SOFE-GROUP POLAND, a company with Ukrainian capital, is investing in the Katowice Special Economic Zone in a new facility worth nearly 9 million PLN. In addition to the Ukrainian company, several other investors, including representatives of the SME sector, have recently decided to invest, creating new projects with a total value of approximately 55 million PLN. According to representatives of the KSSE, despite the difficult economic situation in Europe, micro, small, and medium-sized companies are not hesitating to continue their development plans.
SOFE-GROUP POLAND is the official representative of Ukrainian refrigeration equipment brand HITLINE in the European Union countries. They provide shelving, counters, and other specialized equipment for the FMCG industry for stores, supermarkets, and hypermarkets. The company has been present in Poland since 2016 but has decided to establish a new facility within the KSSE due to the challenging situation in Ukraine. The factory will be located in Myszków, on a plot of land purchased by SOFE GROUP, covering an area of over 5,500 m2.
In total, the KSSE authorities have issued 39 support decisions this year, a result very close to the record-breaking number in 2021. At that time, the Katowice Special Economic Zone was the only one in Poland to issue over 100 decisions regarding new investments. Since the beginning of this year, 67% of these decisions have been related to the SME sector, which is increasingly choosing to invest in the zone. According to the KSSE authorities, this is evidence that both the pandemic and the situation in Ukraine, or even interrupted supply chains, do not deter micro, small, and medium-sized businesses from making development decisions.
“We are pleased that the condition of Polish SMEs does not change significantly in relation to the current, complicated economic situation in Europe and the world. In our conversations with investors, we see some concern about the coming months, but it mainly concerns large enterprises and international corporations. Meanwhile, SMEs still think about development, which is why we are pleased to issue support decisions once they meet the conditions specified in the law. It is even more heartening to see projects like the one from the Ukrainian company SOFE-GROUP, which decides to expand its business despite the dramatic situation in its homeland. We are glad that we can help and support the economy of our neighbors beyond our eastern border,” says Dr. Janusz Michałek, President of the Katowice Special Economic Zone S.A.
“We would like to thank you for your trust in our company and for the support provided by the KSSE. We appreciate the assistance given to our Ukrainian-origin business. We hope that this will be the first step in the development of our investments in the Silesian Voivodeship,” informs the management of SOFE-GROUP POLAND.