At the beginning of 2019 the construction of a new warehousing and shipping hall was completed. We have acquired a laser cutting machine called Bystronic Bystar delivering 6,000 W of power. This new machine replaced the old machine Bysprint 3015.
The purchase of the new machine required an investment into a forklift with maximum load capacity of 5 tons. The forklift allow us to handle large and expensive products made from metal sheets.
The number of employees increased to 120.
We have also created a new website.
In 2017 the production has increased so rapidly that we did not have enough storage capacities for finished orders. The Shipping warehouse was overloaded and shipping was done directly from production. This created problems in terms of record-keeping of finished and stored orders and made shipping, handling the actual loading of supplier trucks more difficult.
To eliminate these issues we decided to construct a new shipping warehouse which was built on the west side of the yard and actually connected welding shop and the current shipping warehouse together. The difference in elevation between those two buildings was solved by a new ramp. The building was designed in a certain way. The middle and west columns of the supporting structure are fitted with footings where crane tracks may be installed if necessary.
In 2015 we received an offer from the owner of the neighbouring building - a company called NoZ Chroustovice, and purchased the entire facility including part of its equipment. The facility included carpentry and joinery, so in addition to metal products we began producing wooden products as well. The carpentry and joinery shop was later expanded with wood cutting and drying shop and the entire facility was later renamed to wood processing facility. The wood production mainly focuses on products made from solid wood, which takes up the entire facility. From the commercial point of view, the production of module an extension beehives is the greatest success as these are in high demand in Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. The essential part of our success is the heated module which uses solar energy to produce heat which is then used to cure bees from Varoa mite. The module has the same dimension as a regular beehive so it may be used for order beehives as well. Another unique product is a garden bench with high backrest, which may be quickly turned into a table with bench. Further, the carpentry and joinery shop also manufacturers wooden lining used in wells, and a timbered garden cottage supported by two wooden stumps.
In 2014 we have selected the supplier of our third laser cutting machine and our sixth bevelling machine. We have also completed the construction of the addition to the laser machine hall whose area increased almost twice. The lower section of the building as well as the steel structure of the addition including the roof were completed as well.[RS1]
[RS1]Texts used at https://www.chkovo.cz/historie/#h4
In 2013 we have constructed a new metal machining hall 80 m long and 21 m wide where we assemble products and perform welding operations. The hall is equipped with a crane track which runs along the entire length of the hall. This has significantly improved work conditions and increased the quality of our work.
By reconstructing the former office building of the Agricultural Cooperative we have created temporary living quarters for employees.
Also the former office building was reconstructed in the same. This project provided us with social facilities and new office spaces. The building also features an impressive entry. The entry hall is decorated with pictures created by artist Libor Škrlík.
At the end of 2011 we have begun with the preparation of a project documentation for the reconstruction of the acquired office building and slowly turned it into a social facility building. On the ground floor we have designed an office space where orders are received and and where finished products are shipped out. This eliminated the need of suppliers to go through the production hall. The design included social facilities for 100 men and 50 women and a company apartment. The ground-floor also includes temporary living quarters for 15 persons, two offices and one document archiving room.
In 2010 we have acquired another important customer who began purchasing electric distribution cabinets for textile machines from us. Together with other smaller orders the production volume has reached the level prior to 2009. The use of all machines including the paint shop increased significantly, and we have begun working in a double-shift mode.
In 2010 we have acquired a bevelling press called Safan with 50 tons of tensile force and maximum bending length of 2 m. This machine is equipped with lower mechanical edging tool, so it easily aligns angles along the entire length of the bent material.
We have also purchased Durma bevelling press with a tool length of 4 m and tensile force of 320 tons. This allowed us to bend parts up to 6 mm thick along the entire length of the tool. The the ability to offer this service freed us from the need to outsource bending operations for our products and allowed us to closely monitor quality of these operations.
In 2009 we owned more than 80% of the entire yard and three quarters of the building area in the facility. We have also opened a modern continuous paint shop.
Another important milestone was the success of our customer called Výtahy Pardubice which gave us a large production volume and we had to use all our workplaces to produce these orders. This included metal sheet cutting, bending, welding and surface treatment.
