EMKA Poland has celebrated last year its 15th anniversary and moves into a new building. The location is of strategic importance for the EMKA Group in Europe, as the Polish market offers demand for almost every product area in the EMKA portfolio. Krzysztof Topolski has been Managing Director of EMKA Poland for the past four years. In this interview he explains the big challenges for his team, his goals for the company and why the Polish mentality is in line with EMKA’s philosophy.
1. Mr. Topolski, on August 19th you opened the new building together with numerous guests and Dr. Florian Hesse, Managing Director of EMKA Group. What was this moment like for you?
Of course, this was the day we were all looking forward to. Moving into this new building just 15 kilometres away from our old location makes us very proud as a team. I see this as another important motivation boost. After all, with this investment, the EMKA Group is indicating how important Poland is as a subsidiary. Cutting the blue ribbon to the entrance together with Dr. Hesse was a great moment. The timing is also perfect, as we are celebrating our 15th anniversary in Poland this year. The new building is a symbol of our continuous development. We are very really looking forward to the modern offices.
2. How do you rate the new location and the infrastructure around it?
I think we have found the perfect location for our purposes with Mysłowice in the immediate vicinity of Katowice. The transport infrastructure is excellent with many newly built roads and an optimal connection to public transport. Katowice Airport is only half an hour away, so we can keep the distances to our customers short. This new building with an area of 1375 square meters including a high-bay warehouse is now an added bonus. It is also astonishing how fast everything went. Following approval of the final concept last year, construction started in the middle of 2018 and now we can already move in.
3. What are the biggest challenges for you and your team in Poland at the moment?
Well, it‘s still about making EMKA better known as a brand. We have certainly made a good name for ourselves here in the past 15 years, but we are not yet fully satisfied. For us it is primarily about being open to the wishes and requirements of our customers. In Poland there is a high demand for EMKA solutions from almost all business areas – industry, transport, electronics and production. For example, the demand for electronic closure systems is continuously increasing. As a supplier of high-quality seals, EMKA has already had a name in Poland for a long time. It is our aim to establish EMKA as a synonym for quarter turns, swivel handles and hinges. We are on the right track.