Eastern Poland is a perfect place for investments for many reasons. One of the Macroregion’s assets is the sector of non-metallic mineral products. If we mention that in the Świętokrzyskie voivodeship there are the biggest in whole Poland limestone mineral mines there will be no doubts about it. But as for non-metallic minerals Eastern Poland has more assets.
Within last years the industry connected with non-metallic minerals in Eastern Poland has been systematically developing. Only in 2010 non-metallic mineral products sale increased by 9 billion zlotys. Thanks to that the employment in this branch is also systematically rising.
Eastern Poland’s natural strength is playing an important role in the aforementioned branch of industry. It’s all thanks to located natural resources. As for the very extraction, it is worth mentioning about the main supplier of cement plant Ożarów, namely Gliniany-Duranów mine, which is on the second position in gaining cement minerals. In turn, in the Lublin region there are building minerals (including chalk, clay, building and glass-making sand and many others); it is worth pointing out that the voivodeship may soon become an energetic potentate. Moreover, shale gas deposits are constantly being looked for. For years the Subcarpathian voivodeship, where petroleum gas and oil are extracted, has had a good offer of energetic resources.
The Świętokrzyskie voivodeship is definitely the leader in the sector of non-metallic mineral products. It is here where mines and plants dealing with processing raw materials work. Cement industry works also dynamically, and in the south of the voivodeship a branch connected with producing building materials works dynamically. There are brickyards here, and thanks to the extraction of the only active in Poland natural gypsum deposits Lafarge Gips Sp. z o.o. in Leszczyce can work there. It is here where cardboard-gypsum slabs are produced, and the very plant has a reputation for one of the most modern in Europe.
Świętokrzyskie region is also a place where other, very well known companies work. The branch of precious ceramics is represented by Ćmielów Porcelain Manufacture Sp. z o.o. and Porcelain Manufacture AS; and the branch of glass industry by Pilkington Polska Sp. z o.o., Sława Glassworks and Kama Vitrum Glassworks Sp. z o.o.
It is worth adding that the industry connected with building materials is on a winning streak also in the Lublin voivodeship. In Chełm there are the following plants: Cemex Poland Sp. z o.o., Brickyard Chełm; and in the nearby Rejowiec: Ożarów Group S.A., Rejowiec Brickyard, small-sized building materials plant (hollow bricks, bricks, ceiling materials) in Niemce and many others.
Since the beginning of the 20th century the Subcarpathian region has been a strong centre of glass industry. The plants dealing with this branch are concentrated mainly around Krosno. In the very city there is still Glassworks Krosno S.A. Despite declaring bankruptcy the plant constantly produces and has many receivers. The company was set up in 1923. For years it has created its brand as a reliable producer, and numerous prizes confirmed the reputation.
The industry of non-metallic minerals products has smaller opportunities for development in the two last voivodeships of the Macroregion. In this case nature has to be blamed. These regions of Poland are simply poorer in natural resources. Although in Podlasie and Warmia and Masuria there are mines which supply with resources used in building industry, their potential is much poorer in comparison with the potential of the other voivodeships of Eastern Poland.
The most important producers of non-metallic mineral products in the Podlaskie voivodeship are: Lewkowo Building Ceramics Plant sp. z o.o., ABW Superbruk s.c., Fadom-Bud Sp. z o.o., Multi-branch Enterprise Rak-Bud and Biaglass Glassworks in Białystok.
According to experts, the branch of non-metallic mineral products has many chances to develop in Eastern Poland. Apart from the richness of natural resources, many investments can be made thanks to low costs of work and the presence of qualified workers, graduates of local higher schools.