Swiss Pavilion at ITM Industry Europe (Mach-Tool) 2024

On June 4-7, 2024, for the 12th time we organized the Swiss Pavilion at the ITM Industry Europe (Mach-Tool) fair in Poznań. The Pavilion is a joint initiative of Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Swiss Business Hub Central Europe within Swiss Embassy.

The Pavilion included stands of the following companies:

Astat
Baumer
Fromm
Oberon
Sarix
Schlatter
Schmiedewerk Stooss
Wetrok

We encourage you to read the whole e-brochure of the exhibitors!

On the second day of the fair we organized Swiss-style apero for clients and business partners of Pavilion’s exhibitors during which Michel Prestinari-Skawiński from Magical Raclette Show served raclette. This year’s official partner of the apero was Erowa company. Coffee at the Pavilion was served, like every year, by Jura, and chocolates – by SSC Distribution.

We would like to thank all the exhibitors and invite you to the next edition that will take place on June 3-6, 2025!

26th General Meeting of the Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

On 27 May, we had the pleasure of organising the XXVI General Meeting of Members of the Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce at Hilti.
The Meeting was chaired by the President of the Chamber, Michał Stępień.

The guest of honour was H.E. Fabrice Filliez, Ambassador of Switzerland to Poland, who at the beginning of the event welcomed the guests and presented the most important initiatives implemented by the Embassy, including joint projects with the Chamber.

Then the host of the meeting – the President of the Hilti company, Tomas Trocil – took the floor. During his speech, he presented Hilti’s business profile and the company’s core values.

During the General Meeting, the activities in 2023 were summarised, as well as the planned events and projects in 2024. The budget and financial statements were also approved. The representatives of the member companies then elected the Board of Directors for the next term 2024-2026:

Karolis Bacevičius, Geberit
Philipp Brunner, Stadler
Monique Clua Braun, Novartis
Rafał Czarnocki, Sika Poland
Artur Jankowski, Nestlé
Rafał Kijonka, Softy Labs / Forum Foundation
Marek Kondrat, Mettler-Toledo
Laurent Renaudie, Sandoz Polska
Michał Stępień, UBS
Marek Szymański
Stanisław Tański, ABB
Tomasz Tutak, TAT ECO
Irma Veberič, Roche Poland

The members of the Board elected a president and vice-presidents from among their group. Michał Stępień, UBS, was elected President for the next term, and the Vice Presidents are: Irma Veberič, Roche Poland, Rafał Kijonka, Softy Labs, and Marek Szymański.

The General Assembly also elected the members of the Audit Committee:

Marcin Diakonowicz, Grant Thornton
Emilian Dziemiańczuk, Roche Diagnostics
Agata Wiśniewska, Hilti Poland

At the end of the meeting, the Director of the Chamber and his team presented a farewell gift and thanked Pablo Padrutt for his cooperation, who has served as Head of the Economic, Financial and Scientific Affairs of the Swiss Embassy in Poland for the last four years and will soon take up a new position in another country.

A huge thank you to Hilti for inviting us to their premises and for the excellent and fruitful cooperation in organising the event!

Swiss Lunch at the swisstech pavilion, Impact’ 24

On May 15-16, we had a pleasure of taking part in a unique conference – Impact’24, in Poznań. It was a special time, full of fresh ideas, innovative ideas and interesting conversations.

We made our debut as an organizer of a networking lunch. On May 15, the first “Swiss Lunch” took place during Impact. It was a side-event supporting the pavilion of the Swiss Embassy in Poland – swisstech, organized by the Swiss Chamber and Partners: ABB, Novartis, Roche and Stadler.

The meeting began with the official part. The guests were welcomed by the Director of the Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Urlich Schwendimann, then the Swiss Ambassador to Poland, Febrice Filliez, who talked about the swisstech pavilion, and representatives of the companies that were partners of the event: Stanisław Tański, Moniquer Clua Braun, Irma Veberic and Philipp Brunner, explained what “Innovations through partnership” means for their companies.

A special guest also appeared at the ceremony – the Mayor of Poznań, Jacek Jaśkowiak.

After the official part, guests were invited to taste traditional Swiss cheese Raclette and for lunch and networking.
We would like to thank our Partners for their cooperation in organizing the event and all guests for their arrival and the pleasant atmosphere.

Women in Business

On the occasion of Women’s Day, we had the pleasure of inviting our member companies to a unique ‘Women in Business’ meeting held on 6 March at the Żywiec Group in Warsaw.

