Podkarpackie voivodeship

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Podkarpackie Voivodeship is situated in south-eastern Poland, sharing its border with Ukraine and Slovakia. To the west it is bordered by Małopolskie Voivodeship, to the north-west by Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, and to the north-east by Lubelskie Voivodeship. The region is the outer border of the European Union.Unspoilt nature and beautiful landscapes of the Bieszczady Mountains are its greatest value and make Podkarpackie one of the most popular holiday destinations in Poland.


17 845 sq km

-incl. urban population

2097.3 thousand,


118/ sq km

Main town


Major towns

Przemyśl, Stalowa Wola, Mielec, Tarnobrzeg, Krosno

Special Economic Zones

Mielecka SEZ
Tarnobrzeska SEZ
Krakowska SEZ

Industrial & Technology Parks

Mielec Industrial Park
Industrial Park Stare Miasto
‘Aeropolis’ Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park

Investor Assistance Centre


International airport








Podkarpackie is one of the least densely populated voivodeships because of the mountainous landform. Various species of flora can be found all over the region. The area under protection is 20% larger than that of the national average.The Bieszczadzki National Park is inscribed on the UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage List. One can take part in photo safari and see bears, lynxes, aurochs and beavers. In addition,there are 10 landscape parks, 17 areas of protected landscape and 71 nature reserves in the region. The number of agrotourist farms is rising and production of organic food is becoming bigger and bigger. Podkarpackie can be proud of the wealth of picturesque spas such as Iwonicz Spa, Rymanów Spa or Polańczyk. Solińskie Lake, the largest of Polish artificial lakes, is an ideal water sports resort with several sailing clubs. A lot of tourist theme routes have been arranged to promote walking tours in the region. Bicycle routes of different lenghts and various levels of difficulty also cover large areas.

Another attraction of the region are religious and secular remains associated with centuries-old coexistence of Polish, Jewish and Ukrainian communities. A multicultural tourist route lead through 175 sites, where one can admire wooden churches, palaces and mansion houses. The most precious pearl of the voivodeship is Łańcut Palace,one of the most superbly preserved magnate residences in Poland. The Renaissance palaces in Baranów Sandomierski and Krasiczyn are also worth mentioning.

Two special economic zones, set up to stimulate economic activity, have been operating in Podkarpackie for several years: Europark Wisłosan Special Economic Zone in Tarnobrzeg and Europark Mielec Special Economic Zone, which was the first zone of this kind to be established in Poland. The zones have activated the region’s economy and thus contributed to a higher level of employment.

Podkarpacki Science and Technology Park has created an opportunity of cooperation among scientists and entrepreneurs, which encourages innovation and helps in transferring new technologies.The aim of Aviation Valley- which denotes the aircraft industry and research centres- is to transform Podkarpackie into a leading European aviation region.

At present there are six border crossings with Ukraine: the railway border crossings in Medyka, Krościenko and Werchrata, and the road border crossings in Korczowa, Medyka and Krościenk. On the border with Slovakia, the road border crossings are in Roztoki Górne, Balnica,Radoszy Jaśliska, Barwinek and Ożenna; the railway bording crossings are in Łupków and Czeremcha.

Advantages of Podkarpackie Voivodeship

Advantages of the Podkarpackie Province
 - location within close proximity to the developing markets of Central and Eastern Europe
 - eastern border of the European Union
 - Special Economic Zones and Technology Parks – business-friendly locations
 - training facilities and scientific support provided by the local universities
 - technical advancement in electrical and mechanical engineering as well as the chemical industry
 - fast growing aviation industry, e.g. The Aviation Valley Association
 - favorable population structure that promotes economic growth
 - highly qualified workers and relatively low labour costs
 - competitive industrial land prices
 - comprehensive transportation system (road, railway and airway connections)

High potential sectors

Aerospace Industry
 - 90% of the total Polish aerospace industry output

 - The Aviation Valley Association (in operation since 2004) is a group of aviation entrepreneurs comprising of 76 members including 73 companies

 - numerous research and scientific centers

 - the cradle of Polish aviation (over 70 years of history in the aircraft industry), e.g. „PZL – Świdnik”, „PZL – Mielec”, WSK „PZL – Krosno”, WSK „PZL Rzeszów” – factories that originated at the beginning of the 1950s

Computer Science
 - ASSECO Poland – regional IT industry leader and one of Poland’s leading suppliers of software products

