GLG Network Survey: Testing, Inspection and Certification

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GLG interviewed 70 senior executives working at Testing, Inspection and Certification companies.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • This survey discussed the future of the industry and growth projections going forward.
  • It also investigated the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and implications on various areas such as cancellations/postponements and staffing.
  • Furthermore, we covered a competitive overview of the players within the industry, providing an overview of these main TIC players.

Examples of findings:

  • The Testing, Inspection and Certification industry is evaluated as being a high growth industry, with 69% estimating growth of more than 4% since 2015 and a further 69% estimating more than 4% growth by 2023.
  • Evaluating the three areas of Testing, Inspection and Certification, respondents evaluated testing as the area they expect the most growth (41%) followed by certification (35%) and inspection (25%).
  • The industry is set to undergo change in the next three years, with 78% of respondents expecting an increase in acquisitions and 56% expecting significant divestitures.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Emmanuel-Jean Petit, former CEO at Apave International.

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • What do you estimate the growth of the industry to be over the coming years?
  • When evaluating the testing, inspection and certification industry, where do you expect to see the highest growth?
  • Please rank these with ‘1’ being the area you expect to see the most growth.
  • What has been the trend of acquisitions in the past 3 years within the countries you are knowledgeable of?
  • In your view, what was the impact of COVID-19 on revenues in your industry?
  • When do you expect the industry to recover to pre COVID-19 levels?
  • What percentage of inspections do you estimate were postponed and/or cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdowns?
  • Looking at TIC services in the next 5-10 years, which of the following do you expect to be introduced in the way services are delivered?
  • What pricing trend do you expect over the next 3 years?


This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

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