One project every 5 days: Annual Report 2017

For the seventh year running, in 2017 Catalonia Trade & Investment has attracted a record number of investment projects in Catalonia with a total of 70 projects, representing 4,599 jobs both created and maintained. This means that the agency attracted one project every five days. Furthermore, total investment added up to €241M.



Helping international companies invest in Catalonia

Catalonia Trade & Investment is the Catalan Government’s agency for foreign investment and business competitiveness. It promotes innovation, internationalisation, trade and funding of Catalan companies and startups. It also organises trade missions in countries chosen strategically for their business and technology cooperation opportunities. In addition, it offers specialised one-stop-shop services to international investors and corporations, attracting foreign direct investment to Barcelona and Catalonia. Headquartered in Barcelona, Catalonia Trade & Investment operates from 40 offices around the world, covering more than 100 markets.


Projects by Investment Type

Most of the projects attracted in 2017 (40%) are Greenfield –investments by companies without prior presence in Catalonia–, while 30% represent new investments by companies already operating in Catalonia. Another 22.9% are expansion projects, and 7.1% 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, rising from 14.7% in 2016 to 24.3% in 2017. Japan, second in the list, represents 11.4% of total projects followed by France (10%), UK (8.6%), Switzerland (8.6%) and Germany (7.1%).

Investment projects by Sector

The ICT sector covers 28.6% of the projects, followed by Automotive (11.4%), Airlines (10%), Services (7.1%), Pharma and Biotech (5.7%) and Electronics (5.7%). By value chain, services and manufacturing activities top the ranking of attracted projects.

Our track record

In its 33 years of operations, Catalonia Trade & Investment has handled over 5,600 investment projects, generated nearly 48,000 jobs, and attracted some €9B in inward investment. For every euro of public money spent 95.3€ are generated, while for every Catalonia Trade & Investment employee 110.3 jobs have been created corresponding to foreign investment.

In 2017, the agency managed 364 investment projects and performed 146 follow up visits. A total of 251 foreign companies were advised and 227 types of services were offered, ranging from business location and financing advice to strategic partnership search.

8,642 foreign companies in Catalonia

International investment in Catalonia continues to run at a healthy rate. Currently 8,642 foreign companies are operating in Catalonia with Germany, France and the USA heading a list including countries from all over the world. All together, these companies create 18% of all employment, 29% of all turnover and 45% of all exports in Catalonia.

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