Bayer AG, one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry, on Tuesday inaugurated a shared service centre in Gdansk, Poland. The facility will provide finance and accounting services to the group’s companies in 20 countries, mainly in Europe. At present the Gdansk unit employs 60 people and serves Bayer operations in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. In April the list of countries will grow to include Romania and Bulgaria, and by the end of 2015 it will also cover Germany, the Scandinavia, Ukraine, Russia, or Kazakhstan, among other countries, with staff levels expected to reach 200, the company announced. Bayer selected Gdansk because of its rich pool of well-educated workers, a large supply of modern office space, supportive local authorities, and high quality of life, the company said.