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Total investments in SEZ near PLN 80bn after 9% rise in 2011


New investments in the country’s 14 Special Economic Zones (SEZ) amounted to PLN 6.45bn (approx. €1.6bn) in 2011 and were 8.8% higher than the year before, according to official figures from the Ministry of the Economy released on 30 May. This took the total value of investments completed in the SEZ since their creation in 1994 to PLN 79.7bn (€18.3bn). The number of jobs in the zones increased by 16,800, or 7.5%, last year, and reached PLN 241,600 at the end of December 2011.

The Katowice zone is the clear leader with investments in the years 1994-2011 of PLN 18.2bn (€4.4bn) and nearly 37,700 new jobs, followed by the Walbrzych zone with PLN 13.1bn (€3.2bn) and over 24,500 new jobs, and the Lodz zone on PLN 9bn (€2.2bn) and nearly 18,100 new jobs.

Six countries account for 75% of total investments expended in the SEZ to date, namely Poland, Germany, the United States, the Netherlands, Japan and Italy. Sector-wise, the automotive industry accounts for 25% of all investments, followed by rubber and plastic products (10%) and other non-metallic mineral products (9.4%). The highest level of sectoral concentration is found in the following zones: Legnica, Katowice (both automotive) or Warmia and Mazury (rubber and plastic products).

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