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Breitfeld and Evans

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In 1832, British engineers David Evans and Joseph Lee founded a small factory for the production of textile machinery and steam boilers in Prague's New Town. It was one of the first engineering plants in Bohemia.

In 1845 German entrepreneur Karl Friedrich Breitfeld (1797 - 1862) established a steam engine factory near Evans and Lee's works. It produced all kinds of steam engines. In the late 1840s the companies merged to form a new company, Breitfeld & Evans, with 250 workers.

1852, Vincenc Daněk (1826-1893) joined the company, but left in 1854 to start his own business.

1872 The company was bought by competitors Vincenc Daněk, and became "Akceni společnost strojirny dříve (previously) Breitfeld, Daněk a spol. v Praze (in Prague)". See Breitfeld, Danek and Co. [1]

See here for the source of some of the above information and for more about Vincenc Daněk and his role in the development of sugar processing machinery.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Archiv Národního technického muzea - Breitfeld et Evans, Praha
  2. [2] Google translation of 'Euro' article 'Bez Kolbena boss' by Robert Šimek, 15 September 2008,