Founded 1816

History of the company

The unique know-how of the company DAKO-CZ, a.s. is based on a strong tradition of the past. Company roots date back to 1816, when the foundry and later the engineering plant was founded by Josef Jan Zvěřina in Třemošnice. After 1920, the company business expanded to include supplies for rail transport. The company experienced the greatest boom in the 1950s with the arrival of Mr. Josef Daněk. The production and assembly of brake system devices of the own DAKO design was started. In 1957, DAKO became a trademark, with the compound word DAKO being the combination of DAněk + KOvolis.

Company history

The success of the company is also evidenced by the international approval of the DAKO CV, CV1 and CV1D braking systems in 1956, which is the result of a group of technicians and designers lead by Josef Daněk. Josef Daněk was a leading Czech inventor who contributed significantly to railway safety with his braking systems. More than forty of his patents contributed to the development and future of the company. Josef Daněk is the father of the DAKO brake.

The DAKO plant was built on a green field between 1965 and 1970, and the name of the Třemošnice plant for DAKO was changed in 1967. In 1995, the development and production of brake systems for trams started, and in 2002 a new switchboard CV1nD was presented there.

Renaming the company headquarters

In June 2019 (21 June 2019), the company paid tribute to the inventor Josef Daněk, who, with his development group, developed key elements of the pneumatic braking system in the post-war period, and renamed the street in which it is based, to Josef Daněk 1956. The year 1956 in the name shows the year in which the DAKO CV, CV1 and CV1D pneumatic braking systems were internationally approved.

Josef Daněk (*8 April 1920 – †21 May 2001)

Josef Daněk was a leading Czech inventor who contributed significantly to railway safety with his braking systems. More than forty of his patents contributed to the development and future of the company. Josef Daněk is the father of the DAKO brake.

Historical milestones of DAKO-CZ, a.s.

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1816
Establishing of the foundry by Josef Jan Zvěřina
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1920
Establishing of plant by Josef Bartoš
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1934
Launch of the operation of the pressure metal foundry of light metals
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1952

Commencement of the development task „Czechoslovak brake system for railway vehicles“

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1956

Approval of DAKO brake system by UIC brake board – CV1D distributor, series production commencement

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1963

Building of the new DAKO plant on a green eld site in Třemošnice. The current location of the company

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1992

Establishing of the DAKO, a.s. Třemošnice

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1996

Establishing of the hydraulic department

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2000

The expansion of the DAKO brake system export to Switzerland, Germany, Italy, England and other UICstates (International Rail Union)

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2002

Establishing of the DAKO-CZ, a.s. Třemošnice
The renewal of the international approval of the DAKO brake system – the CV1nD distributor

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2004

First project with Siemens AG – delivery of the brake systems and components for metro cars in Oslo

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2006

First deliveries for the Indian market (cooperation with Escorts)

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2008

DAKO-CZ a.s. entry to the industrial enterprises of entrepreneur Jaroslav Strnad

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2013

First project with Stadler Rail AG – delivery of the brake systems and components for train units Flirt 3, Polish State Railways

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2016

Establishing of the mechatronic department. The rst own electronics from DAKO-CZ workshop. 200 years of DAKO-CZ (1816–2016)

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2018

Electromechanical brake unit including the control unit and the DST-01 backup power module in the green solution for the Moderus Gamma tram in Poznan. Customer: Modertrans The rst control unit pneumatic brake

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2019

Change of registered o ce: DAKO-CZ, a.s., Josefa Daňka 1956, 538 43 Třemošnice

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2020

100 years since the birth of the inventor and father of the brake DAKO Mr. Josef Daněk
Opening of a service centre and completion of the construction of a new production hall
Completed homologation of anti-skid sets according to UIC
Completion of the development of a new anti-skid drain valve N8.2

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2021

205 years of DAKO-CZ (1816–2021)
Obtaining the title Company of the Year of the Pardubice Region and placement in the TOP 5 companies in the Czech Republic
DAKO-CZ MACHINERY, a.s. – new subsidiary
The holding company CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP became the 100% owner of the company

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