 - smaller companies providing comprehensive IT solutions for medium and big enterprises (mostly created by the graduates of Rzeszów University of Technology)

 - agglomeration of 30 companies that cater for the sale of computer equipment, designing software products and computer network installation, among others (the companies cooperate with vocational secondary schools and universities in order to raise staff qualifications and embark on innovative research projects in the field of IT)

Metal Casting
 - KOM CAST Foundry Cluster – 26 foundries from the Podkarpacie voivodship, the Świętokrzyskie voivodship and the Lubelskie voivodship generating over 20% of Polish foundry industry output and 30% of Poland’s export market share

 - highly qualified workforce

 - Injection Moulding and Welding Engineering courses offered by Rzeszów University of Technology

Mielec - ice creams factory "Zielona Budka"

Mielec - Polish Air Plants

Solina-Myczkowice - Water Power Plants

Export potential

Tyre company DĘBICA S.A. (DĘBICA Joint Stock Company)
Maja 1 Street
39-200 Dębica
Tel.: (14) 670-28-31
Fax: (14) 670-09-57
TC Dębica S.A. is the biggest producer of tyres for passenger cars and delivery vans. It has also the leading position in the production of stainless steel tyres for lorries, tyres for off-road vehicles, machines and agriculture vehicles and other products in tyre trade. According to the data of Instytut Nauk Ekologicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Economy Institute of Polish Science Academy), TC Dębica S.A. is the biggest investor and work place in Dębica and even in the whole Podkarpacie province. It employs almost 2700 workers, cooperates with around 350 local firms. The factory sells its products to 60 countries on six continents, for example to: Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain, the USA and Brazil.

Communication Tool Factory PZL-RZESZÓW Joint Stock Company
Hetmańska 120 Street
35-078 Rzeszów
Tel.: (17) 854-66-00
Fax: (17) 862-07-50
WSK “PZL-Rzeszów” S.A. is an enterprise dealing with the production of airplane components and complete driving units. The company’s business is based on three main Factories: Air, Tool and Air Propellers working together as so-called Business Units. The other businesses of Company are realized in ancillary departments.

FEDERAL-MOGUL Gorzyce S.A. (FEDERAL-MOGUL Gorzyce Joint Stock Company)
Odlewników 52 Street
39-432 Gorzyce
Tel.: (15) 836-01-01
Fax: (15) 836-18-48
Federal Mogul Gorzyce S.A. is a producer of wide range of motorization components both for primary and secondary marketplace. The company has almost seventy-year experience in such production. The key product are pistons in internal combustion engines.

KIRCHHOFF Polska Sp. z o.o.( KIRCHHOFF Poland PLC)
Wojska Polskiego 3 Street
39-300 Mielec
Tel.: (17) 788-56-00
Fax: (17) 788-56-40
KIRCHHOFF Poland PLC with its residence on the area of Special Economic Zone “Euro-Park Mielec” is a part of German group Kirchhoff Automotive. KIRCHHOFF Poland PLC received the consent to do business in Special Economic Zone Mielec on 28 April 1998; however the official opening of the company was on 27 October 1999. Since its beginning the Mielce factory has produced parts for General Motors and Suzuki (for Opel Agila/Suzuki Wagon R ) and Ford (for models Focus and Mondeo). In 2002 KIRCHHOFF Poland started to deliver parts for VW Colorado.

HANDLOPEX S.A. (HANDLOPEX Joint Stock Company)
Połonińska 29 Street
35-082 Rzeszów
Tel.: (17) 860-43-32
Fax: (17) 860-43-31
Handlopex S.A. is a company distributing different types of rubbery. The company has dealt with the trade since 1992; throughout that period it develops dynamically, widens its offer and raises the quality of service.

Rubber Industry Factory in Sanock „Stomil Sanok” Joint Stock Company
Reymonta 19 Street
38-500 Sanok
Tel.: (13) 465-44-44
Fax: (13) 465-44-55
Rubber Industry Factory in Sanok has existed for almost seventy years. That company operating on the European market offers the following services: design and delivery of products made of rubber, rubber and metallurgy, combination of TPE, combination of rubber with other materials fulfilling responsible functions in off-the-shelf products.

