Asian Investors In Poland

Japanese and South Korean companies have been heavily investing in Poland since the 1990’s many of which have elected to established manufacturing facilities serving the EU market.

However, with implementation of the ‘New Silk Road’ initiative these traditional investors are now being joined by organisations spanning Asia, including; China and Malaysia.

Signalled by Yifan Pharmaceuticals acquisition of a controlling stake in the Polish insulin maker Bioton and the purchase by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) of logistic parks across the country.

There have also been massive increases in property investments since 2013 coming from Singapore, the Philippines, China, South Korea and Malaysia, with over $7.7 Billion invested in CEE real estate.

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Top Asian Investors in Poland

1. LG Chem

2. Samsung

3. Yifan Pharmaceuticals

4. Bridgestone

5. Toyota

6. Mitsubishi Corp

7. Permodalan Nasional Berhad

8. Toshiba Corporation

9. Daewoo

10. Huawei Technologies

International News Articles

The following are a selection of news articles announcing just a few of the latest Asian companies taking advantage of the amazing opportunities available in Poland.

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Why Poland is South Korea’s gateway to the EU

“According to the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH), there are already 260 South Korean companies investing in the Polish economy, making South Korea the largest Asian investor in the country.

While South Korean firms have been investing in a number of Central and Eastern Europe’s economies for years, Poland is the clear favourite: over the last five years the bulk of their investment in the region has been made in Poland (around 56 per cent, or 5.1 billion euros).”

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Malaysia’s PNB eyes new overseas property markets

“The state-linked fund manager’s foreign real estate holdings are largely in the UK, but that is set to change. It recently bought logistics assets in Poland and is eyeing other locations and segments.

Late last year, for instance, PNB* closed its first direct property investment in continental Europe, acquiring five logistics parks in Poland from industrial real estate developer Panattoni, said a well-placed source.

London-based Savills Investment Management handled the transaction.”

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LG Chem secures €500M for Polish factory expansion

“Battery cell manufacturer LG Chem has signed loan agreements with three South Korean banks for a total of 700 billion won – equivalent to around €550 million euros – to finance the expansion of its production capacities in Poland.

In March, LG Chem had also secured a €480 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank to expand its production capacities in Wroclaw in southwest Poland.”

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Korea’s Vesta Tops Up €1B Sheds Portfolio with Poland Buy

“Seoul-based Vestas Investment Management has acquired a distribution centre in central Poland on behalf of Korean institutional investors for €71 million ($78 million), as the European logistics market continues to draw Asian capital.

WLocated 40 kilometres north of the city of Lodz, which serves as a major logistics hub for both domestic and international networks, the newly developed facility is the largest single-storey build-to-suit warehouse in Poland.”

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