At the Shahak Industrial Park being built in northern Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the West Bank), over 100 dunams (24.7 acres) have been sold to developers. The Barkan Industrial Park outside of Ariel already has 160 factories and companies.
It has also registered a 60 more companies who want to relocate to the area.
Due to this huge increase in demand, another industrial park is set to open. Called the Nahal Rabah – Gates of Shomron Industrial Park, it will be located next to Sha’ar Tikvah and Oranit, putting it within a 20 minute drive of Petah Tikvah.
The industrial park will include both manufacturing and hi-tech companies, and will be owned by the Shomron Regional Council in conjunction with the Oranit and Elkana local councils.
Head of the Shomron Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, was one of the drivers behind the opening of the new industrial park. He said “on the one hand, international companies don’t really comply with EU decisions. On the other hand, Israeli companies aren’t ready to give up on the advantages (of operating in these areas), and are marketing their products to places other than Europe, such as Africa, India, and China.”
This is a lightly edited version of the original article published by YNet News at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4903739,00.html