Podlaskie voivodeship

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Podlaskie is the very north-east voivodeship of Poland. It is bordered by two countries: Belarussia to the east (260 km) and Lithuania to the north (104 km ). To the north-west it is bordered by Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, and to the west and south-west by Mazowieckie Voivodeship.


20 187 sq km

-incl. Urban population

1192.7 thousand,


59/ sq km

Main town


Major towns

Suwalki, Łomża, Augustów, Bielsk Podlaski, Zambrów

Special Economic Zones

Suwalska SEZ

Industrial & Technology Parks

Science and Technology Park Poland-East in Suwalki
Zambrów Industrial Park

Investor Assistance Centre










Podlaskie is divided into 17 poviats, including 3 urban poviats: Bialystok, Suwałki and Łomża, and 118 gminas. The capital is Białystok, with a population of nearly 300,000. The other major towns of the region are Suwałki (70,000) and Łomża (64,000).

The economy of Podlaskie relies on food processing, the light industry, timber processing, the building industry and production of machines. There are large plants specializing in milk, food, poultry and cereal processing. Dairies,using high technology, belong to the largest and most modern in Poland.

The economy of the region is to a large extent based on agriculture, which is almost entirely owned by private sector. Uniqueness of agricultural products made in Podlasie consists mainly in the fact, that they come from one of the most ecologically unspoilt areas of Poland. That is the reason why they are so popular on the demanding markets of the European Union member countries. Therefore, the economic development of the region must guarantee preservation of natural environment.

Podlaskie is a perfect site for investors. Several universities and colleges provide a substantial base of young,well-educated specialists, and a border location offers an opportunity of effective cooperaton with foreign neighbours. Podlaskie is also the leader in taking advantage of European funds,which are spent on infrastructural development and improvement of job qualifications.

The capital city Białystok is the largest industrial, cultural and scientific centre of the region. Most of educational and cultural institutions such as universities, higher economic schools, a philharmonic hall, several theatres and various museums have their sites here. It is one of the most distinguished centres of puppetry in Poland with the Białystok Puppet Theatre and the Puppetry Art Department, teaching young puppeteers and puppetry directors.

Podlaskie is a region where minority groups such as Belarussians, Tatars, Russians and Jews have been living alongside Poles for centuries. Traces of their presence can be still found in every corner. Multinationality was one of the reasons why Białystok-born Ludwik Zamenhof (1859-1917) created a universal language- esperanto.

It is easy to point out the most distinctive advantages of the region: a border location, ecologically unpolluted agriculture, highly advanced food processing, a good network of roads, scientific potential for educating qualified personnel, cooperation with foreign neighbours and Warsaw aglomeration.

There are 11 border crossings through which transit road traffic travels from the north of Europe to the south and west.The road border crossings on the Polish-Belarussian border are in Kużnica Białostocka, Bobrowniki and Płowce; and the road border crossings on the Polish-Lithuanian border are in Ogrodniki and Budzisko.

Advantages of Podlaskie Voivodeship

 - location within close proximity to the Lithuanian and Belarusian border
 - good road network
 - well-developed secondary and higher educational system
 - increasing number of private entrepreneurs and steady expansion of business activity
 - natural resources fostering the growth of the agricultural, food, wood-processing and construction industry
 - relatively low labour costs (88,3% of the country’s average)

High potential sectors

Food Processing
 - chains of the advanced food processing plants: Mlekpol (including the „Łaciate” brand), Mlekovita, Dojlidy, Polmos (including the „Żubrówka” brand), Suempol (specializing in salmon-based products and occupying the 4th position in the Ranking of Export Leaders)

 - region of intensified dairy production (2nd place in the production of cow milk in Poland; 20% of the national production of milk comes from the Podlaskie Voivodship milk purchase)

 - Mlekpol and Mlekovita brands (among the leaders of the Polish dairy companies; a substantial part of the „Mlekovita” production finds its way into the EU and Eastern European markets)

 - favorable natural conditions (arable land comprises 54,2% of the total region’s area and the environmental conditions enable about 264 holdings to engage in ecological production)

Machinery and manufacture
 - network of manufacturing plants: Pronar Sp. z o.o. (supplier of tractors, plate wheels and high pressure hydraulic products; the company is also interested in innovative solutions and employs over 200 engineers and constructors), Samasz from Białystok (leading Polish and recognized European producer of high-tech rotary toppers), Bison-Bial S.A. (producer of material processing equipment and machine tool components; the company could function as a potential subsupplier and business partner)

 - ensured availability of qualified workforce (University of Bialystok – 13 248 students, Bialystok University of Technology – 13 706 students, College of Finance and Managment in Białystok – 4 427 students)

 - remarkable landscape and natural conditions (marshlands, virgin forests and large forest complexes that constitute 30% of the voivodship’s area, numerous water ways and lakes; over 30% of the area is under protection: the Augustów Primeval Forest (belongs to the largest forest complexes in Poland), the Augustów Canal (with its lakes and the Czarna Hańcza River, it is an attractive waterway), the Białowieża National Park (encompasses the best preserved primeval forest on the European scale; inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1979), the Biebrza National Park (the largest of Poland’s national parks), the Narew National Park (likened to the Amazon Rainforest), the Wigry National Park (since 1975, it has been enlisted in IUCN Category of National Parks)

