New Procter & Gamble Project in Poland
December 19, 2013
Fast-moving consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble has opened its European planning and logistics center in Warsaw. Over the past 20 years, P&G has invested more than zl.4 billion and created thousands of jobs in this country.
P&G’s new Warsaw center, which officially opened in December, will have a staff of around 500. It will oversee the management of the company’s supply chain in 100 countries, from raw material planning to the delivery of finished products to the customer. Thanks to the center, products will more quickly and efficiently reach retailers and subsequently the end consumer, the company says.
According to Yannis Skoufalos, P&G’s Global Product Supply Officer, Warsaw was an optimal location for the new center due to the company’s track record of investment in Poland, combined with the country’s proximity to other markets, a friendly investment climate created by the Polish authorities, and access to a well-educated and talented work force. At the moment, the company is recruiting staff for the center. It is primarily looking for graduates of technical universities and professionals with several years of experience in the business.
The European planning and logistics center in Warsaw is the latest in a series of projects P&G began carrying out in Poland 20 years ago with the launch of a Pampers disposable diapers factory in Warsaw’s Targówek district. Today the company has four factories in Poland that export their products to more than 100 countries. These are two Gillette plants in the Łódź Special Economic Zone (the newer of which is the largest facility of its kind in the world), a Pampers disposable diapers plant in Warsaw, and an Olay cosmetics plant in Aleksandrów Łódzki (the largest such facility in Europe). In addition, the company has a head office in Poland with office space and a business services center. In total, P&G has more than 3,500 employees in Poland.
“We are proud of our achievements in Poland so far and of our continuous development,” said Marek Kapuściński, general manager and vice-president of the nine-market Central Europe region at Procter & Gamble. “P&G’s investment in Poland has been helped by good cooperation with the Polish authorities and the Łódź Special Economic Zone,” he added.
P&G, one of the largest multinational companies in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, is a major investor in Poland. Monika Piątkowska, vice president of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ), said, “We appreciate the extent of the company’s investment in our country, which has resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs. The new project confirms the company’s strong and lasting commitment to Poland.”