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New Bianor Plant
November 29, 2012   
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Polish-Dutch plastic processing company Bianor has launched a zl.30 million production plant in the eastern Polish city of Bia造stok, the capital of the Podlaskie region.

The new factory, which is located in the Bia造stok subzone of the Suwa趾i Special Economic Zone, took about a year to build. “The construction of the new factory was, on the one hand, an opportunity to significantly increase our scale of operations, and on the other hand, a necessity for us,” said Bianor CEO Hans de Haas. “We needed new production and warehouse space to keep up with growing orders from customers.”

Bianor makes injection-molded plastic components for manufacturers of products such as household appliances, power tools, water filters and car child seats.

Bianor was founded in 1997 in Bia造stok, a city of 300,000, after Dutch company Philips decided to move some of its production to Poland. Initially—until 2006—Bianor worked exclusively for Philips. Today, it specializes in contract-based production for companies such as Bosch-Siemens Hausgerate, Makita, Newell Rubbermaid, AGI Amaray, Brita, meadwestvaco, Blanco, Esselte, and Kongsberg Automotive as well as Philips. In Poland, the company works with Zelmer, a household appliance maker based in the southeastern city of Rzesz闚.

“Today Bianor is more than just a supplier of plastic components,” said de Haas. “We support our customers with our engineering expertise already at the stage of conceptual work on new products; we also provide complex assembly of finished products.”

The new plant will have a work force of 420, creating 150 new jobs. Bianor says the potential of young engineers from the Bia造stok University of Technology is particularly important for it. “Bia造stok, a city with industrial and academic traditions, is a great location for us,” said de Haas.

Bianor is the second production plant that has been launched within the Bia造stok subzone of the Suwa趾i Special Economic Zone. In September, the Masterpress company officially opened a production facility that will have more than 100 employees.

Robert 砰li雟ki, chairman of the Suwa趾i Special Economic Zone, said a total of 69 companies have invested a combined zl.1.7 billion in the zone over the past 16 years, creating almost 6,000 jobs between them. Half the invested money is Polish capital, and the other half is foreign capital, mainly German, 砰li雟ki said.
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