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Research commercialised in the zone 12/07/2016

Research commercialised in the zone

Switcher makes use of an innovative technology that is just entering final marketing phase. The advanced system for the logistics of railway turnouts designed, produced, and developed by the Kolejowe Zakłady Nawierzchniowe “Bieżanów” thanks to the funds from the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) will now go into serial production thanks to a new investment project conducted in the Kraków special economic zone. To make it possible, the Board of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) issued a permit for the company to operate within the zone a few days ago.

The company’s investment will include the development and further modernisation of the plant. The purpose is to launch the production of an innovative dumper car with a tipping platform, a safe and precise hydraulic lifting system, and special modules increasing the load rigidity and stabilisation. The Switcher will help to assemble railway turnouts faster, also on tracks dedicated for high velocity trains, maintaining the highest quality and durability of these elements of rail infrastructure as they are highly significant for travel security.

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Thanks to the technology developed at KZN, the production of a railway turnout, ending with the final assembly of the unit into the railroad system will run in a single, controlled technological process. The turnout will arrive at the place of its installation as a ready-to-assemble unit. This will make it possible to avoid its disassembly at the production plant and reassembly at the construction site, which had a negative impact on the precision and infallibility. The technology gained recognition among experts and practitioners in the field, and received numerous awards for innovation in the national Teraz Polska Competition, the regional Innovator Małopolski Competition, and in the industry-wide Ernest Malinowski Competition.

The investment project conducted in the KTP monetises the research work previously co-financed from the funds of the NCBiR, as part of the action 1.5 OP IE in the Innotech III programme, In-Tech path. KZN “Bieżanów” will invest at least PLN 30 million and set up at least 40 new jobs. At the moment, the companies employs 200 people.

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08/07/2016

Lajkonik in the zone

Modern technologies also enter food manufacturing plants. Lajkonik Snacks will develop its operation in Kraków special economic zone. Owners of the company decided to increase production, which entails the need to expand production facilities. The new hall will be developed for a state-of-the-art multi-technology line for production of salty snacks. The new line will make it possible to programme fully the process of production and to obtain unique tastes that are certain to find plenty of enthusiasts.

The investment outlay will exceed PLN 31.8 million and result in creating at least 30 new jobs.

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This is already the 12th permit issued by the Board of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) this year.

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Velvet Care invests in the zone 01/07/2016

Velvet Care invests in the zone

Velvet Care, a company known very well in the Polish and international markets, decided to make a new investment. The leading Polish manufacturers of paper-based hygiene products is expanding the power plant operating in Klucze (Małopolska), by installing state-of-the-art machines producing tissue used in hygienic products.

Then investment will be completed in the Kraków special economic zone at the cost of PLN 170 million. The company employing 270 people, announced opening at least 50 new jobs. Velvet Care also runs research and development activity, and works closely with institutions of higher education, notably with the technical universities of Kraków and Łódź.

29/06/2016

KTP building architecture awarded!

It is our great pleasure to inform you that our building is a winner of Kraków mój dom / Kraków My Home competition organised by Dziennik Polski local daily, in the commercial and business category. The jury recognised the interesting architectural solutions and appreciated the arrangement of shared space designed for the tenants of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP). Thank you very much!

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KTP building architecture awarded!

The design is a work of Aleksander Mirek of Kontrapunkt V-Projekt.

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Polish ActInSpace finals at the KTP 27/05/2016

Polish ActInSpace finals at the KTP

The winner of the Polish edition of ActInSpace (AIS) is Blue Divine 1 from Łódź, who designed an app to let lorry drivers enjoy what is known as eco-driving. Congratulations!

Today, Kraków became the stage for fierce competition for the title of the best Polish concept to find everyday uses for space developed technologies. Our interstellar teams competed in the ActInSpace contest. Although it may sound farfetched (from space?), it is not. After all, the water filters we use in the kitchen were originally made to cater for the needs of space stations and were not brought down to the Earth until many years later. With this in mind, we can easily realise that such ideas can have magnificent business future. This year, the concepts were assessed by a number of experts, including Marek Moszyński, Vice President of the Polish Space Agency and Bartosz Sokoliński, the Director of the New Technologies Division in the Industry Development Agency (ARP).

