LAC Through the Years

1990

Ledl And Crhák—two friends and foundrymen—start out in a 10x10 m garage in Rajhrad. Crhák: “We tried to produce our first furnace for firing ceramic mugs, which very quickly experienced a boom. The furnace. It burst out. In about two hours.”

Our first try didn’t work out. But our second furnace held up better. Three weeks this time. Crhák: “We had a few more missteps, but in the end we managed to keep our first real furnace alive for several years. Today we give our furnaces a four-year guarantee.”

1992

Ledl and Crhák found LAC, s.r.o. Their furnaces aren’t exploding as often now. They handle business negotiations at the post office. In this newly capitalist environment, that’s the only place around with a telephone. And there are hour-long lines for it.

1992–1995

Our office and production spaces in Rajhrad are gradually growing. Ledl and Crhák are thinking up new fields we can enter.

1995

We launch production of furnaces and dryers in our Vojkovice production hall. And our production of refractory castable shapes also slowly begins. Why refractory concrete, exactly? Because L and C learned that the market was lacking a product they’d be willing to use in their own furnaces.

1996

Our refractory concrete products soon celebrate great success. It turns out that almost everyone has lacked a refractory concrete they’d be willing to use in their own furnaces! The LAC refractory castable shapes thus fill a hole in the market, and the Vojkovice hall starts to be too small. Because of this, production of our refractory castable shapes moves to a hall in Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou.

2002

Our industrial furnaces and dryers are doing equally well, and thus production of these is moved as well. From Vojkovice to Hrušovany u Brna. The similar names for the towns with our production plants are truly just a coincidence. It wasn’t our plan.

2003

This is one milestone that is not so pleasant to remember. A destructive inferno struck the manufacturing hall in Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou. It devastated the production facilities, the main manufacturing hall, and even the moulds for our shaped blocks. This could have been the end for our refractory concrete production. But thanks to our determination to rise up from the literal ashes, our employees’ hard work, and our customers’ understanding, we stood back up on our feet. We managed to save ourselves by accelerating back to our old production tempo in record time.

2005

Refractory concrete products move to a new production hall. Again in Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou. We purchase the grounds, reconstruct old halls, and build new halls, and in the end we like this space so much that we have stayed there to this day.

2011

This is when we perform our first energy audit at a customer’s facilities. Ever since, we have been testing to ensure that your furnaces do not consume too much energy...

2012

...and saving you money with energy-efficient PTE Mk. II holding furnaces. With this new product, we help our customers reduce costs at a time when everyone is counting every penny. And the development of this furnace helps both us and our customers to survive the financial crisis.

2013

And because L and C have a truly extraordinary love of furnaces, they introduce one for connoisseurs. The workshops of the two Hrušovanys give birth to the Amphora garden ovens, with the best from both plants.

2014

We demolish, build, and reconstruct a new manufacturing hall in Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou. It seems like people just can’t get enough of LAC refractory castable shapes!

We set up cooperation with other companies, where we install our largest furnaces, dryers, and whole assembly lines—primarily for the automotive industry. The manufacturing hall in Hrušovany u Brna is now too small for our facilities.

2015

At the International Engineering Fair in Brno, we speak with Czech Television reporters on the Russia financial crisis and its impact on trade with Russia.

But this is mainly the year when Comenius awards us a rank on their Czech 100 Best. It’s 97th place, and we’re happy.

2016

Now we’re in 87th place! Once again, we’ve ranked among the 100 best Czech firms, but this time they say we did a little bit better. We’re thankful.

We introduce two new laboratory furnaces—the LZ incineration furnace and the LHS furnace for medium-temperature applications up to 1500 °C.

And as this year’s big news, we introduce the updated SV Mk. II dryer, with significantly better air circulation and the option for faster custom adjustments.
 

2018

Production of furnaces and dryers moved from Hrušovany u Brna to new production and office space in modern company area in Židlochovice. The new production hall enables us to improve production effectivity and  produce even better products for our customers.


 

Company Headquarters

LAC, s.r.o.

Topolová 933
667 01 Židlochovice
Czech Republic

tel:

+420 547 230 016

e-mail:

info@lac.cz

 

Company’s registered office (Invoicing Address)

LAC, s.r.o.

Štefánikova 116
664 61 Rajhrad
Czech Republic

ID: 46903470
VAT: CZ46903470
Registration: Regional Court in Brno, Section C, Entry 59

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