Warsaw, 18 April 2013, press release
Invited by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, under the Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme, journalists and correspondents cooperating with German, Swedish, Norwegian and Ukrainian media visited Eastern Poland on 9-12 April.
During the tour, the journalists saw the Michelin tire factory located in Olsztyn, where they met with John Young, the President of Michelin Group in Poland and the Baltic States.
Situated in the Warmia and Mazury Special Economic Zone, the factory is the biggest Polish and one of the largest tire factories in the world. Michelin Group employs nearly 4,500 people in Poland. The meeting was also attended by the representative of the Province’s authorities – Anna Wasilewska, Member of the Board of the Warminsko-Mazurskie Province. Mrs. Marshall and the journalists explored production halls and the modern machine park.
Included in the tour’s agenda was also a visit to Bartoszyce’s W-M Glass, a family-owned company specialising in preparing and processing glass for the furniture industry.
The company was opened in 2000 in the Warmia and Mazury Special Economic Zone and has been developing and expanding ever since.
A visit to Warmia and Mazury, a region nominated by the New7Wonders Foundation to compete in the contest for the new seven wonders of nature, could not ignore the tourist attractions and sights of this part of Poland.
The journalists had the chance to spend an evening by one of the Mazury’s lakes and in the beautiful Castle of Warmia’s Bishops. Situated among wooded morainic hills, the castle is one of the oldest and most valuable historic buildings in Lidzbark Warminski. The complex was built on the penisula by Symsarna river. The guests familiarised with the history of the castle and the town of Lidzbark as they were shown around the castle rooms.
The newsmen visited also Serwistal, a company located in the Suwalki Special Economic Zone.
Since the very beginning of its operation, the enterprise has been one of the biggest independent steel service centres. Dynamic development has been proved by the growing production capacity and sale volume as well as cooperation with foreign steelworks, expansion to new markets and increased product portfolio. Among the meeting participants were also the representatives of the Suwalki SEZ.
Participating in the press conference in the Science and Technology Park, the journalists witnessed the President of Elk, Tomasz Andrukiewicz signing an agreement with PAIiIZ S.A. represented by the Member of the Board, Mrs. Bozena Czaja. The agreement will help to intensify the cooperation relating to Elk’s economic promotion, with the main goal to increase the town’s chances to win new investors.
The last days of the tour were scheduled to be spent in Podlasie. Owing to the local authorities’ commitment, the guests were not only able to appreciate Bialystok’s tourist attractions, but, first and foremost, get acquainted with the facts concerning the Bialystok Science and Technology Park.
The study visit covered two provinces: Warminsko-Mazurskie and Podlaskie, and included meetings with local authorities and acquainting with development and investment plans of the region.
Study visits organised by PAIiIZ are directed at foreign media journalists and aim at promoting Eastern Poland abroad.