Mladá Boleslav’s - ŠKODA AUTO opened its new R&D Centre which
will provide space for 160 employees. In less than 13 months, a very
modern R&D building of nontraditional style was built on the banks
of the Jizera river on 75 special columns which are to eliminate the
risk of river flooding the new building area. The R&D Centre’s
architects fully implemented the principle of open communication. The
building is subdivided with glass partitions which allow the work space
to be arranged as required. The offices are equipped with modular
furniture which can be combined and rearranged at will.
As the Member of the Škoda Auto Board of directors who is
responsible for R&D, Wilfried Bockelmann said that, "the
R&D Centre is the final milestone of the dynamic and unrepeatable
evolution of Škoda Auto´s independent research and development´.
According to Wilfried Bockelmann, the start of operation of the R&D
Centre is another proof that the speculation about Škoda Auto becoming
simply an assembly plant only, with technical development disappearing,
will not come true at all. "Škoda Auto has confirmed its identity
from the past years. The company continues to develop its independence
based on well-balanced co-operation with VW Group,´ added W. Bockelmann.
The number of R&D employees grew from the original 600 in 1991 to
the present 1160, a further increase in human resources is planned for
the period of 1999 to 2001. In comparison with the year 1991, the number
of projects Škoda Auto´s R&D dept. works on, increased from 5 to
40. Additional projects to be used solely by VW Group Headquarters are
being realised. This shows how the premium-quality work and dedication
of the Czech engineers are held in esteem and appreciated.
The nontraditional architecture R&D of the building-the new
concept of transparency, attracts much attention. According to Claus
Hohmann, one of the project leaders, state-of-the-art offices were
created on the bank of the Jizera river. "The very modern
conception, transparent elements combined with closed walls allows the
staff," as Claus Hohmann states, "to concentrate on work
without optical communication being limited."
(August 28, 2000)