The history of manufacturing of air filters in Slavičín dates back to the 1970s when the Vlára cooperative farm started the production of air-conditioning filter elements as a sideline. Until the Velvet Revolution it was one of the largest manufacturers of this kind of goods in what was then Czechoslovakia. After the Revolution the Vlára cooperative farm dissolved, many people were dismissed from the sideline production, customers were lost and the manufacturing of filter elements appeared on the brink of discontinuation. In these circumstances, the sideline production was privatised in April 1992 and the private company EKOFILTR spol. s.r.o. was established.
At the beginning of the business, the company had 13 employees and an annual turnover of 6 million CZK. Since the very beginning the company has started to benefit from this extensive experience of production of filter elements and the company started to gradually regain its former customers. A big advantage is that the company EKOFILTR itself was producing, and still produces, the entire range of air filters of all filtration classes. In cooperation with renowned domestic and foreign manufacturers of filtration materials, the company gradually managed to produce very effective and high-quality filtration materials for all filtration classes, which increased the quality and competitiveness of manufactured products.
In 1995 the company was contacted by the German company BBK Filtermedien, through which we could certify the quality of our products on the demanding German market. The company's products compared favourably even with those of the foreign manufacturers of filter elements and the company gained several customers with whom it has been cooperating up to now, with the export of the products to the German market increasing year by year.
Another important step in increasing the export of filters was the establishment of a subsidiary in Slovakia. Thanks to this position on the Slovak market, the lost positions after the split of Czechoslovakia were regained.
EKOFILTR spol. s.r.o, now with 120 employees, has remained a completely Czech-owned company and exports 65% of its production abroad.