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57 new investment projects with a total value of over PLN 4.9bn is a new investment record achieved in 2020 by the Katowice Special Economic Zone (KSSE). In 2019, these figures were 53 investment projects worth PLN 3.5bn, respectively.
According to the announcements of the president of the KSSE, Janusz Michałek, these investments will translate into 1,500 new jobs and will allow for the maintenance of 6,400 existing posts. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 turned out to be a record period in the more than 20-year history of the KSSE.
“The companies in the zone have shown that they are prepared to benefit from the support of the KSSE and to run business in all conditions. Today we are an example of how to be the leader of economic development in Poland and in Europe in difficult times” – said president Janusz Michałek, quoted in the zone’s announcement.
An important branch of the announced investment projects are those related to electromobility:
- Investment by ElectroMobility Poland – a project to build a factory for the Polish electric car Izera in Jaworzno by 2024
- expansion of the FCA plant in Tychy: thanks to an investment worth PLN 755m, they are to be built there from the second half of 2022 hybrid and electric models from Fiat, Jeep and Alfa Romeo.
- Doubling the investment of the Korean group of SK Group, which, since 2019, has been implementing a plant for the production of lithium-ion battery separators for electric cars in Dabrowa Gornicza. Currently, the value of the investment is approx. PLN 3bn. Due to the increased scale of the investment, the original plan to employ 300 people has also doubled.
Among all the acquired investment projects, projects from the metal, automotive and construction sectors, as well as the machinery, plastics, paper and food sectors dominate.
It is worth paying attention to the investment in the building materials industry: Eko Okna company will invest at least PLN 200m in increasing the production capacity of the joinery. The company will employ 50 new employees at the plant in Kornice.