Industrial production advanced by 4.4 percent in March compared with the same month a year earlier, taking account of the number of working days, and by 10.9 percent when the difference was not factored in. Month-on-month there was a decrease 0.4 percent. The value of new orders rose by 15.1 percent compared with March 2016 with the value of domestic new orders slightly outstripping foreign demand.
Škoda Auto is planning to make a comeback on India’s compact vehicle market. The Czech car maker is considering launching a mini-SUV and an entry level sedan in 2019, in cooperation with India’s Tata Motors, the Times of India reported on Tuesday. According to the daily, the vehicles may hit the road at the start of 2019.
Czech power distributor Energo-Pro is set to complete the construction of the biggest private-owned hydro power plant in Turkey. The plant, situated in the south eastern part of the country, should be completed and launched in three years’ time, the daily Hospodářské noviny wrote on Thursday. The overall cost of the project is expected to reach 240 million US dollars, which is nearly 6 billion crowns.
The new generation of Škoda Yeti will be known as the Škoda Karoq, the Czech car-maker Škoda Auto has announced. The new compact SUV will have its world premiere in Stockholm on May 18 and will go into production in the second half of 2017. The new generation of Škoda Auto’s SUV will be manufactured in the company’s plant in Kvasiny. The Karoq name refers to the language of Alaska’s indigenous people.
The Czech Republic’s last uranium mine in Rožná located about 50 kilometres northwest of Brno, officially closed on Thursday with a ceremony marking 60 years of uranium mining in the location. The Rožná mine, which is also the last uranium mine in Europe, went into operation in 1957 and has produced around 17 million tonnes of uranium since then. The Radioactive Waste Repository Authority has turned one part of the mine - beneath the village of Bukov into a special laboratory for tests that will help it build a final repository for spent nuclear fuel from the Temelín and Dukovany plants.
The growth of auto production and parts supply in the Czech Republic is seen slowing this year compared to last, according to the president of the Auto Industry Group, Bohdan Wojnar. He told the Czech News Agency that the rise in overall production this year would probably fall back to around 6 percent from last year’s 8%. Last year the three main Czech car makers produced 1.3 million cars. In the first quarter of 2017 production was up 10.7 percent with 387,342 units manufactured. Wojnar said demand was expected to ease in some key markets. Czech car production is a key to the country’s manufacturing and exports.
The clock’s ticking down on the current coalition government, so there was something of a celebratory air when one of its milestone pieces of promised legislation got through the lower house of parliament relatively unscathed. The construction law amendment was promised as a fundamental shake-up of a complicated, lengthy, and ultimately costly current process for getting permission to build anything from a new family home to a new motorway or block of flats or offices.
Exercises simulating terrorist truck and airplane attacks on the Temelín nuclear power station in South Bohemia reached a climax on Tuesday. Over 200 soldiers, police officers and specialists from operators CEZ have been taking part in the four-day Safeguard Temelín 2017. The scenario of one of the simulated attacks has involved a truck trying to smash through barriers at the nuclear station and was based on an incident in Berlin in December when a man drove a truck into a crowd. The exercises will conclude on Wednesday.
Radar, anti-missile systems, communications, and other military equipment has been stationed in the surroundings of the Temelín nuclear power plant, part of military exercises which will take place until mid-week. The news was confirmed by the spokesman for the Regional Military Command in České Budějovice, Josef Štěpánek. Around two hundred army personnel, police officers are taking part. Representatives of the energy giant ČEZ will also be involved.