Industrial infrastructure, traditions and experience The city’s industrial tradition, infrastructure and dynamic growth make it an attractive place to run a business in various branches. Proximity of industrial plants and a network of vocational schools that offer various specialisations have turned Kędzierzyn-Koźle not only into an industrial centre but also into an educational one with well-qualified staff.
German, British, Dutch and Greek investors are present here. The city is also home to one of the largest Polish chemical companies – Grupa Azoty ZAK S.A. The Kędzierzyn-Koźle Industrial Park creates conditions to undertake new ventures that contribute to the development of the City. The operation of the Kędzierzyn-Koźle Industrial Park is a chance to encourage entrepreneurship, productivity and innovativeness in the city. It also supports the creation of new jobs.
Apart from the industry, services are also thriving, especially trade and community ones, for instance waste management, utilities supply, banking services and consulting, transport, telecommunications and education. The number of companies that are active in the city is on the increase, which proves the ongoing interest of investors, as well as the fact that the inhabitants are active and start their own businesses.
The city has areas that are foreseen for business activity, it also promotes offers of private entities. For years, it has been concentrating on creating a friendly economic atmosphere; it provides reliable information, support and favourable conditions for entrepreneurs:
- Qualified staff. Entrepreneurs do not need to worry that they will have to depend on themselves. The commune offers professional help of people responsible for investor support.
- up-to-date local land development plan
- wide offer of investment opportunities
- availability of qualified staff (support in the choice of employees and contractors)
- tax incentives (possible tax exemption for new investments)
- help in finding business partners (constantly monitored cooperation fair)
- investor support (help in formal matters)
- investment sites included in the Katowice Special Economic Zone
A potential investor is always welcome. This means, for example, individual support for significant investments, assistance of an “investment consultant”, and help in all administrative proceedings.
Many potential customers
Potential customers for companies operating in the city include circa 1 million inhabitants of 35 urban and rural communes of the Opole voivodeship. The potential market is significantly widened by the neighbourhood of the Silesian voivodeship and Lower Silesia, inhabited by circa 7.6 million people in 162 urban and rural communes. In sum, an investor who undertakes a business venture in our city has close access to 197 urban and rural communes and over 9 million clients. An advantage of our neighbourhood with the mentioned agglomerations is the fact that these are heavily industrialised areas. In view of that, there is real possibility for close cooperation with companies from the agglomerations, especially since the production branches are similar. The possibility of sales of products and services is greater due to proximity of the Czech market and our membership in the Praded Euroregion.
The city is located on the junction of transport routes of Upper and Lower Silesia. Kędzierzyn-Koźle is crossed by the following roads: national road no 40, national road no 45 and voivodeship road no 426. Part of the city bypass has been built, along with a convenient connection with the A4 motorway.
Kędzierzyn-Koźle is crossed by the international main line east-west, which is to be included in the European System of Rail Transport. The city has five railway stations.
The city lies on the Oder Waterway on the junction of the Oder and the Gliwice Canal. Thanks to this, it has a water connection with Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, West Europe and eastern Upper Silesia through the Gliwice River Port.
City investment areas
In accordance with the city’s local land development plan, the sites and buildings for potential investment offered by the city are foreseen for industrial, service and production purposes, as well as for nuisance services. The commune also has areas for service purposes connected with sports, leisure and tourism. The city investment offer includes areas that are owned by the commune Kędzierzyn-Koźle and those owned by the Kędzierzyn-Koźle Industrial Park – a company with the majority shareholding of the Kędzierzyn-Koźle commune. Investment sites also include buildings owned by the Military Property Agency and other companies located in the city which have provided information about sites for sale or rent.
There are two especially attractive, unique offers: an investment area “Koźle Port”, once the largest river port on the Oder in Europe, the area of which is 35.57ha and the so-called Southern Field, i.e. 77ha for large professional investors.