Global water technology company Xylem opens new facility in Warsaw as part of ongoing investment in Poland
March 21, 2018
WARSAW, Poland – Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a global water technology company, has opened a new 1,100 square meters commercial facility inWarsaw as part of ongoing investment in Poland. This new plant, which includes office space, a service and maintenance hub and a warehouse, brings Xylem’s total investment in Poland to more than zł67 million. Xylem currently employs almost 350 people at sites in Strzelin and Warsaw.Further recruitment at the new Warsaw facility, where 45 employees are based, is expected in the coming months as the company enhances its sales, marketing and business development capabilities.
Xylem works with almost 50 Polish suppliers, representing a multi-million spend on electric motor components and drivers annually.
Rafał Bonter, Managing Director, Xylem in Poland said: “Our new facility in Warsaw, as well as the additional talent we plan on recruiting this year, will mean that our customers in Poland, and across Europe, will benefit from our closer proximity which will deliver stronger customer relationships and tailor-made solutions. Our new facility, complete with service and maintenance capabilities, will also provide an enhanced aftermarket offering for our customers.”
“We see a strong role for Xylem in relation to Poland’s new Water Law Act, supporting communities to build their resilience in the event of extreme weather events such as flooding, as well as ensuring they have a consistent, sustainable water supply in the event of drought, for example. We will continue to invest in our Polish operations and we see a bright future for us, our employees and our customers here.”
Alessandro Bertuzzo, Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Xylem, said “The Polish market is one of the fastest growing in Europe with a vibrant, young population of 40 million and we enjoy a strong market presence here due to our comprehensive portfolio and extensive expertise. We are experiencing strong demand across the three primary market segments we operate in – industrial, public utility and building services. The manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), released by IHS Markit, has been positive for the past three years and increased EU funding is driving investment in more efficient, smart technologies in the public utility sector. Similarly, the commercial and residential building services segment is in a growth phase, boosted by increased business spending capacity and personal incomes.”
Christian Blanc, Senior Vice President & President Europe Commercial Team for Xylem, said, “Our investment in our Warsaw facility and skilled workforce is a further demonstration of our continued commitment to the wider Eastern European region. We look forward to continuing to work with customers to solve their complex water challenges.”
The new facility in Warsaw follows major investment in Poland by Xylem during 2014/2015 when the company doubled the size of its factory located in Strzelin to more than 17,000 square meters. The factory, which manufactures large wet rotor circulators and a range of other high efficiency and smart Lowara-branded pumping solutions, has been designed as a ‘centre of excellence’ in water engineering technology. The plant adopts a Lean Six Sigma approach and a continuous improvement culture, with a focus on consistently meeting customer needs, product quality, durability, delivery time and reduced waste.
With its unique set of global assets, Xylem plays a crucial role in solving water, addressing customers’ challenges along the entire life cycle of water – from intake to treatment to transport, usage, and reuse or return – touching all market segments where water is needed. In Poland, Xylem supports a wide range of customers, from industrial applications with leading Polish food and drink business, to public utilities including Grodzisk Maz Waterworks. Xylem’s Flygt N-pump with SmartRun controller solved chronic clogging issues at the Czarny Las pumping station in the town of Grodzisk Mazowiecki. Since the pump control unit was installed in April 2017, the station has been clog-free compared with the two or three weekly blockages that occurred prior to Xylem’s solution being commissioned.
Xylem in Poland – Key Statistics:
Xylem production facility in Strzelin, Poland opened in 2007
Within ten years footprint expanded from 8,890 to 17,187 square meters
<100 employees in 2007 to almost 350 people today
220,000 units produced annually
Strzelin production facility now features six production lines
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.
The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.