|Headquarters||Libchavy, Czech Republic|
Number of employees
Until 1990, the company produced and repaired agricultural machinery. Then privatization took place and the new company was registered on 6 December 1991. The manufacturer was established with business intent to focus on the design, production, sale and service of buses. The company management decided for the design of a 7.5 m long bus which would use both the body and chassis of own design and engine-gearbox assembly from prominent world manufacturers.
The production of buses was introduced here by Jaroslav Trnka, the former director of Karosa Vysoké Mýto, and his team. Design works were initiated at the end of 1992 and already at the end of 1993, first buses with Perkins motor and Voith gearbox were sold in 1994 to Kadaň. The company produced a wide range of different sizes of buses (8.5 m, 9.5 m, 10.5 m, 12 m, 13.5 m and 18 m long).
Company SOR Libchavy is currently producing about 750 vehicles per year and is the second largest manufacturer of buses in the Czech Republic, behind Iveco-Karosa. About one third is delivered abroad. The company have offices in the Baltics, Slovakia, Poland, or Russia. Their buses run for example in the Czech capital Prague, or Slovak capital Bratislava.
It manufactures medium-class buses with occupation rate from 25 to 51 sitting and total occupation rate up to 161 passengers. These buses are manufactured on the basis of the company own design. As a matter of course, they provide service, repairs and sale of spare parts.
In 2015, SOR Libchavy recorded an increase of production by 31% and revenues increased by 42%. The company currently sells (2017) city (SOR NS, NB, NBG, BN, BNG), intercity (SOR C, CN, CNG, LH) and electric buses (SOR EBN, NS) and one model of trolleybus (SOR TNB).
- "Tržby čtyři miliardy, 751 prodaných autobusů. SOR Libchavy hlásí rekordy". iDNES.cz. 14 August 2016.
- Harák, Martin (2017). Autobusy SOR: historie, vývoj, technika, modifikace. Grada Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 8027199050.