Some Slovak companies which have successfully established themselves worldwide

Aerospool – The roots of the Aerospool company date back to

Aerospool – The roots of the Aerospool company date back to


1990-91, when a team of Prievidza Air Club pilots started work on


a WT3 glider prototype. Using the skills gained they decided to


launch a company through which they could fulfil their dream of


building aeroplanes. The company later moved into the


development and production of ultralight planes; its composite


WT9 Dynamic aeroplane is its biggest project so far.


The company is based at Prievidza Airport, which will host the


2010 FAI World Gliding Championship, of which Aerospool is the


general partner.


www.aerospool.sk



Antik computers & communications – This company has been


operating on the market since 1989. It first operated under the


name AFV-Antik. Ten years ago, as Antik computers & com-


munications, it also became also a telecommunications operator.


It has designed its own set-top box connecting PCs with TVs,


which it distributes in a number of countries around the world.


ww.antik.sk



Eset - From its origins as a small company, Eset has evolved into


a global provider of software solutions providing protection and


security for millions of computer users worldwide. The most


well-known Eset product is its antivirus program known by the


abbreviation ‘NOD’.


The first computer viruses attacked disk boot sectors, which are


located at the edge of a disk. An antivirus program could in a


sense be considered a hospital, or ‘nemocnica’ in the Slovak


language. The new antivirus program was thus named


‘Nemocnica na Okraji Disku’ – or ‘NOD’ – which in English


means ‘Hospital at the Edge of the Disk’.


www.eset.sk



Grand Power – Grand Power, which was established in May 2002,


develops, designs and manufactures firearms and does special


engineering work. Its main product is the K 100 self-loading


pistol and modifications to it. The K 100’s unique design, quality


and price have earned it the appreciation of sport shooters,


armed forces and specialist authorities around the world.


www.grandpower.eu



Innovatrics – This company, launched by a student in 2004,


focuses on providing fast, accurate, interoperable and


sensor-independent fingerprint recognition software for


incorporation into final biometric applications. The company


now has clients on every continent except Antarctica, and most


of its clients are in Africa.


www.innovatrics.com



Iron Art – In 2004, 10 years after it was launched, Iron Art started


producing wooden shooks for wine barrels. In 2009 it created a


joint trademark, Boswell–Polonyi, with the world leader in


production of wine barrels, T.W. Boswell. Under this trademark


barrique barrels made from European oak harvested from


the forests of Slovakia are being sold to over 20 countries


worldwide.


www.ironart.sk



OMS – This is a privately owned Slovak company, one of the


largest producers of lighting fixtures in central and eastern


Europe. Founded in 1995, it focuses on development, design and


production of interior as well as exterior lighting for offices,


hotels, restaurants, residential areas, warehouses, hospitals and


banks to exterior lighting used in parking lots, highways, football


stadiums and billboards, as well as for illumination of historical


monuments. In addition to its vast product line, OMS also has an


R&D centre.


www.oms.sk



Spinea – This private engineering company was founded in 1994


and is active in the research, development, production and sale of


high-precision bearing reducers. Spinea’s trademark TwinSpin


bearing reducer is the company’s main product. This original


patented solution represents a new generation of a backlash-free


high-precision reducer with radial-axial bearings implemented


inside a supporting element. These reducers are installed, for


example, in robots serving on the production lines of companies


such as BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler.


www.spinea.sk



Sygic –Sygic develops and sells turn-by-turn voice-guided GPS


navigation for a wide range of mobile devices. It delivers its GPS


software worldwide in more than 20 languages, including


Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Malay, and nearly every European


language, working together with map providers to support maps


for all regions. Sygic is compatible and cooperates with leading


producers of portable navigation devices and mobile phones and


its navigation software can be also found on iPhones.


Sygic was founded in 2004 with a vision to operate as a strong,


technically oriented company in order to bring innovative


products to the navigation market.


www.sygic.com



Source: company websites, Hospodárske Noviny daily, Žurnál weekly


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