Automotive industry

Automotive industry

The Moravian-Silesian Region has a long tradition of automotive manufacturing, but today the industry plays a larger role in the Region’s economy than ever before. The TATRA factory (now specializing in trucks) was founded in 1897, making it the second oldest continuously operating automotive production facility in the world.

A turning-point in the development of the Region’s automotive industry came in 2008, when Hyundai built a factory here. The Moravian-Silesian Region and its neighbouring regions are a major hub of the Central European car industry, producing over 1.1 million motor vehicles per year. The automotive industry employs around 25 000 people here (16% of all employees in the Czech Republic).

IMPORTANT COMPANIES

Brose CZ spol. s r.o.

The company’s production facilities in Kopřivnice and Rožnov pod Radhoštěm develop and produce vehicle seating systems and latch/locking systems for side doors and liftgates. The company also makes EBS electric motors and HVAC (heating, ventilation, A/C) blower systems for cars. The Czech branch of Brose will become the competency centre for the production of seating systems across the entire group, including its own R&D and customer relations teams.

Main products: mechatronic systems for doors, seats, electric motors

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Continental Automotive Czech Republic s.r.o.

Continental has two production plants in the Moravian-Silesian Region – in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm and also in Ostrava, where the company’s only R&D centre in the Czech Republic is located. This centre handles global research and development of sensors and actuators for the entire Continental group. These sophisticated technological systems play an increasingly important role in achieving further reductions in fuel consumption and emissions by highly efficient low-emissions combustion engines.

Main products: door modules, keys, control units for windows and panoramic roofs, heating control units, engine and transmission control units, various types of hoses/tubes for cars

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Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech s.r.o

Hyundai’s factory in the Moravian-Silesian Region is the largest ever foreign investment in the Czech Republic. The factory was built in record time, taking just 19 months from the first building work to the opening of the production line. It is Hyundai’s first production facility in Europe. All the models built at the factory are developed specially for the European market at the company’s technical centre in Rüsselsheim (Germany), and they meet the most demanding customer requirements for quality, safety and attractive design.

Main products: Hyundai vehicles (i30, i30 N, Tucson)

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TATRA TRUCKS a.s

The TATRA plant in Kopřivnice is one of the world’s oldest automotive factories. It has been producing vehicles continuously for over 120 years, making a major contribution to the automotive industry not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad. Since 2013 TATRA TRUCKS has been owned by Czech shareholders, and the company has undergone a complete restructuring programme to boost the efficiency of both production and sales operations. TATRA goods vehicles are based on a unique technical concept that has never been successfully imitated by any other manufacturer. The Kopřivnice-built trucks have won global renown for their ability to function in the most demanding and difficult terrain and in extreme weather conditions, while maintaining outstanding reliability and excellent utility characteristics. The company’s engineering pedigree is reflected in the fact that its trucks won 18 medals in the Dakar rally between 1987 and 2007. The vehicles are tested at the company’s own testing centre in Kopřivnice – the largest automotive testing centre in Central Europe.

Main product: goods vehicles

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Varroc Lighting Systems, s.r.o.

This leading producer of automotive lighting systems has its global development centre in the Moravian-Silesian Region. The company supplies lighting systems to major car producers, including premium brands. It has three separate sites in the Czech Republic, including two production plants, a toolmaking facility and the global development centre. Varroc has made major investments in innovation; in January 2017 it opened a new electronics development centre in Šenov near Nový Jičín.

Main products: headlights, rear lights, electronic control systems for the automotive industry

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