The selection of key sectors of Lublin's economy aims to indicate which branches are crucial for the current and future development of the city. The list of key industries is also intended to show potential investors which sectors of the economy of Lublin have optimal conditions for growth.
Lublin's economy does not have a clearly defined industry profile. The high diversification of the industry is a result of, among others, the political transformation in the 90s, which contributed to the creation of a significant number of SMEs and micro-enterprises outside the area of sectors traditionally developed in Lublin, such as food processing. Currently, Lublin benefits from its multispecialisation, being a place of development of modern and innovative companies from various areas of the economy. At the same time, it creates opportunities for closer cooperation between science and business in a broad spectrum.
Lublin's assets, such as its location and infrastructure, will allow it to become the primary logistics centre for the eastern border of the EU.
It owes this to its favourable location at the junction of transport routes heading from the Baltic states to the Balkans, and from Western Europe to Ukraine and Russia. An additional advantage is the transport network being constantly developed as well as excellent access to investment resources. High-flow-rate expressways surround Lublin. The railway infrastructure allows for transporting goods to Eastern Europe as well as to Baltic seaports, and Lublin airport offers freight transhipment.
Moreover, the city is abundant with investment areas perfect for logistics, as well as industrial developers, and local government institutions provide full support to entrepreneurs during the entire investment process. Lublin is proud of its vast pool of highly qualified employees, graduates of such universities as the Lublin University of Technology and the Technical School of Transport and Communication. What proves that the city offers great opportunities for industrial developers operating in the logistics sector is the fact that key players in the sector located their businesses here.
The 21st-century city is not just an area reserved for office buildings and factories, but primarily a meeting place for the exchange of ideas and experiences, as well as an incubator of creativity and modern culture.
Lublin, due to its favourable geographic location on routes connecting Western with Eastern Europe, as well as Scandinavia with the Balkans, has always been a convenient meeting place for trade, and intermingling cultures have stimulated the high creativity level of its residents. Modern Lublin offers cutting-edge infrastructure tailored to business meetings: exhibition halls, conference centres and the best hotels with a unique standard of service.
Industries connected with culture and creativity thrive in the city. The newly opened Centre for the Meeting of Cultures hosts world-class artists and unique events. It fosters the development of high and alternative culture by organising famous festivals such as the Magician's Carnival and Different Sounds. The city's creative industry is visible both in artists' work, as well as the rapidly developing companies recognised in Poland and abroad, supported by a growing start-up ecosystem and the creativity of academic circles.
Due to the long tradition and its location in the heart of a large agricultural region, Lublin is an important food processing centre.
Lublin Region is the Polish centre for agricultural production which provides 1/3 of the raw material for the entire domestic market. Its natural topography, climate and fertile soils are invaluable assets. Growing various types of cereal, industrial plants, vegetables and fruit, along with animal husbandry, allow Lublin to be a source of raw material supply. Moreover, the ecological food sector is also growing rapidly, with 2000 farms being run in the region.
The best-developed sectors in Lublin include grain-milling, fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat, brewing, herbs, bee-keeping, tobacco and spirits. Businesses benefit from cooperation with higher education institutions, which allows them to develop their products and implement innovative solutions. Farmers are keen on being supported in introducing new crops for industrial needs. Additional advantages are Lublin's strategic location, good transport infrastructure as well as perfect conditions for running logistics business allowing companies to distribute their products successfully.
The highly rated Lublin's healthcare sector is based on the highest quality medical services and developing biotechnology sector, and its driving force is its strong academic background.
There are 13 well-equipped hospitals in the city, including four teaching hospitals of the Medical University, which educate future medical personnel and provide a place to implement unique treatment and diagnostic procedures. The high quality of services and competitive prices in the private sector encourage patients from abroad to visit healthcare centres in Lublin. The sector's potential is strengthened by a successful cluster of healthcare and health-promotion services which offer a cooperative platform for the university, R&D units and healthcare centres, as well as business entrepreneurs and institutions. The cluster supports R&D activity, cooperation between units, and fosters the high quality of medical services.
The driving force behind the sector is the academic background - future employees of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies are educated at four universities. What is more, The Medical University of Lublin is the most popular medical school in Poland among international students from several dozen countries. The implementation of projects with extensive commercial potential is a trademark of Lublin’s universities and research laboratories. The effects of Lublin scientists' efforts are the invention of artificial bone, a malaria vaccine, the creation of mutanases and ectoine, alongside a number of studies connected with the invention of new drugs, polymers and solutions in energy technology.
