Yesterday, I saw several rail cars of Skodas coming into Germany. Today at the Prague Palace, I saw the Czech Presidential motorcade with the much nicer Skoda Superb. Helped by VW ownership starting in 1991, Skoda has been regaining the luster it lost during the Communist era. In many ways that was a dark period for a country that has influenced so much of Western civilization via the Roman Empire, the Hapsburg Monarchy and more.
Foxconn, famous for making most Apple products in China, has a couple of factories here. GE makes some its smaller aircraft engines here. It is a major European shared services/BPO center where Accenture, GenPact and others have major staffing. BTL, based here, is a major medical equipment supplier around the world. Czech glass and ceramics are used in a number of technology fields. Panasonic, for example, has made millions of its LCD panels here. With a historically strong coal and metallurgy industry, Czech continues to be a major player in traditional and renewable energy areas.
Walking around Prague you get a sense for its glorious history. Taking the two and a half minute long escalator ride at the Náměstí Míru underground station near my hotel, you have to be impressed with the continued engineering prowess of the country.Btw every cafe, restaurant in Prague has free wifi - pretty wired city