The family company was founded by František Kalný in 1989. At first, he did business alongside his main job. In 1992, he quit his employment and devoted his full time to the firm, which then operated as a physical person. In the early stages, he only employed a few people and performed surface treatments at erection sites. Both of his sons started to work for the company while still studying - Ing. Petr Kalný in 1993 and Ing. Pavel Kalný in 1997.

The year 1994 saw dramatic growth and the company became a Czech market leader in the field of pickling and passivation of alloyed stainless steels; expanding its production capacity and introducing new technologies, it solidified its position. The original activity – surface treatments at erection sites – remained. New activities, performed in the company’s own facilities, were added. In 1997, the Brno pickling plant started to pickle alloyed stainless steels and, in 1998, glass bead peening of stainless surfaces was introduced. The company has been an exclusive and sole representative and distributor of ANTOX pickling products for the Czech Republic and Slovakia since 1996.

In 1997, a trade mark FK System was registered to guarantee the quality of services. In early 2002, the company moved to a new own 6500-square-metre complex containing not only the technical office, but also a warehouse and a shop of ANTOX pickling products, and a new modern glass bead peening facility, whose capacity is unrivalled  anywhere in the Czech Republic.

As of 1 January 2006 the company was transformed into FK system Brno s.r.o.

Another change happened when company founder František Kalný reached his retirement age and took partial retirement. A new company was established on 1 July, 2007 - FK system – povrchové úpravy, s.r.o. František Kalný remained the only partner in the original company, FK system Brno, s.r.o., which gradually phased out the business of surface treatments, and its only activity was now the import and sale of ANTOX pickling products. The firm, FK system – povrchové úpravy, s.r.o., owned by Petr Kalný and Pavel Kalný, took over the whole surface treatment business.

Apart from founder František Kalný’s retirement, the other reason for creating the new firm FK system – povrchové úpravy, s.r.o. was Petr and Pavel Kalný’s intention that the company should develop more dynamically.  The separation of the activities was meant to allow for the provision of better and more targeted services by both companies for their clients. After the winding down of the activity of FK system Brno, s.r.o. due to its founder František Kalný’s retirement, FK system – povrchové úpravy, s.r.o. took over the sale and distribution of ANTOX pickling and surface care products.

FK system – povrchové úpravy, s.r.o. currently has about 40 employees.


Quality – flexibility – health and safety at work and ecology

The company’s focus is on the quality of work, which enables it to maintain our exclusive position. Another key factor is strict adherence to deadlines and client requirements (work at weekends, holidays, night shifts etc.). Compliance with health and safety rules and regulations is a matter of course for us. We have all permits, authorizations and certificates required for our activities.

I believe that you will find our offer interesting and become our satisfied customers.


For FK system – povrchové úpravy, s.r.o.
Ing. Petr Kalný
Executive Officer