October 30th, 2017, Issue 560


Autumn of record results
A 44% value growth of supported investments, the domination of Asian investors and the advancement of R&D sector into TOP 3 of most numerous projects - this is how investment portfolio of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency could be described. What is more, this autumn, the Agency completed two record-breaking projects.

October’s portfolio includes 187 active and 51 completed FDI projects. The value of the projects supported by the Agency totals over EUR 6 billion - EUR 1.8 billion more than in the corresponding period last year (an increase of 44%).

On the other hand, the declared number of new jobs reached 60.000 compared to 59.200 in 2016, therefore it grew by 6.700. Completed projects’ value amounted to EUR 1.77 billion (an increase of EUR 700 million y/y).

Once the all projects implemented, as many as 14.700 people may be hired (a growth of 4.000 y/y). 



PAIH and PARP hosted 58th ETPO Meeting
Operating procedures and best practices in cooperating with regional trade promotion institutions were among the major topics of the 58th meeting of the European Trade Promotion Organisations (ETPO), which took place on 18-20 October in Warsaw. The event was co-organized by the Polish Agency Investment & Trade Agency and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.

The hosts were represented by Michał Polański (PARP) and Tomasz Pisula (PAIH)

-  Your exporter is our importer, and our exporter is your importer. I am delighted that we can get to know each other and share our experience in promoting the local companies at such meetings as this -  Deputy Minister of Economic Development Tadeusz Kościński said during the opening session of this year's ETPO’s meeting.


The success of Polish food brands - they will be soon available in Hungarian stores
The 10-day event promoting Polish food products in Budapest ("Polish Days"), organized by the PAIH Hungarian Trade Office, was a great success. Hungarian distributor - Nyerthus Kft has declared its intention to introduce the products of six Polish companies to the offer of supermarkets in Hungary.

October's "Polish Days" (in Hungarian: "Lengyel napok") campaign was organized in CBA Prima supermarkets for the first time. The campaign included five stores in the Hungarian capital, where up to a hundred Polish products were promoted. The action was combined with the sample tasting at the points of sale and outdooor activities. "Polish Days" enjoyed unabated popularity of the Budapest consumers for all ten days of promotion.


Here you can read more about the campaign:

Poland-Spain business forum
Polish-Spanish relations have been gaining momentum in many aspects and a cooperation in a field of public-private partnership is a great interest of Spanish investors - these are the findings of ‘Toward modern and innovative economics - Poland’s investment attractiveness for the Spanish business’ seminar which took place on October 17th in Madrid.

The seminar consisted of two parts: a business breakfast for Polish entrepreneurs interested in the Spanish market and an afternoon conference for Spanish companies considering investing in Poland.

T. Kościński, Deputy Minister of Economic Development (first from the left) was among the speakers


The key point of the meeting was the B2B session of Polish and Spanish entrepreneurs. María Luisa Poncela, Secretary of State for Trade in the Ministry of Economy, and Tadeusz Kościński, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Development, were present at the conference.

Participants of the meeting stressed that Poland is a very attractive market for Spanish entrepreneurs



How can Polish food industry conquer hearts in Asia and the Middle East?
Polish companies, local food industry producers, met for the B2B bilateral conversations with representatives of Y International Limited and LuLu Group - one of the top 10 retailers in the world. The meeting was initiated and hosted by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency.

Representatives of LuLu Group and Y International talking about their organisations


Conversations met the expectations of both parties. We hope that this will soon bring the presence of Polish products on store shelves in the Middle East or Asia.

Presentation of products



Guardian Glass chooses Poland again
- Poland is a strategic market for Guardian Glass, so the decision to build another production plant in our country is not surprising. We are delighted that more and more investors are choosing to tie up with Poland for a longer time and re-invest here - Krzysztof Senger, Vice-President of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency commented on opening Guardian Glass’s new factory in Poland. The glass producer is one of the largest US investment projects that PAIH supports.

The investor officially announced construction of a new production plant in Częstochowa

World leading glass producer Guardian Glass has announced constructing new production plant in Katowice Special Economic Zone, nearby the existing one. The new facility will be the biggest green field capital investment in company’s history.

The new facility is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2019

The official announcement of constructing new facility took place on October 23th. 


8. MotoSolutions Forum - Best Practices in the Automotive Industry - 23-24.11.2017
MotoSolutions Forum is one of the most important conference events in the automotive industry in Poland. Since 2010 this event has been addressed mostly to decision makers and senior managers of production plants.

