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We look forward to working with you in the New Year and assure you we will deal with all opportunities in the same professional manner to ensure your requirements are met.  

We hope our partnership continues for many years to come and  wish you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. 

Christmas postcard Lanskroun

Yours faithfully,

 

EGGO Space Ltd.

 

The International Astronautical Congress 

The International Astronautical Congress is organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) with global companies, universities and associated institutions. Last years congress was held in the Czech Republic for the first time since 1977. For 2011 it was held, in Africa for the first time in Cape Town, from the 3rd to the 7th October.

This years congress was attended by Mr. Pavel Dobes, Minister of Transport, and representatives from the Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of Education. Czech participation was concentrated in the Czech Trade agency stand. 

EGGO Space s.r.o.Czech Trade, in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Czech Space Alliance, issued for the International Astronautical Congress, a detailed catalogue of Czech Industries winning ESA tenders during 2011. The catalogue gave participants and visitors detailed information on projects selected during first and second stages in the Czech Industry incentive schemes  AO6052 (2008) and AO6647 (2011). Included is the EGGO Space Ltd project "Development of Test Facility dedicated to Passive Components" with additional company information, photographs and contacts. 

The two project stages focused on proposals in line with interests stated in the Czech National Space Plan. This plan is based on the analysis of industrial & academia experience from which it makes reccomendations for future direction and sets itself mid-term objectives and measurable goals for 2016. The Czech Space Alliance welcomes this result, not least because it takes on board many of the industries suggestions and comments.

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EGGO Space project recommended for implementation by ESA

Czech Space Alliance (CSA) can mark a further success in the area of R&D. In a recent tender of European Space Agendy (ESA) aimed at R&D its members have won eight contracts amounting to 2.98M €, a major part of the industrial budget. 

Companies ANF Data, CSRC, EGGO Space, Frentech, Iguassu Software Systems, Synpo and Explosia shall implement projects ranging from technologies of more effective processing of data from remote research of Earth, via testing of passive components and rocket fuel tank technology to development of mechanical components of satelites.

EGGO Space s.r.o. was successful in the project "Development of Test Facility Dedicated to Passives Components".

“In the field of aviation and space industry, our country belongs among the pioneers of innovative solutions and CzechInvest strives for linking of Czech research capacities with the development projects presented by aviation manufacturers. One of the tools for it is a project of Czech Technological days directed at research, development, engineering and innovation among Czech Republic and advanced countries abroad,“ says Miroslav Křížek, General Manager of CzechInvest agency.

“Czech space industry is at a high technological level, and we of Czech Space Alliance keep proving it. What we still miss here is a broad international network of partners, so common with other member states, with whom we should form a consortium. International events as seminars at Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic or Czech Technological Days of CzechInvest abroad are key factors for any further successes with ESA,“ says Petr Bareš, President of Czech Space Alliance. 

Space activities and relations to ESA are currently co-ordinated by the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic that is covering, together with CzechInvest agency, the international meetings with future partners. In order to cultivate the development of local space industry, CzechInvest organized within the project of Czech Technological Days two large contact meetings in Japan and Brazil dedicated to space projects and space technologies. In both countries, Czech Republic concluded agreements on co-operation in space projects.

Czech Republic is a member state of European Space Agency since 2008. It contributes to the  agency‘s budget by approximately 7 million €. A major part of this contribution comes back to the Czech Republic in a way of industrial contracts that should, however, be won by the companies in internationsl tenders.

In the coming year Czech Republic shall face a key negotitation on amounts of contribution to ESA in the following 4 years. According to the international studies, the investments into ESA are marked with one of the highest multiplications of return, not to mention an impact on the acknowledgement of the technological maturity of the state.

 

Published by: CzechInvest

http://www.parlamentnimagazin.cz/vyzkum-a-vyvoj-ceskych-firem-se-prosazuje-i-ve-vesmirnych-projektech/

 

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EGGO Space becomes a Czech Space Alliance member

The Czech Space Alliance (CSA) is an industrial association of, and for, the Czech space industry, established in 2006 under the auspices of CzechTrade, the export promotion agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The alliance comprises 18 companies. EGGO Space became a member at the start of 2011.

