První brněnská strojírna, a.s.
Olomoucká 3419/9
618 00 Brno
Czech Republic
tel.: +420 532 295 111
fax: +420 543 211 222
e-mail: pbs@pbs.cz

News in PBS

Biomass heat plant Domoradice in operation
In December of 2012 the operation test of new 10 MWe block in heat plant Český Krumlov – Domoradice were finished. Participation of První brněnská strojírna, a.s. in this...
Successful commissioning of biomass boiler in Krnov
První brněnská strojírna put in operation for Dalkia Česká republika in heating plant Krnov new boiler for firing biomass fuels (without supplementary fuels) with nominal output...
The effective use of biomass for heat and power combined production
This topic has been discussed for many years and the discussion can be compared with see-saw. Generally, before the elections (of course not only here) and when some natural...

History of the company

There are not many companies in the Czech Republic but also abroad with such a rich history and tradition as První brněnská strojírna. Among its founders in 1814 belong a businessman Jan Reif and his partners, Mr. August and Bedřich Scholl and Kristián Memmert. Waniek engineering plant was a part of První brněnská strojírna for a period of time. Its buildings in the centre of Brno were recently reconstructed to the well known shopping centre “Vaňkovka“.
From the beginning the company was aimed besides textile production to engineering, which later remained to be the most important. After introducing steam engine and steam boiler production later, in the 60th – 70th of the last century, the company started to produce steam combustion turbines. Besides building a factory in Olomoucká street in Brno, after the World War II there were new factories built in Tlmače (SES Tlmače now), in Třebíč, Velká Bíteš, Oslavany and Mikulov. After the political changes in 1989 the company went through a large restructuring. In 1993 a collective company with the supranational business concern Asea Brown Boveri was established. It was named ABB První brněnská strojírna and later on it was, without any participation of První brněnská strojírna, divided according to the field of production and its separate parts were passed to the new owners. These companies are currently the ownership of Siemens, Alstom a Austrian Energy.

První brněnská strojírna Třebíč, a.s. and První brněnská strojírna Velká Bíteš, a.s., which are currently the two fully separate joint-stock companies, are also allowed to use, according to the special regulations, a traditional trademark which belongs to První brněnská strojírna,a.s.

Milostones in the development of the company:
  • 1814 Jan Reif established the company in Šlapanice u Brna
  • 1824 first steam engine produced
  • 1856 first flame boiler built
  • 1872 engineering plant expansion and the establishment of the company První brněnská strojírenská společnost
  • 1903 first steam turbine produced according to the licence Parsons
  • 1936 first boiler for oil combustion
  • 1945 destruction of the company by bombing
  • 1951 - 55 subdivisions in Tlmače, Velká Bíteš and Třebíč established
  • 1960 first combustion turbine constructed and produced in PBS
  • 1978 subdivision in Mikulov opened
  • 1980 coal boiler constructed by PBS with the capacity 1600 t/hour in the power plant Mělník
  • 1990 restoration of joint-stock company
  • 1993 establishment of collective company ABB PBS
  • 1997 privatization of the company
  • 2001 special boiler for waste heat
  • 2002 boiler for biomass combustion
  • 2003 special hydrothermal boiler