Pol-Inowex: benefiting from supply chain re-shuffle

The global leader in industrial plant dismantling and relocation sees opportunities as manufacturers look to cut costs and shorten supply chains.

Pol-Inowex, a Polish company that relocates factories across the globe, sees the Global Industrial Relocation Network (GIRN) as the way to move the industry forward.

Pol-Inowex plans to keep a core staff of around 150 at its Lublin headquarters, but make cuts in its sub-contracted staff globally as the economic effects of Covid-19 continue to impact its operations.

Pol-Inowex is a global leader in industrial plant dismantling and relocation. Since 1991, it has completed over 400 projects on six continents for customers from more than 60 countries, specialising in different industries, including the energy sector, chemical or steel industries.

Bartosz Świderek, CEO of Pol-inowexBartosz Świderek, CEO of Pol-inowex:
“We are also relocating an assembly line from China to Scotland in order to reduce the delivery time of the paper used to produce face masks. A pharmaceutical company, based in Germany, originally intended to move an assembly line to China but because deliveries from Asia to Europe were difficult, the company decided to relocate elsewhere in Europe,” Świderek says.

Another example is a rim assembly line that was relocated from Europe to Turkey and Latin America. That assembly line strengthened existing plant capacity in both markets and freed the space for a new line in the original location.

Logistics savings
A Poland-based food manufacturer meanwhile, with two assembly lines in one location, decided to move one of them to a newly-set-up factory some 400 kilometres away. The relocation cost was returned after eight months thanks to savings made in the cost of logistics.

The company also became more competitive thanks to its closer proximity to its existing partners.

Another Pol- Inowex project of note is the transfer of an Austrian power plant – the largest project in the 23-year history of the Lublin-based firm. Talks first began back in 2008. Pol-Inowex’s task will be to dismantle a 97-metre-high boiler situated in a 100-metre-high building. Together with accompanying equipment, Pol-Inowex will dismantle over 2,000 tons of devices in all, a load for a thousand trucks. The entire project will be completed within one year.

The main market for used equipment is in developing countries, mainly in Asia and Africa. This includes assembly of a cement plant in Liberia, relocation of a cement plant from Germany to Sudan and the transfer of a paper machine from Norway to Egypt.

Świderek says energy sector clients make up about 50 per cent of Pol-Inowex’s portfolio.

Combined, under negotiation the company has a capacity of 3,287 MW, including relocation of a 1,000 MW cogeneration plant from the UK to the Middle East, a 500 MW coal power plant from Belgium to Africa and a 40 MW biomass power plant from Finland to Egypt.

The development of renewable energy in Western Europe makes the large capacity of conventional power plants redundant. Almost new coal-fired and gas-fired power plants, several years old, are often shut down.

Recently, the two largest German energy companies, RWE and E.ON, both announced they are looking for buyers for their gas and coal-fired power plants, because they have increased the production of energy from renewable sources.


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