Polish construction industry going places

5,500 employees, among them over 1,000 working on projects in nearly 50 countries – that is the potential of 16 Polish companies creating the Polish Cluster of Construction Exporters. It is a grassroots initiative of businessmen whose mission is to establish and develop cooperation of Polish construction companies on export markets, and to internationalise Polish construction industry. The Cluster inauguration ceremony took place on 2 December in Warsaw.

– “Today, Poland is seeing grand infrastructural projects, we have a residential boom and new public buildings appear in the landscape: sports venues, hospitals, cultural institutions. But this prosperity won’t last – in a few years, construction companies will find it increasingly difficult to win new contracts, which will lead to limiting production and, most probably, major downsizing in the industry,” Jan Mikołuszko, Chairman of the Board and initiator of the Cluster, said during the inauguration. “That is why we should be thinking about the upcoming years, and use the current prosperity in the industry to secure our future.” Chairman Mikołuszko said that the future for Polish construction companies may be the export of construction services, which is currently almost non-existent, amounting to just over 3% of the sales value of the construction industry.

– “The Polish construction industry potential is huge. We have excellent engineers, advanced technical and process facilities, and vast know-how,” said Tomasz Szuba, President of the Board of TINES Capital Group SA and Chairman of the Exports Board of the Cluster. “Our initiative and its brand statement: “World Solutions. Made in Poland” is a real chance for internationalisation of the Polish construction industry,” added Mr. Szuba.

During the inauguration, Mr. Andrzej Czapczuk, PhD, Eng, Vice-President of F.B.I Tasbud SA and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Cluster, said that instead of competing on international markets, Polish companies should cooperate. “The benefits of joining the Cluster include access to the network of relations and contacts of our partners, efficient transfer of technology and knowledge, expanding offers by combining the potentials of Cluster members, winning new contracts, attracting new people, institutions, businesses, optimisation of operating costs and – last, but not least – potential for new, interesting contracts.” In the conclusion to his speech, Mr. Czapczuk pleaded: “Let us trust each other. It will do us and Poland much good.”

Already 16 companies have jointed the Cluster. The gathered potential and scope of activities are certainly impressive. It is the diversity that is one of the Cluster’s key values. It allows the Cluster to create a comprehensive offer and participate in the most demanding infrastructural projects around the world.

– “We have very ambitious goals. They can come to fruition, provided we begin working together as soon as possible,” concluded the Chairman of the Board of the Cluster, Jan Mikołuszko.

Supporting members: Elektrotim SA, F.B. I. Tasbud SA, Instal Białystok SA, JPcontracting.pl sp. z o.o. , Palisander Sp. z o.o., PBG SA, Pol – Inowex Sp. z o.o. S.K.A., SEEN Holding Sp. z o.o., SN Strukton Sp. z o.o., TERMIKA Sp. z o.o., TINES Capital Group SA, Torpol SA, UNIBEP SA, VISTAL GDYNIA SA, Dorbud SA, Zeus SA.