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German automation systems maker opens factory in Opole


Ifm Electronic, a German industrial automation group, on 1 October inaugurated a factory of sensors and control systems in Opole. The value of the project – the first manufacturing investment in the local sub-zone of the Walbrzych Special Economic Zone – is PLN 40m (approx. €9.7m). The facility, which consists of a 4,000 m2 factory hall and 1,100 m2 of R&D, office and social facilities, currently employs 200 people, with plans to increase staff levels to 300 by the end of 2012.

Also on 1 October Ifm Ecolink, Ifm Electronic’s the Polish subsidiary, signed a letter of intent with Opole authorities about the purchase of a further 2 hectares of adjoining land.

The German company says it has selected Opole for its good transport links (proximity to a motorway), academic institutions, work ethic and highly cooperative and competent local authorities.

Ifm Electronic employs more than 4,300 people in over 70 countries worldwide.

Four other investment projects are in the various stages of implementation in the Opole sub-zone. Together with the Ifm Electronic project, they are worth a total of PLN 200-250m (€49-61m) and are expected to bring 600-700 jobs.

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