Nitra will have two research and technology parks: one in the Sever industrial zone and a smaller one in the Juh industrial park. The Nitra - Sever zone has already prepared 25 hectares on the territory of Lužianky village, owned by the company Nitra Invest.
The village, the town, the Nitra County and the Nitra-based universities are to participate in this large project worth more than Sk1 billion. Representatives of these institutions have recently met with investors that operate in the industrial park. The investors were given questionnaires inquiring about their needs.
The project will start on the basis of feedback provided by addressed companies, authorized representative of Nitra Invest Ondrej Ščurka told the SITA newswire. They plan to receive money mainly form the EU funds, while the village of Lužianky is to be the main applicant. The involved parties are to confirm the cooperation in a memorandum of understanding that should be signed in early June. The first steps in the project implementation could be undertaken in the fall. The research and technological park will be a certain superstructure to the current industrial park, and serve as a common incubator to firms, students and graduates of secondary schools and universities. Students will be able to apply their theoretical knowledge directly in production.
"We cannot be naive and think that companies will stay in the industrial park for 30 years, but there will be continuity from simple to more sophisticated production if a wave of departures comes," Ščurka explained. The research and technology park could expand later. Lužianky has a reserve of 100 hectares but the ownership of this land still has to be settled.
The town is also preparing construction of a research and technology park in the Nitra - Juh industrial zone situated in Dolné Krškany. The German company Muhlbauer will build a research and development centre for roughly Sk400 million on four hectares. The centre will develop software and machine prototypes according to specific orders from all over the world. An education centre for university and secondary school students will also be established there.
Another company Euro - SK Invest, based in Nitra, whose main business line is logistics, purchased a 1.4-hectare area. Marek Šesták, an authorised representative of the municipal company Nitrianska Investičná, reported that the industrial zone is to be expanded by at least two more hectares. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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