Xylem Inc has opened a new 1100 sq m commercial facility in Warsaw as part of the water technology company’s ongoing investment in Poland.
The new plant, which includes office space, a service and maintenance hub and a warehouse, brings Xylem’s total investment in Poland to more than zł67 million.
Xylem employs almost 350 people in Strzelin and Warsaw. The new Warsaw facility, which currently has 45 employees, is expected to recruit further in the coming months as the company adds to its sales, marketing and business development capabilities.
“Our new facility in Warsaw, as well as the additional talent we plan on recruiting this year, will mean that our customers in Poland, and across Europe, will benefit from our closer proximity which will deliver stronger customer relationships and tailor-made solutions,” said Rafał Bonter, managing director of Xylem in Poland. “Our new facility, complete with service and maintenance capabilities, will also provide an enhanced aftermarket offering for our customers.”
Alessandro Bertuzzo, Xylem’s regional director for Eastern Europe, said: “The Polish market is one of the fastest growing in Europe with a vibrant, young population of 40 million and we enjoy a strong market presence here due to our comprehensive portfolio and extensive expertise. We are experiencing strong demand across the three primary market segments we operate in – industrial, public utility and building services.”
“Our investment in our Warsaw facility and skilled workforce is a further demonstration of our continued commitment to the wider Eastern European region,” said Christian Blanc, senior vice president & president Europe Commercial Team for Xylem.
Xylem doubled the size of its factory in Strzelin to more than 17 000 sq m during 2014/15. The factory, which opened in 2007 and manufactures large wet rotor circulators and a range of other Lowara-branded pumping solutions, has been designed as a centre of excellence in water engineering technology. With six production lines, the plant has a Lean Six Sigma approach and a continuous improvement culture.