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Did you know?

The Czech Republic is almost entirely surrounded by mountains, except in the south, toward Austria and Slovakia. Mountains mark a natural border with Germany and Poland.

The flag of the Czech RepublicModern soft contact lenses were invented by Czech chemist Otto Wichterle in 1959, and it was a Czech doctor, Jan Jansky, who first divided blood into four types in 1907. Going back, the first sugar cubes were made in the Czech Republic in 1841. And note that the word “robot” is Czech and first used in 1920 in a theater play by Karel Capek, Rossum’s Universal Robots. The play was about a robot factory and the playwright’s brother suggested calling the working machines “roboti” from the Slavic “robota,” which means “labor.”

There are more than 2,000 castles, keeps, and castle ruins in the Czech Republic. In fact, the largest castle complex in the world is the spectacular Prague Castle, which dates back to the ninth century. Another treasure is Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348, which is the oldest university in Eastern Europe, and one of the oldest in the world in continuous operation.

Leading Czech transportation companies include Škoda AutoŠkoda Transportation, Tatra, Karosa, Aero Vodochody and Jawa Motors.

Jan StupkaSapa has 10 employees in the Czech Republic. They work for Sapa’s aluminium building systems business area, and are based at the company’s offices in Brno and in Prague.

Meet one of our managers:

Sales manager Jan Stupka (pictured) leads Sapa Building Systems in the Czech Republic and Hungary, from the company’s office in Brno. The office markets the branded systems Sapa Building System and Wicona. 

We believe our strengths in the Czech Republic are:

Sapa is represented in the market with the building systems brands Wicona and Sapa. The company has worked in the country for more than 20 years, from its two biggest cities, Prague and Brno.

After implementing its multi-brand strategy in the Czech Republic after the merger between Sapa and Hydro Extruded Products in 2013, the company doubled its product portfolio for customers.   

Office Building DeltaProjects we are proud of:

Sapa has participated in several fascinating building projects in the Czech Republic, starting with the Office Building Delta (pictured, right), which was built with 22,000 square meters of the Sapa Building System-brand Sapa element façade Elegance 72. Delta is certified as BREEAM very good.

Wicona-brand windows and façades have been utilized in the Enterprise Office Center, Blox Office, and the Innovative Center Zlatníky (pictured, below). The latter has 2,500 square meters of Wicona’s WICTEC 50HI façade solution.

Our safety advice:

Innovative Center Zlatníky

With our employees working in offices, our advice is to drive safely, watch your steps on stairs, and be aware that your coffee is hot.  

Facts about the Czech Republic: 

Capital: Prague

Highest point: Mt. Sněžka, 1,602 meters

Population: 10.5 million

Language: Czech

GDP:  USD 343.9 billion

Cost of a Big Mac: USD 2.98