Lublin is a city which boasts a long tradition of automotive and machinery sectors going back to the interwar period. It is an important place on the map of production centres for passenger cars parts, lorries, tractors, coaches and aviation equipment.
The tradition of the Lorry Production Plant, and later Daewoo Motor Poland Factory is now continued by several numerous small and medium companies using the resources and long-term experience of Lublin industry. A significant group are the sub-suppliers creating components for vehicles produced on the assembly lines of large automotive concerns. Another group are the companies designing innovative technological solutions – part of a wider production process aimed directly at the end customer. Of importance to Lublin's advanced engineering technologies sector are the R&D centres specialising in the design of innovative technological solutions for the needs of particular clients. The scope of their activities includes construction design, process modelling and safeguarding technical documentation pertaining to production. These companies represent the following industries: aviation, automotive, and the machine sector, as well providing elements for the space sector. Moreover, the automotive and machinery sector is supported by 'Lublin Automotive and Machinery Upland Foundation', which aims at establishing ecosystem, that will increase the competitiveness of Lublin industry in trilateral cooperation between entrepreneurs, universities and local government.
Lublin has one of the best developed IT ecosystems in Poland in the form of the Lublin IT Upland (LWIT), which is supported by a continually growing pool of IT talents and opportunities to locate companies in modern office buildings.
Lublin is one of the most significant IT ecosystems in Poland and one of the most promising Polish cities in terms of location of IT operations. The majority of renowned Polish companies operating in the industry located in Lublin, as well as many foreign companies of international renown. The chances for career development in this sector are seen by students of Lublin universities studying within the framework of programmes created in cooperation with IT companies and responding to the needs of the industry. Thanks to this, the IT sector in Lublin is constantly supported by a pool of talents trained and ready to work in the profession. Moreover, the size of the industry, which already employs over 5 thousand people, makes it possible to find also experienced IT specialists on the market. A short distance from Ukraine is also an opportunity to attract skilled workers from the Ukrainian market. The team built in this way can use modern office space in Lublin, thanks to its high supply and lower prices than in other key centres of the sector's development in Poland. This creates comfortable and friendly conditions for creative work, which also has a positive impact on the integration of employees within the LWIT ecosystem during meetings organised for technology enthusiasts.
Lublin - the largest industrial centre in eastern Poland - has a very rich industrial tradition, is the location of many companies with a significant position on the European market, and offers attractive development prospects providing the necessary infrastructure.
Lublin is a place of development for many branches of industry. Apart from the automotive and machinery industry and food processing, these include printing, metalworking, building materials manufacturing and leather industry. What all these branches have in common are very good conditions for the development of industry in Lublin. It is possible thanks to areas adapted for the development of industry and equipped with necessary infrastructure, as exemplified by the Special Economic Zone Lublin Subzone in the Felin district, greater opportunities to find employees than in the western part of Poland, as well as Lublin's transport accessibility ensured by the airport and now modernised transit routes for car transport and railways, which allows access to the DCT terminal and seaports in the Baltic. The development of industry in Lublin is supported by high quality technical secondary schools and universities, including the Lublin University of Technology, which establish cooperation with enterprises in the field of research and development as well as preparation of study programmes tailored to market needs.
Lublin, due to an extraordinary quality of life and the accessibility of office spaces, is seen nowadays as a key location for the modern business services sector in Eastern Poland.
Lublin is one of the most prospective Polish cities in terms of locating business services operations. The rapid rise in the importance of the sector in Lublin in recent years occurred due to its convenient location and excellent accessibility, numerous infrastructure projects, a pool of skilled workers and a growing office market. The vast majority of the BPOs, SSCs, IT centres, F&A centres, and R&D centres operating in Lublin were launched in the past five years. What is more, Lublin's business services centres have broadened the scope of their activities since their launch and the level of advancement of the services offered by most entities has increased. These two aspects were also accompanied by an increase in the number of jobs. Among companies in the sector, more than ten international investors employ over 100 people. Moreover, Lublin is the largest field of modern office spaces as well as real estate for investments in the eastern part of Poland, with one of the highest office-space growth dynamics. Lublin's advantages are also the discernibly more competitive costs of space lease and significantly lower processing rates during the purchase of real property compared to other large cities. The city is a reservoir of educated staff for BSS companies. Each year, higher education institutions in Lublin provide almost 20,000 graduates, among which a large group has experience in specialised business services.