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Interview with Mr. Frantisek Èermák, Ing. CSc. Chairman, Bresson a.s.

- We know that the Czech Republic has a long and rich history in engineering and industry. Is your company continuing these traditions?

- Yes indeed. The Czech Republic has a long and rich history in engineering and industry. Already before the First World War the Czechs lands became industrialized, and between the world wars the country had one of the largest economies in the world. The achievements of Czech engineers in the nineteenth century and in the twentieth century were considerable.

In the 1930s, Czechoslovakia is said to have been the fourth wealthiest country in Europe, on the basis of its strong engineering industries. The Czech Republic is the most industrial country in Central and Eastern Europe, with a long tradition of manufacturing and craftsmanship.

In the logo of our company Bresson a.s., our new brand-name under which we are operating since August 1, 2002 there is a year of establishment-1855, when the first machinery plant was established at our premises in Kolin. However, in fact we are also continuator of CKD DUKLA a.s., which tradition of establishment is dated by 1832.

Bresson a.s. is the bearer of both technical and commercial know-how of previous CKD Dukla a.s. Strojirny Kolin.

- What is the field of activity of Bresson a.s.?

- Bresson a.s, as the successor to CKD Dukla a.s., occupies an outstanding position in the field of power engineering and environmental issues connected therewith. We are the owner of all the know-how of CKD Dukla and we continue its extensive manufacturing and supplying range on the basis of the manufacturing plant in Kolin, formerly known as FRAM or TATRA.

We are involved in the supplies of equipment in such area as: incinerators of municipal and industrial wastes, industrial boiler rooms, thermal power plants and heating plants with ancillary devices, parts of heating equipment, water treatment plants, pressure vessels, heat exchangers and pipes.

- Incinerators have become controversial issues in many communities?

- Burning garbage has been a common means of disposal throughout history. Incineration had become one of the most common methods of waste disposal in 20th century. Incinerators reduce the volume of waste by about 90 percent, a significant reduction of waste that would otherwise go into a landfill. Incineration at high temperatures also destroys many of the toxics and pathogens in medical and other hazardous wastes, in addition to reducing the volume.

Thirty to forty years ago, most incinerators were used simply to reduce the volume of waste. Now, however, most incinerators in operation are waste-to-energy facilities, which use the combustion process to generate steam and electricity.

Recently, in order to prevent toxic emissions such as metals, inorganic acid gases and particulate matter, systems are equipped with air pollution control devices. Devices include scrubbers, fabric filters (bag houses) and electromagnetic precipitators.

All these devices are used in solid municipal waste incineration plant in Malesice, Prague in built by Bresson a.s. predecessor CKD Dukla in 1997, which has installed input 4 x 15 tons of waste per hour, having an area of 6.8 hectares. The operation of this refuse incinerating plant is continuous, all supplied waste is checked with a detection device at the source of theionizing radiation, than it is weighted and registered by SCHENK technology, and the large-scale refuse is crushed with special LINDEMANN shears. The technical section of the plant is applies special method for PCDD/F substances removal by substitution of clean lime suspension for a mixture of lime and active coal (Sorbalit), what results in reduction of harmful substances production.

CKD Dukla has built such incinerators in such cities as: Berlin, Budapest, Bratislava, Sochi, Murmansk, Kiev and Dniepropetrovsk. Some of them will require modernization. Bresson a.s. has modern know-how and technology to implement this works.

- What is the present main activity of Bresson a.s.?

- We have great expertise in manufacturing many kinds of sophisticated boilers and associated equipment of boiler rooms. In our factory were built more than 7,000 boiler units ranging from output of 240 kg/hr to 240ton/hr for incineration of lignite, hard coal, natural gas, town gas, heavy and light oils, industrial, hospital and municipal waste, including waste heat boilers.

- Would you say the majority of your business is done in the Czech Republic, or is more business done abroad?

- We do 70 percent of our sales in the Czech Republic and 30 percent is done abroad. But from the business we do in the Czech Republic there is a significant amount of resale directly to companies abroad. So basically we do 50 percent of our business in the Czech Republic and 50 percent abroad.

- Do you sell your products to Poland?

- Bresson a.s., as many other Czech engineering companies, is exporting products to Austria, Germany and Russia. However now, when both the Czech Republic and Poland are members of European Union and our industries will grow, as a result of inflow of foreign investments, we are very interested in exploring Polish market, which is bigger than the Czech market.

We have already established co-operation with Polish company R-Consult, from Gdansk, which has great experience in environmental protection, electricity and heat generation, as well as, financial engineering which is very important in our field of activities.

- Is Bresson a.s. planning also to develop its sale to other than European markets?

- The accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union has opened many new markets for Czech firms. This also means that Czech firms must be competitive if they are to survive on the European, as well as the global market. In order to cope with more challenges in the international engineering market, Bresson a.s. will enter into alliance with some well-known engineering companies. By the joint force, we will not only elevate our quality but also enhance our competitiveness in approaching the large-scale turnkey projects. Especially we are interested in co-operation with Asian companies on projects in Russia and Ukraine.

We have excellent knowledge of these markets. Czech companies built many turnkey projects there but today approaching the large-scale turnkey projects requires international co-operation both on technical and financial sides. In some areas, such as building infrastructure projects, incineration plants, waste water plants new ways of financing such as BOT or BOO are required.

Words received by Ryszard Bobrowski

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