investment opportunities in the MOravian-silesian REgion
Invest in a region with high-quality infrastructure and huge potential for future development
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With 1,212,213 inhabitants, the Moravian-Silesian Region is the third most populous region in the Czech Republic. However, the population density is relatively low (223 inhabitants per km2), and the Region has a total of 300 municipalities – the lowest number of any Czech region.
The gross domestic product of the Moravian-Silesian Region is CZK 411,950 million, the fourth highest figure out of all Czech regions. The Region was formerly a major centre of heavy industry, but this has now been scaled down and the primary focus today is on hi-tech sectors, technology development and traditional small-scale manufacturing. The Region’s companies are particularly strong in IT, electronics, electrical engineering and the automotive industry.
The Moravian-Silesian Region consists of 300 municipalities, of which 42 are towns or cities. Covering a total 5,427 km2, the Region represents 6.9 % of the Czech Republic’s land area, making it the country’s 6th largest region. Over half of the Region’s area is agricultural land, with forests accounting for a further 35 %. In addition to its great natural beauty, the Region also has rich mineral deposits.
In the words of current investors…
AL INVEST Břidličná, a.s. is a major global and the largest domestic manufacturer of aluminium packaging materials and rolled semi-products, employing over 800 people from the Bruntál region. It is a growing company with highly profitable operations, offering its customers a wide portfolio of aluminium-based products featuring innovative solutions with high utility value and making full use of sophisticated technologies.
AL INVEST Břidličná
ARMATURY Group a.s. was established in 2000 following a merger of three companies operating on the Czech and Slovak markets. ARMATURY Group is firmly rooted in the Moravian-Silesian Region, which offers ideal conditions for its ongoing development and growth. The company draws on the long tradition of valve manufacturing in Dolní Benešov, which ensures the presence of a highly qualified and experienced workforce. Another major advantage is the Region’s constantly improving transport infrastructure.
Kopřivnice was selected as the site of Bang & Olufsen’s Czech factory for a number of reasons. First, the town is situated in a region boasting many employees with experience of working at all levels in the electronics and automotive industries. Second, Ostrava’s VŠB Technical University is close at hand, ensuring a ready supply of talented engineering graduates now and in the future. Third, Kopřivnice offers excellent access via road, rail and air. Another key reason was the highly supportive approach of the management at the Kopřivnice industrial park.
Bang & Olufsen
One of the key factors in Biocel Paskov’s long-term success is its location in the Moravian-Silesian Region, where it draws on the experience, expertise and loyalty of the local workforce.
BONATRANS draws on the strong industrial and engineering tradition of Bohumín and the Moravian-Silesian Region as a whole, which ensures access to a large and highly qualified workforce. Another important factor in the company’s success is the Region’s strategic location, offering excellent transport links – especially easy access to the motorway network in the Czech Republic and neighbouring Poland. The Region’s comprehensive rail network is also an important advantage, as is the presence of Ostrava’s international airport, providing direct access to major European destinations.
Among the key factors influencing our decision to invest here were the Region's long industrial tradition and the highly trained and skilled workforce - including manual professions.
The company has operated in the Czech Republic since 2003, employing over 2,900 people at its plants in Kopřivnice and Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (sometimes known internationally under the designation Brose Ostrava). The plants produce manual and electric seat positioning systems, ABS motors, heating and air conditioning fans, and car door locking systems. A new customer team is being set up at the Kopřivnice plant to develop new seating mechanisms.
The Region offers an excellent pool of highly qualified employees and technical experts for both the production and R&D sides of Continental’s business. A further advantage is the Region’s strong industrial tradition, combined with its excellent – and constantly improving – quality of life. All these factors provide a solid basis for Continental to further develop its business activities within the Region.
The company’s decision to locate its Czech plant at Mošnov was motivated by a number of factors. One was the fact that the Moravian-Silesian Region is the second most populous Czech region (after Prague), and that this population includes a high proportion of university graduates – ensuring an excellent basis for workforce recruitment. Another factor was the presence of a strong supplier base for the automotive industry, combined with the excellent logistics at the site (with easy access to the motorway and rail networks).
