Formula E arrives to Brno

Prague, Czech Republic,October 24, 2018 - In addition to revolutionary industrial and robotic solutions, including the single-arm YuMi robot, visitors to the ABB stand at the International Engineering Fair (IEF) in Brno will have a chance to see a new model of Formula E car. At the IEF, ABB will also organize attractive debates on the future of industry and the impact of state-of-the-art technologies.

ABB is bringing several improvements and a new design into Formula E’ fifth season. Doubled battery capacity and doubled range enable the Gen2 teams to drive a single car during the whole race. Formula E is a perfect opportunity for ABB to showcase the extensive development of its technological innovations.

Continuously confirming its position of a technological pioneer and global leader in e-mobility, ABB allows pushing the limits of what is possible in the given field. Testing and development carried out by ABB in Formula E prove that it can only take four years to achieve groundbreaking changes in component manufacturing and design. These advancements are now reflected in the development of road e-cars.

Tanja Vainio, Country Manager for Czech Republic and Slovakia, ABB, commented on the key partnership with Formula E. “The partnership with Formula E enables our company to present and further develop innovations and technologies. Formula E also serves us as a platform for the testing and development of road car technologies that help improve the design and functioning of components for e-cars and speed up the transition to e-mobility at the global level.”

That is why the new Formula E car will be exhibited at the IEF in Brno. Anyone interested can have a look at the car in the foyer of hall P.

Discussion about the key issue of industry: its future and gender balance
Why the Czech education system cannot provide enough top-class employees for the engineering sector? How to achieve competitiveness on the global market? Why there is so few women in technical professions? ABB is going to outline the forecast of the future development of Czech industry in two discussion panels, focusing on key topics and attended by leading experts.

Panel 1 – Monday, October 1
st, 2018, starting from 4:15 pm
The first discussion on automation and robotization will deal with the wider context of the Czech industry. In the debate, leading experts of the Czech industry and engineering will pose questions relating to the shortage of qualified labour on the Czech market, the added value of the Czech industry and the interconnection of the Czech education system and the needs of industry.

“In a situation of growing market demands and increasingly rapid innovation process, the issue of competitiveness in absolutely key to all players in Czech engineering. It is therefore necessary for Czech companies not to sleep on the laurels of the current economic boom; this would lead to stagnation. Global competition never sleeps,” explains Vladimír Dlouhý, President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce and a participant of the Monday debate.

Panel participants:
Tanja Vainio, Country Manager, ABB Czech Republic and Slovakia
Vladimír Dlouhý, President, Czech Chamber of Commerce
Karel Havlíček, Chairman of the Board AMSP Czech Republic
Václav Novák, Chairman of the Board M.L. Moran, a.s.
Jan Rafaj, Vice President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic

Panel 2 – Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, starting from 9:00 am
The second panel, “How to bring attract to technology” will deal with the reasons for a significant shortage of women in technical subjects and professions. The participant of the debate will enquire into the reasons that technical subjects do not sufficiently attract girls, how industry and academic representatives may help improve this disproportion, or how to disrupt the stereotypes prevailing in the Czech society.

“We are strongly convinced that the gender issue is very important in the Czech Republic, too. For the Czech society and economy, which is significantly based on industry and innovations, the interest of girls and women in science and technology is a matter of survival. It is necessary to talk about this unsatisfactory proportion of men and women at technology schools and managerial positions, and to look for solutions,” Tanja Vainio added.

Panel participants:
Tanja Vainio, Country Manager, ABB Czech Republic and Slovakia
Petra Kotuliaková, Founder of „Aj Ty v IT“
Iva Burešová, Associate Professor at the Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín
Petr Štěpánek, Rector, Technical University in Brno

Both discussions will be held at ABB stand. Experts, general public and journalists are welcome.

You will find the ABB exposition in hall P, stand 095. We are looking forward to seeing you!

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 130-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.