Annual Report 2018
For the eighth year running, in 2018 Catalonia Trade & Investment has attracted a record number of investment projects in Catalonia with a total of 84 projects, a 20% increase compared to the previous year. Total investment added up to €322.3M, a figure that is 34% higher than in 2017. In job creation, Catalonia Trade & Investment helped create 5,455 positions, a 70% increase from 2017 that accounts for 7.2% of all the jobs created in Catalonia in 2018.
Projects by Investment Type
Most of the projects attracted in 2018 (75%) are Greenfield –investments by companies without prior presence in Catalonia–and new investments by companies already operating in Catalonia. Another 12% are expansion projects, and also 12% represent other type of investments such as joint ventures, M&As and partnerships.
Investment projects by Origin
The USA is the leading source of projects, representing 23.8% of the total number of projects. Japan, second in the list, represents 14.3% of total projects followed by UK (11.9%), Germany (9.5%) and France (9.5%).
Investment projects by Sector
The ICT sector covers 27% of the projects, followed by Automotive (14%), Logistics, transport and e-commerce (12%), Chemical and plastic and Pharmaceuticals (7%). One in four projects implemented in 2018 was from the industrial vlaue chain (manufacturing).
Our track record
The number of projects managed and implemented with the support of Catalonia Trade & Investment from 2014 to 2018 added up to 335, a 65% growth compared to the previous 5-year period.
By volume of investment, more than €1.5B was attracted from 2014 to 2018, a 9.3% increase from the previous five-year period. In job creation, the figures went from 9,301 in 2009-2013 to 15,605 in the 2014-2018 period (+68%).
Public spending by the Ministry of Business and Knowledge showed returns for the Catalan Economy. For every euro of public funding spent to attract investments €129 are generated, while for each professional working at Catalonia Trade & Investment €8.2M are attracted and 172 jobs created.