The Śląskie Voivodeship is a region with a high level of investment attractiveness. It is confirmed by the data of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, according to which, in 2004, the region accounted for 12.5% of all direct foreign investments in the country worth more than USD 1 billion, which means the best result in Poland (just behind the Mazowieckie Voivodeship).
Factors determining investment attractiveness of Silesia:
Large number of automotive companies with GM OPEL and FIAT AUTO POLAND in the lead are among investors which attracted a number of suppliers producing for the automotive industry, for example, plastics and electronic parts. Significant investments are also being made in the production of machinery and equipment. This sector is represented by such companies like Alstom, AEG Aktiengesellschaft, Heraeus Electro-Nite International N.V., Lucent Technologies Network Systems Netherlands B.V., NKT Cables A/S, Philips, Sylea Italia Srl., ICL, Siemens, SGL Carbon AG and such companies as: GE Power Controls Belgium BVBA, Caterpillar Inc., Sest SpA, Sutco Maschinenbau GmbH & Co KG. and Timken Company.
Another industry growing relatively fast is a production of glass, ceramics and construction products. The industry is presently represented by Ekocem, Guardian Industries Corporation, ROCA Radiadores, Saint Gobain, Uralita and Vitrum.
Investments in the region are primarily located in the Upper Silesian Agglomeration and the former voivodeship cities, namely Bielsko-Biała and Częstochowa. The choice of location for investments is linked, among others, to the functioning of the dispersed Katowice Special Economic Zone.