With 125 years of vehicle manufacturing experience, ŠKODA AUTO is the largest industrial company in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest car manufacturer in the world.
In 1991, ŠKODA AUTO was the fourth brand to be incorporated into Volkswagen Group. Since then, production has increased more than sixfold. Today, ŠKODA AUTO operates at three locations in the Czech Republic. The cars bearing the winged arrow are also manufactured in China, Russia, Slovakia and India, mostly via group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, in cooperation with local partners.
ŠKODA AUTO is one of the oldest carmakers in the world. Its history stretches back to 1895, when Václav Laurin and Václav Klement set up a business that gave rise to a tradition of Czech car manufacturing. This year, the company is celebrating 125 years since its founding and 115 years since it started producing automobiles.
The position of ŠKODA AUTO as a key player in the automotive industry has always been and will always be undeniable, not least because it has been part of Volkswagen Group since 1991. It has become a strong, internationally successful company that is active in more than 100 markets and offers its customers a total of nine model ranges – the CITIGO, FABIA, RAPID, SCALA, OCTAVIA, KAROQ, KODIAQ, KAMIQ and SUPERB. In association with the group, ŠKODA AUTO independently develops and produces vehicles as well as components such as engines and transmissions.
ŠKODA AUTO delivered 1.24 million vehicles to customers around the world in 2019. The carmaker currently employs about 42,000 people globally and goes to great lengths to be a good citizen and neighbour in all the regions in which it is active.
ŠKODA AUTO is undergoing a transformation from a traditional car manufacturer into a ‘Simply Clever company for the best mobility solutions’ as part of its 2025 Strategy.
The three highlight projects 2019
ŠKODA AUTO recycles 42 per cent of its annual water consumption
ŠKODA AUTO is continuously working on reducing and sustainably managing water consumption at its plants by using innovative technologies and concepts. Thanks to the water-saving measures ŠKODA AUTO defined in its ‘GreenFuture’ strategy, the company now requires 1.7 m3 of water for the production of one car – more than 38 per cent less than in 2010. ŠKODA AUTO was able to recycle 42 per cent of the total 1.55 million m3 of water it used last year.
ŠKODA AUTO has launched operation of new paint shop at Mladá Boleslav plant, one of the eco-friendliest of its kind in Europe
ŠKODA AUTO has opened a new paint shop at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. Up to 168,000 car bodies are coated with paint there each year, taking the plant’s total annual painting capacity up to 812,000 vehicles. Innovative technologies mean that the ŠKODA employees’ workstations have been given a particularly ergonomic design.
The new technologies also provide an essential contribution to the shop’s eco-friendliness. Paint residues such as pigment particles are absorbed in a process known as dry separation. In this procedure, ground limestone replaces the water which was previously used. As a result, no paint sludge accumulates as a waste product. The exhaust air decontamination system using ground limestone reduces the amount of paint residue created per car body by more than 2 kg. The used ground limestone and the paint absorbed by it are then thermally recycled and used in the desulphurisation of flue gases emitted at the heating plant run by ŠKODA’s subsidiary Ško-Energo. By using this technology, ŠKODA recycles up to 80 per cent of the air used in the spray booths, which substantially reduces the amount of energy used in purifying the intake air
The car manufacturer supports people with physical disabilities through the ‘ŠKODA Handy’ project for barrier-free mobility. Numerous ŠKODA dealers entered a new era and become ŠKODA Handy Centres. These car dealerships are designed to support people with disabilities in the purchasing and servicing of a ŠKODA model, both structurally and through the products and services they offer. ŠKODA Handy Centre employees help customers to select the right vehicle and the required modifications. They also assist them in dealing with the authorities and other organisations, for example in claiming financial aids and the refunding of VAT. An important criterion for customers with disabilities is the financing of a new car. ŠKODA gives these drivers a discount on the purchase and ŠKODA Financial Services does not charge them any interest on finance when there is a down payment of 30 percent.
As a brand, ŠKODA always aims to maintain close contact with its main stakeholders such as employees, communities, customers, governmental and other administrative bodies, suppliers, researchers, NGOs and other professional organizations. ŠKODA identifies relevant needs and requirements through personal dialogue, meetings, and participation in public forums, seminars and university lectures. In 2019, ŠKODA AUTO launched an overall stakeholder assessment process in collaboration with PriceWaterhouseCoopers across all three sustainability pillars. The purpose of the project was to identify and assess relevant sustainability topics reflecting the company´s economic, environmental and social impacts.
Czech 100 Best 2019
ŠKODA AUTO was voted the country’s best company by ‘Czech 100 Best’ for the 19th consecutive year and has now won the award more times than any other company. Results are based on the votes of nearly 25,000 selected representatives from business and politics. The award is presented by the pan-European company for culture, education and scientific cooperation, COMENIUS.
Employer of the Year 2019
ŠKODA was named ‘Employer of the Year 2019’ in the Czech Republic by global HR services provider Sodexo.
Responsible foreign investor
The award was announced in 2019 for the first time as part of the National Awards for Social Responsibility.