Polish yacht parts maker Kotniz has unveiled plans to increase the workforce of its production facility in the country’s north-eastern Podlasie region.

Sebastian Nietupski, the company’s general director who is also the son of its founder, told local daily Kurier Poranny that Kotniz "has so many orders that its current team, which totals 320 persons" should be expanded by further employees.

Owing to its increased foreign sales, the company has launched a second production facility in Portugal. The subsidiary in Gandra, in the country’s northern Valença municipality, is currently operated by 15 employees.

Some of Kotniz’s main export markets include France and Germany. The firm specialises in making metal elements from steel and aluminium for sailing and motor boats. Its product range includes canopies, baskets, shields, steps, supports, railings, ladders, and other components.

The Polish company was set up in 1978 by local businessman Zdzisław Nietupski. Since 1988, Kotniz has been producing steel parts for yachts. In addition to his role in the firm, Sebastian Nietupski serves as the president of Poland’s yacht industry association, the Polish Chamber of Marine Industry and Water Sports (POLBOAT).