Interview

The ninth design class is already a standard

Significantly improved configurator, two new drills, new MDI, rigid-flex and flexi plates as standard production. And new enquiries from Romania, Finland or Ukraine. That's Gatema PCB saying goodbye to a crazy last year. Once again a record year in terms of order volume. This year should be no different, despite the raw material crisis. The alignment of processes with the recently acquired German company Kubatronik, which opens the door to the world of extremely sophisticated boards for Gatema, should help.

For European manufacturers, Chinese New Year is the key to success

It will be under the sign of the tiger and, according to the stars, it should be one of spontaneity, novelty and the granting of secret wishes. For people working in manufacturing, however, the arrival of the Chinese New Year, which in the calendar fluctuates between 21 January and 20 February, marks an absolutely crucial milestone in the season. It is often here that it is decided whether and how successful the following year will be. In fact, the Chinese New Year is also associated with the term 'Chunyun', when people travel en masse to see their families and fifteen days of celebrations break out across the country. For two weeks, most Chinese factories are unable to produce anything, and all orders go back to Europe, at least for a while.

What is the Czech economy suffering from? There just aren't the people

Is the time approaching when printed circuit board manufacturing will start to return to Europe? What role can automation play in this? Why is there a lack of 'brains' in the Czech market? And how to find them? How hard is it to saddle a three-headed corporate horse - Gatema - that simultaneously handles PCB manufacturing, information systems development and implementation, and an international telemedicine startup project? We also discussed this with Stanislav Sýkora, former CEO of Asseco Solutions and for the last four years CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Gatema. He is also an experienced coach and mentor.

BTL Healthcare Technologies. If there's no way, we'll find it

The public in the Czechia first became aware of BTL Healthcare Technologies at the turn of last year. This was when the owner of the BTL group, Jan Vild, together with the technical director, Tomáš Drbal, became the largest private donors of lung ventilators in our country. They donated three hundred devices worth a total of €1.2 million to hospitals. In addition, they sent one hundred thousand respirators to hospitals and another twenty-five thousand to homes for the elderly

Business lives on even in the covid, but it's better over coffee

Dennis Hausner lives in Baden-Württemberg, near the French and Swiss borders. Yet he is now in his second year working for a Czech company. Specifically, since January 2020, when the well-known German PCB manufacturer Kubatronik was bought by the Czech company Gatema. We took advantage of his visit to Boskovice to find out how the whole process of mutual cooperation takes place in the difficult times of coronavirus and raw material crisis; and how difficult it is to succeed in the PCB industry on the European market today.