Škoda Transportation established new subsidiary in Munich called Škoda Transportation Deutschland GmbH

Plzeň, Czech Republic / Munich, Germany, 22-11-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Škoda Transportation has established a new subsidiary in the German city of Munich called Škoda Transportation Deutschland GmbH. Plzeň Škoda thus confirms that it intends to focus not only on the traditional Eastern, but also on the Western markets. The management of the new company has been assigned to Zdeněk Majer, who is also the vice president of business of the parent company.

“The establishment of a company in Germany is the logical result of our business activities in this challenging market. Currently we are working on several business projects there and I personally believe that after the success of the tender for the German operator Deutsche Bahn Regio, we have a great opportunity to bring more Czech vehicles onto the railways of German-speaking countries in the near future,”says Tomáš Krsek, chairman of Škoda Transportation.

The aim of the German Škoda is to create a business-technical-service unit. To strengthen the commercial team, we have brought onboard Daniel Schambach (more details below in the attached CV), who will become the sales director of the new company. He will be responsible for the development of business activities of the Škoda Transportation group in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. Another objective of the German subsidiary is to find technical experts. In the future, they will not only work on projects in Germany, but they will also enhance the research and development capabilities of the whole group. In the coming years, the team will also grow to include technicians who will be responsible for servicing the vehicles of DB Regio. That is because from December 2016, the Bavarian lines between Nuremberg, Ingolstadt and Munich will be serviced by Škoda vehicles. “The construction work on vehicles for DB has been in progress since this spring. In autumn of next year, we should have built the first prototype,” says Zdeněk Majer, director of Škoda Transportation group Deutschland.

“I see several interesting business opportunities for our company on the German market today. Soon, for example, we will make several tenders for trams. Through the successful conclusion of the contract with Deutsche Bahn, we confirmed that our products are comparable to the world’s best, which our success abroad this year also proves. Since its beginnings, Škoda Transportation group signed export contracts worth more than 21 billion CZK,” adds Zdeněk Majer.

Brief information on the German DB Regio contract: Škoda Transportation group will be providing for DB Regio six modern two-storey Push-Pull trainsets for more than 2.6 billion CZK. Each of them consists of one control car, five intermediate wagons and the Emil Zatopek locomotive in a new design intended specifically for DB. These trains will reach a maximum speed of 189 km/h. Sets will have a total of 705 seats. The equipment will also contain air conditioning and an indoor and outdoor video surveillance system.

Short CV of Zdeněk Majer:

After studying finance at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň, Zdeněk Majer worked from 2001 as a financial manager at theOldenburg group (based in Munich). In 2002, he joined Škoda Holding as the manager of capital participation. As part of the restructuring of the Škoda Holding group since 2004, he led the M&A of a few companies. Between 2005 and 2007 he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Škoda Vagonka, where he was responsible for starting the company’s restructuring. In 2007, he became CEO of the Hungarian Ganz-Škoda Electric. Since 2011, he has been the vice president of sales of Škoda Transportation. He also studied International Management at Fachhochschule Hof (Germany) and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Short CV of Daniel Schambach:

Daniel Schaumbach studied at Berufsakademie in Mannheim, Germany. From 1999 he worked three years as a project manager at ABB. Between 2006 and 2010, he managed trade in the Division of rolling stock at Bombardier Transportation. Between 2010 and 2013, he worked as the director of sales for Western Europe at the Polish company Solaris Bus & Coach. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of West Florida in the USA.

For more information:

Lubomíra Černá
Škoda Transportation
737 281 550

Škoda Transportation
Škoda Transportation is one of the leading European companies in the field of transport engineering. Its primary products include low-floor trams, electric locomotives, suburban train units, underground sets, trolley buses, traction motors and complete drives for transportation systems. Sales of the group amount to approximately 15 billion Czech crowns annually, and the group has employed approximately four thousand people for several years. Škoda Transportation has several subsidiary companies and joint ventures not only in the Czech Republic but also in China, Poland and Hungary. It is only thanks to its high investment in research and development that Škoda Transportation can regularly introduce new and modern products to the market. These products have also been successful abroad. Škoda Transportation has invested over 3 billion Czech crowns into research and development over the last three years.




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