Industrial systems, smart industry and 3D Printing

Industrial systems, smart industry and 3D Printing

Catalan industry is highly diversified and accounts for 21% of the region’s gross value added, above the EU target for 2020. If we add industry-related services to this figure, it then accounts for 50% of the region’s GVA.  This sector brings together suppliers of tailor-made solutions, components, systems and equipment used in production processes of manufacturing companies. It also includes service companies and research centres connected to the entire value chain. Catalan companies in this sector are highly internationalized and focused in segment markets.

The Catalonia Industry Supplier directory gives you access to hundreds of supply chain companies that deliver solutions for ICT and digital transformation, smart industry and 3D printing technologies, machinery and equipment, electronics and electricity, metal and metallurgy or paper and packaging.

10,000 Turnover (M€), 68,000 Employees and 5,600 Companies

Catalonia has built to strong industrial and ICT sectors

Process engineering has always been important to the Catalan industry. A powerful industrial economy is combined with a strong ICT sector, where the adoption of advanced technologies such as 4.0 trends, computerization, and product customizing all work together to create a leading industrial systems sector. Most providers fall into the engineering and software categories, while components and systems companies lead employment and business volume in Catalonia.

Catalonia, a global smart industry hub

Catalonia has embraced Industry 4.0 with an entire ecosystem supporting the digital transformation. Major universities offer industry 4.0 related studies, and international trade fairs and events take place in Barcelona such as the IoT Solutions World Congress or the Advanced Factories Expo and Congress.

Furthermore, companies have a strong tradition of working in clusters and business associations linked to Industry 4.0, like Secpho (Cluster of Technological Innovation) or Cluster MAV (Advanced Materials Clusters). The main applications of the most developed technologies in the region are additive manufacturing, simulation, advanced robotics, augmented reality and cybersecurity, among others.

Thanks to how it is rapidly implementing smart industry trends, Catalonia is becoming the preferred place for multinationals to build their innovation hubs for continental Europe or even the world. Furthermore, Barcelona is the 1st European capital of innovation. Nestlé, Asics, ERNI, Siemens, HP, Amazon or Microsoft are among the most recent companies investing in Catalonia to build centres in 3D printing, Industry 4.0 and process digitalization fields.

An active R&D and technology transfer ecosystem

Catalonia is at the forefront of innovation in the smart industries and 3D printing areas, merging research capacities in numerous universities and technological centres. Companies can rely on this specialized network to carry out their innovation and technology transfer projects, partnering with centres like Eurecat, CD6, CTTC, CSIC or i2CAT.

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Success stories

Brian J. Stumm, Jade Bird

We chose Barcelona as our headquarters based on the logistics available, access to the markets and superb technical community

José Ramon Castro, Siemens

Barcelona has a large ecosystem of startup companies, first-class R&D laboratories and international clients, and attracts regional and international talent