The Czech Manufacturing Tradition Lands on Italy
6. 5. 2016 | Source: BusinessInfo.cz
The Czech Republic, a country with a long history in engineering that is currently experiencing quite a strong growth, was at the Mecspe fair in Parma with a collective organized by CzechTrade, the trade promotion agency whose Italian headquarters are in Milan. Along with foundries and moulding companies, also a company with a 20-year experience in auto-mation took part in the exhibition.
The engineering industry is one of the leading sectors of the Czech economy. The country has a long tradition in this field (the Czech Technical University in Prague was already established in 1707). Nowadays, due to some strong points that make it very attractive for foreign investors, the country is ready to reaffirm its role within the global industrial and economic scenario.
These strong points are indeed an important technological know how, the availability of a skilled and educated work-force and the country’s strategic location in the heart of Europe.
Today, the Czech Republic ranks seventh in Europe in terms of machine tools manufacturing, of which about 80% is for export, mainly to Germany, Italy, France, Russia, China and the United States. The Czech Republic, according to Deloitte, will become in the next five years one of the twenty most competitive states in the world in the industrial sector. Currently, it occupies the 23th position.
The Czech economy keeps growing
In the first ten months of 2015 the economy of the Czech Republic has recovered strongly with growth of 4.4% of GDP, a significant increase in industrial production, driven by the automotive sector, an increase in private consumption (+3.1%) and fixed asset investment (+5.9%). As for the year 2016, the majority of analysts provides a rate of growth of the economy slightly higher than that of 2015.
Thanks to the support of CzechTrade, the Czech Trade Promotion Agency established in 1997 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, whose Italian headquarters are located in Milan, a collective was promoted at the Mecspe exhibition, held last March in Parma. This gathered together four major Czech companies: DEL, MetalPlast Lipník, Slévárna Kurim, Slévárny Třinec. Working in quite different sectors, these represent the long and prestigious Czech tradition in the engineering industry.
From automation specialists to foundries or moulding companies
DEL has a 20-year experience dealing with automation, electrical engineering, robotic automation and mechanical turnkey solutions. In particular, the Czech company is specialized in design and delivery of technological units (project management, robots, handling, mechanization, robotized workplaces, robotized welding workplaces, fixtures and measuring jigs, conveyors, conveyor systems, technological lines, single pur-pose machines, general overhaul and modernization of tech-nological equipment); automation of technological processes (complex deliveries of electrical equipment, design, industrial automation, software – PLC, PC, robots and drives, visualisation of technological processes, database applications, repairs and modernisations of electrical equipment, certification, machine safety solution); production of switchboards and control panels (switchboards, switchboards parts, material cutting and sheet metal work); assembly of machinery and electrical parts of equipment (complete assembly, repair, inspection and revision).
The foundry Slévárna Kuřim, with more then 60 years of tradi-tion, is equipped with modern technology for both mechanical and manual production of grey cast iron and nodular iron castings, capable to produce castings from 25 up to 15,000 kg of weight. Another foundry, Slévárny Třinec, support pattern making, heat treatment, machining, surface treatment including painting and also despatch to customers.
Finally, MetalPlast Lipník – founded in 1994 – is specialized in machinery engineering, production lines for automotive and metallurgy, metal parts moulding, moulds and tools production, plastic injection and thermoforming.
Originally published in Assemblagio&Meccatronica (May/June 2016 Issue). Author: Cesare Pizzorno