Prime Minister Has Opened a New Hall

Prime Minister Lending a Hand during the Opening of the New Hall. Bohuslav Sobotka, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, ceremoniously opened a newly constructed part of the Precision Casting Division hall at PBS Velká Bíteš.

On 3 July 2015 První brněnská strojírna Velká Bíteš, a. s. welcomed the Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka who opened the newly constructed part of the casting hall by ceremoniously cutting the ribbon. The production area of the company has been extended to accommodate the increasing demand for heavy-duty super alloy castings from the manufacturers of turbochargers, gas turbines, and aircraft worldwide. The precision casting foundry of PBS Velká Bíteš thus ranks among the most advanced operations in Europe.

During his visit Bohuslav Sobotka – accompanied by Jan Mládek, the Minister of Industry and Trade, and Jiří Běhounek, the head of the Vysočina Region – visited the individual operations of the Precision Casting Division and learned about the manufacturing programme of První brněnská strojírna Velká Bíteš. In the testing laboratory for aircraft engines the Prime Minister had a unique opportunity to test the TP100 aircraft turboprop engine. “We hope that the Czech Government will support our export activities on western as well as eastern markets,” concluded Milan Macholán, the PBS Managing Director, at the end of the visit.

The Precision Casting Division has been extended by a new construction annex of 1,048 m2; the entire production area thus amounts to 6,606 m2. “In the course of the last 10 years investments into the development of precision casting in our company have exceeded CZK 220 mil.,” said Mr. Macholán, the Managing Director. The foundry is equipped with hi-tech machines and devices such as vacuum furnaces for melting and casting in vacuum, blasting machines, 3D optical measuring devices, and a leaching line for the removal of ceramic cores from the hollows of special castings of the turbine blades. These new generation castings are designed for use in gas turbines and aircraft engines which will achieve better efficiency thanks to higher working temperatures of the combustion gases.