The event was organized by 5 bilateral chambers: Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce, Belgian Business Chamber (BBC), Camera di Commercio e dell’Industria Italiana in Polonia, Polish Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Cámara de Comercio Polaco Española and Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.

The event was opened by the Ambasador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Poland,Mrs. Daphne Bergsma.

In the first part of the meeting a panel discussion was held with the following panelists:

  • -Dr hab. Ewa Flaszyńska, Director of the Department of Labour Market, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy
  • -Magdalena Brzezińska, Corporate Affairs Director, Management Team Member, Grupa Żywiec
  • -dr Marta Derlacz-Wawrowska, Director of Employment Law, Warner Bros. Discovery Poland
  • -Aleksandra Włodarczyk, Senior Fixed Income CEE Trader at ING, 30% Club
  • -Marta Olczak-Klimek, Attorney-at-law, Partner at Olczak-Klimek, Van Der Kroft, Węgiełek Law Firm

After the discussion we invited our guests to a networking part. A big thank you to everyone for the wonderful evening!

The New Year’s Meeting 2023

We would like to thank Geberit for providing its premises for the New Year’s Meeting of the Swiss Chamber and for all the organizational effort that the Geberit team put into organizing the meeting!

Thanks to the host’s kindness, we were once again able to celebrate the start of a new business year together with our member companies.

The Guest of Honor of the event was the Ambassador of Switzerland in Poland, H.E. Fabrice Filliez, who briefly presented the plans of the Swiss Embassy for the coming year. After the official opening of the meeting by the President of the Swiss Chamber, Michał Stępień, and the CEO of Geberit – Przemysław Powalacz, we could also listen to the speech of a special guest – Szymon Ziobrowski, Director of the Tatra National Park.

There was also a special attraction for guests – a guided tour of the Geberit company, including an extremely interesting product exhibition and a pressure wall.

We would like to thank all guests for their presence and great networking!

We invite you to view the photo gallery.

The New Year’s Meeting 2024

We would like to thank everyone for another wonderful New Year’s Meeting of Swiss Chamber member companies!

This year, the host of the meeting was Sandoz Polska. Thank you! The meeting was opened by Michał Stępień, President of the Swiss Chamber, giving a short sketch of the Chamber’s plans for 2024. The plans of the Swiss Embassy were introduced to those present by the Swiss Ambassador to Poland, H.E. Fabrice Filliez, who was the guest of honor of the event.

The third speaker was Laurent Renaudie, CEO of Sandoz, thanks to whom we were able to learn the most important information about the specifics, structure and development plans of the company. Sandoz has two production plants in Poland – in Stryków and Warsaw, where it produces and packs almost 25 billion tablets annually, which are shipped to over 100 countries around the world, including the domestic market. In both plants, Sandoz employs a total of over 1,200 people.

The undisputed attraction was the tour of the Sandoz Polska production plant in the company of Tomasz Pałka, production director. The plant in Warsaw specializes in packaging medicinal products, 21 different medicines are packed here, with over 5 billion tablets per year. What distinguishes Sandoz is its high complexity, thanks to which it constantly invests in new technologies that support the operation of the plant. The machinery at the plant in Warsaw consists of 12 modern technological lines.

We would like to express our great thanks to Sandoz and the entire team that made it possible to organize such a great meeting.

Please see the photo gallery from the event.

Swissbau 2024

On January 16 – 19, 2024, we had the pleasure to take part in the Swissbau fair in Basel, which takes place every two years. Our partner, the Polish Investment & Trade Agency also had its mission during this event. The Honorary Consul of Poland in Switzerland, Gian-Luca Lardi, visited the event and spoke to the representatives of the Polish companies.

Earlier, on January 9, 2024, an online workshop was also organized for companies interested in the Swiss market, the aim of which was to present trends on the Swiss construction market, legal aspects regarding work in Switzerland, as well as to provide detailed information about the Swissbau. The speakers were Mrs. Katarzyna Lasota Heller, Mrs. Anna Jurek-Jellonek and Mrs. Aleksandra Serafin from LEXCELLENCE AG and TAAC Solutions, our member companies, Mrs. Anna Vonhausen from VANK Design – company with a success story on the Swiss market, as well as Dorota Kafara from PAIH and Ulrich Schwendimann and Michał Muszyński from the Swisschamber.

In connection with the fair, PAIH has also created a catalogue of companies from the construction industry that were interested in the event. Links to the webinar agenda and the catalogue can be found below.

See you in Basel in two years!

