Czech companies participated at IREE 2013
09.10.2013 / 07:31
9 Czech companies participated on 3-5 October 2013 at International Railway Equipment Exhibition 2013 in New Delhi, under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.
Powerful Czech Railway Industry was officially introduced at the 10th International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE) in New Delhi on 3-5 October 2013. There were 9 Czech companies in the national exhibition, organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, presenting leading rail technologies, wheelsets, pneumatic and electric doors and traction motors and drives manufacturers, components for passenger and freight transport, innovative solutions in logistics and storage, railway infrastructure and more. IREE 2013 exhibitors included ACRI Association, Bonatrans Group, CSAD Uherske Hradiste, DAKO CZ, Pars Komponenty, PROMAN, Skoda Electric, TOS Kurim OS and VUKV.
The Czech railway industry has an amazing more than 180-year tradition, thanks to innovations, the use of new technologies and high labour efficiency, which guarantees a stable position within Europe as a whole. The members of the Association of the Czech Railway Industry (ACRI) currently employ more than 22,000 people in the Czech Republic and their annual turnover is more than EUR 3.3 billion, of which exports account for 47%. Czech railway manufactures export most of their products and services to the EU, but increasingly also to Russia and Asia. Their products, such as train control systems, locomotives and tram cars, are of the highest European standard. Recently, railway wheels from Bonatrans can be found practically all over the world, and the same is true of anti-friction bearings from ZKL. Škoda Transportation signed a contract for the delivery of six sets of carriages and six locomotives to Deutsche Bahn Regio, and the delivery of tram cars to a number of European and non-European cities. LEGIOS, a manufacturer of freight wagons, has signed two important contracts in Turkey and France, CZ LOKO is busy trading with the Baltic states, Belarus, Russia and the Balkan states, AŽD Praha is modernising railways in Slovakia, the Balkans and Turkey.
Transport and infrastructure is one of the key development opportunities for the future. India is a large country where railways and airways play an important role, and this is exactly the area where Czech manufacturers have a lot to offer. Czech exhibitors at IREE were presenting a wide range of innovative solutions based on tradition and high quality.
Bonatrans Group, the largest manufacturer of railway wheelsets and their parts in Europe and a reliable supplier of Indian Railways, Indian train manufacturers as well as of the growing urban rail transport in India for several decades, announced that it has set up a business unit “Bonatrans India Private Limited” in Aurangabad. This relevant move reflects the huge importance and potential of the Indian railway market in the Bonatrans Group strategy. CSAD Uherske Hradiste is a transportation and logistics expert, operating full-load truck (full-trailer loads, FTL) transportation across the world with customs clearance services, bonded warehouses and customs bonds. DAKO CZ is producing brake systems for locomotives, freight cars, passenger coaches, metro cars and trams. The manufacturing programof Pars komponenty s.r.o. includes production of interiorand exterior doors,pneumatic and electric door systems,windows, baggage racks, liftingplatforms for disabledpassengers and interior partitions for publictransport passenger vehicles. Proman is the key supplier of rack systems for storage space in large railway warehouses and others. Škoda Electric is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of traction and auxiliary drives and traction motorsfor trolleybuses, tramcars, locomotives, EMU, metro coaches and special mining trucks. TOS Kurim is producing large milling machinesand machining centres, which include gantry type machining centres with a table width of up to 8,000 mm and clearance between columns of up to 10,000 mm. VUKV is testing and developing a centre for railway vehicles,containers and transportengineering components with relevant advisory and consultancy services.