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SEZs Continue to Attract Investors
March 12, 2008 By L.Ż.    
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Rockwool Polska has been given permission to commence operations in the Suwałki Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Poland's north east.

Rockwool has started work on a third production line at its Małkinia plant, its seventh in Poland. The new line is expected to create 70 positions at Rockwool Polska and almost another 100 at the company's suppliers. The new production line, estimated to cost at least zl.250 million, will open in July. Rockwool opened a new production line to manufacture ceiling paneling at its Cigacice plant in August 2006 at a cost of just over zl.70 million.

Two foreign companies have commenced operations in the Legnica SEZ near Poland's western border this year. Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo will be creating 1,276 jobs at its new Legnickie Pole plant while Feerum, a Chorzów-based Polish company, will be building a new plant to manufacture storage equipment for agricultural and food products at a cost of zl.34 million. Other companies interested in investing in the zone are to due to receive permits in March. These include NG2, a footwear manufacturer listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The company employs 3,000 at its two subsidiaries in Polkowice and is looking to invest a further zl.30 million which will create 150 jobs. TBMECA, a car component manufacturer which now employs more than 100 people in Legnica, is planning to double its work force in the zone through a zl.40 million investment in Legnickie Pole. Spanish and German investors from the automotive industry are also due to receive permits. The zone currently provides employment for 10,500 people.

Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych (TZMO) is planning to invest in Kowalewo Pomorskie. Subsidiary Plastica intends to build a zl.89-million plant to manufacture plastic packaging for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, offering employment to around 150. The company's partners will create a further 40 jobs.

"The project will go ahead provided we get permission to set up in the Pomerania Special Economic Zone," says TZMO chairman Jarosław Józefowicz. "We already have large plants in Russia and Ukraine, so we can build a packaging plant there as well. If we do manage to set up near Toruń, the first stage will be up and running by the end of the year."

TZMO is a global manufacturer and distributor of medical, hygienic and cosmetic products. The group has 24 commercial companies, five service companies and 19 manufacturing plants employing 5,000 people worldwide.
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