CSA’s main goals are:

Internally – represent and promote the interests of the space industry to the national decision makers, the media and other relevant associations or entities; co-operate with the ministries and all other official entities supporting space activities in the formulation of space policy and creation of suitable conditions for the growth of the space industry.

Externally – present the skills of its members at international events and establish dialogue with similar associations and space agencies, be they in Europe or beyond; help its members to develop business relationship with potential partners in other European Space Agency member.

Status of the Czech Republic in ESA

When the Czech Republic (CR) acceded to the ESA convention in Nov. 2008, ESA and the CR established the joint ESA-Czech Task Force (concept proven with previous new members. The Task Force is the advisory body for the Czech Incentive Scheme and will be in place until 2014. The Czech Industry Incentive Scheme, an ESA programme following ESA's rules and procedures, allocates for this work 45% of the Czech mandatory contribution to ESA over the said 6 years.

The government of the Czech Republic, decided in April 2011 to commision the Ministry of Transport (MT) with the coordination and management of space activities. MT is now directly responsible for ESA, EU matters concerning space, as well as satellite navigation and space applications.

MT established a coordination body under its leadership to involve other respective ministries and coordinate and manage space activities in the Czech Republic. Prior to becoming the coordinator, MT was already responsible for elaborating the National Space Plan. This strategic document was approved by the Government in May 2010. MT also pushed the necessity to change former Czech approach to space activities from purely scientific to economic objectives with enormous strategic, social and security potential, focusing on supporting competitiveness of the industry and academia and maximising the return on the public investment.  

Status of CSA in the Czech Republic

CSA has developed excellent cooperation with the MT and provide the coordination body led by it, with practical know-how and experience with space projects. It also formulates for them the industry’s needs, preferences or possible impediments in their endeavour to become more involved in and more competitive in ESA. As such, it is regarded as an important practical source of information and expertise to the activities which the official entities carry out or plan to do. The best proof of the excellent cooperation with the state establishment was the CSA’s substantial contribution to the industry section of the National Space Plan  www.spacedepartment.cz/en/section-2/national-space-plan/

Commercial and R&D results of CSA members

Following industry projects during the previous PECS (Plan for European Cooperating States) period, the full ESA membership was inaugurated by an open competitive tender restricted to the CR (AO6052). The alliance members won 1.84M €, or 80% of the funds awarded to industry.

In the recently announced results of the latest open tender (AO6647), the alliance confirmed the continued leadership by winning 2.98M € worth of projects, which again constituted 77% of the Czech industrial budget. Moreover, only CSA members have had success in standard international tenders, where they scored 100% of the wins going to the Czech Republic.

CSA builds on the very strong aerospace background of Czechoslovakia, including building and operating a number of national satellites, and on the experience of its founding members, that had been commercially active in ESA and other space projects since the early 1990’s. By parallel co-operation with the national decision makers, building networks with international partners and developing space business activities in ESA and elsewhere, CSA is contributing decisively to the Czech Republic becoming a strong and valued partner of ESA and of ESA member state industries.

 

More information on CSA can be found at http://czechspace.eu

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EGGO Space - New web pages

Dear Visitors,

Welcome to the new web pages for our company www.eggo.cz. We would like to present ourselves as potential business partners for component, part and material testing, solvent recycling and screen-printing for technological applications.

Please enter our pages to become more familiar with our capability and experience. 

Should you have any questions or proposals, please do not hesitate to contact us and we shall be glad to answer them and discuss your requirements.

We look forward to future cooperation.

 

EGGO Space s.r.o

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Heritage of TESLA Lanškroun, we are active in passive components

A meeting took place on February 1st 2011 between Czech and Moravian manfacturers of passive components and sensors with representatives of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Lanskroun Castle. At the meeting 11 companies and 2 Czech technical universities - VUT Brno and ZČU Plzeň made presentations.

The Lanskroun region consists of 22 districts a town with populations of 22,000 and 10,000 respectively.

