The Zlín Region was established on 1 January 2000 based on Constitutional Act No. 347 dated 3 December 1997 “The Foundation of Higher Self-Governing Units”. It was formed by merging the Zlín District, the Kroměříž District and the Uherské Hradiště District, which were parts of the South Moravian Region, and the Vsetín District, which belonged to the North Moravian Region. Together with the Olomouc Region it forms the cohesive area of Central Moravia.
The Zlín Region is located in the east of the Czech Republic, bordering with Slovakia in the east. It borders with the South Moravian Region in the southwest, with the Olomouc Region in the northwest, with the Moravian-Silesian Region in the north. It is the fourth smallest region in the Czech Republic with an area of 3,964 km2
. It has 304 municipalities in total (30 of which are towns) and at the end of 2007 it had 590,780 inhabitants. The population density of 149 inhabitants per km2
significantly exceeds the national average. The highest population density is in the Zlín District (187 inhabitants per km2
) and the lowest is in the Vsetín District (128 inhabitants per km2
The economy in the Region was and still is based primarily on the production of raw materials and semi-finished products. Exports from the Region have been negatively affected by its position within the Czech Republic. In terms of the generation of gross domestic product the Zlín Region ranks ninth among the regions of the Czech Republic. In 2007 the average value of GDP per capita in the Region reached CZK 283 366 (in current prices).
The industrial potential of the Region lies in manufacturing enterprises that represent 17.6% of the total registered entities. These enterprises are primarily involved in the metalworking, wood processing, electrical and textile industries.
As at 31 December 2007, the Czech Statistical Office registered in the Zlín Region 131 995 legal and physical entities of which 15 631 entities had employees. 1,602 enterprises in the Region have 25 and more employees.
Major industrial companies in the Zlín Region (more than 1000 employees):
Research & Development:
- Barum Continental, Ltd. – rubber industry
- TON, Inc. – furniture industry
- Česká Zbrojovka, Inc. – mechanical engineering
- ON Semiconductor Czech Republic, Ltd., assignee - electrical engineering
- Tajmac-ZPS, Inc. – mechanical engineering
Expenditure on R&D (2007): 1,72 billion CZK
Annual growth of expenditure on R&D (2006/2007): 4,5%
Number of R&D Personnel - FTE (2007): 1 625
Number of entities performing R&D (2007): 131
R & D Institutions Directory:
- Economic Development Agency of Vsetín Region (NGO)
- Agrotest fyto, Ltd. (www.vukrom.cz)
- BD SENSORS Ltd. (www.bdsensors.cz)
- Centre of Building Construction Engineering, Inc., Zlín branch (www.csias.cz)
- Czech RE Agency (www.czrea.org)
- Institute for Testing and Certification, Inc. (www.itczlin.cz)
- SVCS, Ltd. (www.svcs.cz)
- Technology Innovation Centre Ltd.(www.ticzlin.cz/en)
- Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Applied Information Technology (web.fai.utb.cz)
- Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Management and Economics (web.fame.utb.cz)
- Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Humanities (web.fhs.utb.cz)
- Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Multimedia Communications (web.fmk.utb.cz)
- Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Technology (web.ft.utb.cz)
- VOP-026 Šternberk, s.p., division of VTÚVM Slavičín (www.vop.cz)
- Agricultural Research Institute Kroměříž, Ltd. (www.vukrom.cz)
- Rubber Technology and Testing Institute, Plc (www.igtt.cz)
The Tomas Bata University in Zlín was established in 2000 and has followed up with study and R&D activities of Technological Faculty of Technical University in Brno, which has been located in Zlín for several decades. The Tomas Bata University in Zlín, has witnessed a very dynamic development since its establishment, having been established together with the Zlín Region and the Technological Innovation Centre, Ltd. The particular aim of this company is to create conditions for the development of innovative entrepreneurship in the Zlín Region and for the application of R&D results in business. Concrete activities of Technological Innovation Centre have contributed for example to the establishment of clusters in the fields of plastics, footwear and wood and furniture industries in the Zlín Region.
The strategic geographical location of the Zlín Region, the construction of important road projects in the region (highway D1 and expressways R55 and R49), the favourable wage conditions together with a qualified and flexible workforce are some of basic parameters contributing to the competitive advantage of the region when deciding about cooperation.