Ceska zbrojovka becomes a joint-stock company and expands its activities (since 1992)
On 1 May 1992, Ceska zbrojovka Uhersky Brod becomes a joint-stock company, with one majority (Czech) owner from 2001. The privatized company innovates and expands its product range, as well as introduces its own „CZ“ brand in the first half of the 1990s. The flagship of its range is the CZ 75 pistol series, whose fame is increasingly spread by the company’s successful team of IPSC sport shooters. As part of its penetration into new markets, the CZ-USA subsidiary is created in 1997. In the United States, Ceska zbrojovka buys the famous Dan Wesson Firearms brand, and in the Czech Republic, it acquires the production programs of firearm manufacturer Zbrojovka Brno.
A major milestone in the development of Ceska zbrojovka is the arrival of new management in 2006, under whose leadership the company rapidly releases modern models of their existing firearm series (pistols, rimfire rifles and centerfire rifles), creates a new generation of service firearms with which it rearms the Czech army and enjoys success abroad (assault rifles, submachine guns and grenade launchers), introduces the latest cutting-edge technologies, and begins extensive renovation of its facilities. Apart from firearms, production of high-precision components for the automotive and aerospace industries starts to increase. Due to these activities, Ceska zbrojovka Uhersky Brod experiences record economic results and constantly increases its production capacity, which is partly fueled by transfers of technology.
Since 2018, Ceska zbrojovka has been part of the international holding group CZG – Ceska zbrojovka Group SE, which aims to become a world leader in the production of small arms and to achieve sales of one billion euros by the end of 2025. An important step towards this goal was the recent acquisition of the famous American company Colt. Even after this major expansion, Ceska zbrojovka still remains the largest manufacturer in the CZG Group, with its products exported to almost 100 countries around the world.