Tesla (company)

Tesla (company)

TESLA (from "TEchnika SLAboproudá") was a large, state-owned electrotechnical conglomerate in the former Czechoslovakia.

The company was established as "Elektra" on 18 January 1921 and renamed TESLA on 7 March 1946. TESLA had a state-sponsored monopoly on electronics production in socialist Czechoslovakia, and produced nearly all electronic products in the country until 1989. Many subsidiaries were created, including those at Liptovský Hrádok, Hradec Králové, Pardubice, Žďár nad Sázavou, Bratislava, and Nižná. Later, some of them were transformed into independent state-owned companies.

While the company's wide range of production was impressive, quality was low and quantity usually did not meet the needs of industrial customers. Many products gradually became obsolete simply because they were not updated; e.g. one particular type of diode was manufactured for over 30 years without modifications.

TESLA had to contend with both foreign and new domestic competition after the fall of socialism in Czechoslovakia, and had difficulty competing effectively, which resulted in dramatic downsizing and privatization of the majority of its stores and production facilities. TESLA's logo is a rare sight in the present-day Czech Republic and Slovakia, as only a few of its subsidiaries have survived.

External links

Some of the present TESLA companies:
* [http://www.teslalh.sk/ Tesla Liptovský Hrádok]
* [http://www.tesla.sk/ Tesla Stropkov]
* [http://www.tesla-lan.cz/ Tesla Lanškroun]
* [http://www.teslapar.cz/ Tesla Pardubice]
* [http://www.teslaji.cz/ Tesla Jihlava]
* [http://www.teslakarlin.cz/ Tesla Karlín (in Prague)]
* [http://www.tesla-blatna.cz/ Tesla Blatná]
* [http://www.tesla.cz/ Tesla Hloubětín (in Prague)]

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