EURO-PARK Mielec Subzone Lublin – step by step history
On 24 September 2007 the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland signed a decree extending the boundaries of the Special Economic Zone Euro-Park Mielec (Journal of Laws 2007 No. 182, item 1299). Thus the Lublin Subzone of the Special Economic Zone EURO-PARK Mielec was created. The SEZ includes 70 ha of undeveloped land located in the eastern part of the city.
The first permit for business activity in the Lublin Subzone was issued on 23.01.2008 for Ball Packaging Europe. In the same year, permits were also granted to Aliplast and Ramatti. The first stage of development of the zone was also commenced. Summing up the first year of operations of the Lublin Subzone, it must be emphasised that it was relatively dynamic, especially in the perspective of the beginning of the global crisis. The beginnings of Subzone creation, according to the state of knowledge at that time, indicated considerable investor interest and 3 investment projects that were initiated.
In 2009, 7 investors received permits to conduct business activity in the Lublin Subzone (Wikana Invest, EL-Press, EuroCompass, BioMaxima, Verano Konwektor, “Henryk”, MW Lublin), which is a record-high number of permits granted in the subzone within one year. Thus, the total number of investors present in the zone reached 10 entities. In addition, the zone was enlarged by approx. 10.7 ha, bringing the total area of the Lublin Subzone to 80.7 ha of investment land. Significant changes occurred in the ownership structure of the Lublin Subzone. The dynamic growth of the number of operating entities made it necessary to enlarge the zone area in order to maintain the investment growth rate.
In 2010, the Lublin Subzone of the Euro-Park Mielec Special Economic Zone was enlarged by 37 ha of undeveloped land, located in streets whose current names are Plewińskiego, Braci Krausse and Spiessa. Thus, the total area of the Lublin Subzone has reached 116 ha. At the moment of purchasing these lands by the Commune of Lublin and incorporating them into the Subzone, the road infrastructure existed only in the “old” part of the zone. The road and technical infrastructure for the new, 37 ha investment area was planned under the project “Infrastructure for the Felin Economic Zone in Lublin – stage II”. This project started in 2010 and lasted almost 3 years. The official opening of the “new” part of the Lublin Subzone took place on 26 November 2013.
The year 2010 was much less dynamic for the Lublin Subzone than the previous year. 3 permits were granted (Dobroplast, daag, Daewon Europe) as compared to 7 in 2009. The level of expenditures per single investment also dropped significantly, from PLN 33 mln in 2009 to PLN 13 mln in 2010. It should be stressed, however, that this is largely due to a very large investment of MW Lublin.
In 2011, the decrease in investor interest in the Lublin Subzone should be emphasised. Three new investors appeared in the offered investment areas (MPC Metal, Laboratoria Natury, Multivac), which was a repeat of last year’s result. In practice, none of the new investors realised part or all of their investment project. The realised capital expenditures of MPC Metal exceeded the declared ones, but this company also decided to leave the Lublin Subzone.
In 2012, four new investors appeared in the Lublin Subzone (Intrograf Lublin, Inwest Bistro, Max-Bud, Margomed), one more entity than in the previous year.
7 new business permits were issued in 2013 for 6 business entities (Europak, PZ Cormay, Medi-Sept, ABM Greiffenberger, GT85 Polska, Lift Service). Thus, it equals the largest number of permits issued in the Lublin Subzone in 2009. It is also worth mentioning that according to the Ordinance of the Council of Ministers of 23 July 2013 the functioning of Special Economic Zones has been extended until 31 December 2026.
In 2014, business permits were only issued in the first half of the year. Later in the year, the process was halted at government level in order to prepare new guidelines for granting public aid. New regulations were issued at the end of the year, so all granted permits are from before the end of June 2014. In total, 5 new business permits were issued in the Lublin Subzone in 2014 (J.G. Service, Aliplast Extrusion, Asquini Polska, FC Pszczółka, Ball Packaging Europe). Taking into account only a 6-month period of granting permits, this result should be considered very high in relation to previous years. Additionally, in 2014 an investment by MLP Group on 10.5 ha at Plewińskiego Street was launched in Lublin. The mentioned company is building a production and warehouse park on the purchased property in the BTS system.
In 2015, there was a significant increase in the number of business entities that decided to invest by renting space in existing production, warehouse and office facilities and at the same time decided not to apply for a permit to operate in the SEZ. In total, 7 new business permits were issued in the Lublin Subzone in 2015 (Elpes, Modern-Expo, Pol-Skone, CEWAR, PZZ Lubella, Protektor, MW Lublin). In the same year Panattoni Europe invested in Lublin. The company purchased from the University of Life Sciences around 15 ha of real estate in the Lublin Sub-zone, located at Droga Męczenników Majdanka Street. The company has decided to develop an industrial park for speculative purposes with a total area of over 71,000 sqm. Moreover, the property in the Lublin subzone has been purchased by Centrum Zana, which is developing an office complex with space to let. Stokrotka has leased space at MLP Lublin.
A total of 6 new permits for business activities in the Lublin Subzone were issued in 2016 (CEGA, FAWAG, PPHU “Parys”, Gorbi, GT85 Polska, ABM Greiffenberger). On the other hand, the number of new investment projects amounted to 14. In addition, in 2016 several companies were located in the zone, which operate without a permit to conduct business in the economic zone and do not benefit from public aid. These are the following companies: Rohlig Suus, Inter Cars, Eurocash Serwis, Nałęczowska Spółka Handlowa, Ruch (all located in the facilities of Panattoni Park Lublin), Nutricus, Smart Education, SAM, Lubelska Agencja Rozwoju, GISPartner and Helicopter View IT Consulting (the aforementioned companies have leased offices in the facility of Eurocompass), Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture – IT department (in the office facility of Centrum Zana) and Embe-Press Printing House, which purchased 1.5 ha of real estate at ul. Pancerniaków from the University of Life Sciences in Lublin.
The year 2017 brought 6 reinvestments in the Lublin Subzone – BioMaxima, Protektor, Aliplast Extrusion, MW Lublin, PZZ Lubella and Ledrin. Together these companies declared new investments of over PLN 168.5 million and employment of at least 88 new workers. In addition, the Lublin Subzone was chosen by 4 new investors, who at the moment decided not to obtain a permit to operate in the economic zone and take advantage of public aid. These companies have leased space in Panattoni Park Lublin and are involved in activities such as manufacturing of plastic packaging, production of components for the plastics industry, distribution of FMCG products or distribution of cosmetics.
In 2018, the last 3 permits under the “old” regulations were granted. They were granted to the companies: Medi-Sept, El-press and Laboratoria Natury. At MLP Lublin park, Turck – a global partner in industrial automation solutions, and at Panattoni Park Lublin: Data Modul – one of the world’s leading providers of specialist display, touch and system technologies, as well as companies: Iglotex, FedEX, TNT Express, Tedi Dystrybucja. The land was purchased from the University of Life Sciences in Lublin by Polski Drób.
In 2019, the firstdecisions of support were issued. They were received by the companies: MW Lublin and Gorbi.
In 2020, another decision was granted to Medi-Sept, which also purchased a new plot of land. Property in the Subzone was also purchased by Chemnovatic.
In 2021, the following companies received further support decisions: Gorbi, Ball Packaging Europe, Medi-Sept.
The years 2022 – 2023 are a period of reinvestment by existing investors. Key expansions on the Subzone include those by Ball Packaging Europe, Medi-sept, Noyen, Gorbi, Modern Expo, BioMaxima, Aliplast, Europak, Panattoni, Chemnovatic and Intrograf. In September 2023, another support decision was received by Medi-Sept.