POLAND is to gain nearly Almost 300 new jobs are to be created in the Katowice Special Economic Zone as a result of PLN 170 mln of investment in three projects that were given the go-ahead last March. Seven projects were started in Q1, thanks to which the special zone has accomplished almost a third of its annual target.
“The number of new projects is higher this year than in the same period of 2016,” says Piotr Wojaczek, the CEO of the Katowice Special Economic zone.
The plans of the zone for this year involve the acquisition of 25 new investment projects worth more than PLN 1 bln, which would create over 1,000 new jobs. Investors have already declared plans to create app. 330 of such workplaces. German company Hengst is one of these – a new investor in the Gogolin subzone near Opole. The manufacturer of parts and accessories for engine vehicles has purchased a 6 ha plot as part of a total investment of PLN 66 mln in the subzone, which will create a minimum of 130 new jobs.
Brembo, the largest current investor in the Sosnowiec-Dąbrowa subzone of the Katowice Special Economic Zone, is to carry out another investment project. The Italian automotive industry firm will maintain its current workforce of around 1,140 until at least 2020. The permit granted for its new project involves an additional investment of PLN 100 mln. Brembo has so far invested PLN 714 mln in the Sosnowiec-Dąbrowa subzone. Its factory in Dąbrowa Górnicza produces new generation cast iron discs for the automotive industry as well as innovative composite disks, while its research and development department is also located there.
Terms have also been negotiated with Rockwell Automation. The American company is to invest in a PLN 5.5 mln project that will generate 150 new industrial automation jobs on a site that was added to the Special Economic Zone at the end of December 2016. Rockwell Automation’s plant will be built on plots owned by the state and Echo 135 that were added to the special economic zone because of the planned project.