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Great success for the Czech company ELDIS Pardubice

It is a great success for the Czech company ELDIS Pardubice that it participates in the construction of Chengdu Tianfu International Airport by supplying and installing two surveillance radars, in the conditions of the global pandemic COVID - 19

The second international airport in Chengdu should be completed by the end of 2020 with the goal of full operation before the start of the World Universiade on August 8, 2021. The airport is categorized at the highest level in China and covers a total area of ​​1,200,000 square meters. The four airport terminals are located in the northern part and in the southern part, while only the northern part with two terminals (T1 and T2) covers an area of ​​600,000 m2, which is 100,000 m2 more than the area of ​​the first Chengdu International Airport (Shuangliu Int . Airport). In the first phase, 3 runways and four terminals with a total value of RMB 77.69 billion are to be completed. The airport will become the main international airport for Chengdu, with the current Shuangliu Airport focusing on domestic air traffic and only in addition, international flights will be handled there.

It is a great success for the Czech company ELDIS Pardubice to participate in the construction of Chengdu Tianfu International Airport with the installation of two surveillance radars. The task consists of the installation of secondary surveillance radar and a combined primary and secondary air traffic control radar.The construction of Chengdu Tianfu International Airportwhich is one of the most important projects for the construction of airports and the development of air traffic control in the current five-year plan. 

Mr. Aleš Kučera, a representative of ELDIS in China, summed up his experience with the implementation of deliveries in the conditions of the COVID - 19 pandemic. 

As a result of the COVID - 19 pandemic, there were unforeseen problems this year - from the reception of radars by Chinese users in the production plant, training to the installation and commissioning of radars in China by our company's employees. Some of the problems, including the transmission of radars to customers, were solved through video conferencing and an online testing platform, during normal working hours in China, which meant a significant adjustment of the working hours of the employees involved. The radars delivered in this way have already been and are being shipped to customers. Due to the unfavorable situation in China during the first half of this year, the readiness of individual sites for installation also slipped.

Both radars are now in the commissioning and handover phase to the customer, the Southwest Regional Air Traffic Management Bureau of Civil Aviation of China is expected in November this year. Part of the installation work, at a time when travel to the PRC was completely ruled out, was carried out by the Chinese company TEDC, at a cost that was higher than when the work was carried out by ELDIS. However, only in this way were we able to meet the customer's needs and will we be able to meet the planned deadlines.

The whole process of sending workers to China was very complicated, both in terms of obtaining the necessary travel permit, ie obtaining a special invitation from the Foreign Affairs Office of Sichuan Province, visas and travel, which was carried out with German assistance from the German Chamber of Commerce and with great support of Czech Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, using a charter flight to Qingdao. Our thanks go to the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chengdu, which helped with the whole procedure of obtaining a special invitation for our staff, and our project has long been actively supporting and helping to solve emerging problems.

In addition to the lengthy process of obtaining a permit to travel to China, we face very limited travel options and the exclusion of our employees from the work process during the mandatory quarantine upon arrival and probably also when returning to the Czech Republic. Local conditions for the arrival of people from abroad are constantly changing, the province of Sichuan currently applies a quarantine of 14 + 7 + 7, which means that the time we can use during our stay for our own work is significantly reduced, and on the contrary our costs increase sharply.

ELDIS Pardubice values ​​the possibilities of implementing all projects in China and does everything to overcome the difficulties associated with the current situation with COVID-19 in the world and the applicable restrictions on travel by China.

There are not many successfully completed projects not only by the Czech side in China this year. Let us believe that the coming years will bring further business success to Czech companies, because whether we want to or not, the measures taken by individual states in the fight against the pandemic define new standards for travel and delivery abroad. Not all companies can cope with this situation. Therefore, every successfully completed project in these most difficult moments brings the company, in this case ELDIS Pardubice, not only a fundamental experience, but also a significant advantage over others, which will hopefully benefit in the coming years.

Roman Musil, Commercial Consul, based on information provided by ELDIS, Pardubice