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A123 Systems celebrated opening of Czech plant

 A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, today announced that it hosted a Grand Opening Ceremony to celebrate its new manufacturing facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The ceremony took place earlier today at the Ostrava site where A123 will produce more than 600,000 units of its low voltage automotive systems[…]

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Automotive accounted for 30% of FDIs in the Czech Republic

Domestic and foreign investors plan to invest more than CZK 64 billion in the Czech Republic based on deals concluded with CzechInvest in 2016. Last year’s total is CZK 20 billion more than in 2015. In 84 out of 100 cases, the investments involve expansions of companies that are already operating in the Czech Republic,[…]

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The third test circuit for autonomous vehicles in Europe is planned to be built in the Czech Republic

The minister of transportation Mr. Dan Ťok announced the plan to build a new circuit for testing of the autonomous vehicles in the Czech Republic. Currently there are only two similar facilities in Europe – one in Germany and another one in Sweden. The idea was developed by the Institute of the Security Technologies and Engineering[…]

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Recticel Automotive works on production resumption at Czech plant after fire

The Belgian company Recticel is working on production resumption at its automotive plant in Most, Czech Republic (RAI Most), which suffered a serious fire on January 22. “Since January 27, 2017, part of the premises is again accessible to engineers and contractors, and clean-up activities are ongoing,” the company said on January 31. From Most[…]

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Samsung SDI plant seeks suppliers among Czech firms

CzechInvest is holding a supplier forum for Samsung SDI Battery Systems today in Graz, Austria, where 18 Czech companies including KOVOLIT, TESLA Jihlava, KOVOLIS HEDVIKOV, ČZ, Linaset, LAKUM – KTL and EBAS, among others, are presenting their products and technologies. CzechInvest pre-selected the companies from its sectoral database of suppliers, which the agency has administered[…]

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Demand for alternative drives in Czech Rep shifting from gas to electricity

In 2016, there were 1,541 hybrid electric drive vehicles (+50.5%) and 271 pure electric vehicles (-19.6%), including 62 Tesla cars (+8.8%) weighing up to 3,5 tons registered in the Czech market. Overall, demand for battery vehicles increased by 33.1% to 1,812 units. Market leaders with electric vehicles in 2016 were BMW (87 vehicles, -7.4%), Nissan[…]