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Case: A first footprint in Poland

Umicore is constructing a new production facility in Poland for emission control catalysts used in cars and trucks.

The market for automotive catalysts in Europe continues to grow – driven largely by the recent introduction of new emission legislation in the EU. To meet demand, Umicore is investing in a new catalyst facility in Europe. Construction started in July and completion is planned for early 2016. It will initially create over 80 new jobs.

Attractive investment environment

Poland was selected for the new facility because of its favourable investment environment. The plant is being built in Nowa Ruda in Lower Silesia – a region with a strong footprint in the automotive industry and consequently a skilled local workforce. It is close to many of Umicore’s major European automotive customers and has good transport links with the rest of Europe.

“The decision to invest in Nowa Ruda is the result of excellent cooperation with the local special economic zone and authorities as well as with the Polish government,” says Plant Manager Roman Dyrcz. “We are now looking to recruit the right people to create a professional and effective team to put our ambitious plans into practice.”

Local economic development

The plant will be Umicore’s first industrial operation in Poland, complementing existing European automotive catalyst production capabilities in Germany (Rheinfelden and Bad Säckingen), France (Florange) and Sweden (Karlskoga). The plant will provide catalyst systems for light and heavy duty vehicles. It will be equipped with the newest generation equipment comprising two production lines and all peripheral installations and assets for logistics, quality assurance and analytical inspection of products.

“We are delighted that Umicore’s investment will contribute to the economic development of the region,” adds Roman. “Moreover, we intend to be a good neighbour and employer. So we will put a lot of emphasis on safe behaviour and processes while the building will incorporate measures to minimise energy use, noise and emissions.”