From the point of view of investors, the biggest strengths of the region include: favourable geographical location and accessibility, access to highly skilled workforce, well-developed economic infrastructure, the country’s major scientific and research potential of the Łódź universities and research centres (including: Technopark and BioNanoPark), attractive offers for investors in 44 subzones of the Special Economic Zone of Łódź with already over 200 operating businesses, to include: Dell, Procter and Gamble, Fujitsu Services, and Gillette. The fastest growing sectors of the economy are power engineering, textiles, biotechnology, agro-food processing, ICT, and BPO.
A lot of reputable corporations have invested their capital in the voivodeship. The total foreign direct investment amounted to nearly 2 billion Euro, and as a result 15,000 new jobs were created.
The region owes this result to the specificinvestment advantages attracting this way a considerable foreign capital.
The Łódzkie Voivodeship, as one of the first in Poland, has created a database of lands designated for investmentsbasing on the Regional Investor Service Centre.. The RISC provides assistance in acquiring land for investment and in the first period of a business activity. The number of well-prepared lands for investment is growing – such as in the area of the Kleszczów Industrial Zones (over 300 hectares), the Special Economic Zone of Łódź (around 900 hectares) and the Boruta Zgierz Industrial Park (173 hectares).
Companies with foreign participation mainly focused on industry (such as Bosh/Siemens – AGD, Hutchinson – automotive, Dell – IT) and trade(e.g. Rossmann – cosmetics). Also other investments involving a large capital are located in Łódź (such as Manufaktura, the biggest commercial and entertainment centre in Europe)
The main investments according to countries
- USA: Dell, Procter&Gamble, Sonoco, Panattoni, Rexam HPC, RR Donnelly, Flextronics, Accenture, Citifinancial, Transition Techniologies
- France: Apsys, Hutchinson, Bull
- Germany: DHL Express, Schaumaplast Organika, BSH, Rossmann
- Great Britain: St. Paul’s, Segro, Wincanton
- Ireland: Rehab Ent, SWS BPO
- Holland: HSV, Hapam Poland, TNT Express Worldwide, Tele Atlas.