The huge demographic potential of a strong culture and work ethic, close proximity of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Slovakia, and a dense network of roads provide excellent conditions not only for production, but also distribution on a large scale, thus making Upper Silesia one of the most important warehouse markets storage in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.
During the first six months of 2015 there were approximately 172 000 sq m. of warehouse space leased in Upper Silesia. Almost half of it was taken by logistics operators, who use industrial facilities in the region as distribution hubs for both Silesian agglomeration and Malopolska. Since Krakow region can also boast a few modern warehouses, such tendency confirms great potential of industrial facilities in Uppers Silesia.
The region’s attractiveness if further increased by excellent road network conditions; Upper Silesia is interstected by two important trans-European transport corridors. A4 motorway supports long-distance traffic (including transit) and Drogowa Trasa Średnicowa DTŚ acts as an urban highway between Sielsian agglomeration cities. This route is part of the corridor Berlin-Wroclaw-Katowice-Krakow-Lviv. What is more, A1 motorway – also known as the European route E75 – creates a transport corridor from the north to the south (Gdańsk -Katowice-Zilina), further linking Scandinavia with the Mediterranean countries.
Without a doubt, one of Upper Silesia’s greatest added value – apart from its location and road infrastructure – is Katowice Special Economic Zone, that has been supporting regional business for over 19 years.
Since the beginning of its operations, EUR 4,5 bln have already been invested, turning local economy from heavy industry and mining oriented into a dynamic business environment. Some of the biggest market players running operations in Upper Silesia include GM Opel in Gliwice, Fiat Auto Poland in Tychy, Guardian Industries Corporation in Częstochowa or Electrolux in Siewierz.
Upper Silesia warehouse potential has also been acknowledged by leading industrial developers, who currently offer approximately 1.5 mln sq m. of space, designated for distribution, logistics operations, warehousing and even light production.
The biggest industrial facilities in Upper Silesia include Prologis Park Chorzow and Prologis Park Dabrowa Gornicza, Logicor Park Myslowice, Panattoni Park Czeladz, SEGRO Logistics Park Gliwice and object belonging to MLP Group located in Tychy. Upper Silesia warehouse market also has some smaller buildings on offer in Bieruń, Sosnowiec, Czeladz, Bielsko-Biala or in Bedzin, all by leading developers and covering over 30 000 sq m. each.
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