The hi-tech sector is developing very dynamically in the region. It is made up of approximately 170 small and medium-size enterprises. Regional universities provide a constant pool of well-educated workforce to the IT sector, including: Technical University, Gdańsk University, Gdynia Maritime University and Navy University.
The most famous companies in the sector are: Intel Technology Poland Ltd. (telecommunications R&D centre of the American Intel), Lufthansa Systems Poland (IT outsourcing centre), Young Digital Planet (leading producer of educational multimedia software), Compuware (a leading provider of IT business solutions) and Zensar (a leading provider of outsourcing services). It is worth mentioning the most recent IBM’s investment: the company has set up its Regional Competence and Implementation Centre in Gdansk.
Electronics is represented by Flextronics International Poland Ltd. - a worldwide known supplier of EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services), DGT - a supplier of comprehensive telecommunications and IT solutions, including equipment for NATO; Jabil Circuit Poland Ltd. – a manufacturer of electronic equipment for TV sets; Gemalto Ltd. – a manufacturer of digital card readers; Platan Ltd., which manufactures private branch exchange and integrated radio communication systems; Unimor Radicom Ltd. and Radmor Co. – producers of professional communication systems for aviation, navy and army; and Satel – a producer of alarm systems well known in Eastern Europe.
Cosmetics and pharmaceutical sector are also developing rapidly in the region. Ziaja Ltd. and Oceanic are good examples illustrating the trend. Both companies have research laboratories with state-of the-art equipment. The leader in the pharmaceutical market is Polpharma SA.(Polpharma Joint Stock Company). Besides large companies, many smaller manufacturing and research enterprises are still emerging in the biotechnology sector.
An important development factor in the field of innovative biotechnology projects is the opportunity to use a vast research base. What is more, the region has well-proven models of cooperation betweeen science and industry; namly, technology transfer centres and technology parks supported heavily by local governments.
The local governments support the development of the IT sector and offer favourable tax exemption options to prospective investors. A good example of such solutions is the city of Gdańsk offering exemption of property tax for service and manufacturing companies within the hi-tech sector. Similarly, the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone offers a beneficial system of corporate tax allowances and dedicated plots for investment projects in the sector.