Economy

The Warminsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship is subjected to the Green Lungs of Poland Programme as one of the least populated regions of the country. The main fields of economy include: production of organic food, timber industry, environmentally friendly silviculture, eco-tourism, production of tyres, machinery and equipment with applied non-polluting industrial technologies and renewable energy sources.
The prevailing production includes: food and beverages (around 31.2% of production sold in industry), furniture (around 14.3%), electrical machinery and apparatus (around 4.3%), and fur clothing and products (around 1.6%). 42.5% of the domestic production of rubber products comes from Olsztyn, where a tyre factory is located.

The strategy of social and economic development, approved by the Sejmik of the Warminsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, assumes that the regional wealth will depend on a progress in three basic economic fields: agriculture, tourism, and environmentally friendly technologies. Many funds from the European Union used by the Voivodeship contribute to development of these fields. In the next few years, the Warmia and Mazury Region will be provided with 182 million Euros only within the frames of the structural funds.

There are many companies representing the timber sector and operating on the area of the Warminsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship. The fastest growing companies include:

  • Swedwood (Wielbark) – production and distribution of solid wood furniture.
  • Mazurskie Meble International (Olsztyn) ? production of house and office furniture.
  • Szynaka-Meble – Lubawa ? house, office and shop furniture.
  • Mebelplast (Olsztyn) ? producer of upholstered, recreational and leather furniture.
  • BRW SOFA (Olsztyn) ? upholstered furniture.
  • Paged Sklejka ? Morąg- production of plywood.
  • Sklejka-Pisz (Pisz) ? production of plywood.

The largest companies representing food industry and operating in the Warminsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship include:

  • Indykpol (Olsztyn) ? producer of turkey meat and processed meat.
  • Mazurskie  Miody ZPH “Karolina” (Tomaszkowo) ? honey produce.
  • Grupa ANIMEX  (Morliny, Ełk, Iława, Suwałki) ? production and sale of meat products.
  • Grupa Polmlek (Lidzbark Warmiński, Olsztyn) ? producer of milk and dairy products.
  • Tymbark (Olsztynek) ? producer of non-carbonated juices and drinks.

The following foreign companies also have their seats here:

  • Michelin (France) ? producer of rubber products (tyres).
  • Smithfield Food (USA) ? producer of pork.
  • Philips Lighting (Holland) ? producer of light sources and indoor and outdoor lighting equipment.
  • Ikea (Sweden) ? production of furniture and decorative products.
  • Safilin (Holland) ? producer of flax yarns.
  • PROVIMI POLSKA ? incorporated into the Provimi Holding international concern, one of the biggest animal fodder producers in the world.
  • Li O’Lakes ? food processing.
  • Haye & Heinz Glas ? glass processing.
  • Heineken ? brewering company.
  • ALSTOM Power ? producer of turbines.
  • Iberdrola ?  renewable energy.

source: www.umwp.podkarpackie.pl