PARS NOVA, A ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION GROUP MEMBER IS PREPARING INVESTMENTS AMOUNTING TO ALMOST HALF A BILLION CROWNS
Throughout the next four years, Pars Nova, a Škoda Transportation group member, is going to invest CZK 460 million in its production facility. These investments will be directed to expanding the production capacity by 35% compared to the present, including a further technological modernization of the complex. The Škoda Transportation Group thus continues investing billions in improving its production bases.
"We are succeeding in fulfilling our long-term strategy and as part of this, we are also increasing the production capacity. In addition to massive investments in Ostrava and Pilsen, we are now preparing to invest almost half a billion for capacity increase purposes and for modernizing the premises in the Šumperk company Pars nova. With the capacity expanding, new employees are going to be recruited as well,” says Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Škoda Transportation Group, Petr Brzezina. In Pilsen, Škoda Transportation has already commenced constructing a new production and testing facility, and thanks to expanding it for more than 800 million crowns, it will gradually hire more than a thousand new employees. The Ostrava-based Škoda Vagonka company is going to expand and double its area. There will be, e.g. a new paint shop, a modern machining centre or production lines will be built.
Under its new owner, the PPF Group, Škoda is experiencing a period of significant growth given the recently acquired orders. "Thanks to our business success, we have prepared contracts worth approximately 65 billion crowns ready to be implemented,“ as Petr Brzezina specifies. Thanks to this, the company is able to massively invest into increasing the capacity of production, development, research and the related recruitment of new employees. The Škoda Group is one of the technological leaders in its expertise area providing sophisticated production with a high added value in places where it is operating.
Pars Nova is awaiting significant investment as well. "We need to significantly increase production capacity and to innovate technology in order to satisfy the growing demand for modernizations, repairs and also due to further working within the Škoda Transportation Group, " says Aleš Měrka, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Pars nova further adding: "Investment construction in our company started with extending the test room and acceptance hall, which we plan to complete by the end of this year. We have also started to comprehensively modernize operations in the main production hall and are preparing investments into a new chassis and wheelhouse repair shop. Investing this way, we aim to acquire up to seventeen new track stands including a new chassis repair line."
Within the following years, a modern comprehensive workplace labelled "New Chassis site” (orig.: Nová podvozkárna) will be erected. Already within this year, it will be equipped with two sliders in a first phase, a 300m long track or a new continuous chassis washing machine. In 2021, we are going to install a new wheelset CNC lathe, a wheelset press and construct a specialized workplace for assembling bearings and a defectoscopy center. The "New Chassis site” will be completed in 2022 by installing a separate paint shop and a blasting box. Furthermore, investments into a full-scale production facility site are being prepared in Šumperk, such as the traction motor repair shops, electronics repair shops and into the technology of preparation and division of material for producing spare parts.
Pars nova has been present in Šumperk for more than 70 years operating in the field of modernizing, repairing, as well as producing new rail vehicles and it is currently employing about 700 employees. Pars nova is providing technically and economically interesting solutions increasing efficiency, safety and travel comfort on rails as well as public transport. Throughout the company history, several thousands of vehicles have passed through the Pars nova production halls, which themselves will be significantly modernized and repaired.