In 2015, Denso Manufacturing Czech decided to invest nearly CZK 400 million in the enlargement of its plant in Liberec, as its current manufacturing capacity is no longer sufﬁcient to meet growing demand. By enlarging the hall, the ﬁrm will be able to adapt the manufacturing surface so as to ensure a continuous and efﬁcient ﬂow of material and information. The Denso Manufacturing plant in Liberec is the largest employer in the Liberec South Industrial Park. Currently it employs 2 285 people, of which number 1 814 are workers. Another two large companies – Ontex, an important manufacturer of hygienic products, and SFS intec., manufacturing connecting materials – have chosen the Vesecko Industrial Park near Turnov. One of the largest investment projects mediated in the Region by CzechInvest Agency has settled in the Hrádek nad Nisou Industrial Park: Drylock Technologies, specialising in the manufacture of disposable hygiene items, which employs some 200 people. The aim of the regional authorities is not only to attract investors to existing industrial parks, but also to make use of the local brownﬁelds for their business activities. In 2014, the Liberec Region obtained funds for investment mediated by CzechInvest Agency to the amount
USEFUL CONTACTS: Liberec Region – www.kraj-lbc.cz Liberec Regional Office – www.liberec.cz Liberec Regional Chamber of Commerce – www.khkliberec.cz Technical University of Liberec – www.tul.cz of nearly CZK 3.015 billion. It is the highest amount the Region has obtained over the past seven years. Thanks to those investments up to 490 new jobs will be created in the Liberec Region, most of them in the Magna Exteriors & Interiors company in Liberec and in ONTEX CZ in Turnov. Very important is the project for the enlargement of the Magna Exteriors & Interiors company, which specialises in the manufacture of plastic components for the automotive industry.
EDUCATION A typical feature of the Liberec Region is the large number of secondary art schools of supra-regional signiﬁcance located here. These are mainly secondary schools of applied arts, speciﬁcally glassmaking and costume jewellery schools. Higher learning is represented by the Liberec Technical University, which runs 110 study programmes with more than 200 branches of study. In 2014, its enrolment was nearly 8 000 students. The study programmes have Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree accreditation. Most of them are attendance or combined courses; some programmes are accredited for tuition in the English language. For example, in 2014 the Medical Studies Institute enlarged its Master’s degree studies with the addition of Biomedical Engineering courses. The University prides itself on a number of achievements in research; for example, in 2015 its “nano” research entered a revolutionary phase, when the European Union awarded it the prestigious project NANOMATCON (multifunction nano particles and materials controlled by structure) . Its partners in the NANOMATCON project are the important German industrial and research company Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Czech-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The planned research under this project is aiming at a new industrial revolution in the area of highly functional nano materials. The outcome of the project will be an excellent research workplace oriented towards the automated creation of extra ﬁne 3D structures with functional nano particles.