The Lanskroun electronic industry started in 1944 when Siemens transferred production of electrolytic capacitors from Berlin due to a shortage of power caused by allied bombing raids. In 1946 TESLA Lanškroun followed and enriched capacitor production with resistors, potentionometers and ferrite cores. In 1963 the first Tantalum capacitor was manufactured followed by the first SMD version in 1990.

The current electronic industry consists of 8 companies of which 4 manufacture electronic components, 2 production of sensors and 2 assembly of printed circuit boards. In addition there is a company making jigs for electronic production and a test house which originated from the Czechoslovak TESLA Group which undertook operational tests on Oscilloscopes from TESLA Brno.

A brief summary of the skill and expertise available in Lanskroun is as follows: -

AVX Czech Republic s. r. o., is a daughter company of the AVX Corporation and a leading global supplier of electronic components, they are also a member of the Japanese Kyocera Group who own 70% of the AVX Corporation.

The AVX plant in Lanškroun employs 2,200 and manufactures Tantalum and NbO capacitors for hi-end applications in consumer electronics and is also a current supplier for ESA. Their Tantalum Division which includes, plants in Biddeford, U.S. (military application products) and El Salvador (consumer electronic products), is the number one supplier of Tantalum capacitors with a 27% world market share.

Tantalum capacitors are used in supply circuits in the majority of cell phones where they have been one of the most important factors in miniaturization. The height of SMD capacitors, currently less than 1mm, has decreased tenfold in the last 15 years significantly reducing the volume required.

Other significant applications are implantable pacemakers and defibrillators of which more than half a million are implanted annually. They are also found in remote controlled power meters (Smart Meters), GPS navigation, PCMIA cards and other applications where energy needs to be stored for the transmitter.

BVT Technologies a. s., of Brno is a manufacturer of sensors and accessories including connectors, electrodes and catheters. Amongst their new products are an analyzer of algae growth, miniature chemical sensor with microreactor, electrochemical cell, linear pump and miniature rotary disc electrode. The company can prepare surfaces with a defined purity and structure not only for measuring sensors but also for creation of nanostructures.

Innovative solutions for aerospace applications and for technologies sensitive to the environment (Green Technologies) are offered by EGGO Space s. r. o., a company that was founded in Lanškroun in 2002 and employs 10 in its three divisions of Testhouse, Screen-Print and Recycling.

The Test and calibration department is certified by EZÚ in Prague and is in compliance with ČSN EN ISO/IEC 17025. In addition, they perform testing for CNES/ESA according to ESCC/CECC standards and are an authorized ESA sub-contractor. The Test department co-operates closely with AVX Tantalum Division and also designs and manufactures electronic components for special purposes as well as measuring parts of test equipment.

The Screen Print division offers services of precision printing and technological labeling for a wide range of industrial applications. These services encompass production of printing screens, conductive patterns and insulating materials as well as for commercial purposes.

The Recycling division reclaims solvents and organic compounds by environmentally friendly methods and additionally treats waste water.

Elektronické součástky CZ a. s. are a company originating in 1992 from the Ostrava plant of TESLA Lanškroun who had over 60 years of experience manufacturing passive electronic and electromechanical components. Their product portfolio is broad but mainly concentrates on special technologies for film capacitors and custom designed components such as pulse loading capacitors for high frequencies and voltages which accounts for 1/3 of production. They also manufacture interference suppression components and trimming potentiometers including those according to customer's specifications. The introduction of water cooled high frequency capacitors KPI300-148 for high frequency induction heating running in generators with power 100 to 200kVA at working frequencies up to 500kHz has also been a great success.

The company has developed and built their own test department for verifying extraordinary parameters of capacitors, very high insulation resistance, negligible inductance/internal equivalent series resistance as well as mechanical and climatic properties.

The company currently export around 60% of production to the markets of Germany the US and other EU states.

EPCOS, s. r. o. is a company owned by TDK-EPC and located in Šumperk with 800 employees manufacturing PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) thermistors, magnetic cores for applications in telecommunications, automotive, solar power systems, computer technology and industrial applications.

