About us


Our vision is to be a leading European research organisation which provides research and development services in the field of metallic materials and introduces new forming and heat treatment processes, mainly in key sectors comprising the engineering, automotive and power industries.


Our mission is to strengthen the competitiveness of European manufacturing companies by supporting our clients in the development, innovation and introduction of state-of-the-art processes and products. COMTES FHT a.s. is a good example of a new model of collaboration between manufacturers and the research sector. The underlying premise of our research centre is that its success will depend upon the ability to manufacture state-of-the-art products and to exploit new technologies.

Principal Objectives

  • Collaboration with partners on research and development projects to enhance the utility value of materials, develop and optimise manufacturing processes and innovate the design of tools and products.
  • Using technology transfer to provide industrial producers with new ideas and inventions to enable them to make effective use of available resources and opportunities.
  • Offering comprehensive and flexible services which will support our clients in fully utilising their potential and becoming more creative, inventive, enterprising and responsible.


The company COMTES FHT s.r.o. was established in December 2000. From the outset, the company was characterised by dynamic growth and an expanding portfolio of services and growing research capacities. Efforts to systematize and standardize the company’s activities came to fruition in 2005. In that year, it was awarded the ČSN EN ISO 9001:2000 certificate and one year later, the certificate of an accredited testing laboratory. The company has already had to move two times to meet the demands of its growth. Since 2007, the company’s headquarters and laboratories have been located in Dobřany, south of the city of Plzeň and only a 5-minute drive from the Prague-Nuremberg motorway.

In 2008, the company was transformed into COMTES FHT a.s., a joint-stock company operating as a research organisation according to European Community rules. Another important milestone in its history was the awarding of a grant in 2011 from the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations to establish the West-Bohemian Centre of Materials and Metallurgy, a regional research centre. This project enabled further growth of the organisation. Its laboratory and office premises expanded to comprise the current area of more than 5,500 square metres. More than 70 researchers and engineers are currently employed at this research facility of COMTES FHT a.s.

New 3D Printer at COMTES FHT

Jan 22, 2019

Whithin the project GRAMATECH, COMTES FHT a.s. installed a new 3D Printer for metallic materials InssTek MX600. ... more

R&D infrastructure continues to develop

Dec 17, 2018

The Science and Technology Park VTP COMTES FHT has been described in the recent Newsletter of Pilsen city. ... more