8 Forum MotoSolutions

This year, the participants will have the opportunity to learn about the influence of the current investments of such companies as Volkswagen Poznań (new plant in Września) on this industry. They will be presented as "good practicies" from plants - Toyota Boshoku Poland, Opel Motors Manufacturing Poland, Toyota Boshoku Poland, Hutchinson Poland, CADM Automotive or Valeo Autosystemy.

During the official reception at the end of the Forum’s 1st day, the Polish Automotive Industry Awards will be given to winners. Candidate registration is open on the website of the MotoSolutions Forum.

The event is held under the patronage of Polish Investment & Trade Agency.


FDI Poland Investor Awards Gala
SAVE THE DATE: FDI Poland Investor Awards Gala - 9 November 2017, Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw.

This year, we continue with our focus on both Inward and Outgoing Investment, further embracing the international engagement and expansion of Poland. The time period is January 2016 - August 2017, so your New Investment or Expansion Investment must have been announced or made during that period of time. We have more than 20 categories for investors and 5 new categories for top exporters. Watch our last year's video HERE.

More information:

12 Congress of Industry and Automotive Market
Polish Investment and Trade Agency invites you to the 12th Congress of Industry and Automotive Market, which is under its honorary patronage. The event, that will offer merits-related knowledge and industry insights, will be held on 8-9 November at the Sound Garden Hotel in Warsaw.

The expected number of participants is about 600 people: biggest players in the automotive parts market, as well as representatives of government and state institutions.

The new formula of the Congress will be centred around numerous panel discussions, which will be accompanied by experts’ debates, B2B meetings and networking sessions. Also the prize of the Polish edition of the Safe Workshops of the Year 2017 competition will be given.   Among the organisers of the event there are: STM, SITK, Moreover, as well as technical universities - Warsaw University of Technology and Military Academy of Technology.

More information:

European Labour Mobility Congress
This year's edition is co-organized by the Polish Ministry of Economic Development. Opening speech will be addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Traditionally, organizers have invited Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner responsible for revision of the Directive on the posting of workers.

The congress is an excellent opportunity to learn about the rules concerning the posting of workers in particular EU Member States. Among the speakers there are renown political decision makers and public administration representatives. There is also a space in the agenda for workers’ and employers’ representations, experts, scholars and lawyers specialized in the field of service provision in the EU.

Programme also includes workshops led by lawyers practicing labour law and social insurance in countries to which workers are commonly posted (eg. Germany, France, Belgium).

Contact person:

Magdalena Zgłobica,
tel. +48 799 704 139

The next Economic Promotion Festival of Warmia and Mazury will take place on 9 and 10 November 2017 in Iława
The seventh Economic Promotion Festival of Warmia and Mazury will be held this year. As always, this event aimed at representatives of local government units responsible for promotion of the region will consist in conferences and workshops. From its very beginning, the main goal of the Festival has been establishing a platform for exchange of experiences between specialists dealing with improving visibility of the region - economic promotion in particular - and representatives of the business environment (such as economic zones or technology parks).

VI Festiwal Promocji Gospodarczej Warmii i MazurThe aim of the Festival is to educate, inspire and disseminate successful ways to attract investments, identify the needs of entrepreneurs, establish an investment- and reinvestment- friendly environment by broadening the scope of economic activity of already existing enterprises. The festival is addressed to the local authorities of Warmia and Mazury, promotion, development and investment specialists, representatives of institutions subordinated to the local government units, promotion-oriented regional and local entities, and representatives of business environment institutions. Experts and lecturers in the fields of place branding, economics, servicing and acquiring investors will all take part in the event.

During the Festival there will be the award ceremony of the competition for the best promotional projects of local government units "PRO Warmia and Mazury" (the results will be announced on 9 November at the Gala in Hotel Port 110).

The organizers of the 7th Festival of Economic Promotion of Warmia and Mazury 2017 are the self-government of Warmian-Mazurian Voivodship and Iława City Hall.
For more information about the Festival of the Promotion of Warmia and Mazury visit website:


Ranking "Export TOP50 2017" - furniture: a wonderful child of Polish export
According to the third edition of BZ WBK "Export TOP50" ranking, the best sectors of Polish export are furniture, grain and confectionery products ranked second, and automotive sector came in third. The furniture sector keeps on top of the list for another year.

