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Velux investing big in Polish plants


2012-03-10



Velux, the Danish maker of, among other things, roof windows, is in the middle of a significant upgrade and expansion of its manufacturing plants in Gniezno (Wielkopolskie voivodship) and Namyslow (Opolskie voivodship), in what is its biggest investment project in Poland in 14 years, CEO Joergen Tang-Jensen told Puls Biznesu.

The combined value of the investments is over PLN 190m (approx. €45.8m). They involve the addition of a total of 11,000 m2 of floor space at the two facilities, as part of preparations for the production launch of a new generation of windows. Construction work is expected to be completed in the autumn and the new windows are due to appear on the market in early 2013.

Whether the investments lead to an increase in employment at Velux’s Polish operations, from 1,450 people at the moment, will depend on the level of demand.

Velux has invested a total of PLN 274m (€66m) at the two Polish plants since 1998. They supply the markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

The Velux group has manufacturing operations in 11 countries and sales operations in nearly 40 countries worldwide. It employs about 10,000 people.



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