WEBINAR AGENDA

CATALOGUE

Economic Outlook 2024

On December 5, another Economic Outlook meeting was held, organized jointly by the Swiss Chamber, ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, Boyden Poland, Grant Thornton and mBank. This time, thanks to the hospitality of mBank, we held discussions on economic forecasts for 2024 in the beautiful spaces of the mBank Tower.

The meeting was started jointly by Krzysztof Bratos, Managing Director for Private Banking and Brokerage Services at mBank, Christian Lassnig, Commercial Counselor at ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA and Ulrich Schwendimann, Managing Director of the Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, and then gave the floor to Marcin Mazurek, Chief Economist of mBank.

Marcin Mazurek’s interesting presentation on the country’s economic situation and the economic forecast for 2024 was a good basis for the subsequent discussion among Partners and invited guests: Anna Tusznio, Local Country Head Poland at SIX, Katarzyna Jasińska, Managing Director at Bene Warszawa, Zbigniew Płaza, Partner at Boyden Poland and Marcin Diakonowicz, Partner at Grant Thornton. The discussion was led jointly by Christian Lassnig and Ulrich Schwendimann. We would like to thank all the speakers and the audience for such an interesting exchange of opinions and observations. Finally, as usual, guests were invited to further discussion in the lobby during a networking cocktail.

Thank you for being with us!

Post-Election Breakfast 2023

On Friday, October 27, 2023, the Swisschamber along with other 11 bilateral Chambers associated with IGCC (International Group of Chambers of Commerce) organized the Post-Election Breakfast in Le Regina Hotel in Warsaw.  As our Chamber took over the chairmanship of the IGCC in the second half-year of 2023 we had the leading role in the organization of this meeting.

The event consisted of a networking breakfast followed by a discussion with two prominent speakers – dr Małgorzata Bonikowska (Centre for International Relations) and dr Sławomir Dudek (Institute of Public Finance). The discussion was moderated by Bogusław Chrabota, Editor-in-Chief of Rzeczpospolita.

The covered topics included political challenges for the new government, European Parliament elections scheduled for 2024, Poland’s GBP, recession and the country’s role in rebuilding Ukraine.

The attendance rate was very high and there were many questions at the end – i.a. about the transparency in public finances, renewable sources in energy sector and fiscal constraints of the new government.

8th Polish-Swiss Innovation Day

This year’s 8th Polish-Swiss Innovation Day was dedicated to the topic “Sustainable buildings. Innovative methods and technologies to reduce emissions and environmental damage through the construction and operation of buildings”. The event took place on 4 October at Browary Warszawskie. It was attended by more than 120 people, including Chamber member companies, architects, representatives of universities and institutions promoting innovative solutions in construction.

Polish-Swiss Innovation Day was organised in cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland in Poland. Honorary patronage of the conference was assumed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and media patronage by Builder magazine.

The event was opened by H.E. Fabrice Filliez, Ambassador of Switzerland to Poland, and President of the Chamber Michał Stępień. Moderators of the conference were Ulrich Schwendimann, Managing Director of the Chamber, and Pablo Padrutt, Head of Economic, Financial and Scientific Affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in Poland.

As in previous years, we had the pleasure of hosting experts from Poland and Switzerland. During the conference, we had the opportunity to listen to the keynotes of:

Dr. Peter Richner, Deputy Director of EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, ETH): How to Make the Building Stock Part of a Sustainable Energy System

Barbara Buser, baubüro in situ (winner of 2021 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction): Breathing New Life into Building Components through Circular Construction

Prof. Ute Schneider, Partner at KCAP in Zurich and Professor of Urban Design at TU Vienna: The City of Tomorrow: Coexistence of City and Nature – A form of Urban Life to Aspire to?

Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys, President of the Association of Polish Architects, SARP: How Architects Can Balance the Boundaries of the Planet with the Needs of the People

Alicja Kuczera, CEO of Polish Green Building Council PLGBC: Decarbonizing Polish Buildings – a Pathway to Climate Neutrality

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion Swiss and Polish Solutions for Sustainable Buildings with experts from Swiss companies, business partners of the event:

Forbo Flooring Poland, IGP Powder Coatings, Schindler Polska Sp. z o.o., SWISS KRONO, Zehnder Polska.

The discussion was moderated by Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys, President of the Association of Polish Architects SARP.

We would like to thank all Partners of the event for their commitment and such fruitful cooperation!

We encourage you to view the photo gallery from the event and to visit psid2023.pl, where we will soon post a detailed report, recordings from the conference and interviews with the speakers.