Get to know the stories of companies that have benefited from the support of the Polish Investment Zone and the special economic zone.
The history of the company Steinhof dates back to 1960. From the start of its operation the Tarnów-based company was a family business, today run and developed by the third generation. Its founder, Stanisław Steinhof, started an enterprise that, 60 years into its operation, is one of Europe’s largest producers of towbars, and one of Poland’s largest producers of brake pads.
The 1990s were a breakthrough in the development of the company. It was then that Marek Steinhof, the current owner, expanded his home enterprise into a vibrant and prosperous production facility. In the following years, the company successively increased production. The lack of options for further development at the original location made it embark on the construction of a new production facility in Niedomice near Tarnów, with the support of the Polish Investment Zone. Not only was a new production hall built, but the company also modernised its Tarnów facility.
The development and success of Arkan proves the importance of adjustment to the changing reality, a skill characteristic of efficient managers.
When Kazimierz Białas started his company Arkan in Tarnów on 1 May 1997, he could not even guess that his small enterprise would grow so significantly in the years to come. In 2017–19, its turnover tripled and employment doubled soon to reach 80 people. Moreover, Arkan expanded its original premises with successive buildings and land. This is the effect of smart management and watchful observation of the business environment as well as of the analysis of market demand and skilful extension of the products and services offered.
25 years ago, when most new businesses looked for niches in the services sector, PROTECH targeted industry. Time proved it right.
The business started by Jan Krupnik at the time of the profound economic transformation of the 1990s, run today by his son, Grzegorz Krupnik, is a trusted and recognised producer of boilers. Production of boilers, which PROTECH based its original operation on, brought the success that allowed to increase gradually the production potential. One of the factors that made achievement of the success possible is the effective and skilful use of the options available for co-financing development. Mr Krupnik started among others cooperation with the Kraków Technology Park (KPT), and his company received its first permits for operation in the special economic zone in Zator in 2012, to receive two successive ones in 2013 and 2014. The three investments made possible to build a production facility and develop machinery stock that have made PROTECH one of the most robotised companies in Poland, and Poland’s third business to apply hybrid welding.
“For 25 years we have worked to make your place on earth beautiful”, Jerzy Studziński, president of DAKO, said when the company was celebrating 25 years of operation.
DAKO, producer of high-quality windows and doors celebrates 25 years of operation this year. The company was founded by the Studziński brothers in 1994, and today operates on the space of 26,300m². DAKO has received two permits for operation in special economic zone from the Krakow Technology Park.
The company produces PVC, wooden and aluminium doors and windows, as well as external blinds and garage gates that are delivered to Polish and foreign customers. As the company is conquering the markers of Asia and North America, 50% of DAKO produce is exported.
Selvita’s new investment
Selvita is building its own Research and Development Center for Innovative Medicines in Krakow in the Krakow SEZ.
Selvita is one of Europe’s largest biotech companies, actively discovering and developing drugs used in oncology. It also provides laboratory research and development services commissioned by pharmaceutical, biotech, and chemical companies from all over the world.
In September 2016 Selvita announced the plan to build its own Research and Development Centre for Innovative Drugs in Kraków. The plot where the development will take place lies several hundred metres away from Selvita laboratories, in the vicinity of the Kraków Technology Park (KPT), on the premises of the Kraków special economic zone, in ul. Podole.
Exim Coding is the first micro-company to have received tax relief as part of the new governmental programme: Polska Strefa Inwestycji – the Polish Investment Zone.
The company has been in the market since 2005, distributing and producing printers-labellers for packaging equipment that also supplies service, consumables, and spares. The company also provides production support equipment, and a range of health and safety industrial markings for industrial facilities.
Walker, producer of unconventional furniture, is the third company to have received the support decision as part of the new programme: Polska Strefa Inwestycji – the Polish Investment Zone.
The company produces unconventional furniture sets for professional and private use. The company provides complex services for restaurants, bars, hotels, cafés, schools, and individual clients, answering their specific needs.
Motorola Solutions develops advanced communication technologies and implements pioneering solutions all over the world, Poland included. On 2 October 2018 the company celebrated a double anniversary: 90 years of operation and 20 years of activity in Kraków.
There are two divisions of Motorola Solutions operating in Poland: the Kraków Software Design Center focused on research and development, and the Systems Engineering Eastern Europe Department in Warsaw. What Motorola opened first was a commercial office in Warsaw.
During the last five years the new company made the greatest leap in the history of the production facility in Klucze.
In the last 20 years, the paper production plant in Klucze and Velvet brand went through a number of ownership changes, becoming part of International Paper (1996–2003) and Kimberly-Clark (2003–13). The investment made at the time expanded the manufacturing equipment, adding modern processing lines.
Comarch is one of the first investors operating within the zone in Kraków.
In 1999, the company received the second permit for running business issued by the KPT. By now the Kraków tycoon has received five of them altogether. The latest lets the company build a new structure offering the total of 27,000 m² of space, which will significantly increase its IT system development and production capacity. It will let Comarch increase its employment by at least 300 people.
Mabuchi Motors is the leading global producer of small electric motors that supply among others windshield wipers, mirrors, seats, and other mobile elements in cars.
In 2016 the corporation decided to start the first production facility in Europe. The winning bid came from the Kraków Technology Park (KPT), who offered the best conditions for investment: a convenient plot in the Bochnia economic activity zone, situated by an exit from the A4 motorway, a short term for trudging through the red tape thanks ot the cooperation with the PAIH and the City of Bochnia, and obviously public aid in the form of a preferential tax relief.