Polish Special Economic Zones ranked among world's best
According to a ranking by fDi Magazine (part of the Financial Times group), the Katowice (southern Poland) and Lodz (central Poland) Special Economic Zones are among the world's most attractive, placing second and eighth respectively in fDi's ranking for 2019.
Poland's Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology described the result as "an especially big distinction" in the European context as Polish zones were the only ones in Europe to make the top ten.
The Katowice Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) was rewarded in the rankings for conducting 66 new projects since the start of 2018 and earmarking EUR 1.14 billion for new investments in various sectors (including automotive, metallurgical, chemical, synthetic substances and food processing) while the zone's best attributes are its location and infrastructure. These consist of two motorways, a rail network, three international airports, an inland port and a reloading terminal.
KSEZ also has highly-trained staff, offers preparation of investment land and access to industrial and office buildings. The zone was also distinguished in the following categories: new investments, convenience for workers, expansion, technology transfer, and industry 4.0.
The Lodz Special Economic Zone (LSEZ) was recognised for initiatives such as the StartUp Spark 2.0 accelerator, the RozwoYou Zone, and implementing 5G technology. In 2018, one third of investment projects in the LSEZ were by companies already active in the zone that wanted to expand. Germany's Haering, an automotive parts producer for BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen, has invested almost EUR 58 million in the zone and currently employs over 2,150 workers.
LSEZ was also ranked second for the best zones for companies of the small and medium-sized enterprises sector.
The Walbrzych (southwestern Poland) Special Economic Zone was also singled out by fDi's experts, who placed it second in the category of services for large entities in Europe. The presence in the zone of corporations of the automotive sector, such as Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, guarantee stability of investment.