SOR Libchavy spol. s r.o. (Ltd.)
…was established in 1991 with a business plan based on the development, production, sale and service of small buses. The company management decided to develop a 7.5-metre long bus that would use both bodywork and the chassis of the company’s own design and engine and drivetrain systems from world-renowned manufacturers. Development work began at the end of 1992, and by the end of 1993, the first prototype with a Perkins engine and Voith gearbox was launched. Over time, the company has developed into a modern bus manufacturer with a wide product portfolio.
SOR focuses on producing buses with an emphasis on low-cost operation, intended not only for domestic operators, but also for the markets of the European Union or the former Eastern Bloc. SOR buses can be found in Slovakia, Poland, the Netherlands, Serbia, Luxembourg, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, the Ukraine, Croatia, Belgium, Bulgaria, and even in the Faroe Islands. SOR supplies a wide range of different vehicle lengths. The original seven-and-a-half-metre vehicles are no longer offered, but standard buses with lengths of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11, 12, 12.5 metres and 18.75 metre long articulated buses are available. In time, the company began developing buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), electric buses and trolleybuses. Two experimental hybrid buses were also created.
SOR company management has a long-term strategy of developing and manufacturing buses aimed at creating cost-effective products for the user. This is achieved primarily by light vehicle construction with maximum unification across all bus models. All vehicle development is carried out by SOR itself. SOR buses are produced in the town of Libchavy using the most up-to-date technology. This includes such technological systems as polyurethane bonding, laser cutting technology and robotic welding. To ensure high durability and a long lifetime, a large number of plastic, stainless steel and aluminium components are used on the vehicles. Modern equipment is fully in place at the design and product development stage.
In 2009, SOR Libchavy won the largest public tender for standard and articulated buses for the largest city bus operator in the Czech Republic. The Transit Authority of the City of Prague (DPP) purchased almost 600 vehicles of the NB 12 and NB 18 model ranges. A year later, SOR also won the tender to provide buses for the Bratislava Transit Authority (DPB). SOR has supplied the Slovak capital with 100 NB 18 model buses. By November 2017, SOR Libchavy had produced almost 7,700 vehicles, more than half of which were destined for the Czech Republic.
In 2015, a record 757 vehicles were produced in one year. Most SOR buses are sold in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where the company has about a 30% share in the sale of buses. The company also has offices in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, the Baltics, Russia and Moldova, as well as in the Balkans. In 2017, SOR employs more than 650 people and is one of the biggest employers in the region. The continuing dynamic development of new products is a hope for further development of the company.
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SOR Libchavy spol. s r.o.
Address: Dolní Libchavy 48, 561 16 Libchavy
Head Office: (00420) 465 519 452
Switchboard: (00420) 465 519 411
Fax: (00420) 465 519 471
GPS: 49.9956945N 16.3928821E