There are ten reasons why it is worth investing in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship.
- Perfect geopolitical location;
- The young and dynamic people who identify strongly with the region;
- Excellent accessibility;
- High potential of businesses and numerous representation of foreign investors;
- Extensive experience in international co-operation;
- High environmental values;
- Thriving tourism;
- Valuable cultural heritage;
- Increased cultural and educational activity, and
- Professional assistance from business environment institutions.
The Bigges investors
UTC Corporation – owner of large aerospace enterprises taken over in 2000s (WSK PZL-Rzeszów and the Polish Aviation Works in Mielec), as well as new production facilities Pratt & Whitney AeroPower in Rzeszów, UTC Aerospace Systems in Tajęcin and UTC CCS Manufacturing Poland in Ropczyce. Goodyear – strategic investor in the Tire Company Dębica; Federal-Mogul, owner of the spare parts manufacturer in Gorzyce, privatised in 2001, and Valeant, which owns ICN Polfa Rzeszów. There are also: Guangxi LiuGong Machinery from China and IKEA from Sweden. The Chinese corporation took over the civilian part of Huta Stalowa Wola in 2012. The privatisation, carried out by the company, is the largest direct Chinese investment in Poland. In 2011, IKEA took over the existing wind farms in – Łęki Dukielskie and Bukowsko, as well as the wind farm in the Rymanów Commune, currently under construction, from the Spanish company Martifier. IKEA is at the same time the largest investor in the Podkarpacie region in the sector other than industrial processing. The Austrian Krosnospan – owner of three large factories located in Mielec and Pustkowo, manufacturers of wooden products, and of a specialist transport company Silva. Thoni Alutec – a manufacturer of aluminium casts in Stalowa Wola, and MTU, a manufacturer of engine modules and components, which built a production plant with R&D Department and Aero Engine Service Centre on the area of the Science and Technology Park of Podkarpacie in Tajęcin. The only entity outside the manufacturing sector – in the largest group of 10 investors – is a Portuguese company Jerónimo Martins, owner of the Biedronka stores, the largest retail chain of discount outlets in Poland. Three manufacturers of automotive parts are in the group of ten largest investors: the German companies WH Wheels (rims)
and Kirchhoff Automotive (car body parts), as well as Pilkington (windscreens) owned by the Japanese group Nippon Sheet Glass. All three projects are investments in plants built from scratch, namely, the Pilkington factory is now under construction, while Kirchhoff Automotive in Mielec and WH Wheels in Stalowa Wola have been operating in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship since the 1990s. Another two major investors work in the airline industry. These include the Canadian corporation Goodrich, which took over the older plant in Brosno in the 1990s and in 2012 commissioned a new factory in Tajęcin. Safran from France, which produces aircraft engines in the Hispano Suiza Polska plant, heavily invests in Sędziszów Małopolski. Two other industrial companies have invested over PLN 100 million: the Swedish Husqvarna, which in 2011 opened a new plant in Mielec, and the American O-I (the former Owens Illinois), owner of the packaging glass works in Jarosław. In 2012, the acquisition of Goodrich by United Technologies Corporation was finalized . Three businesses from the sector of services complement the group of twenty largest investors in the voivodeship between 2007-2012. These are investors involved in telecommunications – the German T-Mobile (the owner of Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa) and the American YTD LLC, which controls Multimedia Polska, operating in nearly half of the districts in the Podkarpacie region. The biggest foreign company involved in the implementation and rental of commercial properties is the Swiss Balinvest, the majority shareholder of Womak Alfa, the developer of the Nowy Świat shopping mall in Rzeszów.