Interview

Acquisition of Kubatronik? A giant leap for us

It it's still one of the most remarkable pieces of news of this year in the field of printed circuit boards production. The Boskovice-based company Gatema announced the acquisition of a German-based company Kubatronik. It is still not quite usual a Czech company buys a German one. Let alone quite a significant one. Kubatronik is not any small fish but a traditional European player with its history reaching back to 1980. Moreover, the company has been focusing in the last couple years on the production of complex boards (especially flex or rigid flex) for high tech industries such as aviation, military for medicine. We have discussed the gradual takeover, integration and merging with the director of Gatema PCB a.s. company Mr. Zdeněk Cápal.

Technology measuring photosynthesis. From Czechia all the way to Harvard, Princeton or NASA

There are great stories. And some are being written on very inconspicuous places. One of them is Drasov - a small town near Brno. And here, a company called Photon System Instruments (PSI) is headquartered, in one of the quiet streets of the town. The company supplies its measuring devices to the most renowned and prestigious institutions on the planet such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) or Harvard or Princeton universities. The company has daughter companies and affiliates all over the world and distributors on all continents with the exclusive exception of the Antarctic. That is a good reason enough to interview Mr. Ladislav Hronek who has been working for the company since the beginning of the century.

We develop our own applications for production support

Willingness, high-quality and first-class speed. These are the three basic ingredients from which the Boskovice company Gatema prepares its “business cocktail”. In case you have not heard of them yet it is not advisable to underestimate its abilities as lately it has become one of the top European producers of prototype printed circuit boards and has recently caught up our attention as a purely Czech company being able to realize the acquisition of a well known German high-tech producer PCB Kubatronik.

Our field aims for complexity and miniaturisation

Mr. Frantisek Vlk, a majority shareholder of Gatema company, has been dealing with the printed circuit boards production for more than a quarter of a century. And meanwhile back in 1995 when he had to ask himself whether he had made the right decision - and that was in the moment when his 30 employees did not have enough orders to work on. Fast forward to today, the company has modern production capacities in the town of Boskovice from which customers from all of Europe are being successfully served. Currently Gatema is considered to be the unbeatable leader in terms of speed of standard prototype boards production. However, as proved by its latest acquisition of a German producer company Kubatronik, Gatema's ambition here is nowhere near its finish line. In the near future, apart from its extremely fast and from the large part automated production of standardised boards, the company would also like to address even more demanding customers from the most complex and advanced business fields. After all, it is the complexity and flexibility where Mr. Frantisek Vlk foresees the biggest potential towards the future of the company.