Rzeszów is one of the strongest economic centres in Eastern Poland. At the end of 2021, there were 32,466 businesses in the city, 992 of which were companies with foreign capital.
The Rzeszów agglomeration is the most rapidly developing advanced technology centre for the aviation industry in Central Europe. The city is home to one of the largest clusters in Poland – the Key National Cluster Aviation Valley. The most important company operating in the aviation sector and the largest employer in Rzeszów is Pratt & Whitney Rzeszów. The company manufactures subassemblies and components for aircraft engines, as well as complete aircraft engines. Pratt & Whitney has an ultra-modern research and development centre in Rzeszów. Hamilton Sundstrand Poland, in turn, is a leader in the design, manufacture and repair of Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). The Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park is home to large plants of globally recognised aviation companies, including MTU AeroEngines, EME Aero, Collins Aerospace, McBraida, MB Aerospace, Heli-One, and LINETECH. The latest investments:
BOEING (Engineering and Technological Center): Boeing, a leading global aerospace company, has leased close to 6,600 square meters in the SkyRes Warszawska building in Rzeszów. The new center will focus on high-tech R&D and IT activities in aerospace development. Boeing’s new office in Rzeszów will support the company’s diverse business areas, including aerospace programmes. Planned employment: more than 600 employees;
SAFRAN Aircraft Engines Poland: The company announced in May 2023 its opening of a new research and development center in Rzeszów. This new R&D Center of the French aerospace giant will be used to develop new architectures and new components for high-tech aircraft engines. Planned employment: up to 250 employees;
Information technology is one of the leading branches of the local economy. The capital of Podkarpackie region is home to the headquarters of well-known and internationally recognised companies from the IT sector: ASSECO Poland – one of the largest and most dynamically developing companies in this sector in Europe, which has recently opened the Asseco Innovation Hub, an ultra-modern research and development centre; and SoftSystem – an enterprise engaged in the creation and maintenance of laboratory information systems and integration services for US and Canadian medical centres. G2A.Com, a dynamically growing global sales platform operating in the gaming sector, also has a large research and development centre. Other leading IT companies in Rzeszów include PGS Software, SII Polska, Ailleron, IDEO, OPTEAM, MOBICA Ltd, ZETO Rzeszów, COMARCH, Concise Software, Amsterdam Standard, JCommerce, ATOS and Sagitum, JIT Team, or VirtusLAB.
Modern business services
The modern business services sector is developing in Rzeszów. The sector currently employs around 7,000 people. The most important companies from the BSS sector in Rzeszów include Deloitte Business Services Centre for Central Europe, Pratt & Whitney Financial Services Centre, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Pracuj.pl Group, EY Poland, Polskie e-Płatności Financial Services Centre, Aluteam-Alumeco Shared Services Centre, Sherwin-Williams, Ameripol Staffing, Unicall Communication Group Poland, PKO BP Customer Service, as well as numerous R&D centres.
In the Rzeszów region there are several global companies operating in the automotive sector. The largest of these is Borg Warner, which has a powerful production complex in Tajęcina near Rzeszów, as well as a modern R&D centre. In October 2022, Borg Warner has opened a new 11,300 square meters production facility in Jasionka, near Rzeszów. The new Borg Warner division produces FDM fuel modules, as well as CAN fuel vapour canisters. The new plant (Borg Warner Mobility) currently employs more than 500 people. In total, the company employs more than 4,500 people at its production and R&D complex in Rzeszów, and has become one of the largest and fastest-growing companies in the Region. Another well-known company is Phoenix Contact E-Mobility, which in 2021 launched a state-of-the-art production facility in Rzeszów, producing components for electric vehicle charging. BURY Technologies, which is known for the production of car navigation and communication systems, has an R&D centre in Rzeszów. TEKNIA in turn manufactures tanks, filters, switches and a wide range of other components for use in the automotive sector.
The chemical industry is also developing very well in the Rzeszów subregion. The most well-known companies that have established their presence on the Polish and European market include Marma Polskie Folie, Polimarky, Greinplast, Polkemic, Dipol Plastic Technology, Efekt-Plus and Yanko.
Well-known and globally recognised pharmaceutical companies also have large production facilities in Rzeszów. These include BAUSCH Health and SANOFI – Aventis.
Rzeszów-Dworzysko Economic Activity Zone:
In the north-western part of Rzeszów, the Rzeszów-Dworzysko Economic Activity Zone is located. It includes the Rzeszów-Dworzysko Science and Technology Park managed by the Poviat Office of Rzeszów, as well as investment areas located in the western part of the zone. The Economic Activity Zone includes industrial land that has infrastructure and telecommunication facilities, as well as excellent transport connections. The zone is located in the immediate vicinity of the S19 expressway and the A4 motorway and is only 6 km from Rzeszów Jasionka International Airport.
Companies that decide to invest in Rzeszów can count on high income tax exemptions. The amount of tax exemption for new investments or the creation of new jobs is 50% of the investment expenditures or two years of labour costs of newly employed workers for large enterprises, 60% for medium-sized enterprises and 70% for small enterprises. In addition, businesses can benefit from exemption from real estate tax and tax on means of transport (trucks, tractors, trailers and semi-trailers, buses) for up to 5 years, in line with a resolution passed by City Office of Rzeszów on 22 February 2022.
Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park AEROPOLIS:
In order to implement innovative technologies, the Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park was established in 2006. It is situated on the edge of Rzeszów, directly by Rzeszów Jasionka International Airport, in the vicinity of the A4 motorway and the S19 expressway. Within the Park there are 3 investment zones with a total area of 166 ha: S1, S2 and S1-3. Over 50 companies have so far invested in the park, employing nearly 6,600 people. The AEROPOLIS Technology Incubator is an integral part of the park, and its main task is to create a space for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, especially for those operating in aviation, IT, electro-mechanics, biotechnology and chemicals.