200 YEARS OF CZECH RAILWAY INDUSTRY The present successful development of rail transport has been enabled thanks to the more than 200-year tradition of the Czech railway industry. The former Ringhoﬀer wagon plant in Prague, the wagon plant at Kopřivnice, the ﬁrst Czech-Moravian machine works in Prague – later ČKD – the ŠKODA plants in Plzeň, together with a range of other manufacturers have always been at the top of their professions. The quality of their products is shown by the large export trade. This long-standing tradition is successfully linked to the present representatives of the Czech railway industry, who do not rely only on tradition but invest significantly in the development of new products, in the use of new technologies, renewal of production plants and higher labour eﬃciency. This has secured for the industry a stable position within the European region. Currently the ACRI member companies employ 21,000 people in the Czech Republic and their annual turnover is more than CZK 94 billion (approx. EUR 3.5 billion), of which exports account for 56 %. ACRI companies contribute significantly to employment and GDP creation in the Czech Republic. The quality of Czech railway products is demonstrated by extensive export throughout the world. This long-standing tradition is successfully linked to the present representatives of the Czech railway industry, who are investing significantly in the development of new and innovative products. Regarding the percentage – almost all the significant players are members of our Association.
ACRI members export their products and services in particular to the member states of the European Union, the Balkan countries, Turkey, and Russia. Their products, such as train control systems, locomotives, and tramcars, are of the highest European standards. The Czech railway industry is at the top of all European manufacturers, and Czech companies are in a position to compete with Europe’s railway giants. Among its export achievements, worth mentioning is the recent contract for the delivery of six sets of carriages and six locomotives from ŠKODA Transportation to Germany for Deutsche Bahn Regio, and the delivery of tramcars from the
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