Harlingen, s. r. o. took over part of TESLA Lanškroun a. s. production at the beginning of 2004. They manufacture thermal sensors and probes as well as thin-film resistors, thin-film hybrid integrated circuits whose origin dates back to 1968. Their product line also includes interference suppression capacitors and filters as well as coils, chokes and transformers.

HaS Lanškroun s. r. o. is just 9 Kilometres from Lanskroun and is owned by the family of Mr Karel Hrodek who is General, Purchasing and Sales Manager of the company.

Their product line includes SMD and power wire-wound resistors, small series precision metal parts (contacts etc.), workshop jigs (eg. for forming of wire leads), machines and instruments for production and measurement of electronic components. They also offer lead forming, component taping (SMD and leaded) to plastic or paper tapes), and vacuum sputtering of metals to plastic or ceramic surfaces.

The majority of production is exported or supplied to international companies operating in the Czech Republic.

LAAR, a. s. (Lešikar Sensors) is another family owned company from Tábor with 10 employees who offer sophisticated and advanced solutions in the fields of sensing and control. Included in their capability are revolution, pressure and temperature sensors, control electronics and intelligent programmable platforms. Lešikar sensors can also utilize licensed technology or apply a suitable design platform.

In 2006, the company established a subsidiary in Sweden to satify their customer base who include IVECO, BAE Systems, Honeywell and Bosch as well as Czech industrial companies dedicated to the manufacture of lorries and buses - Tatra, Avia, Praga and SOR.

The company is ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 (SGS Swiss) certified and has got NATO security clearance - confidential level (2007).

Again in Lanškroun, LUX-IDent, s. r. o. employs 82 and manufactures RFID transponders for h.f. range of 13.56MHz and l.f. ranges of 125 and 134.2KHz. The transpondérs find applications in the field of access and security control, animal identification and in industry and logistics.

The company was founded in 2002 and at present is a leading RFID branch manufacturer in Central and Eastern Europe. Their success is due to internal design and manufacture of machines as well as flexibility in the production of RFID inlays with wound coil technology. The turnover of LUX-IDent company reached €7 million last year.

In Lanškroun is one of the two European manufacturing plants of the Schott company who offer hermetic packaging of electronic systems technology with experience gained from 1941. The Lanskroun plant which was founded in 1993 employs 500 from a global workforce of 1500. Products include GTMS (Glass to Metal Seals), LTCC & HTCC (Low/High Temperature Cofired Ceramics) technologies. The customer can participate in customized package designs for which small volumes can also be produced. Lanskroun produces airbag ignitors and sensor housings and in Germany where Schott is the second largest European plant,an R & D centre is located for Aerospace housings.

Vishay Electronic, spol. s r. o. are a manufacturing daughter company of Vishay Europe located in Přeštice. They are one of five plants in the Czech Republic, the others are Blatna, Prachatice, Volary and Dolní Rychnov near Sokolov. The company was founded by Dr. Felix Zandman in 1962 and their components are used by practically all major manufactures of electronics in the world.

The plant has 1640 employees and produces thin film and wire-wound resistors, ceramic capacitors, transductors and magnetic elements for applications in industry, computer technology, automotive industry, telecommunications, consumer electronics, military and aviation engineering as well as medical instrumentation.

The Physics departments of faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communications and faculty of civil Engineering of Brno University of Technology presented the Czech Noise Research Laboratory project.

The Physics department has been involved in the study of fluctuation phenomena in semiconductor materials since 1970 and in1994/5 it was involved in EC grant COPERNICUS "Noise as a diagnostic tool for reliability improvement of microelectronic components". In 1996 the Czech Noise Research Laboratory was established within the EC project PECO-ELEN (European Laboratory for Electronic Noise).

In 2003, it organized a NATO Advance Research Workshop "Advanced Experimental Methods for Noise Research in Nanoscale Electronic Devices"

Electronic noise is a powerful tool for quality and reliability evaluation. Low frequency noise is sensitive to material structure and structural defects. Noise quality indicators allow an evaluation of technology quality and reliability.

