A strong industry: The 3rd largest sector in Catalonia
1 out of every 4 vehicles manufactured in Spain is produced in Catalonia, making it Spain’s most significant automotive manufacturing centre. With more than 10,500 automotive companies (including distribution and vehicle repair), the Catalan automotive sector generates 38,000 direct jobs -100,000 including distribution and vehicle repair-. Annual turnover is at €14,000M, 7% of the Catalan GDP. Home to all levels of the value chain, Catalonia also leads the field in terms of research, engineering and support services, featuring all the automotive OEM development centres in Spain, most of the engineering units of the parts suppliers and the entire ecosystem of technical services.
Global and with access to both markets and suppliers
Catalonia is a global automotive hub, exporting 65% of vehicle production and generating 24% of Spanish vehicle exports. Automotive manufacturers also make up 1,044 Catalan regular exporters (34% of the Spanish total). In part, this is due to its excellent communications, both internal and external, with full-modal integration transport systems. Catalonia is also a highly efficient hub to European, North African and Latin American markets, with over 400 million customers reachable in less than 48 hours.
It is no surprise, therefore, that it is a leading destination for automotive FDI, where it is the 1st region in Western Europe for capital investment and the 3rd in number of projects and job creation (Jan 2012-Dec 2015)
Competitive and highly R&D focused
Catalonia has a critical mass of R&D centres and universities specialising in the automotive industry. Different automotive manufacturers also base their R&D and engineering centres here, while the Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia (CIAC) is highly active.
Talent and business oriented
Catalonia boasts qualified workers with labour costs well below other comparable countries. Ambitious government policies also boost productive FDI, including employment and fiscal incentives for foreign companies and expats and fast-track visa processing.
Catalonia connects you to new business opportunities
- Connected to sustainability
Catalonia promotes the use of sustainable and alternative fuel vehicles, offering aids and incentives for vehicles purchase, charge infrastructure, fleet support, among others. Catalonia has developed the public-private platform LIVE open to all entities involved in sustainable mobility, mainly electric and CNG vehicles, with the shared goal of developing projects, policies, strategies, new business models and creating a knowledge network.
- Connected to Industry 4.0
OEM Manufacturers and their suppliers in Catalonia have been investing in factories 4.0 and usage of industrial robots is rising. Catalonia is now one of Europe’s major automotive R&D, engineering, IT and software development hubs.
- Connected to the components
The local automotive value chain here has a need for companies and manufacturers of molds and dies, new materials and plastic injection. To this end, Catalonia has a critical mass of automotive companies and centres that provide technology development, innovation and industrialization on all levels.
- Connected to logistics
Catalonia is the most competitive logistics centre for the markets of Europe, the Mediterranean/Africa and South America. Its logistics importance is evident in the amount of relevant sectorial fairs and congresses held in Barcelona, such as the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition or the European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit.
- Connected to the Shared Economy
Catalonia is also an attractive location for new shared economy companies with many leading accelerators, top tech events and entrepreneurs. Thanks to this, many huge companies like Airbnb, Wallapop and Socialcar have global or national headquarters in Barcelona, and their presence also stimulates the city´s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Connected to the autonomous driving future
Catalonia is prepared for the future with different initiatives working in this area. Catalonia Living Lab provides all scenarios required for the development, testing and validation of connected and autonomous vehicles in both controlled environments and in open road conditions. Furthermore, the Industrial Forum for the Connected Vehicle and Automated Driving (IFCVAD) is a public-private forum aimed at creating a suitable environment for developing of technologies and knowledge around vehicle connectivity and autonomous driving.
- Connected to connectivity
Connectivity is fundamental to the future of driving and the Mobile World Conference – making Barcelona into the permanent global centre for mobile technologies – now has an increasing presence of car companies and automobile applied technologies. Barcelona also hosts the most international Smart City conference to date and is quickly becoming a hotspot for IoT development, with the IoT World Congress, which attracts key players in this field.