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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.