The Czech Noise Research Laboratory has vast experience in testing passive electronic components including:-

- Thin and thick film resistors (Tesla Jablonné, Tesla Blatná, HaS Lanškroun, Hypot - Slovenia)
- Foil capacitors, Ta (electrolytic) and NbO capacitors, MLCC (Tesla Lanškroun, AVX Lanškroun, AVX Uherské Hradiště)

In addition, the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communications of Brno University of Technology presented the SIX Centre for Information and Communication Systems dedicated for applications of chemical sensors and biosensors for medical and environmental monitoring.

The main fields of the research by the Centre are:-

- Methods of ordered nanostructures formation
- Electrochemical detection methods of viruses
- (Electro)chemical sensors for environmental analysis
- Nanodots with specific affinity to desired molecules
- Quantum dots for imaging in medicine
- Magnetic nanoparticles for techniques of separation

Within the senzoric systems, the SIX Centre concentrates in sensors with nanostructures, sensors of toxic substances, semiconductor gas (nano) sensors and chips for signal converting and processing.

The University of West Bohemia in Plzeň presented the main activities and diagnostic capabilities of their department of Technologies and Measurement specifically for their new project of Regional Innovation Centre of Electrical Engineering.

Their main activities include analyses of physical and chemical phenomena in materials, design and optimization of electronic systems, material diagnostics, electronic and electrical systems and reliability testing of devices and materials in real operational conditions.

Their diagnostic tools are microscopy (confocal, laser, fluorescent and AFM), structural analysis (DMA, DTA) measuring of electrical, climatic and mechanical properties, testing of soldering quality and measuring of ion contamination.

The Regional Innovation Centre of Electrical Engineering is a new project of the ESF program "Research and Development for Innovation" and comprises a new building and equipment worth €30 million. R&D in the field of material and technology diagnostics shall be the major activities of the new centre.

Without doubt the Lanškroun meeting was a very enhancing event and as the main organizer Ing. Tomáš Zedníček Ph.D., Technical Marketing manager of AVX Czech Republic, said at the closing ceremony "It was pleasant to note that everyone of the participants is carrying a piece of Lanškroun in him or her. The products that have passed through their hands are making our lives easier, they entertain us, they make the communication and work easier, they protect our lives, we can find them in pacemakers, airbags, they serve as sensors in cars, they even run over the limits of our Earth's atmosphere. It might be interesting to find out, what percentage of mankind own or, at least, is in daily contact with a product that at least „warmed up" for a while in Lanškroun, a town with a population 10,000. In my estimate, based on world market shares, it might be 30 to 50% of people living in the civilized world." He also highhlighted the importance of the event for the Czech Republic. "The important and clear message is that in this phase, ESA sees the extension of the passive components base as its priority. The task of the French Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) is to prepare, in co-operation with ESA, a review of passive components technologies and their development in the future." and here is the perspective for Lanškroun.

The history of manufacturing the passive electronic components in Czechoslovakia (later in the Czech Republic) and the contribution of several generations of top experts is summarized in an exceptional publication named TESLA Lanškroun 1946-1989, that we have available thanks to Mr Karel Hrodek, who is now General Manager of HaS Lanškroun and was one of the members of the editorial board of this book.

It was issued in 2007 by the Municipal Museum in Lanškroun and the editorial board together with the author Ing. Jiří Kohout, who had worked in TESLA Lanškroun since 1962 and from 1975 was a head of Product Promotion Department, collected 532 pages of memories of more than 120 contemporary employees. We can find here a final section under a symptomatic name "The Heritage of TESLA" and without this heritage, not even this article could come into being.

Written by: Petr Beneš
Source: www.stech.cz

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European Space Agency mapped Czech Industry. In Lanškroun Feb 1st 2011

A seminar was held in Lanškroun, centre of the Czech passive electronic component industry, to familiarize 3 prominent ESA (European Space Agency) representatives with the product lines of 11 Czech businesses of which 6 are within Lanskroun or nearby Dolni Cermna. This seminar will give an opportunity for Czech „Space" components to be utilized in current projects.

