March 2005: Czech airways (CSA) is setting up a new restore center in Prague. It will finally appoint up to 400 specialized aviation mechanics and other technicians. 1.35 billion CZK could be invested into setting up the facility.
“The mission for this new repair center is based upon CSA’s lengthy-term strategic plans for growing its technological base camp for plane and plane factor preservation and repair close to the global Prague – Ruzyne airport,” says CSA president Jaroslav Tvrdik
April 2005: Scottish business enterprise Incline opened its high-tech center in Prague-Letnany, which offerings flat LCD notebooks, LCD televisions, and plasma monitors. 165 new jobs may be created at its new center.
“The growing call for of our customers within the European region induced us to increase our capacity and build a repair centre proper in Central Europe,” stated David McKinney, Executive Director of Incline Global Technology Services, and introduced: “The Czech Republic becomes selected due to its splendid infrastructure and its experienced labour pool. I accept as true with that we can reach building an international-elegance center here.”
April 2005: Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile (TPCA) launches manufacturing inside the Czech Republic. Total investment into their new plant in Kolin amounted to one.3 billion EURO. An envisioned staff of 3 000 will ultimately be employed here.
“The TPCA release might be one of the factors behind this yr’s national GDP surpassing the four percentage mark,” stated Martin Jahn, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs. “However, there are also other elements of this investment with material importance for our economic system, among them the import of contemporary era and the transfer of the specific product expertise that the whole world has attempted to copy from Toyota. TPCA has already contacted the Technical College CVUT in Prague, making plans to faucet its pool of pinnacle-magnificence professionals to fill key positions inside the company. TPCA is likewise planning to cooperate with different technical universities.”
June 2005: Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CAT) declared its intended creation of the first international Mainframe Centre of Excellence in Prague. The new Centre will awareness of software program development, renovation, validation, and great assurance for the mainframe computing environment. This is estimated to be a 36 million EURO funding. More than 2 hundred are anticipated to be hired and educated for this facility.
Guy Harrison, senior vice president, Development Operations at CA, stated: “This Centre of Excellence will offer mainframe users international with a bunch of improvements, and could assist reinforce the Czech Republic’s position as a hub of IT interest.”
June 2005: Accenture, an international management consulting, held the respectable grand commencing of its new facility in its shared services center in Prague-Chodov. Accenture, who entered the Czech market fourteen years ago, is expanding rapidly here – using more than 1 three hundred human beings and keeps increasing.
August 2005: International rating employer Fitch upgraded all its credit score rankings for the Czech Republic. It gave the Czech Republican A for its lengthy-time period foreign forex responsibilities compared to the previous A-. The short-term currency rating jumped to F1 from F2, and the kingdom’s score ceiling reached AA- from A+. The rating for lengthy-time period money owed in Czech crowns turned into also raised from A to A+.
“Strong economic boom, endured real convergence with Western Europe and moderate external financing risks assist the upgrade of the Czech Republic’s sovereign rankings,” says David Heslam, Associate Director in Fitch’s Sovereign organization.
September 2005: SAP AG formally opened its most modern shared offerings middle, the SAP Business Services Center Europe (BCE), in Prague, Czech Republic. As of September 2005, 132 employees worked at the center, and they supported 70 countries in 15 one-of-a-kind languages.
“As an excessive performance organization, it’s miles SAP’s method to correctly and effectively help middle inner functions including HR and F&A all through the global enterprise. In addition to imparting HR and F&A offerings to SAP employees, the middle additionally gives clients particular perception into how ‘SAP runs SAP’ in appearing those offerings,” stated Claus Heinrich, member of the govt board, SAP AG. “The new BSCE right here in Prague, with its tremendously skilled team, is a key milestone in executing this method.”
November 2005: Pan-European telecommunications business enterprise Interoute actions their key consumer middle from Great Britain to Prague. Over 100 professionals will, in the end, be hired here over a period of three years.
“Our client center is primarily based on a special concept that common. Its foundation isn’t always administrative people but technical personnel, which permits us to provide relatively specialized and character carrier,” said Vladimir Hendrych, Country Manager of Interoute for Central and Eastern Europe.
December 2005: DHL maintains peer success for his or her investment in the Czech Republic. DHL has invested over 500 million EURO over 5 years into their IT middle in Prague. DHL currently employs over 900 at their middle. About 3 quarters of these are Czech and the relaxation from 46 different international locations.
“We made the selection to return right here in 2003, and since then, it has become even more proper,” says McGuckin, Prague-based managing director of IT offerings. He mentioned Prague’s several air links to the relaxation of Europe, its excellent infrastructure, business-friendly weather, low wages, and occasional salary inflation for this declaration.
December 2005: Changhong, a leading Chinese purchaser electronics producer, announced its choice to construct its new television assembly plant inside Nymburk (around 50 km from Prague). This is historic because it represents the primary predominant Chinese investment in the Czech Republic. In its first segment, the manufacturer will invest 10 million USD into the brand new manufacturing unit and appoint a few 300 humans.
“After a radical screening of the CEE vicinity, we selected the maximum convenient united states of America for our funding – this being the Czech Republic. The most important purpose is the significant area with appreciation to our European customers as well as the provision of a skilled body of workers,” said Zhao Yong, Chairman of the Board of Changhong, including: “The initial investment is part of our first-section plan, and different expansion plans are being mentioned. This means that a tremendous boom in investment and the wide variety of employees is feasible in coming years.”
December 2005: The Czech Republic of software business enterprise Microsoft and the government organization CzechInvest will open a brand new software development middle inside the Czech Republic early next yr called SoftInvest. 150 to 2 hundred IT professionals will work on stressful initiatives in cooperation with neighborhood universities to broaden new software and progressive answers. Microsoft is still considering building every other, this time European, technical assistance center in the Czech Republic.