The company Ferex-ŽSO was established in 1992 by the privatization of the Železniční opravny a strojírny (ŽOS) plant in Liberec.The Liberec foundry of the Ferex-ŽSO company mainly produces brake blocks for railway wagons and locomotives, brake drums and weights for tractors.
September 2015, The Liberec foundry Ferex-ŽSO is bankrupt, production has ended
Liberec/Brno - Five months after the initiation of insolvency proceedings, the Regional Court in Brno declared bankruptcy for the assets of the Ferex-ŽSO foundry in Liberec. ČTK found this out in the insolvency register today. Due to serious financial problems, production at the foundry stopped already in the summer, the employees left. The company owes creditors 290 million crowns. Those who have not yet joined the proceedings have two months to register their claims. The first review meeting will take place on March 15 in Brno, Judge Vlasta Bruknerová decided. The company is based in Znojmo, so the case is handled by the Brno court.
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 50000 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
This plant produces the following type of products:
The railway station workshop complex (including asembly plant, forge, and foundry) was founded in 1858 by the “Österreichische Nord Westbahn”. The works were focused on freight and passenger wagons repairs, steam boilers and brake blocks casts.
By the 1935 two cupola furnaces were in operation here already and the annual production reached 8,000 tons.
The former more than a century old foundry hall was tore down in 1984 and brand new plant has been raised on its place. The first melt in modern hot-blast cupola occurred in 1986.
Ferex foundry continues with tradition of brake blocks and tractors weights castings today.