November 2018

Development Newsletter!!! November 2018

Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre is expanding

The MSIC was established on the foundations of the Science and Technology Park Ostrava, founded by the city in 1997. With equal participation of the City of Ostrava, the Moravian-Silesian Region and local universities, the company transformed in 2017, resulting in new management and bringing new dynamics, which has produced the first tangible results.

More and more growth companies are coming to Ostrava and the region, and the share of investment in innovation, research and development is increasing. At the same time, the MSIC has intensified cooperation between business and academia. Examples include strong companies with high-level innovation activities such as Hella or BROSE.

The expansion of MSIC's activities brings with it the need to build a new, fifth building in the existing complex and, in the longer term, the possible expansion to another part of the city. Ostrava vitally needs the support of not only start-up local entrepreneurs but also established companies with ambition to grow and expand to international markets. This is also fully in line with the objectives of fajnOVA, the City's strategic plan.


National Research Infrastructure Day

On 6 November, IT4Innovations, the National Supercomputing Centre in Ostrava, will host the conference "National Research Infrastructure Day".  The event aims to demonstrate the efficiency and importance of Czech research infrastructures, to highlight the new possibilities and capacities of the research community and, above all, to show the position of national infrastructures within the European Union and global challenges.


Collaborative Robotics Centre opened

A new Collaborative Robotics Centre has been opened at the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre (MSIC) in Ostrava, in cooperation with the Moravian-Silesian Automotive Cluster. The new centre will act as a magnet for know-how in this rapidly emerging field; it will enable all companies from the Region to test and pilot their collaborative robotics technologies prior to full implementation.



New class A office space

A new administrative centre will be built in the vicinity of Outlet Arena Moravia, the recently completed shopping centre in Ostrava-Přívoz. With a total lettable area of 17,000 m2, the centre is designed as class A office space and is going to apply for energy-efficient building certification.

The investment project of Asental Group, a real estate group, is named Přívoz II; the developer is currently applying for land-use permit.


Ostrava has a new shopping mall

Ostrava's retail areas have expanded by another 10,700 m2. The Czech development company REFLECTA Development has opened the Géčko Shopping Centre in Ostrava-Plesná. It is a family-oriented shopping mall with 33 shops. As in České Budějovice and Liberec, it is connected by a shopping arcade with the Globus hypermarket.


Six top architectural studios to participate in the competition for the concert hall

Initially, three previously announced and directly invited architectural studios with experience in designing concert halls, i.e. Steven Holl Architects + Architecture Acts; Konior Studio and Henning Larsen Architects; now, the City Council has selected other participants, namely Architecture Studio from Paris, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos from Berlin, and Van Dongen – Koschuch Architects and Planners from Amsterdam.



Chinese company to modernize the Ostrava chemical plant

The Memorandum of Cooperation between the Moravian-Silesian Region, the City of Ostrava and the Shandong Province of China is becoming more specific. Wanhua Industrial Group, the Chinese owner of BorsodChem MCHZ, has confirmed a CZK 800 million investment in modernizing its Ostrava company.



Industrial zone "Nad Porubkou" is expanding

A part of the industrial zone "Nad Porubkou" which has long been unused is finally awaking. The Industrial Park welcomed its first tenants and investors. It also has a new name – NP AREA (formerly Soltex). Following the branch of the logistics company TNT Express Worldwide, High Lite Touring has built its office and storage facility.



Top equipment for Ostrava City Hospital

17 new projects are planned for the Ostrava City Hospital – documentation processing, investment realization, repairs and purchase of equipment with a total value of almost CZK 61.5 million.



The International Festival of Slavic Music will also come to Ostrava

In the first half of November, first-class performers, both domestic and foreign, will present beautiful Slavic culture through music. The 2nd International Festival of Slavic Music will be held on 5–15 November in several places of the Moravian-Silesian Region.

Concerts of solo artists and groups will take place in church premises, the Mining Museum and many institutions. The Ostrava part of the program includes, for example, the "Evening of the Orthodox Chants" of the emeritus choir from St. Petersburg, the musical reminiscence of the Terezín composers "Bumblebee and the Letters from Terezín", "Singing Legends" and others.

A list of all concerts can be found in the festival program.


Ostrava's universities have opened their Welcome Centres

The University of Ostrava and VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava have extended their services. They have opened contact centres not only for their students and graduates, but also for potential students and the general public. These centres are imaginary gates to the world of academia that help to connect university life more closely with the city life.




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