“It is important that we are perceived as one of Poland’s leading exporters. After all, for our business export is essential,” emphasised Małgorzata Malec, Head of the Plastics Segment. “The major markets for our products are located outside of Poland, and it is where we must compete with leading plastics manufacturers from all over the world,” she added. Grupa Azoty S.A.’s main export product is Tarnamid®, which is the trade name of polyamide 6 (PA6), produced in a number of modified varieties. This engineering plastic has exceptional strength and fatigue endurance properties, and is characterised by high thermal and chemical resistance. Therefore, it has plenty of applications, across the automotive, textile, electrical engineering, electronic and other industries, as well as in medicine. Thanks to its high quality and numerous varieties, Tarnamid has earned multiple awards and distinctions. At the 21st International Fair of Plastics and Rubber Processing PLASTPOL, held from May 23rd to May 26th, Grupa Azoty S.A. received a distinction for Tarnamid® with reduced flammability, which can be used in the railway transport. The Leader of Polish Export distinction was granted during the 15th edition of the Programme Conference of the Association of Polish Exporters, entitled “International Business Expansion as part of the Sustainable Development Strategy”. Apart from Grupa Azoty S.A., nearly thirty other companies were awarded – all of them major exporters or contributors to export growth. The Association of Polish Exporters was established on the initiative of entrepreneurs in 2002, as a self-governing body of exporters. It supports businesses and governmental authorities in their initiatives designed to boost export growth. At present, it has more than 300 members and maintains direct contacts with about five thousand companies throughout Poland. The Association cooperates with small, medium-sized and large export manufacturers from all industries and all regions of Poland. It organises congresses and conferences promoting export growth, as well as two prestigious awards: ‘Outstanding Exporter of the Year’ and ‘Leader of Polish Export’. The Grupa Azoty Group is the undisputed leader of the fertilizer and chemical market in Poland and one of its key players in Europe. It is the second largest EU-based manufacturer of nitrogen and compound fertilizers, and its other products, including melamine, caprolactam, polyamide, oxo alcohols and titanium white, enjoy an equally strong standing in the chemical sector, with a wide range of applications in various industries. In May 2017, the Group announced its updated strategy until 2020. The key development areas include finalising the Group’s consolidation, reinforcing its leadership in agricultural solutions in Europe, strengthening the second operating pillar through expansion of the non-fertilizer business, and generating and implementing innovations to accelerate growth in the chemical sector.