Katowice, with its 300 000 inhabitants, is the main city of the Silesian Voivodeship and of the Upper Silesian Agglomeration. The Agglomeration, the biggest in Poland, is the most important economic, academic and cultural center in southern Poland. The city of Katowice offers attractive opportunities to investors, including well-qualified work force, modern infrastructure and a convenient location at the crossroads of trans-European routes linking Poland with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and the Ukraine. With its eye on future investment, Katowice is in the process of transforming the city into a major metropolitan center.
The region of Upper Silesia is located in southern Poland, relatively close to major European capitals, such as Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Warsaw, at the cross-roads of trans-European transport corridors.
Trans-European Corridor III: Berlin – Wrocław – Katowice – Kraków – Lvov
Trans European Corridor IV: Gdańsk – Katowice – Żylina – Bratislava – Vienna
Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia (GZM)
The Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia is formed by 14 adjacent cities: Bytom, Chorzów, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Gliwice, Jaworzno, Katowice, Mysłowice, Piekary Śląskie, Ruda Śląska, Siemianowice Śląskie, Sosnowiec, Świętochłowice, Tychy and Zabrze. The GZM is located in the middle of the Upper Silesian conurbation, with 2 million inhabitants living in an area of 1 218 sq. km, which is the highest population density in Europe.
Katowice Railway Station provides 11 direct express connections with Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Hamburg, Kiev, Lvov, Minsk and Moscow.
Asia rail connections
The railway junction in Sławków allows cargo transport from Western Europe to the East by connecting two types of rails: European standard wide gauge with the Eastern standard narrow gauge.
Business Services Centers
The Katowice region is one of more important business services centers in Poland with such players as: Unilever, IBM, ING Services Polska, Ericsson, Grupa Żywiec/Heineken, Gallup Polska, Capgemini, Steria, Mentor Graphics, Kroll Ontrack, Calling Polska, Rockwell Automation, PwC, Bombardier and TNT.
Investment incentives offered by the municipalities of the Upper Silesian Metropolis have attracted well-known companies from around the world: Arcelor, HP, Isuzu, NGK Ceramics, BOS Automotive, Brembo, Ficomirrors, Guhring, Hilton Foods, Kirchhoff, Lidl, Macro Molds, Mapei, Mecalux, Meiko, Rehau, Saia-Burges, Sandvik, Sest-Luve, Toyo Seal and TRW.
Major investors from the U.S.
Rockwell Automation, Delphi Automotive Systems, Johnson Controls, Lear Corp, Oasis East, Tenneco and General Motors.
Katowice International Airport provides 36 international connections with Barcelona, Belfast, Brussels, Cologne, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Liverpool, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Warsaw, and offers 170 flights per week.
based on Deloitte’s report
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