Tom Higginbottom Attending the SyMas Exhibition
Last week, our Sales Engineer Tom Higginbottom spent 2-days at the SyMas Bulk Solids and Powders exhibition in Krakow, Poland with Bunting’s local representative, TEKPRO. Whilst at the show, he gained an insight into the present state of the market and potential opportunities for UK exporters.
Tom gives us his insight in the show, local feelings about BREXIT, and the market in general
“SyMas was a really good show with a busy footfall. There was a lot of equipment on show, from manufacturers based all over the world.
From the type of enquiries and from talking to clients and our distributor, it is clear that the bulk solids and powders sector is growing. Despite being a member of the EU, Poland remains an emerging nation and wages are still lower than in more developed European countries like the UK, Germany and France, but that gap is closing. Their skill base is very high and consistently improving.
There is a lot of Western European investment and many of the manufacturing facilities are state-of-the-art. This matched with the lower wage cost and workforce skills make the Poles very competitive in both European and global markets.
It was interesting speaking with the Poles about the UK leaving the European Union. Generally, people thought that being a part of the EU makes it possible to compete with larger economies such as China and the USA. Brexit has introduced an unknown factor and there was a feeling that, without the UK, the EU would have less negotiating power on the world stage.
I think that the growth of our local representative TEKPRO highlights the expanding market and potential opportunities in Poland. Since they were founded 10 years ago, they have expanded their workforce from 4 to 84 people. It is an exciting time and we are working closely with them to maximise our sales potential in Poland.
Attending the SyMas show was really worthwhile and allowed me to gain an insight into the market which simply is not possible without being at the exhibition.
And Krakow was a beautiful city. I have never been before and found the people wonderfully friendly and the historical buildings beautiful.”
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