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March 5, 2008   
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Piekary Śląskie Industrial Park
Center for Environmental Technologies
Recycling - Waste Separation, Processing and Disposal


Like most cities in the Upper Silesia Industrial Region, Piekary Śląskie has undergone a thorough economic transformation. The greatest challenge and a top priority for the local authorities is to recultivate postindustrial land. While the project is sure to stimulate the local economy, it is much more important to create favorable conditions for modern industry, based on innovative technology.

Piekary Śląskie is situated in Silesia province in southwestern Poland, at the very heart of the Upper Silesia Industrial Region. It is a member of the Union of Polish Cities and will soon become a member of the Upper Silesia Metropolitan Union (GZM), once its formation is completed.

For years, the local authorities in Piekary Śląskie have been working hard to create attractive opportunities for potential investors. To achieve this goal, the city has chosen the proven model of an industrial park and assigned 120 hectares of postindustrial land for this project. The park will provide favorable conditions for undertakings involving recycling, separation and processing of secondary materials, carried out in compliance with the highest international technological standards.

The Piekary Śląskie Industrial Park managing company has taken on the ambitious task of preparing attractive, vacant and investment-ready land for potential investors. The plans include a Center for Environmental Technologies, which is a cluster of entities dealing with the usage of secondary materials. The area is excellent for the construction of sorting plants, modern technological installations, factory halls and warehouses, complete with the appropriate infrastructure.

Alina Karnabał, real estate expert says investors can look forward to assistance and support at every stage of their projects. "We offer competent assistance and comprehensive consulting when it comes to support for projects in development," she said. "An important source of support for businesses that undertake new economic initiatives is the Enterprise Incubator. Investors can also use a wide range of business-related services, which are of great help. I am confident that all these activities will efficiently back the restructuring of the local economy."


Movement of know-how and technology
The chief task of the Piekary Śląskie Industrial Park is to ensure free movement of know-how and technology between research centers and enterprises. The park's Technology Incubator will provide broad support for research, development and commercialization of innovative technologies in the usage and disposal of secondary materials. Importantly, cooperation and closer relations will benefit not only partners involved in the projects, but also the local community and, consequently, the entire region.

The advantages of the park reach beyond good ideas for development, as the exceptionally attractive location of the land for investment is of key importance as well. Piekary Śląskie lies at a point of strategic importance in the transport system of the Upper Silesia metropolitan area, as it is at the intersection of expressways leading to Warsaw, Cracow, Wrocław, Poznań and Cieszyn. The park is situated a mere 3 kilometers from an interchange of the future A1 north-south highway and around 8 kilometers from the A4 east-west highway. The local road infrastructure has been significantly enhanced thanks to initiatives that used external funds and were organized by the Piekary Śląskie authorities. Another asset of the area, which is of particular importance to the business and investor communities, is the proximity (18 km) of Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice.

Towards sustainable development
Following the principles of sustainable development, which have been widely adopted by the international community, future planning needs to involve respect for natural resources and consider the priorities of local communities. The Piekary Śląskie Industrial Park project fulfills the above objectives, as its primary goal is to protect the natural environment in the city. One way to achieve this is to revitalize postindustrial areas. The reclaimed and recultivated land will be converted into an attractive investment area assigned for:
  • separation, recycling and management of secondary materials and waste disposal;
  • the construction of a modern center for technologies, services and science dealing with the processing and usage of secondary materials.


"As we start carrying out the first stage of the Industrial Park project, in the latter half of 2008, we will approach potential investors with exceptionally attractive offers of the first investment plots for sale," said Jerzy Trawczyński, chairman of the industrial park's management board. "We are building a database of potential partners who we encourage to tell us what they need, so we can provide them with customized proposals in the near future."

Contact
Piekary Śląskie Industrial Park, (Park Przemysłowy w Piekarach Śląskich Sp. z o.o.)

Headquarters:
24 W. Roździeńskiego St., 41-946 Piekary Śląskie

Correspondence address:
98 Siemianowicka St., 41-902 Bytom

biuro@ekopark.piekary.pl
tel. +48 32 289 04 84, fax +48 32 289 04 78
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