Innovation in south-west Poland thanks to investment in new plant

The construction of a manufacturing plant which makes laminated glass products delivers innovative production processes while creating up to 150 new jobs. The plant, which is situated near the town of Środa Śląska in Lower Silesia, includes a new research and development department.

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This investment helps the manufacturing company to significantly improve a series of products for the automotive sector, such as laminated front and rear windscreens and sunroofs. The project also envisages the incorporation of an array of innovative production technologies into the manufacturing process, such as infra-red reflective glass, and glazing with variable light transmission.

More than just company benefits

It is not only the company which looks set to benefit from this project. Indeed, the benefit of this investment scheme is that it brings regional development dividends, including the creation of new jobs and the opportunity to stimulate the growth and development of other firms. Furthermore, the plant is also committed to work closely with at least five local SMEs. In particular, the knowledge gained from new manufacturing processes will be transferred to local enterprises through participation in the Silesian Automotive Platform. Another important long-term goal is to establish cooperation with local research institutes.

The plant’s new R&D department is set to explore ways of improving the efficiency, quality and cost of manufacturing processes. For instance, work on new products may include development of windscreens to be used in electric cars. The department is also expected to organise traineeships for students and researchers.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of an innovative plant for the production of laminated glass components” is EUR 64 441 559, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 13 024 462 from the Operational Programme “Innovative Economy” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Investments in Innovative Undertakings”.

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