Twenty-five years after its foundation, Polish windows manufacturer Oknoplast has launched a significant project to expand production capacity at its Krakow plant by almost a third.
Work has already begun on the longterm scheme which will see the construction of a 16,500m2 manufacturing and logistics complex at the Krakow Technology Park site.
Production of PVC profiles and aluminium parts is being automated and output will increase over 30% by the time the project is completed in March 2024, according to family-run Oknoplast which is based in Ochmanów, south east of Krakow.
The modern logistics centre will handle sorting and packaging of finished goods as well as completing window accessories together with products. In addition, the investment will extend office space and improve employees’ comfort, said the firm.
“Robotisation within production was planned in a very thoughtful way. ... It is worth emphasising that it will reduce the amount of post-production waste, which is another step in our company towards environmental protection,” commented Oknoplast’s management board president Mikołaj Placek.
“We want to be technology leaders all the time and so far we have achieved many successes in this area.”
Thanks to its new investment, Oknoplast “will be ready to realise even the most creative ideas with even greater strength while ensuring the highest precision products”, the executive added.
In June, the company celebrated 25 years since its formation in 1994. Its president put down Oknoplast’s success over those years to a decision to produce only top quality windows taken by his father Adam Placek, its founder.
“We put quality first, not the low price - what was really a rare strategy in Poland at that time. It was from the beginning our advantage and that we stood out on the market,” the president recalled.
Last year, Oknoplast achieved a record annual turnover of €169m from revenue generated largely through exports which represented a 75% share of overall sales. This year, the firm forecasts its sales value will reach nearly €183m and its strategy is to lift turnover to top €235m in 2021.