 - unspoiled natural environment (the Podlaskie region belongs to ‘The Green Lungs of Poland’ area)

 - various tourist attractions: water tourism, e.g. the Augustów Canal cruises; health resorts, e.g. The Sports and Recreation Center in Supraśl (lowland spa offering climate and mud therapies); leisure travel and business tourism opportunities

 - strategic national roads, e.g. Via Baltica, which enables mobility between Scandinavia, Northern Russia and Central and Western Europe

Białystok Brewery

Łomża Brewery

Wysokie Mazowieckie - Mlekovita

Export potential

ul. Usługowa 3
15-521 Zaścianki k. Białegostoku
Tel.: (85) 740-78-60
Fax: (85) 740-78-61
Adampol Co. operates in the field of international and domestic transportation of vehicles. We specialize in the transport of cars, vans and trucks.

Spółdzielnia Mleczarska MLEKOVITA
ul. Ludowa 122
18-200 Wysokie Mazowieckie
Tel.: (86) 275-82-00
Fax: (86) 275-83-30
MLEKOVITA is the largest holding company in Poland and the undisputed dairy industry leader. MLEKOVITA Group is a company with 100-percent Polish capital, with a long tradition and an established brand not only on the Polish market but also abroad. Mlekovita is the country’s largest exporter of dairy products.

Spółdzielnia Mleczarska “MLEKPOL”
ul. Elewatorska 13
19-203 Grajewo
Tel.: (86) 273-04-00
Fax: (86) 272-37-31
MLEKPOL is Poland’s biggest dairy cooperative which consists of seven processing plants. A significant part of the production of SM “MLEKPOL” earmarked for export by sending its products to almost all countries in the world. You can find their products in the European Union countries, Africa and the Far East. Approximately one third of the production of SM “MLEKPOL” is exported, mainly to Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, the Czech Republic and Britain. The export offer includes hard cheese, skimmed powder milk, butter and whey powder.

Suempol Sp.z o.o.
ul. Białostocka 69A
17-100 Bielsk Podlaski
Tel.: (85) 730-60-24
Fax: (85) 730-60-26
Suempol was founded in 1989 as a family company in Bielsko Podlaskie. Its founders are Ursula and Edward Siecińscy. The company initially dealt with the processing of shrimp from the Netherlands and Belgium. The enriched shrimp were sent back to those markets. Belgian Royal Court was one of the recipients of shrimp. In 1994 Suempol started to process Norwegian Salmon. The fish is exported to Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, France and Austria. Since 1997, Suempol‘s products have been present on the Polish market.

ul. 3 Maja 19
17-100 Bielsk Podlaski
Tel.: (85) 730-70-61
Fax: (85) 730-68-68
UNIBEP is one of the most dynamically developing Polish construction groups operating in the segment of housing, retail and service. One of the main pillars of their activity in Poland is the segment of housing, where the company holds a strong position on the largest country’s construction market – the Warsaw agglomeration. The export activity of the group is focused on the Norwegian market and the markets of Eastern Europe.

ul. Brańska 132
17-100 Bielsk Podlaski
Tel.: (85) 730-00-01
Budimex Danwood Ltd. belongs to the group Budimex, which is the largest Polish construction consortium. The company currently employs over 400 employees and is the largest Polish producer of prefabricated houses. The company has a generating capacity of around 600 houses per year. Houses by DAN-WOOD HOUSE have been known in Europe for several years. We joined the foreign market in 1996. At present, most of Budimex Danwood production is exported to the countries of the European Union. Our houses are transported mainly to Germany, Austria, Great Britain and Ireland.

Mispol S.A.
ul. Szafirowa 17
16-400 Suwałki
Tel.: (87) 565-42-10
Fax: (87) 565-42-11
The primary activitiy of the Mispol Group is the production and distribution of tinned meat, pates, ready meals and food for dogs and cats. Mispol products are offered in Poland, in many EU, CIS and Balkan countries and in Israel.

Spółdzielnia Obrotu Towarowego Przemysłu Mleczarskiego
ul. Handlowa 4
15-959 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 748-79-00
Fax: (85) 748-79-90
SOT was founded in 1991. The largest Dairy Co-operatives operating and located in Podlasie were the initiators of the joint operations. The basic business target of the company is the trade of dairy products manufactured by the company founders and other Polish dairy plants. The company meets all sanitary requirements so the dairy products it offers are admitted to trading and consumption in the European Union and Russia.

