The President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has approved the acquisition of eight companies from the defence sector by the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ). These include, among others, the Mechanical Works "Bumar-Łabędy" in Gliwice, Mesko in Skarzysko Kamienna and PCO i PIT-Radwar in Warsaw.
According to the UOKiK announcement the consolidation process within the framework of PGZ will cover 8 companies in total, including the Mesko Works in Skarzysko Kamienna, the Mechanical Works Bumar-Łabędy and OBRUM in Gliwice, Industrial Optics Centre, PIT-Radwar, Cenrex and Cenzin in Warsaw and the Stomil-Poznań in Poznan. The above-mentioned companies deal with designing, manufacturing and servicing of the military equipment and armament.
The current concentration of companies constitutes the third phase of consolidation of the Polish arms sector within the framework of the Polish Armaments Group. Formerly, the Polish Armaments Group acquired Stalowa Wola Steelworks and 11 military renovation and production companies, as well as 4 companies supervised by the Industrial Development Agency (including, among others, Nano Carbon) and the Maritime Technology Research and Development Centre.
The Polish Armaments Group was established after the adoption of Strategy of Development of the National Security System of the Republic of Poland by the Council of Ministers in 2013. That document foresees the creation of consolidated structure of national industrial-defensive potential. It is the Polish Armament Group around which the state entities of the arms sector are concentrated.
According to the UOKiK, the consolidation will not have any impact on the restriction of competition. The main contracting authority (the Ministry of National Defence) is obliged by the regulations to acquire the equipment through calls for tenders, in which foreign entrepreneurs may also participate.