Jury of 26 Chamber of Commerce chairmen and Commercial Counselors from Embassies voted Wednesday night to award the following companies.
Their decisions were based not only on the amount of investment and number of employees in Poland, yet also on the firm's innovation, strategic importance to the Polish economy and leadership within their industry.
Nearly 200 guests attended from a wide range of sectors including Aviation, Manufacturing, Food, IT, BPO/Outsourcing,Transportation, Retail, Consumer Goods, Real Estate development, and Pharmaceuticals.
The FDI Poland Investor Awards is the only such Awards Gala in Poland that brings together multiple industries and a multitude of countries. Guests came from more 27 countries this year, including a particularly strong turn-out from China and India. The largest number of Nominations came from American firms, underlining their leadership role in FDI investment in Poland.
Brief comments from PAIZ emphasized the important role of foreign direct investment in making the Polish economy world-class competitive.
Other VIP guests came from Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In a tough competition (67 firms were Short-Listed) among world-class firms, the following firms took first place:
Top Technology Park of the Year
Lodz Regional Science and Technology Park
Top Special Economic Zone of the Year
Lodz Special Economic Zone
Top CEE (Central East Europe) Investor
Top German or Austrian Investor
Top Swiss Investor
Sandoz (Lek S.A.)
Top French Investor
Atos IT Services
Top Benelux Investor
Top Iberian Investor
Jerónimo Martins Polska
Top Scandinavian Investor
Top UK/Irish Investor
Polski Bus (Souter Holdings)
Top Indian Investor
Flex Films Europa
Top Japanese Investor
NGK Ceramics Polska
Top Korean Investor
LG Electronics Mlawa
Top Chinese Investor
LiuGong Dressta Machinery
Top Investor of the Year – Rest of World
Infosys BPO Poland
Top Canadian Investor
Top U.S. Investor
This 2nd annual event, MC'ed by Thom Barnhardt of BiznesPolska.pl and BizPoland Magazine, and Ewa Bonecka, a top actress on TV programs such as TVN's "Na Wspolnej", attracted a multitude of international guests, including from the United States, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Korea, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Turkey, and Vietnam.
Firms attending included DCT Gdańsk, European Investment Bank (EIB), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Economic Division), Jeppesen (Boeing), Immofinanz, Epam Systems, Flextronics International Poland, Motorola Solutions Systems Polska, Amazon, MiedziCopper Corporation, Redknee Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, Grafton, Souter Holdings Poland/PolskiBus, GKN Driveline, AirFrance, CBRE, Sii, ASIME (GEE Group), CPL Jobs, Kinnarps, Alteams Poland, Schibsted Tech Polska, IMMOFINANZ Group, Volkswagen Poznan, Rule Financial (GFT Group), Fiege, Nexteer Automotive Poland, LiuGong Dressta Machinery, LG Electronics Mlawa, Lodz Special Economic Zone, Essel Propack Polska, Farmtrac Tractors Europe, QBurst Technologies, Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park, Lodz Regional Science and Technology Park, Kinnarps, Citibank, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Grafton Recruitment, and many more.
Audit Partner: TPA Horwath
Jury members included:
Steve Rank, Senior Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade Commission; Karl Schmidt, Commercial Counselor, Austrian Embassy in Warsaw; Nicolas Lepage, Counsellor Commercial, Embassy of Canada; Edward Zhu, Polsko-Chinska Rada Biznesu; Marek Matraszek, CEC Government Relations; Jean-Marc Fenet, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of France; Kari Vähäkangas, Commercial Counsellor, Finpro; Amit Lath, Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Yoshito Okada, Shokokai (Japanese Chamber of Commerce); Kwon Dong-seok, Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Inese Sulzanoka, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia; Slawomir Majman, President, PAIiIZ; Stefan Bekir Assanowicz, Chairman, Polish-Spanish Chamber of Commerce; Rocio Frutos Ibor, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Spain; Vladislav Chlipala, Commercial Counsellor, Slovak Republic; Chi-young Chen, Director, Economic Division of Taipei Economic Office; Koray Akguloglu, Commercial Counsellor, Turkish Embassy; Martin Oxley, Director, UKTI Poland; Nguyen Duc Thanh, Commercial Counselor, Vietnam Embassy.
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