Panattoni has completed another production plant in the Krakow region. Technoform is to use 9,400m2 of BTS space. The centre is to serve markets in both Poland and the EU. The development was financed with an €8m loan from Credit Agricole.
The next stage in its development is the relocation of one of its production plants to a modern factory developed in Skawina as part of Panattoni Park Krakow West III, within just 20km of the region’s administrative capital.
“Technoform is a major player that has been building up its position on the market over many years. When a company like this decides to grow larger in the region, it is proof of the huge potential of Krakow and its surroundings and these include Skawina itself, which is becoming a hub of industrial activity largely through the activities of powerful international companies. Małopolska has shown itself to be a great place to locate manufacturing plants, which in the age of the re-industrialisation of Europe is becoming a major boon,” said Marek Dobrzycki, the Managing Director at Panattoni.
The tenant is to use the new factory to produce insulation components for double-glazed windows, as well as to store its completed products. The project will serve both the home market and numerous other European countries. The location will aid the centre’s international operations, being near to the DK44, a section of which forms the Skawina bypass, as well as near to the A4 motorway, which has also proven of additional benefit in the efficient relocation from the former factory. From Panattoni Park Krakow West III, the Slovakian border can be reached in around 80 minutes while the border with the Czech Republic is just under two hours away. The A2 motorway is just ten minutes from the site and provides easy access to the German border in the south-west and the Ukrainian border is the south-east.
The park was developed to Panattoni’s high standards and is to undergo BREEAM environmental certification for a rating of Excellent. The developer has installed dusk detectors for the outdoor lighting and an intelligent energy management system. Furthermore, the tenant will make use of the whiteware installations and water-saving sanitary fittings. Additionally, Panattoni has provided cycling facilities while also ensuring that trees and shrubs have been planted on the site of the factory as well as a flower meadow to add to the biodiversity of the local ecosystem.
“Małopolska has a population of around 3.4m people and is the second most densely populated region in Poland. This increases the interest of businesses and industry and makes them want to locate their new projects here. It also means record low vacancy rates on a country-wide basis. This is also extremely important to the financial institutions that – on seeing such huge development potential in the region – issue loans for developments in Kraków and its surroundings,” commented Karina Trojanska, the Chief Financing & Operating Officer at Panattoni.