Poland to invest up to EUR 67 mln in nitrocellulose plant

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The Polish government will invest PLN 300-400 mln (EUR 67-89 mln) in restoring the country's nitrocellulose production capacity, PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced during a visit to the Mesko plant in Skarzysko-Kamienna, central Poland.

Nitrocellulose is used in ammunition production, but Poland phased out its own manufacturing of the compound more than a decade ago.

Morawiecki stressed the importance of producing defence components domestically and said the decision was made after consultation with President Andrzej Duda.

"After investing PLN 400 mln in Mesko last year, we'll be investing PLN 300-400 mln more to restore our nitrocellulose production capacity," the prime minister said.

"Within their arms industries, some countries create a great number of jobs, and some technologies emerge at the interface of military and civilian technologies (...). We are also developing various technologies that we will be able to use for the civilian industry (as well)," Morawiecki went on to say, citing as examples electronics and IT.