Katowice 2012 in brief

The end of the year is the time to look back on the biggest investments, events and other business facts. The year 2012 was mostly dominated by construction works on the cultural district, at Szewczyka Sq. as well as on the reconstruction of the City Center. Several developers have commenced its housing or office schemes. Some grand openings of important educational facilities and the Railway Station hall also were held in 2012.

The below list mentions by name the most important and interesting facts and events of the business and investment market which took place during the last twelve months in Katowice.

January
– The Euro-Centrum’s Science and Technology Park opened the Solar Systems Test Center laboratories >>>
– Mentor Graphics inaugurated a regional finance and accounting support center in Katowice >>>
– Stylehotels opened the three-star Olympia Spodek hotel >>>

February
– The City Hall of Katowice contracted Warbud to erect the new seat of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra >>>
– Katowice International Airport launched new cargo direct transatlantic flights to Chicago in the United States >>>

March
– NDI and Balzola kicked-off a first stage of works on the Roundabout – Market Sq. area >>>
– The Stanisław Wyspiański Theater of Silesia opened the refurbished “Scena w Malarni” (Stage in Malarnia) >>>

April
– Bombardier announced an expansion of its Katowice research and development plant by hiring about 50 new engineers >>>
– Grupa 5 Architekci was signed to design a new building of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty (WRiTV) of the University of Silesia in Katowice >>>
– The Euro-Centrum Science and Technology Park laid a cornerstone for a passive building >>>
– Holdimex commenced an extension of the “Brynów II” residential scheme on Wróbli St. >>>

May
– Katowice announced a third fastest growing hub of business services sector according to a report prepared by Association of Business Sector Leaders (ABSL) in cooperation with Jones Lang LaSalle and Hays Poland >>>
– The 4th European Economic Congress was held in Katowice >>>

June
– Kroll Ontrack announced to create in Katowice its largest R&D center outside the United States >>>
– Immofinanz laid a cornerstone for Oak Terraces stage three and commenced construction works >>>
– Katowice International Airport opened an extension of Terminal A >>>
– Government and local authorities laid a cornerstone for a new seat of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra >>>

July
– Okam laid a cornerstone in Three Ponds Valley and commenced works on “Dom w Dolinie Trzech Stawów” >>>
– Katowice International Airport celebrated an opening of a new maintenance hangar >>>
– Globe Trade Center leased over 10 000 sq. meters of office space in its Francuska Office Center in H1 of 2012 >>>

August
– Unilever announced to increase its engagement in Katowice by expanding UltraLogistik >>>
– Neinver leased out all retail premises in the new Railway Station hall >>>
– The Upper Silesian Industrial Park opened the Goepper-Mayer office building >>>

September
– The Central Mining Institute (GIG) improved its research and development infrastructure by opening of the Laboratory of Radiometry >>>
– Fitch affirmed Katowice at A-, outlook stable >>>
– The Medical University of Silesia opened the Didactics and Medical Simulation Center >>>

October
– Neinver and PKP celebrated a grand opening of the new Railway Station hall >>>
– The University of Silesia and the University of Economics in Katowice officially opened the Scientific Information Center and Academic Library >>>
– The University of Economics in Katowice laid a cornerstone for the Advanced Information Technology Center >>>

November
– Echo Investment launched construction works on the A4 Business Park office park >>>
– The Katowice School of Technology (WST) commenced a development of a new building designed for research and development purposes within the Science and Technology Park Silesia >>>
– GC Investment kicked-off construction works on the “Wille Parkowa” residential project >>>
– The Upper Silesian Aviation Group signed Budimex to erect a new runway at Katowice International Airport >>>

December
– The “Nowe Katowickie Centrum Biznesu” office building was delivered at 6 Chorzowska St. >>>
– ING Services Polska announced to expand its data center and to create a research and development unit in Katowice >>>
– The City Hall of Katowice issued a competitive tender for finishing works on the International Convention Center >>>

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