Purchasing something at IKEA?

It was made in Poland, there is a good chance, as one-fifth of its products are made in Polish factories.

Half of all IKEA's wooden furniture is actually made in Poland by firms under the brand IKEA Industry.

Poland is the second-largest IKEA furniture manufacturer in the world after China, with 20 IKEA Industry factories and nearly 90 external suppliers.

The popular tables, cabinets, armchairs and even candles bearing the country code '570' meaning Poland are used by thousands of customers around the world.

Mateusz Morawiecki is visiting furniture manufacturer Telmex and supplier IKEA.

PAP/Tomasz Waszczuk.

"Nearly 60 years ago, after Sweden, Poland became the first country with which IKEA linked its future by ordering chairs from a factory in Radomsko," said Carolina Garcia Gomes, Sustainability General Manager and IKEA Retail Poland President.

"Even today, it still occupies a unique place on our global map. IKEA has an entire supply chain in the Vistula River country with production, distribution and sales in 11 stores and a dozen Order Acceptance Points performing online purchases." One-fifth of IKEA's products are manufactured in Polish plants.

Wojciech Pacewicz/PAP. In Poland today there are four business groups with IKEA ties: the Ingka Group, the Inter IKEA Group, the Ikano Group and the Interogo Group.

The companies belonging to these groups paid close to PLN 165 million in revenue tax in 2019.

Their combined investments over the last five years amounted to over PLN 4.92 billion, and in the financial year 2019 the total value of IKEA Industry's own production, partners, and suppliers' exports was PLN 12.6 billion.

"The historical bonds and mutual trust built up over the years are the key to our shared success," Gomes added.

Marcin Bielecki/PAP. A lesser known fact is that in IKEA's strategy to use only renewable energies Poland is also important.

IKEA wind farms in Poland are the world's second largest portfolio of renewable energy sources within the Ingka Group.

80 wind turbines have been operating in Poland since 2016, reducing CO2 emissions by around 450 000 tons per annum.

Polish IKEA wind farms generate up to 470 GWh of energy per annum.

Read the original article "Success in flat packing: IKEA turns to Poland for its furniture" at https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flat-pack-success-ikea-turns-to-poland-for-its-furniture-13823