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. Last year, the company celebrated 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 ten model ranges – the CITIGO, FABIA, RAPID, SCALA, OCTAVIA, KAROQ, KODIAQ, KAMIQ, SUPERB and ENYAQ iV. In association with the group, ŠKODA AUTO independently develops and produces vehicles as well as components such as engines and transmissions.
ŠKODA AUTO delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers around the world in 2020. 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 2020
Vrchlabí plant becomes the first CO₂-neutral ŠKODA AUTO production site by the end of 2020 and ŠKODA AUTO production sent zero waste to landfill since start of last year
Last year, the Vrchlabí component plant became the first ŠKODA AUTO site in the world to produce in a CO2-neutral manner. The greatest carbon dioxide savings have been made by rigorously converting the high-tech factory to the use of renewable energies – reducing CO2 emissions from an initial 45,000 tonnes per year to a current 3,000 tonnes. The remaining emissions were offset through further compensation measures and the purchasing of CO2 certificates.
ŠKODA AUTO is consistently optimising the ecological footprint of its cars – from the extraction of the raw materials required to the end of their life cycle. Now, the manufacturer has taken another important leap forward: since the start of 2020, ŠKODA has recycled all waste produced during manufacturing and usually disposed of in landfills, either materially or thermally.
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ŠKODA AUTO launched production of its first fully electrical model ENYAQ iV at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav and invested 32 million Euro into modernization of its assembly line
The 100% battery-electric SUV is the first ŠKODA series production model based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB). In future, the Czech car manufacturer will produce up to 350 units of its new SUV every day alongside the OCTAVIA and the KAROQ series on the Group’s only production line for vehicles based on both the MQB and MEB platforms.
The modernization included structural changes to the building as well as modifications to the conveyor technology and final assembly line. Investments made amount to 32 million euros. It is now the only line in the entire Volkswagen Group on which vehicles based on the MEB modular electric car platform and the MQB modular transverse matrix can be built alongside one another. This means that the all-electric ŠKODA ENYAQ iV, the OCTAVIA and the KAROQ compact SUV all roll off the same production line at the Mladá Boleslav plant.
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ŠKODA AUTO opened a state-of-the-art technical centre for building test vehicles and prototypes
ŠKODA AUTO’s Technical Development department has opened a new, state-of-the-art centre for the manufacture of test vehicles and prototypes. All production steps are now housed under one roof. The test vehicles are developed and built using state-of-the-art technologies such as robot stations and virtual reality rooms. Eco-friendly manufacturing methods and the highest level of work safety allow Technical Development to increase production capacity.
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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 performed an overall stakeholder assessment process in collaboration with PriceWaterhouseCoopers across all three sustainability pillars and reflected the most material topics in the implementation of sustainability roadmaps of the company.
Czech 100 Best 2020
ŠKODA AUTO was voted the country’s best company by ‘Czech 100 Best’ for the 23 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.
Randstad Award 2020
Last year, ŠKODA AUTO defended its victory in the Czech round of the international Randstad Employer Brand Research. In 2020, the attractiveness of individual companies was assessed by almost 5,000 respondents, who chose among 150 domestic companies from the private sector. The Randstad Award has been awarded globally for twenty years, and the third year has taken place in the Czech Republic.
Employer of the Year 2020
ŠKODA was named ‘Employer of the Year 2020’ in the Czech Republic by global HR services provider Sodexo.
HR Officers Award 2020
ŠKODA AUTO’s ANTICOVID-19 project won the main category plus a special award for helping to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The winning project comprises a comprehensive range of measures to effectively protect the over 36,000 employees in the Czech Republic while also supporting the country’s most at-risk groups and rescue organisations.