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The Warsaw Voice » Other » October 24, 2007
Special National Section: KAZAKHSTAN IN POLAND
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A Kazakh Foothold
October 24, 2007   
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Ireneusz Lickiewicz, president of Bautech, an industrial flooring manufacturer that exports its products to Kazakhstan, talks to Konrad Bagiński.

What's the main business of your company?
We make modern industrial floors for production halls, warehouses, shopping malls, parking lots, even religious buildings-in short, for any facility that requires a floor that is highly durable and resistant to abrasion, dusting, shock and soiling.

How long have you been in business?
Bautech was established in 1991. Today we are Poland's only company-and one of a few in Europe-to provide comprehensive services for clients needing industrial floors. We have created new jobs and stimulate regional development. We apply the achievements of Polish science and technology and help boost the competitiveness of Polish companies facing foreign competition.

When did you start exporting your products to Kazakhstan?
Kazakhstan is among the world's most attractive markets for investors. The decision to move the country's capital to Astana, combined with the proper management of oil deposits and the transition to a market economy, have resulted in fast economic growth. The construction sector is growing the fastest. Kazakhstan aspires to join the world's 50 most developed countries. The construction industry is developing extremely fast.

In 2003, we made our debut at the KazBuild exhibition in Almaty. Today we have a network of authorized contractors across the country and we have an office there.

What are the results of these efforts?
In recent years, some 700,000 square meters of industrial floors have been completed in Kazakhstan with the use of our technology and technical assistance. The Kazakhs are eager to learn and adopt new technologies. They hire growing numbers of European specialists. Our office in Almaty employs two Polish professionals with 15 years of experience who offer technical assistance.

Do you plan to expand to other markets as well?
We are intensifying business contacts by organizing meetings in Poland that promote the exchange of experience and technology with our foreign partners. We regularly participate in industry exhibitions as this is one of the best methods of promoting one's business and of reaching clients. Owing to the experience and contacts established at these exhibitions, we can see growing opportunities for development on non-European markets. The continually improving economic condition of countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco significantly increases the demand for building materials, offering us new development prospects.
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