THE LODZKIE REGION
Thanks to its network of roads, the Lodzkie Region has become the best linked region in Poland.
It all starts in the capital of the region, where, in neighbouring Stryków, two motorways intersect - A1 (north - south) and A2 (east - west). You can get to Wrocław with the S8 expressway within 2 hours. The construction of an expressway S14 is also planned as a western bypass of Łódź connecting the A2 motorway with the S8 expressway.
Important national railway routes run through the Lodzkie Region. The region's railway window on the world is the terminal at Łódź-Olechów. This is one of the most important cargo reloading terminals in Poland. Thanks to the launch of this terminal, trade with the Chinese city of Chengdu in Sichuan province is developing dynamically.
There is an international airport 6 kilometres from the centre of Łódź - Lodz Wladyslaw Reymont Airport. The network of flight connections is developing dynamically.
On the territory of the Lodzkie Region there are about 240 thousand economic entities, mainly small and medium. These companies may be potential contractors and partners (as sub-suppliers of parts and accessories) for foreign investors in the field of trade and investment cooperation.
Over 97% of all entities are private companies. The number of commercial companies with foreign capital share is about 1,900. The Lodzkie Region has a strong economy which is continually developing new branches. It is traditionally strong in light industry and in industries such as household appliances, production of construction materials, and agricultural and food processing.
The Lodzkie Region is among the most important Polish centres bringing together companies from the sector of modern services for business (BPO/SSC). Another industry is the power industry, the main centre of which is Bełchatów, where more than 20% of domestic electricity is produced.
Łódź is one of the most important Polish centres for external business support.
The capital of the region is an important academic centre. Six state universities are established in Łódź: Lodz University of Technology, University of Lodz, Medical University of Lodz, the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, Wladyslaw Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz. The latter is a school with a long tradition, one of the oldest schools in the world that educates directors, cameramen, animation authors, editors, scenarists, photographers and actors. In Łódź there are 21 private universities. More than 100 thousand people study in the capital of the region. 20 thousand highly qualified graduates enter the labour market annual.
STRATEGY LORIS 2030
In April 2013 in the Regional Innovation Strategy for the Lodzkie Region LORIS 2030, industries with the greatest potential for the further long-term economic development of the region were identified.
Strategic industries for the Lodzkie Region according to RIS LORIS 2030 include:
- modern textile and fashion (including design);
- advanced construction materials;
- medicine, pharmacy, cosmetics;
- energy, including renewable energy sources;
- innovative agriculture and agricultural and food processing;
- information technology and telecommunications.
Also key technology areas have been identified which due to the existing potential in the region have a chance to develop and support the economic growth of the region. These include:
- nanotechnology and functional materials;
- communication and information technologies.
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