Furniture industry definitely deserves to be appreciated in the context of exports, not only because of the very high export value and its dynamics - 12% yoy, but also because of all 50 categories, the furniture has the largest positive trade balance , amounting to 36,932 million PLN - said credit manager in BZ WBK, Feliks Bentkowski. Foreign sales for the furniture sector amounted to PLN 48,014 million PLN in 2016.

Just like last year, also grain and confectionery products (cakes) remained second in the ranking. Chocolate exporters are also very ambitious. Cocoa products are on the 4th place this year, which is a big promotion (4 positions) compared to the last year. In the food and beverage industry, good prospects in foreign markets may also be expected by companies exporting meat and edible offal (item 9).

In addition to furniture, another sector related to that, is wood and wooden articles (6th place in the ranking). Here the leading are building materials for homes such as windows, doors, floor panels, etc. The automotive sector advanced to 3rd place compared to the 6th place last year.

According to the authors of the report, an interesting debut in the ranking, is the 7th place, which is "books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry." The rating also indicates the promising perspective for the Polish chemical and cosmetic industry - 5th place in the ranking.

Among the sectors present on the list, the clothing  & accessories as well as footwear should also be distinguished. The highest ranking in the "Export TOP50 2017" category was here the leather goods, which reached the 11th position this year. The outlook for the footwear industry was rated at 15. The clothing and accessories are in place 32.

See the report:


Panattoni is building new factory in Zawiercie
In Zawiercie, on the Sosnowiec-Dabrowa Subzone a new factory is under construction.

This investment will be implemented in the form of BTS (Build To Suit), which means that the developer - Panattoni, will build a plant for a long-term lease for Axa Stenman Poland sp o.o., belonging to Allegion.

In the second half of 2018, the company plans to start production in a modern factory with a capacity of 14,000 m2. The factory will be employing about 100 people at the beginning, then the employment will raise to about 200 workers.

Warmia and Mazury Special Economic Zone issued a permit to conduct business activity for Hemptex Trade ltd. on 23.10.2017
The company will build a works processing industrial cannabis in Biskupiec for at least 14 630 000 PLN and employ at least 26 new employees. The project will be built on a plot of 1.6033 ha.

Investment includes the construction of production halls and storage facilities and installation of a complete industrial cannabis production line.

The works will produce hemp fiber used in the automotive and weaving industry and hemp slab used in construction for the production of wood-like panels and also as ecological fuel.


The end of the Australian automotive industry has come?
On Friday morning, General Motors factory in Adelaide, put out the last Holden Commodore car, ending not only the factory but also the entire Australian automotive industry.

- When the doors of the Holden factory will be closed, it will mean the end of the Australian automotive industry for good - said John Camillo, Secretary of the industry workers union headquarters in South Australia, where the factory is located. Last year, the factory shut down the US-based Ford, which has been producing cars since 1925. At the beginning of this month, the Toyota plant also was closed by the Japanese giant Toyota, which in 1954 began manufacturing cars in Australia for the first time.

Australia for a number of years remained on list of top automotive producers in the world. Australians are severely affected by the dusk of their car industry. Leader of the opposition Labor Party, Bill Shorten and representatives of his shadow cabinet, found this to be a tragic event, and the Liberal leaders were accused of killing the auto factories. Liberals in 2013 decided to cut $ 500 million of grants for the car factories, which in the past decade amounted to $ 7 billion. Soon after, Ford announced that, it would close its car plant in Australia, and a few months later announced it also GM. It was a domino effect, so in the end Toyota, which is now the leader on the Australian market, had to shut down its plant as well.

Australia is also considered to be one of the richest countries in the world, and in fact rich people in choosing cars rarely follow local patriotism. These factors have led to a fragmentation in the automotive market, where importers have successfully rivaled the native production of Australian factories. This year, Poland's exports to Australia have clearly increased. By the end of August we shipped 460 million euros worth of goods, almost half of the year's value. To this growth contributed the Opel Gliwice factory, which since the end of last year started producing a compact Astra model, decorated with the logo of the Holden red lion. It is not known how long the cars from Gliwice will be sent to Antipodes. In August, Opel acquired the French concern Peugeot-Citroen (PSA). And although the PSA has for some time to provide GM cars such as the Holden Astra from Gliwice, it is unknown how long this cooperation will last.

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