Seventeen new projects and about 1 000 workplaces were created in the Katowice Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) in the first half of 2013.
The total worth of the invested funds amounts to over PLN 800 million. „We currently prepare another 5-6 projects, so we think that our predictions from the beginning of this year, saying about 20 new investments in 2013, will be exceeded” – Piotr Wojaczek, president of the Katowice Special Economic Zone, told to the Polish Press Agency.
Last year, 26 permissions has been issued in the zone worth PLN 1,5 billion including investments of General Motors, Saint-Gobain, TRW and Doosan Babcock. One of the latest projects to be implemented in the KSEZ this year is the production plant of Dayco, which is going to produce engine components in Tychy. The company will invest at least PLN 43 million and is going to hire 300 people.
The Katowice Special Economic Zone is the leader among Polish special economic zones. It was established in 1996 with its main seat in Katowice. Last year, fDi Magazine named the KSEZ the best free zone in Poland, the second in Europe and the 11th in the globe. The KSEZ covers approximately 2 000 hectares of land in 40 cities of Silesia, Małopolskie and Opolskie Voivodeships. So far the zone has been issued licences for more than 200 investment projects thanks to which over 50 000 new jobs were created.