Science, research, development and innovation processes = the way to success
Dealing with tasks in the area of science significantly increases the use of innovation prospects in the subsidiaries of the VÍTKOVICE MACHINERY GROUP. In the areas of research, development and innovation, the individual companies within the Group face a wide variety of tasks depending on their production and business strategy. The Group therefore draws attention to building its own scientific and development capacities for the major fields of its business. When dealing with projects and tasks, the Group's own research and development capacities are often combined with the research and development capacities of universities, research centres or other entities.
Universities are usually considered most significant partners when dealing with tasks concerning science and technology development. Nowadays, universities have important capacities that can be successfully used to achieve the goals of projects and tasks. Under the Research and Development for Innovation Operation Programme they have the opportunity to gain top-class equipment for their laboratories and centres, and offer their capacities to their industrial partners. The intersection of cooperation of the VÍTKOVICE MACHINERY GROUP with universities is getting a synergistic effect that improves the efficiency of the research, development and innovation processes.
Based on our focus, our major partners are:
- VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava,
- Brno University of Technology,
- University of West Bohemia,
- University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague,
- Technical University of Liberec.
The common interest is to create an environment stimulating research, development and innovations, support the cooperation of schools and the private sector, make the technical fields of study at universities more attractive, and try to participate also in international cooperation in research, development and innovations. The cooperation with the above mentioned universities is focused primarily on the areas of classic and nuclear energetics, new manufacturing technologies in the field of heavy mechanical engineering and mechanical metallurgy, materials engineering, transport, information and communications technology, waste treatment technology, and also technologies associated with environmental protection.
Grant programmes for supporting science and research such as "Impuls", "Tandem", "Trvalá prosperita" and recently also "TIP" became the basis of the cooperation, both direct and indirect, between the subsidiaries of the VÍTKOVICE MACHINERY GROUP and the universities. We assume that the output from our cooperation will be not only new theoretical knowledge in the fields mentioned above in the form of patents, utility and industrial patterns, prototypes published in journals, but also results applied in the form of verified technologies and technology procedures implemented in new products with much better utility characteristics.