The company’s location in the Moravian-Silesian Region provides it with ideal conditions for its ongoing development. One major advantage is the Region’s highly developed automotive industry, which accounts for around a half of the company’s total sales.
ELCOM, a.s. has been operating in the Moravian-Silesian Region for almost 25 years. The main advantages of being located in the Region are the highly qualified workforce and the presence of universities, which has enabled the company to build up strong collaborative relationships with leading experts and research professionals. Most of the employees at the company’s Ostrava branch are graduates of these universities.
The company built a plant in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm in 2000, moving to an industrial zone in Kopřivnice in 2005. Kopřivnice offers not only excellent access and transport links, but also a strong tradition of industry and engineering – enabling the company to benefit from a large pool of technically educated and highly qualified employees.
GASCONTROL is a major sponsor of sports and leisure activities for children and young people (including disabled children), and it works closely alongside charities, schools, children’s homes and social services providers in the Moravian-Silesian Region. In 2013 the company won the Region’s Social Responsibility Award for its commitment to reducing environmental impacts and its responsible approach to employees, their families, and charity organizations. The main advantage of the Moravian-Silesian Region for GASCONTROL is the presence of a reliable, skilled and highly experienced workforce, combined with a strong industrial tradition and a strategic position at the heart of Europe.
Geis considers the Moravian-Silesian Region to be an excellent location for investment and operations. The company’s investment in the Region offers major benefits due to a wide range of factors. The most important factors include the high quality of the Region’s infrastructure, its strategic geographic location on two international borders, the high potential offered by the local labour force – including very good levels of qualification, the outstanding opportunities for creating new jobs (which are of great importance to the Region), and the excellent standard of higher education provided by the Region’s universities.
Geis CZ s.r.o.
The Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech plant at the Nošovice Industrial Zone is the largest single foreign investment in the history of the Czech Republic.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech
Despite its rapid growth, KVADOS still remains an independent Czech joint-stock company based in Ostrava. We are determined to be a good neighbour and make a positive contribution to our community, so we play an active role in local life and are pleased to support worthwhile projects. We are also a founding member of the IT Cluster – an association which spearheads R&D in new information technologies throughout the Moravian-Silesian Region.
MERKO CZ’s main strategy is to create bespoke technical solutions that are tailor-made to customers’ specific individual requirements. In order to increase our market share in the Czech Republic and win new contracts from clients abroad, we have to constantly improve our standards of quality and develop new types of equipment. The main benefit of being located in the Moravian-Silesian Region is the presence of highly educated employees who are capable of thinking innovatively and developing new solutions with a view to the future.
Mölnlycke Health Care is a leading provider of single-use surgical and wound care products. We help patients to less pain and aid healthcare professionals to safer and more efficient surgery with our solutions and products.
The location of our factory in the city of Karvina, in the Moravian Silesian region of the Czech Republic almost 15 years ago has been a strategic move that has been paid off. Well prepared industrial zone, combined with skillful labor force strategically located close to our key markets has been a good choice.
Mölnlycke Health Care
Our location in the Moravian-Silesian Region is ideal for the ongoing development of our business, as the Region is home to a strong automotive segment and these companies are our main customers. For many years we have been a stable source of employment for people in Fulnek and the surrounding area, gaining a reputation as a good employer and building loyalty among our employees and goodwill within the local community as a whole.
The company’s highly qualified staff – mainly recruited from the Moravian-Silesian Region – are able to communicate in Czech, German, English and French. Our strategic position in the heart of Central Europe represents a major competitive advantage. Our wealth of experience in the industry, combined with our state-of-the-art technologies, enables us to constantly move forward, developing innovative new solutions for our customers. We regularly modernize our production technologies in line with the latest market trends.
Morpho Cards Czech
The Moravian-Silesian Region is an ideal location for the company. Besides having an excellent transport infrastructure, the Region is also home to a major technical university. Combined with a rich industrial tradition, this ensures that the company can access a large pool of highly qualified employees. The Vagonka site in Studénka offers easy direct access by both road and rail, plus ample space for the company to expand and optimize its operations as part of future developments.
