Presence and Further Development

We focus on engineering production and export our products to EU countries (Holland, Belgium, France and Italy). Our two plants in Vysoké Mýto and in Choceň currently include production premises covering a total area of 7000 m2, a roofed warehousing area of 2000 m2 and an outdoor storage area of approx. 5000 m2. However, thanks to our dynamic development, the production capacity continues to grow as well as the number of our staff, currently approximately 200 employees.

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History

The history of ECOS Choceň s.r.o. started in 1990 when a company owned by private individuals was established. It was transformed into a private limited company as a result of its development in 1996. In 1991–1998, its business focused predominantly on engineering production and repairs, namely the design and production of catalytic converters for diesel engines and anti-corrosion treatment of vehicles. This scope of activities gradually broadened to include building of components and assemblies for the automotive industry – especially buses. The business was originally conducted in rented premises, but in 1998 ECOS purchased the site of a former brewery in Choceň for its ever-expanding production. This site was later reconstructed into 3 modern production halls, staff sanitary facilities and an office building. At that time (1998), ECOS started producing components for different model families of Karosa buses. Hand in hand with further growth and with winning further orders, co-operation with a German partner was established in 2001 focusing on the design and production of special-purpose superstructures for Fiat Ducato frames. Another reason why 2001 became a significant year was the commencement of co-operation with VDL, our Dutch partner. We successfully participated in the development and production of prototype series of front and rear panels for Berkhof SB200 buses.

The history of ECOS Choceň s.r.o. started in 1990 when a company owned by private individuals was established. It was transformed into a private limited company as a result of its development in 1996. In 1991–1998, its business focused predominantly on engineering production and repairs, namely the design and production of catalytic converters for diesel engines and anti-corrosion treatment of vehicles. This scope of activities gradually broadened to include building of components and assemblies for the automotive industry – especially buses. The business was originally conducted in rented premises, but in 1998 ECOS purchased the site of a former brewery in Choceň for its ever-expanding production. This site was later reconstructed into 3 modern production halls, staff sanitary facilities and an office building. At that time (1998), ECOS started producing components for different model families of Karosa buses. Hand in hand with further growth and with winning further orders, co-operation with a German partner was established in 2001 focusing on the design and production of special-purpose superstructures for Fiat Ducato frames. Another reason why 2001 became a significant year was the commencement of co-operation with VDL, our Dutch partner. We successfully participated in the development and production of prototype series of front and rear panels for Berkhof SB200 buses. This co-operation had a positive effect on us for years to come. Not only it is still active, but it is intensifying. In 2003–2004, we built a new production unit for a paint shop and a pattern shop on the Choceň site opening up the possibility of producing fibreglass components using the RTM technology. We also successfully implemented a quality management system according to the ČSN EN ISO 9001 standard, which was extended by an environmental management system according to ČSN EN ISO 14001 in 2007. As the demand for our products constantly grew and as the site in Choceň did not offer room for further expansion, ECOS purchased part of a former military barrack site in Vysoké Mýto in 2006 – a plot (approx. 20,000 m2) featuring three warehouses providing for further extension of production activities. Two of these halls with a total area of 1700 m2 were soon modified to meet current production needs and provided the necessary housing for production of complete 9.4 and 10.6 m long undercarriage frames (weldments) for low-entry buses made by our new customer Heuliez Bus France. At the beginning of 2007, we launched production of spare parts for Iveco having finished our series supplies for Iveco Czech Republic production lines. In 2008, co-operation with Strom Export (an agricultural technology supplier, later renamed Bednar Machinery) was established in the area of welded constructions. In the course of deepening our co-operation with VDL, the production of welded components (front and rear panels and driver’s partition for their new “Citea” bus family including the panel assembly and its equipping with accessories) was launched in 2009. In 10/2009–05/2010, our operating/admin building was reconstructed to accommodate management offices, offices and the laboratories of our research and production designers and process engineers, centralised IT, sanitary facilities and an Eurest cafeteria for the on-site staff. Due to the growing need for additional production and warehousing capacities, ECOS implemented a project for the reconstruction and extension of premises in Vysoké Mýto between September 2010 and May 2011. The project included reconstruction of the last warehousing hall and its modification as a production facility, and the construction of a new assembly hall. A new dispatch store was erected in Vysoké Mýto in parallel with this project. 2011 was important also due to machinery investments. A new Trumpf laser cutter for sheets and sections was purchased as well as a new Trumpf press brake. In addition to these, we implemented the following projects: production launch of bodies for the Viseon Bus, development and production of a delaboration (= ammunition destruction) line prototype, development and production of an HVAC unit prototype, construction of a 720 m2 warehouse. 2012 – construction of the company’s new R&D centre covering approximately 650 m2. The following years brought further development activities, which have continued.