworthiness testing is dominated by Europe, with the United States in second place. On the other hand, the emerging countries contribute strongly to the growth of the market, explained by the increase in disposable income.

The French technical inspection market is very dynamic, with growth in turnover increasing in recent years. The legal aspect is also essential because the constant regulatory changes have a significant impact on the market players. Although there are more than 6,000 approved inspection centres, the sector is not very fragmented. Indeed, only a few brands hold more than 85% of the market share, including the French group Sakar through its brand Autovision.

Although the sector has proved resilient in the face of the Covid 19 crisis with a 2.17% growth over 2019, the sector is poised for a transformation. The rise of electric cars, driven by the European Commission's objectives, will mark a technological transition of the sector, as specific training and equipment are required.

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SGS to cut earnings by 2022 - 26/01/2023
  • Net income in 2022: 588 million Swiss francs (586 million euros), down 4.1% on 2021
  • Sales in 2022: 6.6 billion Swiss francs, up 3.7%
  • Growth excluding currency effects in 2022: 6.8%
  • Analyst forecasts: sales of 6.7 billion Swiss francs and profits of 601 million Swiss francs
  • expected annual savings from 2023 thanks to restructuring program: CHF 50 million
  • Expected job cuts as a result of restructuring: 1,500 (1.5% of workforce)
  • Pre-tax charge recorded in the accounts: 46 million Swiss francs
  • Seven business acquisitions completed by 2022, including German laboratory Proderm
  • Organic growth forecast for 2023: mid-single-digit increase

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DEKRA Automotive France Norisko
Securitest France (SGS groupe)
Auto Sécurité France (SGS Groupe)
Autovision Sakar
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