17 March 2020
Introducing the Weidmann extended family: SILENT-CZECH (Czech Republic)
We sat down with Libor Zelénka, Managing Director of SILENT-CZECH Ltd. to discuss their long and successful relationship with Weidmann Electrical Technology.
Can you give us some background on your company?
SILENT-CZECH Ltd. was founded in 1996 with the focus on bringing high quality insulation products to the electrical industry in our local Czech market. Our mission was to deliver a wide range of products, including insulating materials, wires, lead wires and mechanical parts to primarily the producers of electronics, electric motors and transformers. We are located in Valasske Mezirici, a small town in the Zlín Region of Eastern Czech Republic.
After starting our business, we grew steadily and began developing partnerships with high quality global suppliers to allow us to offer our customers the best products available in the market. To support this expansion, in 2003 we invested in a new quality system (ISO 9001 accreditation) to ensure that not only could we support our customers, but we could also provide our partners with the confidence that we are a committed, quality focused company and, ultimately, the right partner for them in our region. Today we employ more than 50 people and have plans for continued growth.
How long have you been working with Weidmann and how did it start?
In 2008 we commenced a project to develop a brand new, purpose built facility that included administrative offices, production areas and warehousing. We were well aware of Weidmann and their strong reputation in both the global and local market. With our new facility and capabilities, Weidmann became our number one target to partner with.
Locally Weidmann were regarded as a high quality supplier with a strong reputation around the world. This was the exact partner we needed. By applying our local knowledge and expertise, we were confident that we could grow the business in our region for Weidmann and at the same time add value to the customers who needed Weidmann products. Our main goal was to offer our customers high quality products and excellent local service at a price point that was acceptable for the local market.
We began our collaboration with Weidmann in 2009 and over the past 10-plus years we have seen that relationship grow and expand. Today we are converting Weidmann product locally, developing customer specific solutions and bringing value to the supply chain for our regional customers, serving customers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
After more than 10 years of cooperation, I can honestly say that it was the right decision to make Weidmann our number one target. We are a proud member of the Weidmann family and our satisfied customers are a testament to our successful relationship.
What does the future hold for SILENT-CZECH and Weidmann in your region?
Challenging and positive! We have a detailed business plan in place for significant growth in the coming years. We would like to bring new products to market, offer complete customer solutions and increase the ease of doing business with SILENT-CZECH for our customers and partners! We are heavily involved in the development of ‘future proof’ transformers, specifically those that meet the new environmental regulations and recognize that the protection of the environment is critical.
Our growth plan includes a new facility to ensure we have the space and latest equipment to serve our customers to the best of our abilities. We recently acquired new land (30,000M2+) that will enable us to fulfill this requirement at the right time.
When we founded the company more than 20 years ago, we had a dream of where we would be and who we would partner with. Today we are realizing our dreams (and perhaps a little bit more!). But we can never rest on our achievements and with the skill and determination of our team, we hope to realize our new dreams in the future!
For further information about SILENT-CZECH, please visit: www.silent-czech.cz