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About Jawa

Foundation of JAWA company and JMT alliance
On the 23rd of January 1878, Frantisek Janecek was born in Klaster nad Dedinou in former Czechoslovakia.
He studied mechanics at the technical school in Prague and continued with his studies at the college of Berlin. He then returned to Prague, where he started to work for Kolben in Vysocany (one of the biggest companies in Bohemia). At the age of 23, he was entrusted with the management of a new factory in Holland

At the age of 31, he started to work independently and opened his own mechanical workshop in Prague. After a short active duty at the Italian front during World War I, he went back to the drawing board and soon he obtained about sixty patents. The most well known invention of that time was Janecek's hand grenade.

After the decline of the armament industry in 1929, Janecek decided to start the production of motorcycles immediately. There was no time to develop an engine of his own. Although he didn't have any experience with motorcycles, he was familiar with production techniques

Janecek chose between the Austrian double piston two-stroke motor of Puch, the Berlin two-stroke of Schliha, and the new Wanderer 500 cc. Janecek chose the Wanderer.

Because of the collapse of the German motor industry, Wanderer had already decided to stop the production. This is because they didn't think it would be profitable to directly compete with BMW. The name JAWA came from the first two letters of Janecek and Wanderer.

Similarity is foundation JMT Alliance in 2005. All companies Motoscoot, Jawa and TMEC are partners starting cooperation to be able continue in development and produce high quality modern products.
We hope it will be same milestone like 1929 when Janeček takes over Wanderer.

Interesting milestones:

1929 Registration of the JAWA Trademark
1929 First JAWA 500cc OHV Motorcycle produced
1931 Origin of JAWA ‘Oval’ Trademark
1931 Start of an iron foundry at Tynec nad Sazavou
1932 Start of production of JAWA 175cc Villiers engined motorcycle
1933 Start of production of JAWA 175cc Special motorcycle
1934 Start of production of JAWA 700 car
1934 Start of production of JAWA 350 SV motorcycle
1935 Start of production of JAWA 350 OHV motorcycle
1935 Start of production of JAWA 250 Special motorcycle
1937 Start of production of JAWA 100 Robot motorcycle
1937 JAWA expands to another factory in Brodce
1937 Start of production of the JAWA Minor car
1939 Start of production of JAWA 250 Duplex motorcycle
1941 Company founder - Eng. Frantisek Janecek, died
1945 Zbrojovka Eng. Frantisek Janecek was nationalized
1946 Re-start (post war) of production of JAWA 250/350 motorcycles
1948 Start of production of JAWA 350 - Ogar motorcycle
1952 Start of production of JAWA 500 OHC motorcycle
1954 Start of production of JAWA 250/350 motorcycle
1955 Start of production of JAWA 50 Pionyr motorcycle
1958 Start of production of JAWA 50 Jawetta mopeds
1962 Amalgamation with ESO in production of JAWA speedway motorcycles
1963 Closure of JAWA plant in Prague – Pankrac
1964 Production of millionth JAWA brand motorcycle
1964 Start of production in new plant at Tynec nad Sazavou
1965 Start of production of JAWA 350 Automatic motorcycles
1966 Start of production of JAWA 350 Californian motorcycles
1970 Start of production of JAWA 250/350 UR motorcycles
1970 Start of production of JAWA 350 Bizon motorcycles
1974 Start of production of JAWA 350 model 634 motorcycles
1976 Production of two millionth JAWA brand motorcycle
1984 Start of production of JAWA 350 model 638 motorcycles
1987 Production of three millionth JAWA brand motorcycle
1991 Start of production of JAWA 350 model 640 motorcycles
1994 Start of production of JAWA 250 model 593 motorcycles
1994 Start of production of JAWA 50 model 585, 586 motorcycles
1998 Start of production of JAWA 125 Travel motorcycles
1998 Start of production of JAWA 125 Dandy motorcycles
1999 Start of production of JAWA 100 model 587 motorcycles
2004 Start of production of JAWA 650 model 836 motorcycles
2004 Start of production of JAWA 650 Classic motorcycles
2005 Foundation JMT Alliance (Jawa, Motoscoot, TMEC)


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