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ČKD Praha The former regime`s boast

ČKD Praha

Kolbenova 609/40, Praha, Czech Republic

  • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1900


  • SPACE TYPE: Factory

  • PRESERVATION STATUS: Under-used

Tags: Czech Republic, factory, industrial, Totally Lost 2015

These buildings belonged to ČKD (Českomoravská Kolben-Daněk), once the largest complex of factories in the country producing machinery.

It was founded in 1871 from the merge of two smaller companies. During the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in World War II, the company was renamed BMM (Böhmisch-Mährische Maschinenfabrik AG) and manufactured arms for the Wehrmacht. It was largely destroyed by air raids in 1945. After the war, when the Communists came to power, it became state-owned. During the totalitarian regime it had over 50,000 employees and was one of the world’s leading producers. After the fall of the totalitarian regime the factory lost its biggest market: the countries of Comecon, and gradually went bankrupt.

Today, some of the buildings have been reconstructed and are used for different purposes, but most of them stay empty and are used occasionally by film makers.

 

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EXPLORATION DATE: 01/2016
CONTRIBUTOR: Andrea Kainarová