The Lodzkie Region – in the centre of Poland
in the centre of Europe
(including 62.5% in cities)
The Lodzkie Region - close to everywhere
Everything is close to the Lodzkie Region, because the region is situated in the centre of Poland, in the centre of Europe and has excellent transport connections
Almost all major Polish cities are within 200 km, and almost all European capitals are within 1500 kilometers.
Thanks to its network of roads, the Lodzkie Region has become the best linked region in Poland. It all starts in the capital of the region, where, in neighbouring Stryków, two motorways intersect - A1 (north–south) and A2 (east–west).
You can go from Warszawa to Łódź via the A2 motorway in just over an hour, while the journey via the A1 motorway from Łódź to Gdańsk takes about three hours. In contrast, you can get to Wrocław with the S8 expressway within 2 hours. The construction of an expressway S14 is also planned as a western bypass of Łódź connecting the A2 motorway with the S8 expressway.
Important national railway routes run through the Lodzkie Region. These are the lines: E20 Warszawa - Kutno - Poznań, the Central Rail Line linking the capital with Silesia and Kraków, and the Coal Trunk-Line connecting Karsznice, Zduńska Wola, Inowrocław and Gdynia. Another important node is Koluszki, which connects Łódź with Warszawa, Lublin, Katowice and Kraków.
The region's railway window on the world is the terminal at Łódź-Olechów. This is one of the most important cargo reloading terminals in Poland. Thanks to the launch of this terminal, trade with the Chinese city of Chengdu in Sichuan province is developing dynamically. The route of the "New Silk Route" (as the Chinese call it) runs from Chengdu through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus to Łódź. The Chinese have chosen Łódź from among other locations because it is situated in the centre of Europe and goods can get to France, Scandinavia, Russia or the Balkans in two days. A "local embassy" takes care of the development of Chinese relations, i.e. The Regional Office of the Lodzkie Region and the City of Łódź in Chengdu, which helps to establish economic contacts and scientific and cultural promotion.
An advantage of the Lodzkie Region is Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna (Łódź Agglomeration Railway), appointed by the regional authorities. Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna (Łódź Agglomeration Railway) transports tourists, students and workers to the most distant parts of the region. The routes include: Łódź - Sieradz, Łódź - Zgierz, Łódź - Łowicz, Łódź - Koluszki and Łódź - Kutno.
Łódź-Fabryczna Station is under construction at the heart of the centre in Łódź. It will be a key element of the New Centre of Łódź and one of the most modern facilities of its kind in Europe.
There is an international airport 6 kilometres from the centre of Łódź - Lodz Wladyslaw Reymont Airport. The network of flight connections is developing dynamically. From Łódź airport (data as of December 2015) you can fly to such destinations as: Munich, London, East Midlands, Dublin and there are many charter flights. There is a cargo terminal at the airport, which in 2014 cleared approx. 6,000 tons of freight and was in second place among Polish airports in the RFS transport (Road Feeder Service).
On the territory of the Lodzkie Region there are about 240 thousand economic entities, mainly small and medium. These companies may be potential contractors and partners (as sub-suppliers of parts and accessories) for foreign investors in the field of trade and investment cooperation.
Over 97% of all entities are private companies. The number of commercial companies with foreign capital share is about 1,900.The Lodzkie Region has a strong economy which is continually developing new branches.
It is traditionally strong in light industry and in industries such as household appliances, production of construction materials, and agricultural and food processing.
The Lodzkie Region is among the most important Polish centres bringing together companies from the sector of modern services for business (BPO/SSC).
Another industry is the power industry, the main centre of which is Bełchatów, where more than 20% of domestic electricity is produced.
Łódź is one of the most important Polish centres for external business support. According to the ABSL report "The sector of modern business services in Poland 2014", BPO and SSC companies in the region's capital employ almost 11 thousand people, that is, 8% of all employees.
Another key sector for the region is logistics, which is no surprise given its strategic location. The biggest logistics centre in the region is Stryków, partly due to the fact that it is situated at the intersection of the A1 and A2 motorways. The following logistics parks have been created there: Business Park, Segro Logistic Park Stryków, Tulipan Park Stryków, Panattoni Park Stryków and registered offices of the companies in this industry. The second place with logistics importance is Piotrków Trybunalski. Also here there are logistics parks. They include: Logistic City Piotrkow Distribution Center, P3 Park Piotrkow, Kaufland Logistic Center, Regional Distribution Center IKEA, ProLogis Park Piotrkow.
The capital of the region is an important academic centre. Six state universities are established in Łódź: Lodz University of Technology, University of Lodz, Medical University of Lodz, the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, Wladyslaw Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz. The latter is a school with a long tradition, one of the oldest schools in the world that educates directors, cameramen, animation authors, editors, scenarists, photogrphers and actors. In Łódź there are 21 private universities. More than 100 thousand people study in the capital of the region. 20 thousand highly qualified graduates enter the labour market annually.
Education in the Lodzkie Region means also centres of international scientific cooperation: Alliance Française, British Council, the Department of German Studies, the Department of American Studies and Mass Media, School of Polish for Foreigners of University of Lodz. In addition to the universities, important research centres in R&D are located in the region, including representations of the Polish Academy of Sciences: the Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medical Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre of Medical Biology and Microbiology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In Łódź there is a school for children and youth at the British International School of the University of Łódź conducting educational activities in English, according to the English National Curriculum. The curriculum covers all stages of an English education for children and youth aged 3 to 18 years.