ISTVS conferences have a long tradition of including high-quality tours of professional interest, along with enlightening local tours for accompanying persons.
TATRA TRUCKS a.s.
The 2019 15th European-African’s Regional Conference of the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems (ISTVS) will conduct a technical tour at the TATRA TRUCK a.s located at the Koprivnice, the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic.
Third oldest in the world TATRA has been manufacturing cars since 1897 and is the oldest automotive factory in Central Europe. The unique chassis concept has been continuously improved since 1923 – and to this day successfully imitated by no one.
In 1923 a chassis consisting of a central load-carrying tube, at the end of which a directly aircooled engine and transmission were installed with independently mounted swinging halfaxles, was introduced as a new product.
After 1945 all TATRA production was finally based in the Czech lands. The TATRA national enterprise (state-owned) was established and its designers perfectly elaborated the warperiod design of the first TATRA heavy truck with a directly air-cooled diesel engine of TATRA’s own original design.
The Koprivnice automotive maker, known under the TATRA brand, ranks among the oldest car and truck factories in the world and, with our more than 116-year continuous activity we have significantly influenced the automotive industry in the Czech Republic, as well as abroad. Since March 2013, the company TATRA TRUCKS owned by Czech shareholders and underwent restructuring. It is now under the leadership of CEO Radek Strouhal to continue to streamline production and sales growth .
TATRA Test Polygon
This unique complex offers perfect conditions for function testing vehicles of all types, presenting them to customers or performing comparative tests (ISO 9001 standards). The centre offers external customers a whole range of services focusing on the verification of lifetime and reliability of products or their individual parts.
The most extensive test centre in Central Europe.
Intended for TATRA TRUCKS a.s. and commercial partners.
The Test Centre includes the TATRA polygon, specialized workplaces and laboratories.
The polygon consists of a set of special sections and roads.
TATRA Technical Museum
TATRA Technical Museum is the most comprehensive collection devoted to the Kopřivnická vozovka company, later made famous as the phenomenal TATRA vehicle factory.
More than sixty passenger cars and trucks from all the production stages are supplemented with chassis, engines, models, design proposals, trophies from sports events, contemporary photographs and various other rare items. Multi-lingual videos showing films of automobile gems provide a great deal of interesting and comprehensive information.
For registered conference attendees, the cost to attend the technical tour is included in your registration fee. Meals are included on this trip. You must separately submit the Technical Tour Registration form which includes all the required personal information to conduct the necessary background check to receive authorization to attend:
Accompanying Persons Tour
The conference has organized a guided sightseeing tour of the ŠKODA AUTO and The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics on Thursday, September 12. € 30 each guest, transportation included. Meals are included on this trip. Your guest/s should not register for conference lunch on Thursday if s/he attends the sightseeing tour. Advanced registration is necessary, please sign up on the Conference Registration Page.
ŠKODA FACTORY TOUR
In 1895, Václav Klement and Václav Laurin founded their business here in Mladá Boleslav. This makes ŠKODA one of the oldest and most traditionrich automobile brands in the world.
Mladá Boleslav is a hive of technical development. A place where models are crafted and put into full-scale production. The city hosting the company’s production facilities is also home to its headquarters. ŠKODA currently manufactures the FABIA, RAPID and OCTAVIA models here.
The Museum is the brand's new showcase, a project designed to invite visitors to an exciting interactive multimedia journey though ŠKODA AUTO history, using a 1,800 sqm exhibition area in historical production halls to feature vehicles, films, photographs, documents etc.
The ŠKODA Museum collection contains about 340 items, primarily series-production passenger vehicles, rally cars, prototypes, tens of engines, four motorcycles and one bicycle - the bicycle, a Slavia of 1899, is the oldest exhibit. The first car produced by the company, the Voiturette, and the Ferat, a car that appeared in the Ferat Vampire movie, are part of the collection, too, and so is a fleet of 24 vehicles regularly appearing at car exhibitions (e.g. Techno-Classica Essen) and vintage car rallies (e.g. Sachsen Classic, Kitzbüheler Alpen Rally, Silvretta Classic, Oldtimer Bohemia Rally, etc.).
The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics in Prague
The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC CTU) is an university institute of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). CIIRC CTU was founded on July 1, 2013 by the former rector of CTU prof. Václav Havlíček.