Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone

“INVEST–PARK” The Wałbrzych Zone is not slowing down

Originally Published in March 2020

MULTIªMILLION investments in Wałbrzych and its surroundings, nearly half a million zlotys for financial and material support of local initiatives, launching a municipal loan fund and a decision to build new halls for industrial lease – it was a busy and successful year for the WSEZ “INVEST-PARK”.

In 2019, 19 new investment projects for a total of PLN 1.3 billion were approved for implementation in south-western Poland. The largest investment will be carried out in Wałbrzych, where Toyota intends to double its production lines related to hybrid drives. Additionally, hybrid technology projects will increase Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland’s investment in Wałbrzych and Jelcz-Laskowice to more than PLN 5.5 billion and employment to about 3,000 people.

Among large investment projects in Lower Silesia, which received support from the zone last year, there were also two Korean companies: LG Electronics Wrocław and LS EV. LG will invest PLN 128 million in the development of the plant in Biskupice Podgórne, and LS will expand and equip the plant in Dzierżoniów for nearly PLN 170 million.

– We are glad that the upcoming projects will include both large investments of international concerns and medium, small and even micro entrepreneurs – says Piotr Sosiński, President of the Zone.

In 2019, the WSEZ “INVEST-PARK” supported financially and materially more than 100 social, sports, cultural and educational initiatives, and allocated funds to co-finance scouting and firefighting. The WSEZ „INVEST-PARK” also organized four sports events: Trainings with Sumo Champions, football and basketball tournaments for zone companies and a run on the occasion of Santa Claus Day for children.

“The Zone is constantly expanding its offer in order to provide comprehensive business services”

– With regard to the social life of the entire region, last year we allocated nearly half a million PLN for our sponsorship program and the „INVEST” Educational Cluster project. – underlines Kamil Zieliński, Vice President of the Zone.

One of the new forms of support introduced last year by the WSEZ „INVEST- PARK” was the Loan Fund for Local Government Units. Thanks to these funds, local governments can prepare land, develop plots and create good connections for investment complexes. The WSEZ „INVEST-PARK” also announced that in 2020 the construction of 6 production and storage halls will start, 3 of them in Lower Silesia. The company will allocate PLN 120 million for this project, which makes it the biggest investment of the Zone in history.

– We are constantly expanding our offer in order to provide comprehensive business services – says Krzysztof Drynda, Zone Vice President. The WSEZ “INVEST-PARK” has recently expanded its offer by purchasing land in Opole Provinces, where five new projects worth nearly PLN 200 million will be implemented. These investments will be carried out in this region: Skarbimierz (Zotefoams, Cezary Kulesza TEPARK), Dabrowa (BSSTC.PL), Opole (Pasta Food) and Namysłów (NM Poland).

– Taking into account our previous experience, I am convinced that the offer to rent or lease fully completed facilities will interest more investors. It is also a great opportunity to develop local business, which cannot afford to build a plant from scratch – says Krzysztof Drynda.

The attractiveness of the Zone was appreciated in the annual fDi Magazine ranking comparing nearly 3,000 global economic zones – „Global Free Zones of the Year”. “INVEST-PARK” was distinguished as a particularly attractive location in Europe for large investments. For the first time in the history of the Zone it also received the „Pearl of the Polish Economy”. – one of the most prestigious national economic awards. The Jury appreciated the innovative projects implemented in the Zone, the way they were implemented and their impact on the economy and society.