History of the company
1993 – establishment of the company
Svatavské strojírny s.r.o. was established on 11 August 1993. Its activities started on 1 November 1993. After establishment, the company took over the compete maintenance and repair of mining rail vehicles and pumping equipment from Sokolovská uhelná, a.s. Thus, it followed up on the more than thirty years of expertise of its employees.
1997 – development of cooperation with Western European countries
Following a decline in mining activity, the company focused on customized engineering production. From 1997, cooperation with Western European countries increased due growing demand for cooperation.
2000 – purchase of land plots and manufacturing areas
The achieved revenues allowed another strategic goal to be fulfilled – the purchase of land plots and manufacturing areas from Sokolovská uhelná, a.s., thus gaining independence in the sphere of manufacturing means.
2001 – buying into PLASTMETALCHEM, s.r.o.
On 27 February 2001, the company bought a share amounting to 55 % of the basic capital of PLASTMETALCHEM, s.r.o. based in Sokolov. This gave the mentioned company the chance to extend its range of services for trading partners in the sphere of engineering. Besides additional manufacturing areas and human potential, the main value of the company rests in its expertise and authorization to produce pressure cylinders and stainless weldments.
This capital participation subsequently underwent a process of changes concerning further buyout of up to 100 % of the share, but also the sale of shares in line with the effort to keep its status as a medium-sized enterprise and, in particular, to provide high-quality management of the company. This situation resulted in stabilisation of the capital participation of the business share at 24 %.
2002 – new hall
The capacity of the existing manufacturing areas was expanded by the construction of a new manufacturing hall, which was completed in the first quarter of 2002. Its operation brought about a significant expansion of the company’s manufacturing areas.
2006 – establishment of a laser cutting centre
In line with the expansion of the manufacturing capacities by the construction of a new manufacturing hall, investments gradually started to concentrate on internal equipment to achieve optimum utilization of the area, including the restoration of older, less efficient equipment. These investments were largely provoked by a decline in activities connected with the maintenance of rail vehicles and the transition to customized production, which increasingly focused on foreign customers.
2008 – expansion of machinery
The competitive ability of the company under the increasingly demanding conditions in the engineering market was increased by extension of the machinery: a robotized welding site including several hand-operated welding units, a CNC milling centre, CNC lathe and CNC saw machine.
2010 – new information system
During the economic recession at the turn of 2008 and 2009, the company’s revenues dropped by more than 1/3. In 2010, orders slightly rose again. These orders required the purchase of new manufacturing equipment such as: a hydraulic four-roller sheet bending machine, a milling centre, a 3D coordinate measuring machine and complete overhaul and modernization of a large lathe.
2013 – twenty years on the market
In 2013, the company celebrated twenty years on the market and at the same time, a change in executive director, when Ing. Vladimír Vacek took over from Ing. Josef Kubát.