April 7th, 2011,
Issue 221




Brokerage Event RESTA 2011

Invitation to take part in a trade mission to the Event in Vilnius (Lithuania) on April 14th, 2011.

The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) invites Polish entrepreneurs to take part in an international trade mission to the Brokerage Event RESTA 2011 which will take place in Vilnius on April 14th, 2011 during the 18th International Specialised Construction and Renovation Exhibition RESTA.

The mission is organised by the Enterprise Europe Network operating within the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, the Podlasie Regional Development Foundation and the Lublin Development Foundation and is co-organised by the Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Craft, the Warmia-Mazury Regional Development Agency, the Górny Śląsk Regional Development Agency and the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Polish Embassy in Vilnius.

The Brokerage Event RESTA 2011 is geared towards entrepreneurs who are active in the following sectors and deal with:

  • Construction materials,
  • Interior finishing materials,
  • Windows, doors and gates,
  • Heating and ventilation equipment,
  • Water supply and drainage systems,
  • Electrical installations in buildings,
  • Safety systems in buildings,
  • Machinery, equipment and building tools,
  • Carpentry,
  • Construction and renovation services, projects, consultations,
  • Household arrangement of green areas,
  • Environment-friendly and energy efficient constructions.

Organisers provide:

  • Assistance in reserving accommodation,
  • Free of charge entrance into the Exhibition on April 14th (normally the entrance costs EUR3),
  • Presentation of a company’s profile in the event’s catalogue,
  • Access to profiles and contact data of other participants of the event,
  • Organization and co-ordination of business meetings.

After previous registration participation in the event is free of charge. Please register here: http://resta2011.meetingrid.com/?lang=en.

In the form available on the website http://resta2011.meetingrid.com/?page_id=7&lang=en please specify your company’s profile and the type of co-operation you would like to establish.

Data provided by the registered companies will be made available in an on-line catalogue on the event’s website.

For more information please contact: Anna Awdiejewa from the PARP Enterprise Europe Network at +48 22 432 71 95, e-mail: anna_awdiejewa@parp.gov.pl.

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Polish-Israeli B2B meetings for companies from the IT and ICT sectors

The match making session for Polish and Israeli companies took place on March 29th, 2011 at the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. The session included 37 B2B meetings which were attended by representatives of 16 IT/ICT companies form Eastern Poland and Israel.

Talks held during the meeting concerned cooperation in the field of research and product development, distribution, licence granting, services and production; and technology cooperation. Companies which took part in the meeting represented a wide range of business activities, from entities providing web hosting and multimedia services to companies providing management and application systems for call centres.

Before the session participants took part in a panel devoted to financing methods of Polish-Israeli R&D projects in the field of advanced technologies which was chaired by Hanna Sroczyńska from the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR).

During the panel, companies had the chance to learn how to apply for subsidies for projects developing innovative projects with considerable commercial potential. The Centre is likely to announce the second edition of the contest for the Polish-Israeli R&D projects in June 2011.

Israeli entrepreneurs visited Poland in the framework of a trade mission organised by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) and financed from the Programme of Economic Promotion of Eastern Poland, Operational Programme - Development of Eastern Poland, Measure I.4 Promotion and Cooperation. The event was supported by: Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Manufacturers’ Association of (MATIMOP), the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and the Business and Innovation Support for North-East Poland (BISNEP). (PAIiIZ)

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Conference: 10 edition of the survey on Employers’ Plans

The Randstad Research Institute in cooperation with TNS OBOP publishe its tenth edition of the survey “Employers' Plans”.

The survey shows that neither employment level nor salaries are expected to rise considerably. In fact, the group of employment pessimists anticipating a bleak condition of the upcoming six months has been growing.

From the left: Anna Polak-Kocińska - Deputy Director of the Economic Information Department at PAIiIZ, Agnieszka Bulik - Member of the Randstad Management Board and Sławomir Majman - President of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency

- Employers’ prognoses for the upcoming six months have not been very good. The prognoses are similar to the latest communiqués concerning situation in major sectors issued by the Central Statistical Office. However, our surveys show that in reality companies tend to enjoy a better condition than it is normally estimated in previous surveys and forecasts - comments Agnieszka Bulik, Member of the Randstad Management Board. - This means that at the moment employers may not feel the circumstances are favourable enough for them to be optimistic about the future. Agnieszka Bulik adds that - Despite the difficulties, companies sill tend to perform better than expected in the past.

The number of institutions which record economic growth has been on decline (24% in February 2011 vs. 37% in November 2010). There has been change in attitude among small companies. Now 27% of such companies expect recession ( while in November 2010 only 13%) and only 16% expect a positive economic outlook (in November 2010 29%). 29%).

From the left: Anna Polak-Kocińska - Deputy Director of the Economic Information Department at PAIiIZ and Agnieszka Bulik - Member of the Randstad Management Board

“These sceptical views reflect the current economic situation. This attitude may partly be attributed to solvency difficulties which have been felt more and more sharply since the times of crisis. And new employees always generate considerable labour costs - explains Agnieszka Bulik.

