Borgers AG, the German manufacturer of insulation products for the automotive sector has launched its first operation in Poland - a production plant at Złotoryja in the south west of the country.
Subsidiary Borgers Polska sp. has completed the first stage of a €52m five-year investment project in the Legnica Special Economic Zone with the construction of an initial 15,000m2 production hall employing 150.
At the end of August, the company staged an official plant opening ceremony attended by Poland’s deputy Minister for Development Adam Hamryszczak.
“Poland has attracted significant foreign investment in the automotive industry... The investment of Borgers is further proof of our good investment climate and the continuing development of this sector in Poland,” he told the assembled group of executives and guests at the event.
He pointed out that automotive is the second largest sector of Poland’s industries, providing major employment and accounting for around 13% of the country’s total exports.
Overall, the project on a 10.8 ha site, undertaken with help from Poland’s Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH), is planned to include three more production halls taking the plant’s workforce to around 600.
The old established Bocholt, Germany-based group, which runs production plants in Belgium, the Czech Republic and Germany, considered locating its latest unit in Slovakia and the Czech Republic before selecting Poland.
“For Borgers, another location in Central and Eastern Europe is a logical complement to the network of plants that responds to customers' expectations," says Krzysztof Bramorski, the group’s official Poland representative.
The German company specialises in the production of interior and external lightweight sound proofing and lining components for cars and commercial vehicles. It also serves the home appliance sector.
The firm’s 24 sites worldwide include operations in China and the US, and group wide it employs 6,000.
Borgers AG, whose clients include BMW, Daimler, Volvo and PSA, has an annual turnover of about €700m.