News Article BTS industrial Panattoni Europe Poland Świdnik Trilux warehouse
by Property Forum | Industrial

The newest, and first in Central and Eastern Europe, factory is being built in Świdnik by the Trilux Group, a global lighting supplier. The 23,000-square-meter plant, which meets BREEAM certification criteria, will be built by Panattoni. 

On February 15, 2024, a ceremony was held in Świdnik to lay the cornerstone for the first factory in Poland by a German investor. The Trilux Group already has six production facilities in Europe and Asia, and has been present in Poland since 2004, through a sales office in Warsaw, from which it has so far served business customers from Eastern Europe. In a B2B model, the company offers smart lighting solutions dedicated to office buildings, industrial, commercial, educational or healthcare facilities, but also effect lighting, which are used in architecture on the outside and inside of buildings.

"The investment will enable the Trilux Group not only to increase production and assembly capacity and improve logistics in this part of Europe, but also to develop new products and carry out administrative and IT activities”, underlines Hubertus Volmert, CEO of the Trilux Group, and adds, „Our goal is to consolidate, but also to further develop our sales and strengthen our position in the extremely fast-growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe”. 

Trilux has entrusted the task of building a new production facility in Świdnik to Panattoni, which has already delivered more than 14.6 million sqm. of industrial space in Poland, of which around 30 per cent are built-to-suit. Its portfolio in Central and Eastern Europe already includes more than 100 BTS facilities. This latest one is being built in the Świdnik Economic Activity Zone, and the transaction was brokered by the CBRE consulting agency.

The cornerstone laying ceremony was attended by representatives of TRILUX – Hubertus Volmert, CEO, Arkadiusz Lewenko, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe and Piotr Mokrzan, Plant Manager, Panattoni – Maciej Zawada, BTS Development Director as well as representatives of local authorities – Waldemar Jakson, Mayor of Świdnik, Marcin Dmowski, Deputy Mayor of Świdnik and invited guests. Completion of the facility is scheduled for June this year. 

"The laying of the cornerstone is always a special moment – it is a great honour and commitment for us that TRILUX has entrusted us with the realization of its first development in the region, and such an important one. The nature of tailor-made facilities requires an individual, partnership approach and excellent understanding of the customer's needs”, says Maciej Zawada, Development Director at Panattoni BTS. 

The nearly 23,000-square-meter factory will be the first of its kind for the Trilux Group in Central and Eastern Europe, and as Marek Foryński, Managing Director, Panattoni BTS, points out: "Selecting Świdnik confirms both the huge potential of this city and the importance of Poland for the growth of business in the CEE region. In line with current trends, the location of the plant will allow the company to be closer to its customers, thus securing supply chains and responding faster to the dynamic needs of the local market. Our role is to provide an ideally suited facility that will enable the location's potential to be used effectively in the long term”. 

"When choosing the location, Poland was not the only country considered. I am extremely pleased that in the due diligence process, it was our country that won", emphasizes Arkadiusz Lewenko, General Manager Central & Eastern Europe, Trilux. "I believe that with the democratic and open work culture, which is the real distinguishing feature of Trilux as an employer, we will succeed not only in attracting to our Świdnik plant many talented experts in modern technologies and eco-design, but also people with such specialities as a process engineer for supply chain management or a production planner”, he adds.  

"The appearance of another investor in Świdnik is a confirmation of our city's attractiveness, both in terms of human capital and infrastructure", said Waldemar Jakson, Mayor of Świdnik.

The new plant is an important element in Trilux,s sustainability strategy. The company will be able to cut its carbon footprint by shortening its transport links to European customers, and Panattoni will ensure standards related to sustainable construction. The building will pass BREEAM certification at the Excellent level. Both in the production hall and in the office spaces, modern lighting will be implemented along with a DALI control system (system components and fixtures will be provided by Trilux). The facade walls and roof of the building will have increased insulation, and internal and external blinds will be installed in the windows. In addition, the building's roof will be reinforced to allow for the future installation of a photovoltaic system. Bicycle infrastructure will be provided for employees, as well as charging points for electric cars. An elaborate arrangement of greenery and landscaping in front of the office entrance and at the terrace is in the design phase, which will include benches, multi-species beds, and mineral paving, among others. A floral meadow, plantings of trees and shrubs of native species, and insect hotels are also planned to preserve biodiversity. 

The TRILUX plant will be located near to important transportation hubs and the S12 and S17 roads, which will allow rapid distribution throughout the country and the entire CEE region. An additional advantage of the location is its proximity to Lublin Airport. The company will also benefit from the human potential of the region, including Lublin, which is a major academic centre.