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The finals were held at the Kraków Technology Park (KTP), which applies an array of means to support new technologies and promotes their application in Polish businesses. The finals gathered four teams: two from Kraków, one from Warsaw, and one from Łódź. All the four were winners of hackathons held previously in Warsaw and Kraków, where they proved better than 7 and 11 other teams respectively.

The winning team will represent Poland during the international finals in Toulouse, France. If you want to support the Polish team contending for the title of the best business idea in the space technology sector, do cheer them on Twitter, using #actinspace hashtag and don’t forget to add #gopoland.

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20/05/2016

Success of Digital Dragons 2016!

The jubilee 5th round of the Digital Dragons attracted over 1300 participants from 30 countries to Kraków. For two days, the capital of Małopolska became the centre of the video games world and the electronic entertainment sector. The Digital Dragons Awards were presented for the best games of 2015 during the event, which has earned itself a permanent place in the agendas of leading game developers and producers. For the first time, the main partner of the conference was Małopolska Region.

During two days, Kraków’s Old Tram Depot and the Museum of Municipal Engineering, provided the stage for 71 lectures and presentations by world-class specialists in various fields connected to the production, development, and marketing of videogames. The lectures by the brightest stars of the event – John Romero, Chris Avellone, Feargus Urquhart, and David Brevik – enjoyed great popularity, yet crowds arrived in the lecture halls also during the addresses by Polish developers, which corroborates the power and popularity of Polish games sector growing from year to year. Altogether, in the two days of the Digital Dragons, the participants listened to nearly 3200 minutes of talks and lectures.

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Success of Digital Dragons 2016!

A special guest of the Digital Dragons 2016 was Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin. Held during the event was a press conference with participation of Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Higher Education. The conference entitled Let’s Play Innovation: Millions for the Support of the Polish Games Sector addressed among others GAMEINN, a sectoral program addressed to the games industry that the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) announced two weeks ago.

For years, the Digital Dragons Awards presentation ceremony has been one of the most important elements of the Kraków event. The awards are presented for the best productions of the previous year. In 2016, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt proved absolutely beyond match, winning four statuettes in Best Polish Game, Best Polish Game Art, Best Polish Game Audio, and Best Polish Game Design categories. The winner in the Best Polish Mobile Game category was This War of Mine produced by 11bit Studios, and the title of the Best Foreign Game was awarded to Life is Strange, a production of Dontnod Entertainment studio. Two special awards were also presented: Małopolska Game Award to Bloober Team for their exceptional contribution to the development of the sector in the region, and Michał Madej from CD Projekt RED was recognised for special contribution to the Polish gamedev. The partner of the gala was G2A.com.

The Digital Dragons was also an opportunity to run another round of the Indie Showcase for independent game developers. This year’s rivalry stood at a very high level, which was jointly emphasised by both conference participants and representatives of the jury evaluating the projects. Among the 60 projects submitted, it was a simulator of the emergency number operator, 911 Operator developed by Jutsu Games, that proved the winner. Besides the statuettes for the best game of the Indie Showcase, the creative artists left Kraków with PLN 10,000 from the Municipality of Kraków in their pocket, and an Oculus Rift from 11bit Studios, sponsor of the Indie Showcase. The runner-up was Crush Your Enemies from Vile Monarch studio, while Book of Demons from Thing Trunk ranked as third. Community Vote Award went into the hands of Space Boat Studios for Out of Reach. It is worth emphasising that nearly 3000 votes were cast in the online plebiscite.

Another great tractor during the Digital Dragons was the tent of Techland, one of the main partners of the event. Set up in the courtyard of the Old Tram Depot, it attracted developers and conference participants, giving them a short break opportunity, and inviting to participate in numerous competitions and meetings with developers working on Dying Light, the latest hit of the Wrocław-based studio. Techland also used the Kraków event for recruitment, actively seeking personnel for the two AAA productions announced in Kraków and developed at the Wrocław HQ of the company, with the total budget of PLN 300 million.

