30 Years on the Market Ing. Ludvík Šanda, CEO at MATEICIUC a.s., has been in the company since 2010, and has acted as CEO since October, 2016. He studied the technology of leather, plastic and rubber processing in Zlín. He has worked at Optimit, Draftex, GDX and other companies. He was the technologist in the development of the antibacterial piping for the Klimaflex SB air-conditioning systems and has patented a set of microtubes which protect optical fibres. Mr Šanda, your company is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its new history. Looking back, you must see the great journey you have taken and be proud of what the company has achieved. Will you share the story with us? In the very beginning there was a business plan of two brothers to produce components for underfloor heating systems. That is why they bought the deteriorating halls of a former textile factory in Odry. Today their facilities consist of the renewed historic building and production hall as well as a few more halls, warehouses, a development centre, a technological centre, a tool shop and silos to store material. The company has so far developed a high-quality reputation for its brand. We currently produce a wide range of protecting pipes and microtubes, construction profiles for thermal upgrading, plasterwork, windows and plasterboards, hoses for medicine and automotive use, and small plastic moldings. Our company’s name is synonymous as a high-quality supplier, long-term partner and resolver. Over the years we have responded promptly to the demands of the market and topical trends in civil engineering. In 2000, when the demand for protecting pipes started decreasing, we moved on to producing plastic construction profiles, which has been the key item in our company’s portfolio for fifteen years already. Our business keeps
growing: the area of our facilities, the number of employees (now 130 people work in our company), but most of all, our production portfolio, the volume of production and annual turnover. I believe that we will continue in this trend. Your trade is not limited to the Czech Republic: you also export to foreign countries. Where do you send your products? Up to 70% of our production is sold abroad. We have direct exports to the EU member countries, the Dominican Republic and Saudi Arabia. Indirect exporters distribute our products to the USA, Mexico and Arabianspeaking countries. We know that you are an active, socially responsible enterprise. In which fields do you get engaged? The aim of Mateiciuc is to contribute to environmental protection by producing energy-saving products such as construction profiles used in thermal upgrading. Another sphere is production processes in the company which are designed to minimize waste. We do not produce any harmful or dangerous waste, quite the contrary: all our facilities are heated with excess heat from the production processes, which would be otherwise wasted; we also have our own water treatment plant. We are very thorough
in recycling all waste, including that from production. Besides common municipal waste, it is all sorted for further processing, including recycling, to provide us with production material. More activities cover the support of events in sports and culture in our region, or active cooperation with schools. Mateiciuc is one of the key companies in Odry. Which locations in and near Odry would you recommend visitors to see? Even the premises of our production plant are worth seeing: the historic part has been listed as a cultural heritage site since April 2019. It is very rare that historic buildings from 1831-1906 are part of a company which keeps production going in them even though the business plan now is different from the original production. We organize Open Door Days, and our company park is open all year long. I want to invite you to see the entire district of Odry and the lovely landscapes of the Oder Hills. Right in the town, the new educational trail to Flashar’s Mine begins, making a circuit of 3.5 m, mapping old slate quarrying sites k in the area of Veselský kopec. By the way, we have a lovely view of the hill from the windows of the main building of our plant. Thank you for the interview. -editorialAreál společnosti Mateiciuc a.s.
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