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Industrial space take-up in CEE has experienced sharp increase

Bratislava, February 21, 2017 – The amount of industrial space leased in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE*) in 2016 was the largest ever recorded, totalling 5.7 million sq m. This represents a 25% increase over the preceding two years when about 4.5 million sq m was leased. The strong take-up among tenants was linked with an extensive new development at 2.2 million sq m. The findings are based on the research conducted by Cushman & Wakefield, which has been monitoring the industrial property market in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia over an extended period.

“These record number are showcasing not just the strong 2016 but the preceding years as well and shows the economic drive CEE including Slovakia has.” says Martin Hudák, the Head of the Slovak Industrial Team at Cushman & Wakefield

A total of 22 million sq m of prime industrial space is currently available for lease in Central and Eastern Europe. As a result, CEE is catching up on traditionally strong Germany, which has about 25,5 million sq m and the number of its inhabitants is comparable with the region. The volume of new development for 2016 has reached a similar figure as in the record-breaking pre-crisis years of 2007 and 2008 when 2.5 million sq m was built annually. This makes it the third best year in terms of modern storage space built in the last 19 years.

“On average, more than one million square metres of new industrial space has been built over the last ten years. The fact that 2016 once again topped the two-million threshold illustrates the performance of the CEE countries’ economies and the positive growth of their GDP,” says Ferdinand Hlobil, Partner and the Head of the CEE Industrial Team at Cushman & Wakefield.

New industrial development traditionally focused on Poland with an increment of almost 1.2 million sq m recorded as the best year in the last 19 years. A total of 500 000 sq m was built in the Czech Republic, a figure comparable with 2015. Romania made the biggest leap with almost 400 000 sq m of new development. That is more than the sum of all industrial space developed in Romania since 1998. The size of new leased space in Slovakia doubled compared to 2015. Hungary experienced rapid growth too, with development multiplying more than 15 times over 2015.


Out of the 5.7 million sq m, Poland and the Czech Republic account for more than three-quarters of take-up overall; 1.4 million sq m was leased in the Czech Republic as in the previous year. Poland, Romania and Hungary broke records. The biggest historical take-up was reported in Poland with a total of 3 million sq m, which is half a million more than in 2015. Romania and Hungary also encountered the highest take-up ever with almost half a million square metres leased in each country.

“There is a trend of an opening gap in rents. Locations with a sufficient supply of land experienced a slight decrease in rents in the past period. The lowest rental prices are available in Upper Silesia in Poland. Conversely, rents tend to be the highest in capitals and will continue increasing,” Ferdinand Hlobil says.

Vacancy rate

Following three years of decrease, vacancy rate has grown by 0.4% over 2015 to a total of 6.1%. It stays within the healthy vacancy rate range (below 10%) despite record-breaking development.


“For 2017 we expect the amount of development to be similar as in the previous year. Vacancy rate will remain around 6% due to the strong demand. The investment in the industrial sector is estimated at around EUR 1.4 billion,” Ferdinand Hlobil concludes.

Manufacturing investments will flow in primarily from the west of Europe. The factors that attract them to the region include the significantly lower cost of workforce and the growth of the consumer market.

* CEE refers to the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania 

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