Many centuries of industrial tradition and labour culture, innovation, cooperation between science and business, availability of highly qualified professionals as well as business friendly climate contribute to the attractiveness of Zabrze, being one of the most important investment locations in the East-Central Europe.
In 2011 in the Forbes’ report on business attractiveness Zabrze came 14th out of 3,545 communes in Poland. Perfect location is one of the significant investment advantages of the city. In a radius of 600 km there are eight European capitals: Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague, Warsaw, Vienna, and Zagreb. DB Schenker Rail Polska JSC, one of the largest global corporations, presently developing the shipment centre in the Eastern Europe and reinforcing Poland’s role as the gate to Eastern Europe, benefits from the attractive geographical location, qualified professionals and the largest logistics network in Europe.
Owing to its scientific and research potential Zabrze stands out from the other Silesian cities.
The following institutions operate in Zabrze: the Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, the Institute of Environmental Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment ITAM, the Prof. Zbigniew Religa Foundation for the Development of Cardiac Surgery, Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases, The Zabrze Branch of Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Faculty of Organisation and Management of the Silesian University of Technology, School of Medicine with the Dentistry Branch of the Medical University of Silesia as well as the Faculty of Mass Media, Acting and Directing of the Katowice School of Technology and The Bogdan Jański High School Branch in Zabrze.
The investment area in Zabrze is 770 ha. Compared to other big and important cities of the Silesia Zabrze is the only one with such a large area dedicated to investors. Investment areas are located in the vicinity of the junction of A4 and A1 Motorways, some of them are a part of the Katowice Special Economic Zone. Areas dedicated to industrial park, new factories, warehouses and offices are being developed there.
The objective of the pro-ecological policy of the city authorities is to develop a complex municipal infrastructure and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. Thanks to a new investment with the value of almost EUR 200 million the European Union requirements regarding waste and wastewater management should be met by 2015 increasing at the same time the potential of Zabrze with regard to large industrial projects. Zabrze is also among the leaders in winning EU funds intended for infrastructural projects. In the years of 2007-2013 the city was granted over PLN 390 million in total. In 2012, according to the “Wspólnota” (self-government magazine) ranking, the city held a very high 6th position in Poland with regard to the best use of European funds.
Main energy supplier in Zabrze is Fortum Power and Heat Polska LLC, a leading company in the heat distribution sector with the Finnish capital and innovative know-how. The primary activity of Fortum comprises the combined heat and power generation. The company implements modern solutions enabling increased efficiency and safety of power supply and reduction of emissions. One of its key on-going projects is the investment in Zabrze involving construction of a multi-fuel CHP plant with capacity of 130-150 MWe and the value of about EUR 250-330 million. The plant will combust various types of biomass and coal. This power plant will supply heat to Zabrze and Bytom in the long-term perspective. Thanks to highly efficient technology of power generation with the use of renewable fuels the power plant in Zabrze will be environmentally friendly, will meet the emission requirements after 2015 and will contribute to the fulfilment of the assumptions of the Climatic Package in the Upper Silesia Region.
Zabrze is also planning to develop a biogas plant which could help use organic waste from the city and surrounding areas.
The city is also open for innovative energy solutions for sustainable housing estates.