Despite the unfavourable development in sales in 2009 caused largely by the failure of our main customer, who was seriously affected by the economic crisis, we managed to maintain production within a sustainable extend and kept all important facilities in operation, at least under one-shift mode.
During the school year 2009/2010, we have begun cooperating with the neighbouring Vocational School and Practical School in Chroustovice, and offered regular production practice programmes for apprentices.
At the beginning of 2008, we have purchased Lissmac scale brushing machine. In April, we purchased more powerful punching machine Euromac equipped with 25 tools in 8 tool heads.
However, our paint shop was not able to keep up with the increased production capacity. So we acquired another building in the facility with the purpose to build a more powerful paint shop. In 2008 we added a loading ramp with a roof. Based on a meeting focusing on the protection of environment, we have designed the paint shop to be as environmentally friendly as possible and integrated it into the current warehouse.
Our successful entry to the French market demanded another increase in production. The demand for products made from thicker metal sheets increased and our current laser cutting machine was not sufficient. This gave us the impulse to build a new production hall and to purchase new machines. The first machine we have purchased was a more powerful laser cutting machine Bystronic with 4,400W cutting power allowing us to process sheets up to 20 mm thick and stainless steel sheets up to 16 mm thick.
Later we purchased Schröder bending machine able to process metal sheets up to 2.5 m long and 2.5 mm thick. Thanks to this equipment we were able to satisfy demands for other products. The increased volume of smaller parts required a purchase of a smaller bevelling machine with 20 ton of tensile force.
To operate the new machines, which runs in two or three shift mode, we had to hire new employees. At the same time the demands on employee qualification, ability to read drawings including PC skills increased as well. In order to utilize the advantages of CNC machines the operator needs to have the ability to make independent decisions during the production process. Thanks to a rather low employee fluctuation in highly qualified professions our employees were able to obtain important experiences in terms of technologies and product quality, which enabled us to make high-quality products cheaper. The majority of employees, who worked for the company at the time of its establishment, is still with us.
We have repaired the historical entry gate and turned the former transformer station into an employee bicycle parking space.
In 2006 we have put into operation new spaces which we acquired through the reconstruction of the former barn and granary. This created a new storage space, locksmith workshop, machine shop, entrance building with a dining room and administrative building.
In 2004 we acquired a new bevelling machine Safan 100. In the same year we have acquired the building where the former barn and granary used to be.
In 2003 we purchased a new cutting machine Euromac.
At the beginning of 2002 we have changed our plan to get another CNC machine. Instead of this programmable punching machine we decided to install Bystronic laser cutting machine with 2,200 W power output able to processes sheets up to 10 mm thick.
In December 2001 we have opened our new paint shop.
In 2000, we acquired bevelling press HOL 080 CNC.
In 1996, we have purchase through an auction sale the building with former workshops and warehouse used by the Agricultural Cooperative and acquired the relevant land from the land register. We have completely repaired the building and set up a paint and degreasing shop in the current warehouse.
Simultaneously with the reconstruction of the main building, a warehouse for metal sheets and semi-finished products was added to the main building. After the last construction was completed, we have left the last leased space and moved into our own property.
In 1994, we managed to purchase receivables belonging to the the original owners of the Agricultural Cooperative, and used them to pay for buildings and equipment that we had purchased from the cooperative based on monthly instalments which had shorter maturity. This allowed us to make certain investments that we would not otherwise be able to afford.
S & Ř, CH KOVO was founded by Zdeněk Socha and Ing. František Říha in January 25, 1993. The company was established and created from the former so-called associated production operated by the Agricultural Cooperative in Chroustovice. The company took over the production of components for buses which are assembled by a company called Karosa Vysoké Mýto, and gradually expanded its manufacturing portfolio by adding cooker hoods production. The production took place in three leased branches in Chroustovice which employed 13 people. The first year of our independent activities brought us a turnover of CZK 20 million. The first building was bought later in the same year. Subsequent reconstruction of the building and repairs were carried out in the next few years. Thanks to this reconstruction we have obtained a branch with all necessary background facilities.