On Friday 28 October, Škoda Group festively opened the office of its new subsidiary in Florence, Italy. With this move, the largest Czech manufacturer of vehicles for public transport strengthens its position on the international market. Olesea Lachi, who has long been responsible for sales of rolling stock in the Group, has become the managing director of the subsidiary. To mark the festive opening of the subsidiary’s office, the Group organised an event called “Tram Revolution”, which was attended by representatives of Italian institutions and industry experts.
During Friday’s roundtable, opinions, studies, experiences, and specific programmes on the future of mobility were gathered among needs, urban limits, combined strategies, and future projects. Discussions were held on how to sustainably improve the vitality of historic cities such as Tuscany, which characterise Italy in a distinctive way. “The experience of Florence speaks for itself: the tram is essential for the daily life of cities, changing and improving them,” said Florence Mayor Dario Nardella.
„The specifics, preferences and habits of Italian operators are like the Czech ones. Many cities in both countries are UNESCO heritage sites and offer stunning historic centres characterised by narrow streets, arches with small, curved radius, which place higher demands on vehicle manufacturers. Medium-sized cities have a long tradition of trolleybus transport, but often have to cross several sections without catenary. The countries are also linked by their focus on the Green Deal and sustainable mobility solutions. All this together makes the Škoda Group particularly focused on the Italian market,“ says Olesea Lachi, Managing Director of Škoda Group’s Italian subsidiary.
In Italy, Škoda Group will focus its attention on train transport and rolling stock for urban transport. It will offer its partners a comprehensive solution – from the manufacture of individual components to the delivery of complete vehicles and their subsequent maintenance. By making a similar decision in the past, Škoda Group has successfully entered the German or Finnish market, which has enabled it to be more within reach of its clients and to develop its business in these areas in a fundamental way.
Škoda Group has already worked on several orders for Italian customers in the past. Its trolleybuses can be seen in Bologna or Cagliari, where the Group has also supplied trams. Passengers can take electric units for a ride in Domodossola. Italy is thus one of the fifty countries where Škoda has delivered its products.