MALOW Spółka z o.o.
ul. Wojska Polskiego 114 A
16-400 Suwałki
Tel.: (87) 566-07-02
Fax: (87) 566-07-03
On the economic map of Poland Malow has existed since 1989 as a company which produces and sells all kinds of metal furniture for offices, schools, workshops, car selling and service companies, hospitals, laboratories. They also offer sliding bookcases for archives, libraries and offices.

ul. Pozioma 2
15-950 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 678-43-00
Fax: (85) 678-41-07
PMB Co. is one of the largest meat processing plants in Poland. It was created in 1962 – so for nearly half a century it has been an indicator of the quality and traditional Polish taste. Currently, PMB logo is one of the strongest Polish brands. Much of the production has been sold for export for decades. PMB Products are exported to Russia, the Baltic states, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Western Europe and the United States. For many years, the company has been successfully selling on the markets of Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France. Bialystok’s products can be found in butcher shops in Belgium, Denmark, Spain and Romania. Over the past few years, PMB has been a respected exporter to the US market.

Spółdzielnia Mleczarska w Łapach
ul. Brańska 8
18-100 Łapy
Tel.: (85) 715-23-70
Fax: (85) 715-22-26
The Dairy Cooperative in Łapy was founded in 1927. Their products, which are produced according to Polish traditional recipes, meet all European standards and are really delicious. The bulk of the production is sold all around the world and the remaining part is sold to the Polish market.

Rosti (Polska) Sp. z o.o.
ul. Elewatorska 29
15-620 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 678-35-00
Fax: (85) 678-35-85
Rosti specializes in providing polymers processing services (injection, coating). They also decorate and assemble finished products and modules for the following branches: household appliances, RTV, electrical engineering and automotive industry. The equipment in production workshops makes it possible to produce the full range of high quality elements.

NIBE-BIAWAR Sp. z o.o.
Al. Jana Pawła II 57
15-703 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 662-84-90
Fax: (85) 662-84-09
NIBE-Biawar is a manufacturer of water heaters, heat pumps, solar systems. For almost 40 years a wide range of Biawar products has been used by millions of people in Poland and abroad. Since 2000, the company’s main shareholder is the Swedish concern Nibe AB.

WIÓR Sp.J. Kostro, Romaniuk
ul. Gen. Wł. Andersa 38
15-113 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 664-97-40
Fax: (85) 664-97-41
WIÓR Kostro, Romaniuk Sp.J. was founded in 1991. The company has a few thousands of square metres of their own warehouse space, a kitchen furniture showroom, and a spacious store. WIÓR deals mainly with the distribution of articles for the production of furniture. The company is present on the Polish market (north-east and central Poland) and the foreign market (mainly on the market of Eastern Europe)as well. The company exports their products to Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the Baltic states.

SaMASZ inż. Antoni Stolarski
ul. Trawiasta 30
15-161 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 664-70-31
Fax: (85) 664-70-41
The company SaMASZ inż. Antoni Stolarski was founded in 1984. Thanks to its constant development, the company has reached the position of the largest Polish and one of the leading European manufacturers of grassland machinery. They have manufactured and sold more than 55 000 mowers and thousands of other farm machines. Their main markets, apart from Poland, are: Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Finland, Baltic countries and Spain. The company SaMAsz exports their machines to more than 30 countries all over the world.

Benmar Spółka z o.o.
ul. Ks. J. Popiełuszki 117
15-657 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 663-79-15
Fax: (85) 663-79-39
BENMAR company was founded in 1990 in Bialystok. They specialize in wholesale and retail of chemicals and building materials. It is the general distributor of products manufactured by such companies as Śnieżka Co. and SigmaKalon Deco Poland Ltd. (Polifarb Cieszyn-Wroclaw S.A.). They are present on the market of North-Eastern Poland and export to Lithuania, Belarus and Russia.

Havo Sp. zo.o.
ul. Przędzalniana 6H
15-688 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 653-97-77
Fax: (85) 653-91-50
The origins of the company date back to 1990. Havo is a Polish company specializing in selling electronic appliances, computers, air-conditioning equipment and telephones. They specialize in wholesale and retail in Poland and neighbouring countries.

„Witraż” Sp. z o.o.
Łyski 79C k/Białegostoku
16-070 Choroszcz
Tel.: (85) 713-13-70
Fax: (85) 713-13-90
„Witraż” Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of PVC, aluminium and wood carpentry. The company has been on the market since 1999. Thanks to the modern production line and professional customer service, the company has won the title of the largest manufacturer of PVC in the north-east of Poland. „Witraż” Ltd. is present not only on the Polish market but also on the markets of other European countries.

N E O T E C H Sp. z o.o.
ul. Gen. Wł. Andersa 38
15-113 Białystok
Tel.: (85) 675-56-32
Fax: (85) 662-30-24
Since 2003 NEOTECH Ltd. has been the only official representative of the German company NEOSID Pemetzrieder GmbH & Co. KG. KG (the manufacturer of ferrite cores and inductive components) in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe.

Marpol S.A.
Ignatki 40/1
16-001 Kleosin
Tel.: (85) 747-43-97
Fax: (85) 663-11-50
MARPOL SA has been a manufacturer of flexible packaging since 1994. The company employs over 170 people. A wide range of products consists of polyethylene films (including heat-shrink) and polypropylene (including “cold seal”), coextruded barrier films, laminates and plastic bags.

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