HPiVS and CEproof Merge
PRESS RELEASE: 27 August 2019
Two of the strongest players in the global marine compliance industry, EU Notified Body HPi Verification Services (HPiVS) and Recreational Craft Directive specialist CEproof Group have merged, creating HPI-CEproof Ltd.
It has been a milestone 12 months for HPiVS, which completed accreditation with INAB in 2018 for HPi Verification Services (Ireland) Ltd to ISO 17065 so that it can continue to certify products to the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and the EU Pressure Equipment Directive. This has enabled HPiVS to provide continuity of service irrespective of Britain’s future status in the EU.
CEproof has enjoyed similarly successful times. Its core UK operation and 10 global offices have continued to develop their tailored services offering detailed and bespoke guidance for compliance with marine legislation, with particular focus on the RCD. The company has also seen wide adoption of its DAME Award-winning software ICOMIA Technical File Generator, which simplifies the entire process of managing RCD compliance documentation.
Speaking of the benefits of the merger, Alasdair Reay, CEO of HPiVS, explained: “CEproof has quietly built a substantial array of software tools for the boat industry with new products launching in the immediate future. By merging the businesses we can add these valuable tools to HPiVS’s outstanding services. Working together we will make compliance easier and more watertight than ever.”
“HPi and CEproof have worked as two links of the same compliance chain for many years,” CEproof CEO and Managing Director, Craig Morris adds. “The future is so exciting now that we are able to combine our world-wide customer base with the abilities and tools of both companies.”
HPi CEproof will be headquartered at HPiVS’s existing base within the technology-focused Howbery Business Park in Wallingford, UK with CEproof’s Wroxham base in Norfolk, UK becoming a regional office. HPi Verification Services (Ireland) will continue to run from Dunshaughlin, just outside of Dublin. All of CEproof’s consultancy activities will be handled by CEproof’s existing operations in Europe, Western Asia, Australasia and the USA which remain independent and unaffected by the merger.
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