Awards were given in seven categories including “The largest greenfield investment of 2021,” “The largest expansion of 2021,” “Most job-creating company of 2021,” “Service Center Investment of 2021,” “R&D investor of 2021,” “Industrial Park of 2021” and the “Supplier of 2021.”
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Róbert Ésik, CEO of HIPA, presented Mayor of Debrecen László Papp the city’s award on March 30, 2022, in the Pesti Vigadó Ceremonial Hall in Budapest.
Papp said that “this is a huge recognition for the city. It is the result of joint work, as in 2014 the municipality, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and HIPA, started to think about the future of Debrecen and Eastern Hungary.”
In the last seven years — between 2015 and 2022 — more than EUR 3 billion worth of working capital has come to Debrecen and more than 10,000 new jobs have been created.
“We can be very proud that major players in the global economy can meet in Debrecen — whether they come from the Far East, Europe or the United States,” he said.
The mayor also expressed his hope that Debrecen will continue to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and HIPA in the next four years.
Three German companies — Krones, Deufol and Vitesco Technologies — already have settled in the nearly 600-hectare area of the southern industrial park, which will soon be expanded with the new logistics center of BHS Trans Ltd. The major bus factory of ITK Holding and Semcorp’s plant will also be built there. Semcorp is investing HUF 65 billion to produce separator films for electric car batteries, creating 440 jobs.
In the same industrial park, the South Korean company EcoPro BM will build a plant to produce cathodes, also for electric car batteries. The plant, which will cost HUF 264 billion, will employ 631 people.
The SME Park will also be developed in the Southern Economic Zone. Through the SME program launched by the city, small and medium-sized enterprises in and around Debrecen will be able to benefit from the same industrial conditions as multinational companies. In the first round, 14 SMEs can settle in the new park.