A Czech inventor is behind what is claimed to be a revolutionary lithium battery which could be the answer to the world’s energy storage problems. And the dream of inventor Jan Procházka is now taking shape with a high tech factory being constructed for the production of those small, high powered but low cost batteries in the far east of the Czech Republic.
Czech auto makers are on course to produce a record 1.4 million vehicles
this year, the president of the Automotive Industry Association, Bohdan
Wojnar, said on Wednesday. In 2016 1.344 million cars, also a record, were
produced in the country and that the growth trend is set to continue, Mr.
Speaking at a conference in Brno on the future of the auto industry in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, Mr. Wojnar attributed this success to domestic economic growth and foreign demand. However, he said the industry, which is producing at close to full capacity, was struggling to find workers on a labour market marked by an unusually high number of vacancies.
The CEO of Australian company European Metals Holdings, Keith Coughlan, has
said the company wants to negotiate the possibility of extraction of
lithium at Cínovka in Teplice in the Ore Mountains with the new
government. According to the CEO, EMH is ready to meet the obligations of a
memorandum signed by the Social Democrat Minister of Industry Jiří
Havlíček and the company at the beginning of October.
The firm has already negotiated with the state enterprise Diamo. It is unclear what tack the next government will take. Lithium mining in the Czech Republic became a heavily politicized issue ahead of the recent election. In the run-up, Andrej Babiš, whose ANO won the election, several times labelled the memorandum as theft.
The Lower House of Parliament is set to hold an extraordinary meeting on
Monday over lithium mining in the Czech Republic, which has caused a
dispute between the Social Democrats and the ANO party. ANO said the
memorandum signed by the Social Democrat-controlled Ministry of Industry
with Australia’s European Metals Holdings Company sells out the national
The meeting was prompted by the opposition Communist Party, according to which lithium doesn’t belong to foreign hands and should remain in the state hands. However, the Social Democrat foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, said the government had agreed a measure aimed at boosting the state’s rights to mine other materials.
The Škoda Auto brand and that of Volkswagen and Spanish manufacturing unit
SEAT should be more clearly distinguished from each other according to the
general manager of the Volkswagen Group, Matthias Müller.
The move should, it is claimed, help reduce conflicts and tension between the companies targeting the same mass market. Production should be targeted at 14 different customer segments, according to the declaration made to managers in Volkswagen’s home city of Wolfsburg.
Media reports have recently suggested tension within the group particular focused on suspicions that the success of Škoda Auto could be coming at the expense of other Volkswagen companies .
The government and representatives of the automotive industry have signed a
memorandum aimed at making it easier for Czech Republic-based producers to
develop new technologies and keep step with overseas manufacturers.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that securing the future of the auto industry would have a marked impact on the Czech economy and employment.
The memorandum centres on the areas of electric vehicles, fully and partly self-driving vehicles and digitalisation.