With more than a hundred and twenty years of history Škoda Auto is one of the oldest car companies in the world. As part of the Volkswagen group, they have an international production footprint and sell their vehicles across the globe. The Škoda factory located, in Vrchlabí Czech Republic, has been in operation since 1864 and over the years has produced many different kinds of vehicles. Recently, the Vrchlabí plant switched from producing cars to producing high tech automatic double clutch transmissions for the entire Volkswagen Group. In order to facilitate this change and meet the high quality demands required of modern transmissions, Škoda turned to the experts at Matador Group to create an innovative production line that includes human-robot collaboration using a KUKA LBR iiwa robot and provide a glimpse into the future of manufacturing. My name is Herwig Jörgl. and I am the Business Development Director of the Matador Group. We have a very long history. Everything started 111 years ago. At the beginning we were focusing mainly on the production of tires and we were the leading player in the Central Eastern European market. In the year 2005, our shareholders decided to further invest into new parts of the automotive industry. As one of the latest successful projects we implemented was the new KUKA collaborative robot. Together with our long traditional partner, Škoda, it was the first application we did in the Central Eastern European market and we’re very proud to be part of this process and to be the first in this area. We are working close to this robot and we don’t need some safety barriers, some safety like these laser scanners. It’s completely safe, the integration of the robot. The challenge for us was how to motivate and how to train our staff to learn them how to produce quite a different product. Transmission—automatic transmission—with the very high requirements for the precision and for the cleanliness. I think the most challenging job on this application was to learn Java programming language and to change the meaning of how robots are programmed in application. The main difference between this collaborative application and conventional robot application is that complete application needs to be collaborative. After ramping pick up the production, we at the plant made the decision that we would like to show also the world that we have a very nice plant and once in a year there’s a competition in Europe, the so-called Factory of the Year. And we have been one of the seven plants in Europe which won this competition and our goal was to show our employees that we are able also to compete worldwide. So our focus is simply to provide more and more engineering solutions starting from modeling going over to prototyping to more sophisticated parts of the automotive development process. Innovation is very important for our plant and also very important for Škoda and I can see a lot of innovation in the future.