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Czech participation at SAE World Congres & Exhibition, April 21 – 23, 2015 – We plan to return in 2016!

The annual SAE World Congress & Exhibition assembles the best talent in the automotive industry; experts, management teams, engineers, and executives alike gather to collaborate and address current challenges, seek new windows for discovery and exploration, and promote the multitude of opportunities fundamental for a successful future. This year the Czech Republic will be represented by a national booth. More information about SAE is available at www.sae.org/congress/

The Czech Republic hosts one of the highest concentrations of automotive-related manufacturing and design activity in the world. With passenger car production at 107.5 vehicles per 1,000 persons, the Czech Republic has maintained its supreme position among world automotive leaders in terms of per-capita output. It is also among the fifteen largest global passenger car producers by volume. More information about Czech Republic’s automotive industry is available at www.czechinvest.org/data/files/automotive-brochure-2015-97.pdf


The Czech Republic was represented by a national booth at SAE 2015, which corresponds to its above-described position. The Czech Booth included:

•ZKL Bearings CZ, a.s.
ZKL Bearings produces rolling bearings, engages in R&D, manufacturing and distribution of products for transportation, power engineering, automotive industry, metallurgy, heavy engineering, mining, raw material processing, agriculture, etc.

•FAB – Assa Abloy 
Assa Abloy is a global leader in door opening solutions, incl. automotive industry and was included in 2013 and 2014 on Forbers 100 most innovative companies list. R&D and manufacturing facilities are located in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, China and Mexico.

•Česká zbrojovka a.s. - SBU Auto & Aero 
 SBU Auto & Aero is a separate division of C.Z. that specializes particularly in production of machined parts used in air-conditioning systems of vehicles. A significant part of deliveries comprises components of aluminium alloys.

CTP is a full-service commercial real estate developer and manager based in the Czech Republic, specializing in the delivery and management of custom-built high-tech business parks for leading international and domestic companies making strategic investments in Central Europe. CTP owns CTPark Network and other stand-alone office projects (incl. in Brno and Ostrava)


A networking event/glass of wine with an opening presentation about Czech automotive industry by Mr. Bořek Lizec, Consul General of the Czech Republic took place at the Congress on Wednesday, April 22. The participants had an opportunity to consult Angela Fortino, Detroit Regional Chamber, Thomas Morel, President, Gamma Technologies, Jan Friend, Director of East Coast operation of CzechInvest, Jan Kubata, Director of CzechTrade Chicago and Richard Schneider, automotive sector Specialist of CzechInvest.


We plan to return to SAE World Congress & Exhibition also in 2016! The Czech companies are invited to indicate their interest in being represented at the Czech Booth. We at the Consulate as well as our colleagues from CzechTrade and CzechInvest look forward to seeing you in Detroit in Apríl 2016!


Martina East, assistant, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, phone 312 861 1073, ext. 100, e-mail: chicago@embassy.mzv.cz