The bathroom manufacturer Ravak expects sales of CZK 2 billion last year
The Příbram bathroom equipment manufacturer Ravak expects sales of two billion crowns last year, earning CZK 2.1 billion the year before. The reason for the decrease was the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the unfavorable global situation, the company managed to complete the acquisition of a ceramic goods factory, which allows it to increase its production capacity of ceramic products in its own design, according to company spokeswoman Jana Šlefrová.
"Sales have been and still are caused by obstructions in the construction market caused by the covid-19 pandemic. But the pandemic has prompted us to change and shift various internal processes towards digitization. The growing share of cooperation with freelance specialists - and from all over the world - is a few examples of our new and mostly more efficient operation, "said the spokeswoman.
Despite the unfavorable global situation, last year the company managed to complete the acquisition of Polish ceramics, which allows Ravaku to increase its production capacity of ceramic products in its own design, on which it cooperates with top designers. Last year, the company also put into operation a new hall for the production of bathtubs in Příbram, so according to Šlefrová it is fully prepared for market recovery.
The company, which employs 900 people, 400 of them in Příbram, is commemorating 30 years since its founding this year. It is often described as the largest manufacturer of bathroom equipment not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Central and Eastern Europe. It focuses mainly on its own production of shower enclosures and acrylic products, such as bathtubs, shower trays and washbasins made of cast marble. The range also includes bathroom furniture, faucets and bathroom accessories. At the end of last year, the company became a member of the newly established Association of Czech Industrial Design, which aims to support Czech design abroad and promote the Czech Republic through industrial design.