The Skoda Transportation company has opened its first representative office in Ukraine, the CFTS portal reports, citing information from the National Investment Council Office.

The office in Dnipro will engage in development of railway and public transport projects for its parent company, which is based in the Czech Republic, and involve Ukrainian suppliers in production.

“The activities of the Skoda Transportation office will provide the city with new investments and help preserve its intellectual capital. Such cooperation will be facilitated by the availability of a network of locomotive and heavy engineering manufacturers and repair enterprises in Dnipro,” the Dnipro city council said.

“Our goal is for Skoda to return to Ukraine. Dnipro is not a random choice. The city has great potential,” said Tesar Lumir, HR director of Skoda Transportation.

Several years ago, negotiations were held with Skoda Transportation on establishment of joint production of traction rolling stock in Ukraine. The Zaporizhia electric locomotive repair plant was considered as a potential site for production of locomotives.

The head of the Ukrainian railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia), Yevhen Kravtsov, stated in October this year that he was not ruling out cooperation with a Czech company on the issue of supply of locomotives to Ukraine.