Investment projects worth approximately PLN 450 million in total were acquired by the Katowice Special Economic Zone S.A. (KSSE) during the first half of 2011. It means about 500 new workplaces and preserving 3,2 thousand of already created. On the whole, twelve new projects were commenced in the six months period. Most of these projects are conducted by companies which already invested in the Zone.
“We expect to acquire at least the same number of projects as it was in the first of this year” – said Piotr Wojaczek, President of the KSSE.
Negotiations with following investors are in progress. If successfully concluded, about 25 new projects worth PLN 1-1,2 billion will be commenced in 2011. It will create 1-1,2 thousand new places of work. Also, it will mean a better score in comparison with 2010 when 23 projects and less than 1 thousand workplaces were opened.
The most significant investments of the first six months of 2011 are connected with the automotive branch’s companies already operating in the KSSE – Nexteer Automotive and TRW Steering Systems. The investors decided to extend their activity in the Zone creating new jobs and preserving the existing ones.
Nexteer Automotive, manufacturing steering systems, announced recently that will invest more than PLN 200 million in three years in its plants located in Tychy and Gliwice. It is connected with an increase of production capacity and growth of customers’ new orders.
List of the biggest companies which operate within the Zone and are based in Katowice include Rockwell Automation, Capgemini, Steria and Famur. The office buildings of “Altus”, “Chorzowska 50” and the office park of the Upper Silesian Industrial Park (under construction) also run within the KSSE.
The Katowice Special Economic Zone is the leader among Polish special economic zones. In total the companies have invested more than EUR 4.5 billion and have created over 37 000 new jobs so far. The Zone’s area is 1917 ha located across 40 different sites in the several cities of the Silesian, Małopolskie and Opolskie Voivodeships.