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Road to Success
April 8, 2009   
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The presidents of three MAN companies in Poland, Joerg Mommertz, CEO MAN Truck & Bus Polska; Michael Kobriger, CEO MAN Bus and Martin Oetjen, CEO MAN Trucks, talk to Ewa Andrzejczak about the corporation's business in this country.

Joerg Mommertz:
The history of MAN operations in Poland dates back to 1993, when the company opened its first representative office to sell commercial vehicles. Since then, MAN has strengthened its position on the Polish market. It now has two bus factories in Poland, located in Poznań and Starachowice, in addition to a truck factory in Niepołomice and an organization that handles sales and services. With a total of about 4,000 workers, the MAN corporation has become one of the major investors and employers in this country.

Poland is extremely important for MAN Nutzfahrzeuge because it is an important production country and one of the biggest markets in Europe. For five years now, MAN has led the way in Poland in the sale of trucks, which testifies to the enormous trust that customers have in our company. Over the past 15 years, we have been selling modern, reliable products that have won many awards. Our trucks are seven-time winners of the prestigious Truck of the Year award, a feat that no other producer of commercial vehicles has ever achieved. Our buses have won the Bus of the Year title six times. We strive to offer the best solutions in many fields. Our organization recently won the European Medal, an award that testifies to the top quality of our services. We work hard to continuously expand our service network and the range of our services. Last year, we opened three new authorized service stations, and this year we are starting new projects in our own stations in Gdańsk and Wrocław.

With two city-bus factories, a truck factory and a sales organization in Poland, we have gathered vast experience as far as investment in this country is concerned. We are determined to take advantage of this investor-friendly environment by carrying out our long-term investment strategy. A qualified staff, mutual trust and joint pursuit of success promote investment. Both we, in our capacity as an investor, and the Polish authorities are keen on carrying out projects that create new jobs. As part of a corporate social responsibility project, MAN has started working with an automotive technical school in Warsaw, supporting two classes of students and offering internship opportunities. We will soon launch a similar program in Cracow.

Overall, MAN's business in Poland shows that Poland and Germany enjoy a good bilateral relationship founded on commitment and trust.

Michael Kobriger:
When it comes to city buses, we are the number one producer in Poland for the third straight year. Poland is a European bus production hub and so we are happy to have beaten our competition once again.

The MAN Bus facility near Poznań and its branch in Starachowice are an excellence center for the construction of wheelchair-accessible buses. Our low-floor buses for municipal transportation are produced there. The buses with the lion logo, built together by Polish and German professionals, are highly regarded by customers around the world. Almost 100 percent of our staff are Polish workers, which means we have created several thousand jobs here. We complement and trust each other, and that is a guarantee of joint success. Poland's logistic conditions and highly competitive labor market make the country a very interesting investment destination. The country's location in central Europe is another big asset that adds to Poland's competitive business environment.

Martin Oetjen:
Last year we produced almost 14,000 vehicles. We are the only truck factory in Poland, so we did not have any competitors, but we are very happy that we achieved such excellent results during the factory's first year. We owe this outstanding performance primarily to our qualified staff and excellent work organization.
The factory in Niepołomice is one of the most modern facilities in our international manufacturing network. Vehicles from Niepołomice-"Made in Poland, Powered by MAN"-are sold to customers around the world.
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