This year again a session of VC Speed Networking was organised during the Digital Dragons. During the short, two-minute presentations, the participants tried to attract the interest of representatives of 10 investment funds with their game-related projects. A regular element of the conference, the networking sessions enjoy an ever greater popularity, as proved, among others, by the growing number of potential investors participating in the event.

The Digital Dragons continues to develop, following the expectations of game developers. The Kraków Technology Park (KTP) persistently supports the development of this innovative sector of Polish economy.

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Kraków zone expands 18/04/2016

Kraków zone expands

The Council of Ministers decided to expand the Kraków special economic zone. Its area grew by 159ha, of which 99.9ha are public grounds, and 59.6ha – private land over which the status of the zone was extended for carrying out new investments. Once the decision comes into force, the total area of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) will increase from 707ha to approximately 866.8ha.

The change implies setting up entirely new subzones in locations ranging from Nowy Targ, Zakliczyn, and Jędrzejów to Klucze and Tuchów. New investments will be carried out in the Kraków zone, including those by Kolejowe Zakłady Nawierzchniowe “Bieżanów” sp. z o.o. (Kraków), Velvet Care sp. z o.o. (Klucze), and Lajkonik Snacks sp. z o.o. (Skawina). The total investment of the companies for whom the zone was created will exceed PLN 195 million, moreover, the declarations include opening 185 new jobs and retention of 1065.

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“We have long waited for this expansion, but we are convinced that it was worthwhile. Thanks to the change of the borders of our zone, it will be possible to carry out the investments and develop companies that invest in innovation and develop their products. We hereby thank the company boards and local and regional authorities for patience. I am glad that the process of shifting the borders of the zone was successfully streamlined, which will probably also result in new projects in the near future. There are three regions that in this way have obtained new opportunities for investors, therefore we invite you very cordially to invest in Małopolska as well as in Świętokrzyskie and Podkarpackie regions”, Wojciech Przybylski, President of the KTP, explained

The KTP is devoted to professional services for investors and partnership in business relations. The companies entering the Kraków zone may count on post-investment care, training and consultancy, and the package of technology park services. The KTP’s competitive advantage over other zones results from the synergy between the offer of a technology park and a special economic zone. The KTP offers the investors fully developed land for greenfield investment. After the expansion, we will be present in 30 communes in three regions. 

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01/04/2016

Comarch investments and employs again

Comarch, a company operating in Kraków special economic zone since 1992, has gained another permit to conduct business in the zone. So far, the company has constructed six office buildings offering over 55,000 m² of space in the Czyżyny subzone. The total investment outlay in Kraków zone has exceeded PLN 230 million.

Under the new permit, the company will develop a building offering around 27,000 m², which will significantly increase the company’s production capacity for developing ICT systems. The planned investment outlay will exceed PLN 69 million. Creation of at least 300 new jobs is also envisaged.

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Comarch investments and employs again

Of note: Comarch is a producer of innovative information technology and communication systems for key sectors of economy: telecommunications, banking, and finance listed at Warsaw stock exchange. It also provides services for public administration and businesses involved in commerce, services, and production, at the same time expanding the range of its services for the medical sector. Comarch is one of few Polish IT companies successfully operating in foreign markets.

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Easter! 25/03/2016

Easter!

Happy Easter time! KPT team

16/03/2016

Feargus Urquhart and Chris Avellone – leaders of the legendary video games studio at Kraków’s Digital Dragons in May

This is going to be a great holiday of electronic entertainment. Arriving in the city of Wawel Dragon, side by side with John Romero, who gave as Doom and Quake, are role-playing game developers of prime magnitude: Feargus Urquhart and Chris Avellone.

The Witcher is the largest export product of the Polish games sector. It represents the RPG (role-playing games) genre, in which players become fictitious figures, experience their adventures, and develop their skills according to set rules. The Witcher is Gerald of Rivia, a hero called to life in books by Andrzej Sapkowski, while the heroes of other RPG hits, such as Skyrim and Dragon Age, are characters developed by the players themselves. The computer-based variety of RPGs is currently experiencing a great period, as attested by the market results. In just over four years, Skyrim sold more than 22 million copies. The Witcher 3 sold 6 million copies in only the first six weeks of sales.

