IAV GmbH and the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Brunswick Bring Fine Proceedings to a Close
After a thorough review, IAV accepts a fine of €10 million and thus again acknowledges its role in the diesel issue. The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Brunswick, Germany, had opened the fine proceedings against IAV for violations of supervisory monitoring and control duties from 2005 to 2015. IAV had already reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on the diesel issue in December 2018.
Berlin. The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Brunswick had initiated the fine proceedings in 2017. IAV cooperated fully with the Public Prosecutor’s Office at all times and, following a thorough review, accepts the fine of €10 million. The fine notice conclusively ends the administrative offense proceedings currently underway against IAV.
Matthias Kratzsch, CEO of IAV, said: “Even though our company logo rarely appears on finished products, we are responsible for the engineering services we provide. In the past, we did not do sufficient justice to this, and we have learned the necessary lessons from this. IAV today is no longer comparable with IAV from the middle of the 2000s – when our involvement in the diesel issue originated. With our comprehensive Compliance system and culture of responsibility running through all areas, we not only follow a clear system of values and rules, but also strengthen our customers’ trust in the engineering services we provide.”
In recent years, IAV has significantly developed its control and steering framework as well as its Compliance system and systematically advanced awareness of its relevance within the company. For instance, the whistleblower system has been significantly expanded, dedicated contacts for Compliance issues have been firmly established in all technical areas of the company and a comprehensive and continuous training program has been established.
With more than 8,000 employees, IAV is one of the world’s leading engineering partners to the automotive industry. The company has been developing innovative concepts and technologies for future vehicles for more than 35 years and generated sales of more than EUR 1 billion in 2019. Its customers include all major automobile manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. Alongside vehicle and drivetrain development, IAV entered the field of electromobility and autonomous driving at an early stage and is now one of the leading development service providers in these fields. Alongside its development centers in Berlin, Gifhorn and Chemnitz/Stollberg, IAV has further locations in Munich, Sindelfingen and Ingolstadt, among others, as well as in Europe, Asia and North and South America.