The research Centre’s objectives for the sustainability period:

  • To be an industry-relevant, efficient and prestigious regional centre of research into promising metallic materials and their production processes.
  • To achieve maximum utilization of the new materials and metallurgical laboratory and the metallographic laboratory and their modern equipment.
  • To continuously generate results of research, development and innovation in the fields of metallic materials and thermomechanical treatment of advanced steels and to gradually increase their volume in line with the needs of manufacturing companies.
  • To build and provide continuous training for a professionally qualified and experienced team which conducts applied research.
  • To accelerate the translation of applied research outcomes into the instruction at higher education institutions through the engagement of the Centre in the training of students in master’s and doctoral programmes.
  • To continue two research programmes with six industry-oriented research projects in order to accelerate the transfer of scientific and research findings to industry.
  • To support the development and prosperity of the Pilsen Region and the competitiveness of the research sector of the Czech Republic.

Timeline of the Centre:

The Centre in the present

End date of the project for establishing the Centre: 31 December 2014

Centre's sustainability period: 2015-2019

Start date of the DEWEMAT project (National Sustainability Programme I): 1 January 2015

The purpose of the DEWEMAT project is to foster the development of the West-Bohemian Centre of Materials and Metallurgy during its five-year sustainability period.

History of the Centre

WBCMM was built under the auspices of the National Programme for Research and Development with funding from the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations (OP RDI).

Project registration number: CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0077.

Project budget: CZK 430 million. The grant from the Research and Development for Innovations Operational Programme is CZK 350 million. 85 % of the amount has been provided by the EU, the European Fund for Regional Development, and 15 % from the state budget of the Czech Republic.

Project preparation start date: 1 January 2009

Project implementation start date: 1 January 2011

Date of opening of new WBCMM laboratories: 1 February 2013

The new laboratories and the metallurgical hall of the West-Bohemian Centre of Materials and Metallurgy in the town of Dobřany opened one year after the construction work began. Having attracted considerable media attention, the ceremonial opening was attended by representatives of the Czech Ministry of Education, the Pilsen Regional Authority, the Municipal Authority of the Town of Dobřany and a number of guests from among contractors, higher education institutions, manufacturing companies and political circles.

Merger between COMTES FHT and WBCMM: 1 March 2014

On 1 March 2014, one of the crucial milestones of the project was achieved when the assets of COMTES FHT a.s. were transferred to the West-Bohemian Centre of Materials and Metallurgy. The research organisation COMTES FHT a.s. has thus become the West-Bohemian Centre of Materials and Metallurgy which is managed by the Management Board of COMTES FHT a.s. After this date, the contract research and collaborative research at the WBCMM Centre commenced.