Yet it remains unknown whether this genre would have been so successful if not the a turning moment that took place several years ago. To discuss it more broadly, one needs to move back in time to the mid-1990s, when role-playing games, being an heir to the role-plays played in the real world and following the conventions of theatre improvisation found themselves in a slump after a few successful years in the market. It seemed that they were sentenced to oblivion. And this might really have been the case if not for Interplay, and American games publisher, who decided to open Black Isle Studios, a new division, and setting up a team who breathed a new life into the seriously fossilised genre.

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Feargus Urquhart and Chris Avellone – leaders of the legendary video games studio at Kraków’s Digital Dragons in May

Standing at the helm of the group was Feargus Urquhart, who named it after Scotland: the country his ancestors hailed from. Interplay created and released a number of games on Black Isle label that made their permanent place in the history of the role-playing genre.

The series that began the entire revival deserves special attention. A product of BioWare, a Canadian company operating under the patronage of Black Isle Studios publishing, it made an impact on the renaissance of the RPG games that cannot be overestimated. It can be simply said that a whole generation of players grew up on the saga telling the story of the Bhaalspawn. This is true also about Poland, where the localisations of the game have been the product of nobody else but CD Projekt, at the time, not yet offering own works on CD Projekt RED label, but being a recognised distributor. The Polish edition of Baldur’s Gate (Polish: Wrota Baldura), with Jan Kobuszewski, Wiktor Zborowski, Gabriela Kownacka, and many other stars of Polish stage and silver screen is recognised one of the greatest achievements in the history of games publishing in the Polish market.

Baldur’s Gate is the most famous title of the role-playing games revival, yet the renaissance brought also other productions. Even before Baldur’s Gate premiered, the first game developed by Black Isle Studios entered the market. It was Fallout 2, one of the best parts of a series that continues to present a vision of a post-nuclear world to this day. A great role in the success of the title was played by Chris Avellone, the second best-known name in Black Isle Studios. Avellone became famous mostly thanks to another great game from this company, Planescape: Torment. As in the case of Baldur’s Gate, what made the product highly popular in Poland was a highly successful and rich Polish edition with Adrianna Biedrzyńska, Emilian Kamiński, and Władysław Kowalski in the leading roles.

Despite the great artistic success and returning RPG to the ranks of major game genres, the Black Isle Studios fell victim to the crisis in its mother company. Riven with financial problems, in 2003 Interplay was forced to an unprecedented decision: laying of the developers who in five years created a number of games of highest assay. Black Isle was gone. Urquhart started his own studio, Obsidian Entertainment, and persuaded Avellone to enlist under his banners. The duo worked together for another 12 years, continuing the tradition of role-playing revival for over a decade.

In 2015, they ceased producing games together, yet there will be soon an opportunity in Kraków to see them together, as they both announced their arrival at this year’s round of the Digital Dragons – the largest games conference in our part of Europe. After an extremely successful year in the video games sector in Poland, marked by the great success of The Witcher 3 from CD Project RED and produced by Techland Dying Light, the organisers expect an even greater interest in the meeting than in 2014, when more than 1100 representatives of the games, media, business, and VC fund representatives arrived in Kraków. “”The Digital Dragons is not only a bevy of magnificent guests and an opportunity to meet the legends of the gaming world. It is also a place for exchanging experience, presenting achievements, and doping business. This is why events of this type enjoy such a broad interest among the sector. The Kraków Technology Park (KTP) became aware of these expectations five years ago already, and the games world has honoured the Digital Dragons with its trust. Thanks to this, the event enjoys today the status of one of the most important in Central and Eastern Europe”, the President of the KTP, Wojciech Przybylski emphasised.

This year’s edition of the Digital Dragons will be held on 16th and 17th May in Kraków. Besides Avellone and Urquhart, it will also be graced by John Romero, the developer of absolutely cult productions: Doom and Quake. Tickets to the conference are already available from www.digitaldragons.pl.

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