Kopřivnice settlement probably originated early after construction of Šostýn’s castle in the second half of the 13th century. The year 1812 and establishment of a prosperous brown ware factory, which operated for almost 150 years, were very important for the village of that time. Even more important was the year 1850, the year the factory for britzkas and carriages was established, later the factory focused on wagon production and then, in 1897 on automobiles. World War I required lorries, therefore the number of local workers grew and new residential houses were built. Kopřivnice lost its rural character and around 1910 became a market town. During World War II Kopřivnice, due to its economic development, became a part of the German Empire. After the war it experienced a huge growth and in 1948 it became a town. In the times before 1989 the car factory enormously expanded, its production dramatically increased and the incoming citizens called for massive residential construction, thus, the town experienced quite a significant change. After 1989 the car factory had long-term problems which naturally influenced the town and the life in it. Creation of the industrial zone 1999 started the period, in which the town separates itself from the long-term strong relationship with Tatra company. Today Kopřivnice is an ambitious town with daring plans for the future.