Day 6) Poland
Poland, a member state of the European Union, is a country in central Europe.
The economy of Poland is currently the eighth largest economy in the European Union and the largest among the former Eastern Bloc members of the EU. Nearly 40 percent of the 500 largest companies by revenues in the Central and Eastern Europe region (CEE) are located in Poland.
Official Language: Polish
Area: 312,679 km2
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 25,046 €
Due to high share of industrial activity in Polish economy, the transformation of the industrial sector is quickly becoming a top priority for the country.
As such, the country is a potentially big market for suppliers of Industry 4.0 solutions.
According to the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association Poland is one of the fastest growing markets for automation in manufacturing, but there’s still room for industry to improve its competitiveness. Many companies in the country are still at the level of Industry 2.0, with only 15 percent of the factories fully automated, 76 percent partly automated, and the rest still being handled by hand.
What is important to note is that Poland itself has no competitive advantage in producing advanced electronic equipment for manufacturing sector. Nevertheless, their main industries have potential to improve their capacities by digitalization, even if it means through imported solutions.
According to the Industry 4.0 Readiness Index of the Danish Institute of Industry 4.0, Poland is on rank 43 of 120 ranked countries.
This suggests that despite its strong industrial base the Polish industry still has room for improvement, especially in the categories of basic driving forces, Industry 4.0 specific enablers, demand factors and innovation aptitude, where the country scored rather low.
Top industries & Largest companies per sector