První brněnská strojírna, a.s.
618 00 Brno
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History of the companyThere 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.
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