In July Polish factories churned out 1.8 million large household appliances, which is 17 percent more than in the same month last year. July was the second month in a row in which white goods manufacturing saw a double-digit increase.
White goods production saw a double-digit increase in June and July
Since January, as many as 12 million appliances have rolled off Polish manufacturing plants, a 13 percent increase compared to the same period in 2012.
“The largest increase was observed in the number of refrigerators, built-in cookers and washing machines. The first two segments saw a 30 percent growth,” Wojciech Konecki, head of sector association CECED told Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.
These figures show that Poland is becoming the leader in white goods manufacturing, even overtaking Italy, which until recently was no. 1 in the refrigerators segment, Mr Konecki added.
Samsung’s manufacturing plant in Wronki has already doubled its production capacity since 2012, which currently stands at 2 million refrigerators a year. Further expansion this year is expected to bring the figure to 2.5 million.
The growing demand from Poland’s main export destinations is one of the main drivers of growth in the sector. Russia imported 14 percent more large household appliances from Poland in the first half of this year than in the corresponding period of 2012, according to data compiled by GFK, a market research firm. White goods exports to Ukraine increased by 19 percent while Germany imported 5 percent more Polish-made appliances in the first six months of 2013.
Domestic demand is also rising, albeit more slowly. Poles purchased 2.2 million white goods in the first seven months, which is 1 percent more than in the same period last year.
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