Pużaka 49 Street
38-400 Krosno
Tel.: (13) 437-61-00
Fax: (13) 436-27-32
The Group New Style is one of the most dynamically developing furniture groups in Poland selling its products both in the country and abroad. The history of the company started in 1992. Nowadays, the Group New Style is a European leader and one of the biggest producers of office furniture and chairs for varied usage. Most of the components for off-the-shelf products made by the company are produced in the Group’s factory processing metal, wood and artificial products

Paints and Varnish Factory ŚNIEŻKA Joint Stock Company CAPITAL GROUP
39-102 Lubzina 34a
Tel.: (14) 680-54-17
Fax: (14) 680-54-28
Śnieżka is a modern factory employing over 500 people and producing annually 70 mln litres of different types of building chemistry for the national market and foreign markets. All products are made according to the System of Quality Management ISO 9001. In addition, ŚNIEŻKA as one of the biggest companies in Europe employs and creates learning possibilities for thousands of people working in trade, transport, producing raw materials, semi-finished products, packages and advertisement materials.

ZELMER Rzeszów Joint Stock Company CAPITAL GROUP
Hoffmanowej 19 Street
35-016 Rzeszów
Tel.: (17) 865-81-12
Fax: (17) 865-81-40
Capital Group Zelmer is a structure of depended companies connected with Zelmer Joint Stock Company which do mostly trade business. Companies from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia create a distribution network of Polish products on their markets. Zelmer is a Word leader of AGD equipment in Poland. It also has an important part in world markets.

FIBRIS Joint Stock Company.
Ofiar Katynia 17 Street
37-700 Przemyśl
Tel.: (16) 675-96-00
Fax: (16) 678-04-41
Firm Firis is one of the leading producers of fibre-board. It appeared in 1959 as Fibre-Board Factory in Przemyśl. In 2004 it changed the name into Fibris S.A. The range of the Company is most of types of fibre-board products both hardboards and porous ones available on European markets. In its investing activity Fibris pays attention specially to the increase of purification degree by introducing modern technical and technological solutions.

Metallurgy Factory WSK Rzeszów PLC
Hetmańska 120 Street
35-078 Rzeszów
Tel.: (17) 854-65-54
Fax: (17) 854-62-23
Metallurgy Factory WSK Rzeszów is one of the biggest industry enterprises in the Rzeszów region. It includes the following departments: Smithy, Aluminium Foundry, Iron Foundry and Mechanic Department; they employ over 800 people in total. The company was separated from the structure of WZK PZL Rzeszów. And since March 2007 its strategic investor has been ZAMCO. The main receivers of the Metallurgy Factory products are motorization industry, railway and energetic industry.

POLIKAT Joint Stock Company
Witosa 4 Street
36-200 Brzozów
Tel.: (13) 434-16-30
Fax: (13) 434-16-31
The company „POLIKAT” S.A. is the biggest producer of spring slats in Poland. It also produces bent-glued plywood elements and flat plywood. In its offer there are also flatly machined veneers and face veneer machined circularly (corneal pannus) from beech, birch and other types of wood. For its production POLIKAT uses machines regarded as the best in the world in the plywood industry such as slicers Raute, Capital and Cremona, driers Schilde and Babcock, press Cremon and Orma.

BALTIC WOOD Joint Stock Company
Fabryczna 6a Street
38-200 Jasło
Tel.: (13) 444-75-73
Fax: (13) 444-75-77
Baltic Wood is one of the most dynamically developing producers of three-layer panel parquet. The company belongs to capital group New Style Group – the producer of rich collection of interior solutions – possessing 3500 distributors in over 60 countries. Baltic Wood appeared in 1999. The production factory and the main residence of the company is located in Jasło (the Podkarpacie province), trade offices are in Cracow, Jasło and New York (the USA).

Elektrotechnic Porcelain Factory ZAPEL Joint Stock Company)
Techniczna 1 Street
36-040 Boguchwała
Tel.: (17) 87-20 100
Fax: (17) 871-11-73
The ZPE ZAPEL S.A. working since 1939 is the biggest producer of ceramic insulator in Poland. It offers a wide range of products including stand and suspension line insulators, station insulators and transformer bushings, and assembled and non-assembled hollows. The company sells products not only on the Polish and European markets but also on those in Australia, China, Israel, Japan or the USA.

GNIEWCZYNA Wagon Factory Joint Stock Company
37-203 Gniewczyna 
Łańcucka Street 591
Tel.: (16) 648-83-64
Fax: (16) 648-85-87
Gniewczyna Wagon Factory has been since 1982. It is one of the leading Polish firms in railway trade which offers production and modernization of freight cars, their repairs and the production of steel constructions.

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