Once home to some of the most important aero engine, military trainer, and helicopter factories in the Eastern bloc, post-communist Poland has powered its way back to the top ranks of European aerospace, after a painful transition to a market economy. It is thanks largely to the success of one particular part of the country in persuading some of the biggest brands in the industry to set up there. Over the past 15 years, the largest five engine companies, together with two major helicopter manufacturers and more than a dozen other suppliers, have established themselves in or around Podkarpackie province in the country’s south-east – marketed as Aviation Valley. The investment has made it one of the fastest-growing aerospace clusters in the world.
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