idea of creating automotive cluster was born concerning the location of
big automotive branch investments in north-west part of Podkarpackie
region. In 2011, to perfectly functioning corporations such as Federal
Mogul, Kirchhoff, Uniwheels, LEAR, joined Pilkington Automotive Poland.
The company is a part of Japanese concern NSG Group and has carried out a
project near Tarnobrzeg, which by Polish Agency of Information and
Foreign Investments S.A. is believed to be the biggest industry
investment in Poland in 2011. Considerably, building so modern plant
caused the growth of agglomeration of international automotive companies
and cooperative enterprises.
number, size, and degree of enterprises concentration in so small area
show that this process is a model example of autonomous growth of
cluster structure. Six automotive corporations are located in the area
of Mielec, Tarnobrzeg, Gorzyce, and Stalowa Wola, with combined turnover
above 6 milliards zlotys and employing over 13000 employees. The
managers of these corporations are creating prestigious business
environment and lead actions connected with plants extension.
initiative of integration was proposed by the General Manager of
Pilkington Automotive Poland of NSG Group, and received a positive
response from other corporate leaders. In July 2014, an agreement
concerning the will of cooperation was signed.
The signatories of letter of intent:
– Pilkington Automotive Poland, a part of Japanese concern NSG Group, a manufacturer of automotive glass to global car brands.
Polska Sp. Z o.o. Mielec, famous for its impressive modern technology
of production, a manufacturer of metal components to automotive
– Uniwheels Production Poland Sp.z o.o., a producer of wide choice of aluminium wheel rims.
– Federal-Mogul, piston manufacturer (currently, 5 % of global production),
– Lear Corporation Poland produces beams of electric conduits to automotive branch,
– T.C. Dębica S.A. (the Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company) is the biggest producer of tyres to all types of cars.
possible areas of collaboration concerning cluster activities is
managing the communal waste, public utilities, research, an effective
use of human resources, trainings etc. To the circle of
initiators-signatories joined scientists from University of Science and
Technology (AGH) and Polytechnic of Rzeszów interested in undertaking
huge innovative technological projects, such as European programme
Horizon 2020 (Horyzont 2020).
February 2015, Stalowa Wola, in centre of the most famous Polish
initiative a founding meeting took place and adopted EAA name. The
founding members are the General Managers of Pilkington Automotive
Poland of NSG Group, Kirchhoff Polska, Federal Mogul, Uniwheels Polska,
the scientists from University of Science and Technology, Polytechnic of
Rzeszów, institutions representatives from business surroundings
represented by Industry Development Agency of Tarnobrzeg. The council
consists of automotive corporate managers, however an internal control
organ consists of technical university representatives and business