RegioPanter with batteries made its premiere in Ostrava

Today, the first Czech single-deck electric unit RegioPanter equipped with traction batteries was presented at the Rail Business Days trade fair. This occurred during a press conference in Ostrava’s Trojhalí Karolina, in the presence of Martin Kupka, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic, representatives of Czech Railways, the Moravian-Silesian Region, and Škoda Group. The…

BORCAD is a supplier of seats for OBB projects

InnoTrans 2016, a meeting concerning night trains. Unspecified train producer, unspecified end customer. In 2017 a first actual RFQ arrives for a project of seats for ÖBB Day and Night Trains, a second generation of the successful Railjet brand. Year 2019 brings decision about the coaches’ producer, BORCAD is selected to be the supplier of…

VÚKV a. s. and hydrogen, what have they in common?

The testing laboratory VÚKV a. s. succeeded to obtain important orders from the producer Stadler Bussnang AG for the tests of the prototype zero emission unit for intercity transport FLIRT3 SBCTA H2 for San Bernardino County Transport Authority (SBCTA), California, USA in autumn 2023 and spring 2024. The unit consists of two front parts for…

Modern methods in ensuring the quality of bearings

At the end of last year, planned investments in technologies for expanding the production of next generation tapered and axle bearings were completed at the ZKL plant in Brno. Production has been in full operation since the beginning of the year. New production machines and fully automated quality control devices for bearings for railway and…

20 years of Czech Republic’s EU membership has become the engine of growth for the Czech railway industry. Companies have secured contracts worth tens of billions of CZK

Twenty years of the Czech Republic’s membership in the European Union (anniversary falls on May 1, 2024) have brought revenues in the hundreds of billions of Czech crowns (CZK) to businesses in the Czech railway industry associated in ACRI – Czech Railway Industry Association. Since the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU, these companies have…

Škoda Group initiates type test and homologation process for trolleybus headed to Vilnius

The first trolleybus, Škoda 32 Tr for Vilniaus viešasis transportas, has entered the type tests and homologation process in Pilsen. This milestone signifies big progress in producing 91 trolleybuses bound for Vilnius, Lithuania. The first vehicle will undergo extensive list of mandatory tests, involving approximately 2,500 km of driving, to ensure reliability and performance. “We…

70 years since the establishment of AŽD – achievements in the domestic market, abroad and forced organizational changes

The AŽD company is celebrating 70 years since its establishment this year. The company has changed significantly during that time, but it still remains in the hands of Czech owners and should continue to do so. A stable dominant inland position, expansion abroad, expansion of road telematics and especially cooperation with an US company in…

The Czech railway industry continues to grow steadily. Last year, the total turnover increased to 130 billion CZK (5,2 billion EUR), with an increase in export volume as well

Czech companies associated with the Association of Railway Industry Enterprises (ACRI) saw a year-on-year turnover growth of 7% to a total of 130 billion Czech crowns last year. The sector thus confirmed its gradual stable growth, significantly supported by foreign orders. The export volume was 65 billion Czech crowns last year. “These are comprehensive results…

Production for three germanes cities has advanced

At the Škoda Group’s production site in Pilsen, the first Škoda ForCity Plus FCB trams are nearing completion. These vehicles are tailor-made for three German cities with different needs and environments – Frankfurt (Oder), Brandenburg an der Havel and Cottbus. The first tram will be heading to the first named in April, while a month…