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Gliwice – Logistics Leader in Silesia

“Investments. Logistics. Future.” – this was the title of the second yet  conference dedicated to development perspectives for logistics and warehousing, which was held in Gliwice on the 20th of March this year.

The meeting was the occasion for discussion between companies and institutions connected to logistics, recent technologies and automotive sector, as well as representatives of the government and local authorities. They talked about newest trends in the sector and their possible development and impact on Upper Silesia.

One of the topics touched during the conference was related to the evaluation of the most urgent projects of developing transportation networks, presented by Jerzy Polaczek, member of the parliament and previous Minister of Transport (2005-2007). He pointed out chances and dangers, especially those of political and legislative nature, in the context of future development of road, rail and aviation infrastructure investments.  The participants had a chance of familiarizing themselves with the report on logistics and warehousing market in Poland and analysis of market’s benefits for Upper Silesia (Wojciech Zoń of Jones Lang LaSalle)

„Gliwice are consequent in building its position as a leader in logistics in Poland. It is a place that associates business with academics. Around 5 million people live in the range of a 60 minute car ride, which is a great advantage for the city  in terms of investment potential for companies from the logistics sector”, stressed Adam Neumann, deputy mayor of Gliwice and host of the conference while presenting greatest investment and logistics assets of the city, like the closeness to the most important transport routes in Poland (A1 and A4 junction) and 4 international airports (Katowice, Kraków, Wrocław, Ostrawa), as well as personal and freight railway junction or the biggest river port in Poland, situated in Gliwice Canal and administrated by Silesian Logistics Centre.

The conference was a great chance for summarizing the second year of Silesian Logistic Cluster existence. Józef Gumienny, director at Regional Development Agency, Paweł Wojda, director of Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice, Piotr Jabłoński, manager of rail transport at Kuehne + Nagel, and Adam Kuśmierek, director for Katowice region at DB Schenker participated in the panel discussion moderated by Marek Zuber, economist and financial markets analyst. They stressed not only the benefits for entities participating in Cluster, but also for their clients.

It was not the only panel discussion during the meeting. Stefan Moisa, member of board at Genersal Motors Manufacturing Poland, Tomasz Pałka from Deloitte Automotive Group and Rafał Orłowski from Automotivesuppliers.pl, analyzed the state of still dropping number of cars being sold in Europe in comparison to the boom in developing markets. Moreover, Tomasz Mika, director of Industrial Department at Jones Lang LaSalle, Klaudia Jabłońska from Cursor, Marek Górecki, e-commerce specialist and Aleksander Niemczyk, deputy director of  the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing, discussed processes of shutting down factories in Western Europe and the chances they create for Upper Silesia in the context of production consolidating and relocating. Piotr Ratajczak, sales and project department manager at Asseco Business Solutions, presented recent IT solutions for logistics.   

Despite many challenges and doubts, analysts prognosticate a good year for the sector, which shall bring a rising tendency. Good transport and closeness to foreign markets are advantages of the region that give it a strong position in Poland and Europe. “We have a natural predisposition for holding the position of the logistics centre leader not only in this part of Poland, but also Europe”, summarized mayor Neumann while inviting guests for the next conference, which will take place next spring.

This year’s conference was held in Silvia Gold hotel. It was hosted and organized by the City of Gliwice. Bluevine Consulting, initiator of Prospects in Poland cycle, was the organizing partner of the event. Deloitte, Jones Lang LaSalle, Asseco Business Solutions, Schenker, Cursor, Certo Law Firm, Katowice Airport, Regional Development Agency, Kuhne Nagel and Goodman were content partners. 

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