ESA, who is now second only to NASA in the field of Space Research, is located in Paris with research and coordination facilities ESTEC (European Space Research & Technology Centre) in Noordwijk, Holland.

ESA representatives were: 
Mr Mikko Nikulainen, Head of Materials and Component Technology Division
Mr Laurent Marchand, Head of Components Section
Mr Denis Lacombe, contact for passive component

AVX Czech Republic s.r.o, who are already qualified for Space technologies and EGGO Space s.r.o. were visited in the morning of February 1st. In the afternoon the visitors met town representatives as well as local and out of town passive electronic component and sensor companies in the hall of the local castle. Additionally representatives from 2 highly specialized departments of Brno University of Technology, the University of West Bohemia and Mr Ondřej Rohlík and Mr Petr Šmíd from the Ministry of Transport (yes, moving through Space is also a form of transport) attended the meeting. The Czech Space Alliance was represented by its President Mr Petr Bareš.

The Mayor of Lanškroun, Mrs Mgr. Stanislava Švarcová, greeted the visitors with an address in English and a member of the Town Council, Mgr. Martin Roller, familiarized guests with the town, its history and its present conditions in the same language. Company and University presentations followed in 5 minute sessions with priceless knowledge gained during 2 hours of spontaneous discussion in the anteroom of the castle hall.

The entire event was also attended by Mr Dr. Petr Beneš, Editor in Chief of the Sdělovací technika (Communication Technology) monthly magazine, and Mr Ing. Jan Prokš, PhD., Deputy Director of the Českomoravská elektrotechnická asociace (Czech and Moravian Electrical and Electronic Association - ČSA).

There are only 32 European qualified component vendors for space technolgies, including AVX Czech Republic s.r.o. of Lanškroun, and these can consider themselves part of the prestigous and exclusive Space supply „club". There are also opportunities for others as it is not right if only 30% of electronic components and sensors are sourced from European suppliers for the European Space programme with the balance being supplied globally and predominantly from the US.

As a result companies will look eagerly for ways to utilize their products in Space applications which will give added status as well as the bonus of collectively working under the patronage of the CSA, only time will tell how important this meeting was.

Written by: Jiří Kohout
Photographs by: Václav Šítek
Source: www.lanskrounsko.cz

Participants in the Meeting:
AVX Czech Republic s.r.o.   
BVT Technologies, a.s.
EGGO SPACE s.r.o.
Elektronické součástky CZ, a.s.
EPCOS s.r.o.
Harlingen s.r.o.
HaS Lanškroun s.r.o.
LAAR, a.s.
LUX-IDent s.r.o.
SCHOTT Electronic Packaging Lanškroun s.r.o.
VISHAY ELECTRONIC spol. s.r.o.
Brno University of Technology (Czech Noise Research Lab)
Brno University of Technology (Sensor, Information and Communication Systems, SIX Centre)
University of West Bohemia in Plzeň


What is ESA
The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space, currently with 18 member states. The Czech Republic became a full member in November 2005. Headquartered in Paris, with individual centers in the rest of Europe, ESA has a staff of more than 2,000 (including subcontractors and employees of individual state space agencies) with a current annual budget of about €3 billion

 

Its major spaceport is the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, South American French Guayana , whose proximity to the equator allows easy reach of commercially important space orbits. Thanks to the reliable and powerful launch vehicle Ariane 4 ESA assumed an important position in the market of space operators currently strengthened by a new powerful launch vehicle Ariane 5. At the same time ESA has become the second most important player in the field of a space research after NASA. (With use of Wikipedia information).

Interesting links:
ESA Meeting in Lanškroun:
http://www.spacedepartment.cz/cs/wiki/Lanskroun_meeting
Czech Space Alliance web page:
http://www.czechspace.eu/
Czech Space Office web page:
www.czechspace.cz
Czech and Moravian Electrical and Electronic Association web page:
www.electroindustry.cz

 

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