MSV Metal Studénka
“The biggest advantage is the people who live and work here. They’re quick learners, good at solving any problems that may arise, and they’re not afraid to tackle any obstacles and challenges they may encounter. That’s precisely the type of person we need in our company.”
Thanks to the Region’s rich industrial tradition – with a strong focus on automotive production – TATRA can call on a large pool of highly capable, qualified and resourceful employees. Many families in Kopřivnice have worked at TATRA for several generations, and the TATRA brand is an integral part of the town’s identity. The Region offers ideal conditions for the company to grow and prosper, both now and in the future.
We took into account demographic, economic, technological and logistical factors when choosing Ostrava as our location; other key areas influencing our decision were the labour market, the structure of the local higher education sector, and the system of investment incentives.
Varroc Lighting Systems is a global leader in the development, production and distribution of outdoor lighting for the automotive industry for global markets. Worldwide it has 5.000 employees, of whom less than half are employed in the Czech Republic, where it operates at three locations - in Novy Jicin, Rychvald and Ostrava. Varroc currently expands production capacity in the Czech Republic and is committed to further invest significantly in the coming years.
Varroc Lighting Systems
VÚHŽ moved from Prague to the town of Dobrá near Frýdek-Místek in 1972, attracted by the rich industrial tradition of the region. Today the company benefits greatly from the presence of major universities, ensuring a highly qualified workforce, and the excellent transport links to the Moravian-Silesian Region. VÚHŽ employs over 300 people, and in recent years the company has made significant investments to expand its production capacity.
The company’s decision to locate its investment in the Moravian-Silesian Region has brought long-term benefits. With a strong industrial tradition, the Region offers a highly qualified workforce. An additional benefit is the presence of a leading technical university in Ostrava and the Region’s excellent system of technical schools and colleges. The Region is also easily accessible by road, rail and air.
area: 51,6 km2
population: 58 304
Frýdek-Místek is located on the River Ostravice between its source in the Beskydy Mountains and its junction with the River Odra in Ostrava. Originally it was two separate towns – Frýdek (on the Moravian side of the river) and Místek (on the Silesian side). The towns were joined into a single administrative unit in 1943, and the double name Frýdek-Místek has been used officially since 1955. Frýdek-Místek can boast a wealth of beautifully preserved historical buildings and is popular due to its excellent sports facilities.
area: 32 km2
population: 77 449
Havířov was built after the Second World War as a new town on the edge of the Ostrava-Karviná industrial area, with the foothills of the Beskydy Mountains on its doorstep. The main reason for building the town was to provide a home for the growing number of workers in the local coal mines and steelworks after the war. The town centre is renowned for its distinctive architecture in the style of “socialist realism”. In 1992 this central part of the town was declared a protected urban heritage zone in recognition of its great historical value.
area: 57,5 km2
population: 57 005
Karviná is located approximately 18 km from Ostrava on the northern edge of the foothills of the Beskydy Mountains; the town’s northern suburbs form the border with Poland. Karviná and its neighbouring communities rank among the most important centres of the Ostrava-Karviná coalfield. The town has a rich history thanks to its strategic location, which has made it a key commercial, economic and cultural centre of the wider region. Despite its modern role as a coal-mining town, Karviná can boast a large number of beautifully preserved historic buildings.
area: 90,6 km2
population: 58 054
Historically Opava is one of the most important cities in the Moravian-Silesian Region; for centuries it was the capital of Czech Silesia, and it regained the status of statutory city in 1990. This compact historic city is located on the banks of the River Opava – mostly in the province of Silesia, with a small part of its territory in Moravia. Opava is a major commercial and cultural centre for the entire surrounding region.
area: 214 km2
population: 305 998
Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic. Its history began as a small settlement on the River Ostrá (meaning “sharp”, in a reference to its rapid flow), which gave the village its name. Today known as the Ostravice, the river still divides Ostrava into two parts – one in the historical Czech province of Moravia, the other in Silesia. Ostrava was changed forever by the discovery of high-quality coal deposits, and it rose to international prominence as an industrial centre thanks to its strategic location close to the Polish and Slovak borders.
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