For the twenty-fifth time, the Automotive Industry Association has announced the winners of the Automotive Business of the Year competition. As in previous years, this year’s edition, which assessed the basic economic results of companies in 2022, announced a total of six most successful companies, divided into two categories according to the number of employees – up to 250 and over 250 people. The award ceremony and presentation of the iconic glass horses to the winners took place during the Automotive Leaders Forum social evening in Prague.
In the Automotive Business of the Year competition, the basic economic results achieved for the year 2022 were assessed. The evaluation was based on the following criteria:
- Economic result before tax (CZK million)
- Value added per employee (CZK million/employee)
- Composite revenue criterion
- Year-on-year change in sales of own products and services (%)
- Sales of own products and services per employee (CZK million/employee)
All criteria were weighted equally and the final ranking of firms was determined by the sum of the rankings according to each criterion. A total of 74 companies participated in this year’s competition.
In alphabetical order within the category, the following companies became the Czech Automotive Companies of the Year:
Enterprises of the year with up to 250 employees
- 3M Česko, spol. s r.o.
- SULCO Automotive Group, s.r.o.
- Tawesco Automotive s.r.o.
Companies of the Year with more than 250 employees
- Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech s.r.o.
- Strojmetal Aluminium Forging a.s.
- Toyota Tsusho Europe SA Czech Republic Branch
The awarded companies received handmade original glass sculptures in the shape of a horse from the workshop of glass master Lukáš Šulc from Železný Brod.
3M Czech Republic, spol. s r.o. is a part of a leading global technology company based in St. Paul, USA, which has been developing innovative products and solutions for a variety of industries for over 120 years. It has a sales and technical team in Prague with its own innovation and technical center for the development and testing of customer applications, which focuses on competencies related to auto electrification for the Czech and European markets. 3M is looking to the future through the lens of sustainability and in the industrial sector is focusing on topics related to decarbonisation, automation and safe working environments.
SULCO Automotive Group, s.r.o. is a renowned service provider for the automotive industry. The company has a strong and long-term presence in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Germany. The Quality Management division provides manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive industry with comprehensive services in the areas of quality and production management, optical quality control and software engineering. SULCO employees have more than a decade of experience in quality inspection with customers BMW, Porsche, Daimler, Skoda, Opel and their suppliers worldwide. SULCO’s Human Resources Division focuses on providing comprehensive, fast and quality service in executive search, permanent recruitment, as well as covering clients’ temporary labor needs to cover vacations, illnesses or seasonal fluctuations in production. It also has a large database of qualified Interim Managers who are available immediately to work on time-limited projects.
Tawesco Automotive s.r.o. represents the production of pressed and welded steel and aluminum parts for the automotive industry, both for car and truck manufacturers. The company has two production facilities in Úvaly and Prague – Letňany. Production is primarily focused on pressed parts that are spot welded into assemblies. The company manufactures and delivers parts including surface treatments and these parts are produced for almost all representatives of automotive brands in Europe.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech s.r.o. has been operating in Nosovice since 2008 and has produced over 4 million cars in that time. These are mainly SUV Tucson, compact car i30 and electric car Kona Electric. Already 41% of the vehicles produced have hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric drive. Despite global parts supply issues, Nosovice was able to produce 322,500 cars in 2022, a 17% year-on-year increase, even higher than the production in the last pre-Christmas year, 2019.
Strojmetal Aluminium Forging a.s. is an expert in the production of aluminium chassis and decorative parts and industrial solutions. Strojmetal is able to adapt its automated production to the exact requirements of its customers, which include the German Mercedez-Benz, and thanks to its experienced team of designers and developers, it can always offer precise and maximally efficient solutions.
Toyota Tsusho Europe SA Czech Republic Branch has been a major supplier to European customers for over 20 years. It is part of the multinational global business corporation Toyota Tsusho Corporation, which provides its customers with services and goods in all areas of their business. In the Czech Republic, it enjoys a long-standing interest of its customers and is constantly developing the range of services provided. The company has facilities in Prague, Jirny, Kolín-Ovčáry, Liberec and Plzeň. Toyota Tsusho Corporation aims to be fully carbon neutral by 2050. In addition to carbon neutrality, the company is working on specific projects to achieve a carbon footprint of 50% in 2030 compared to 2019.