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Business Opportunities in Malopolska voivodship

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The region of MalopoIska is bounded by the Swietokrzyskie (Holy Cross) Mountains on the north, the broad range of hills stretching down from Czestochowa to Krakow (Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska) on the west, and the Tatra, Pieniny and Beskidy Mountains on the south.The most visible feature of the region's economy is its great diversity. All significant branches of economy are represented here - from high technologies and banking to chemical and metallurgical industries, coal, ore, food processing, spirit and tobacco industries. The most industrialised city of the voivodship is Krakow. The largest regional enterprise is operating here the Tadeusz Sendzimir Steelworks employing 17,000 people. Another major industrial centre is located in the west, in the neighbourhood of Chrzanow (production of railway engines) and Oswiecim (chemical works). Krakowski Park Technologiczny, a special economic zone, has been established within the voivodship.

Capital
Krakow
Area
15,144 sq. km
Population
- of which urban
3,260,900
49.7%
Special Economic Zone
Investor Assistance Centre Krakow
International airport

Main sectors: IT, banking, food processing, spirits, tobacco, chemical, coal, steel

According to the official data of the Central Statistical Office (GUS) from August 2005, there were 290,687 business entities in the region. Roughly 2,609 of these enterprises had a share of foreign capital.

Selected foreign investors with investments of over $1 million in Poland, present in the voivodship:

  • HVB  - banking
  • Kronospan Holdings Ltd. - wood and wooden products
  • Saint-Gobain  - glass manufacturing
  • Philip Morris  - tobacco processing
  • Electricite de France internationale  - power, gas and water supply
  • IPC  - pulp and paper
  • Air Liquide  - chemicals and chemical products
  • Pliva  - pharamceutical
  • Delphi Automotive Systems  - automotive
  • Fleury Michon  - food processing
  • Carlsberg  - brewing
  • Man  - automotive
  • Becker Industrial Coatings AB  - chemicals
  • Electrolux  - BPO - finances centre
  • Rogal Dutch Shell Group  - BPO – finances and bookkeeping centre


    LABOUR MARKET


    Total number of employees in the voivodship, according to the official data provided by the Central Statistical Office in August 2005, is 2,031,000.
    Numbers employed in selected sectors:
    • Industry (total): 173,051
    • Construction: 28,104
    • Trade and repair: 87,113
    • Hotels and restaurants: 8,323
    • Business services including real estate: 31,759
    Average  private sector monthly gross salaries:
    • industry: 2,355 PLN
    • construction: 1,940 PLN
    Unemployment rate in the voivodship: 14.0%
    Total unemployed persons registered:180,900 


    USEFUL LINKS


    Governor’s Office (Malopolski Urzad Wojewodzki)
    ul. Basztowa 22
    31-156 Kraków
    Tel.: (+48 12) 616 01 04
    Fax: (+48 12)  616 09 99
    www.malopolska.uw.gov.pl

    Marshal’s Office (Urzad Marszalkowski Wojewodztwa Malopolskiego)
    ul. Basztowa 22
    31-156 Kraków
    Tel.: (+48 12) 616 01 24, 616 01 44
    Fax: (+48 12) 430 03 94
    www.malopolskie.pl

    Mayor of Krakow
    Mr Jacek Majchrowski
    Krakow Town Hall
    Pl. Wszystkich Swietych 3/4
    31- 004 Krakow
    Tel.: (+48 12) 616 12 00
    Fax: (+48 12) 616 17 06
    www.krakow.pl

    Special Economic Zone Krakow Technology Park
    ul. J. Pawla II 37
    31-864 Krakow
    Tel.: (+48 12) 640 19 40
    Fax: (+48 12) 640 19 45
    www.sse.krakow.pl

    Regional Investor Assistance Center
    (within the structures of the Malopolska Development Agency S.A.)
    31-542 Krakow
    ul. Kordylewskiego 11
    Tel.: (+48 12)  413 89 13, 413 85 51, 412 07 63
    Fax: (+48 12) 412 43 79
    www.marr.pl/cob.shtml


    Source: Central Statistical Office (GUS)