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With its unique location, good infrastructure and skilled workforce, the Czech Republic plays a significant role in the automotive industry. In per-capita terms, it is a leading producer of buses and ranks second in the world in passenger-car production. While the country has the capacity and resources to accommodate three major carmakers – Škoda Auto (Volkswagen Group), TPCA (Toyota/Groupe PSA joint venture) and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech – and holds excellent business opportunities for suppliers, the Czech Republic is poised to consolidate its position as one of the leading European centers for automotive-related design and R&D activities. The country’s century-long engineering tradition, intensive collaboration with Czech universities on cutting-edge technologies and government support make the Czech Republic an ideal destination for future mobility.
 

The Czech automotive industry at a glance:

  • 122-year history of car production
  • the largest industry in the Czech Republic, accounting for more than 9% of GDP
  • approximately 800 companies involved the industry
  • more than 160,000 direct automotive-sector employees
  • 26% of manufacturing output and 24% of Czech exports
  • 80% of production is exported (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Slovakia)
  • 1.44 million cars produced in 2018
  • 55 of the global top 100 tier-one suppliers have at least one production facility in the Czech Republic
  • 5,000 R&D employees and 33% of all investments in R&D in the Czech Republic
  • world-class automotive R&D centers of OEMs and tier-one suppliers (e.g. EATON, Škoda Auto, ZF, Robert Bosch, Varroc Lighting)
  • nine technical universities with more than 20,000 graduates every year
  • top research institutes (CIIRC, CEITEC)
  • government supportive initiatives (e.g. AI Hub, testing ground for AVs)

Foreign Investors and Key Players in the Czech Republic

Foreign Investors and Key Players in the Czech Republic Source: CzechInvest, 2019
Lukas PrskavecInvestment Development Manager for Automotive & Future Mobility Lukas.Prskavec@czechinvest.org
Automotive OEMs Automotive OEMs
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Automotive R&D Automotive R&D
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E-mobility E-mobility
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Self-driving vehicles Self-driving vehicles
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Lightweighting Lightweighting
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Toyota to assume ownership of French-Japanese TPCA in Kolín in 2021
04/12/2018

Toyota to assume ownership of French-Japanese TPCA in Kolín in 2021

The plant will continue to manufacture vehicles for both companies

Hyundai and KIA seek local suppliers
22/11/2018

Hyundai and KIA seek local suppliers

The companies met with Czech and Polish firms at a suppliers’ day event in Ostrava