Every 4th employer plans to rise salaries. The rises will not be substantial and should not exceed 5% of the salaries. There are no considerable changes in employment level - nearly 2 out of 3 employers do not plan to hire new people. Among the most popular employees there will be production and sales people. In every fifth of the surveyed companies there are plans to hire workers in production units (21%). In 20% of the companies which took part in the survey, owners plan to hire more salespersons. Agnieszka Bulik emphasises that - After winter layoffs, it is now mainly construction companies that plan to employ new people (48%). Salespersons will be sought mainly by big companies (35%). Such jobs will be most easily available in the central regions of Poland (32%). (Randstad)

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Auto Galeria expands its operations in the Kostrzyn-Słubice SEZ

On March 18th, 2011 Auto Galeria was granted its second business activity permission to operate in the SEZ.

The company, which has been operating in the SEZ since 2005, now plans to expand its operations and invest in a new production floor and a warehouse. Thanks to the investment the company will open a modern chassis and trailer assembly shop where it will produce elements of trucks and passenger cars for various producers. Auto Galeria plans also to start production of chassis for special-purpose cars. The company will use the most modern and the most popular interior design technologies currently used in the car industry worldwide.

By the end of 2014 the company plans to invest PLN 3.000.000,00 and hire 10 new people and by 2019 the number of people employed in the facility should reach 40. (Kostrzyn-Słubice SEZ)

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Faurecia Gorzów and its innovative products in the Kostrzyn-Słubice SEZ

The company has been present in Gorzów Wielkopolski since 2002 and is now developing a new investment project.

Faurecia Gorzów wants to construct a new facility in which the company will install modern machines for the production of innovative products - door panels and other door elements for the new Volkswagen Golf A7.

The company will invest at least PLN 40.000.000 and will by the end of 2013 hire 10 new workers. By the end of 2018 the company declares to maintain 685 workers. The project is expected to start in April 2011. (Kostrzyn-Słubice SEZ)

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New investment of Electrolux in Świdnica

Electrolux Poland was granted a new business activity permission to invest in the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone.

The company will start production of a new, compact kitchen oven. The project will be realised in the Świdnica sub zone of the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone.

The new investment, expected to be finished by the end of 2012, is estimated to cost PLN20 million and should generate 20 new jobs. Production process in the new facility will use lasers and will be completely automatic. Lasers will make the process energy efficient and will ensure high quality of products. The project will mark a completely new stage in the development of the company which at the moment has been producing low and medium class products. Thanks to the new project Electrolux will be able to manufacture high-end elements and products.

Products manufactured in the Świdnica-based factory have been distributed in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The facility offers jobs to 700 workers, mainly residents of Świdnica and nearby towns. (Wałbrzych SEZ)

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Poznań - centre of modern and innovative business

On April 14th, 2011 Poznań invites everybody to discuss issue connected with innovations.

Poznań tops innovativeness rankings and is open for investments - a fact which has recently been confirmed by the PwC report. The city has a well-developed business environment and innovative business support institutions established by both the city and the private sector. Poznań is also a leading scientific and research centre and a large academic hub, which allows to expect that the local economy will be increasingly knowledge-based. One example of supporting local modern and innovative enterprises is the Poznań Technological and Industrial Park. The project is realised by the Wielkopolska Investment Support Centre, the Management Board of which has ambitious plans of creating a facility brimming with knowledge and entrepreneurship. How? Who will participate in the project? What state-of-the-art solutions and analyses have advisors and analysts prepared for innovators and budding companies? What is the financing offer for enterprises based on innovative ideas and science? Who benefits from innovation? How to maximise these benefits? These are just some of the topics which will be discussed during the “Inno-Poznań” seminar.

The seminar belongs to the “Prospects in Poland” meeting series promoting Polish cities and their investment potential. The aim of the half-day conference in Poznań is to, among others:

  • discuss the city’s policy regarding supporting innovative solutions, innovators and innovative companies,
  • present the activity of the Wielkopolska Investment Support Centre and tprojects run by the Poznań Technological and Industrial Park,
  • discuss interesting possibilities for innovative and ambitious business management,
  • present innovative project financing possibilities,
  • analyse human potential attractive for innovative employers,
  • discuss the current situation and future innovative activity potential in Poznań.

We have invited representatives of Poznań authorities and Poznań Technological and Industrial Park, who have the ambition of making the Park a place where innovative and modern ideas meet, to be our speakers. We also invited representatives of the scientific environment and big business. Experts from best advisory companies, representatives of financing and business institutions, not only from Poznań, will also participate in the seminar. The next “Prospects in Poland” meeting will take place on 19th May in Białystok. For more information please go to: www.prospectsinpoland.com or office@bluevine.pl (Bluvine Consulting)

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Poland - a Power in nanotechnology

Latest discoveries of scientists from Warsaw may revolutionise the computer market

Graphene is an allotrope of carbon, whose structure is one-atom-thick planar sheets of carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice. The material is several hundred times more resistant than steel and may be bent. Graphene is also more effective when it comes to conducting electricity than copper and silicon which have been widely used in electronics. For their work on the material scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. Yet the pieces of material which they worked on was to little to find application in commercial solutions.

This barrier was overcome by Polish scientists from the Electronic Materials Technology Institute and the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw. The scientist found the way to transfer grapheme production from laboratories to factories - a thing which opens an ocean of possibilities. The Polish success has been presented in the prestigious “NanoLetters”. (Rzeczpospolita)

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