Only few brands have made the Czech Republic famous all over the world, like the Pilsen company Škoda has. People have been using its products for more than one hundred fifty years. Today, the company Škoda Transportation is focused on vehicles for public transport and for railways.
Modern products with the logo of Škoda are made in an entirely new background, which was built for more than two millard crowns in the traditional Pilsen complex.
Škoda Transportation currently employs more than four thousand people in Pilsen, Prague, Ostrava or Šumperk. Besides the parent company Škoda Transportation, several daughter companies or joint ventures operating not only in the Czech Republic, but also in China, Russia and Hungary are in charge of individual projects.
Due to the high-quality work of more than six hundred constructers, project architects and designers and due to hundreds of millions of crowns per year invested into the research and development, Škoda Transportation is able to keep launching new and modern products, which are successful in many world markets. The company has made a total investment of four milliard crowns just during the last years.
Škoda Transportation offers solution of production and development of low-floor trams, trolleybusesand hybrid vehicles for ecological public transport of European cities. The company is also focused on production of trains of various concepts, or production of locomotives.
The unique know-how of Škoda Transportation follows up on the strong tradition from the past, when the company was a world renown supplierof electric locomotives. Škoda Transportation have made more than five thousand locomotives during its entire history.
Many of them are still used in many European countries. Locomotives are an important article of trade for the company Škoda Transportation even now. Above all the triple-system type Emil Zátopek with a unique concept for the European corridor railways, which was the second in the world to receive the certificate TSI High Speed RST. The locomotive Emil Zátopek is intended for operation at speeds up to 200 km/h.
The biggest contracts of Škoda Transportation include the production of 250 pieces of trams that are one hundred percent low-floor for the capital of the Czech Republic Prague. Trams with a similar concept are also already used in the Latvian metropolis Riga and Škoda can produce up to 400 of them in China within the lincese. First from the series of 31 new low-floor trams arrived to the Hungarian city of Miskolc in the summer 2013. Sixty new vehicles will be heading to the Turkish town of Konya in future. Other types of trams serve for example in Italia, United States or Poland.
Another strategic area of Škoda Transportation is the market with electrical trains for long-distance, regional and suburban transport. The company supplies for instance electrical units to Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine and of course the Czech Republic. It is the low-floor electrical unit RegioPanter, which is intended for the Czech railways and which enhances the level of traveling on key regional routes in quite a substantial way.
Škoda is a leading world company in the area of supplies of trolleybuses, which are currently used in tens of cities in Europe and in the world. Supplies of these ecological vehicles are heading for example to Sofia and Bratislava. A record order was received by Škodovka for the supply of 125 modern trolleybuses to the Latvian capital Riga. Moreover, the company also works on the development of hybrid vehicles, which can use for example hydrogen or electricity as its energy resource.
Škoda also puts a great accent on the area of development of the city vehicles. After the complete renewal of the sets for two routes of the Prague metro, Škoda Transportation is now working on a new concept of a modern vehicle for Russian Saint Petersburg. Škoda is also already working on the contract for systems of the metro in the Chinese city of Su-čou in the joint Czech-Chinese venture.