“According to the Financial Times, Catalonia is the best region for FDI in Southern Europe”
Catalonia Trade & Investment’s office in Austin
Are you a company from the US considering a new investment in Europe? Do you want to know why successful companies such as Microsoft, PepsiCo or Amazon are investing in Barcelona-Catalonia?
From Catalonia Trade & Investment’s office in Austin, you get tailor-made information and full support for a smooth, fast and successful set-up of operations in Barcelona-Catalonia (Southern Europe) from start to finish. We also offer personalized assistance to Catalan companies wishing to open in the US and find new global business opportunities.
Meet the director.
Mr. Marc Bonavia, director of the Catalonia Trade & Investment's office in Silicon Valley, is a global entrepreneur who founded SITmobile (acquired by Soprano). He got inspired at Singularity University in Exponential Technologies and worked as an Innovation Coach. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Master in Experimental Pharmaceutical Sciences from UB University. He also studied a Master's in High-Performance Leadership at EADA Business School.
Services for American companies.
Barcelona-Catalonia (Southern Europe) is an ideal region for US companies to locate when they expand into Europe because of the breadth of tech, sciences, engineering, and creative talent. Furthermore, the superb quality of life makes it easy to attract top professionals to live and work in Catalonia.
From Catalonia Trade & Investment’s office in Austin, our FDI managers will assist you personally in all the steps needed for a successful landing in Barcelona-Catalonia (Southern Europe). With us, you will get:
- Qualified support, insight, and advice to American companies interested in investing in Southern Europe.
- Full, practical, up-to-date information on the legal, tax, and labor context.
- Foreign trade consultancy services, consultancy services regarding business strategies, and advisory services in the field of business strategy.
- Financial advice and consultancy services.
- Expert consultancy relating to information technology, providing information about scientific industrial analysis and research services.
- Arranging of seminars in the field of business development and management.
- Information on costs for opening a business in Catalonia (Southern Europe) and average wages.
- Connections to the Catalan industrial and economic and ecosystem.
- In-depth information on financing and location possibilities.
- Help with the proper steps to get started in Catalonia.
- Ongoing support throughout all the phases of the investment project in Southern Europe.
- Promotion of strategic business alliances between American and Catalan companies.
- Identification and location of Catalan technology partners for joint R&D and innovation projects.
- Help source suppliers, manufacturing partners, technology providers, or any other local company to fulfill a specific need.
The US, a top destination for Catalan companies
The US is a very attractive market for Catalan companies and around 700 are already settled there, among them Wallbox, Grifols, Mango, Almirall, Mango, Desigual, Europastry, Werfen, Fluidra, Ficosa, Submer, Roca or Puig.
American companies in Catalonia.
Over 1,100 American companies are already operating out of Catalonia (Southern Europe). Among them, Apple, Air Products, Cargill, Coty, Dow, General Electric, HP, IBM, Ingram, Lear Corporation, Mars, Pfizer, PPG, P&G, Gates, Sellbytel Group, or Tech Data. A good deal of them has been assessed by Catalonia Trade & Investment.
In early 2020 Apple set up its largest Southern European engineering hub in Barcelona, dedicated to the development of Siri’s global application with an international workforce of some 450 engineers and business positions.
In 2021 Microsoft established a new AI R&D hub in Barcelona dedicated to the development of Bing, Azure. The new R&D hub joined the quantum computing team that Microsoft has been operating already in Barcelona.
In 2022, Intel and Barcelona Supercomputing Center jointly set up a pioneering microchip design laboratory to develop a new generation of supercomputers that will break the zettascale barrier which can be used worldwide in autonomous car design or AI applications.
In 2022, Google opens new headquarters in Barcelona focused on digital marketing, business consultants, and expert profiles in Google cloud.
Catalonia is home to HP’s 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence, one of the world’s largest and most advanced R&D facilities in 3D printing, where over 2600 people work in engineering and other professional positions.
The world’s e-commerce leader has been in Catalonia for many years, and it currently has one of Southern Europe’s most important engineering ML/AI hubs at El Born district in downtown Barcelona with over 200 engineers.
World’s leading cloud provider, AWS, has also a significant presence in Barcelona and Catalonia with a workforce of over 150 people, including engineers and business positions.
In 2022, the US online marketing expert Semrush, registered at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), opens a new hub in Barcelona to expand its business in Europe.
Cisco’s Co-Innovation Center, a sustainable center located in Barcelona’s 22@ district employs over 70 engineers and business staff to prototype and co-develop innovations in digital transformation and IoT, for the transportation, manufacturing, retail, energy, smart cities, and so on.
Oracle’s Barcelona Development Hub is solely focused on software development of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites with a team of over 200 engineering and business staff.
In 2020, NetApp, specializing in data solutions for the hybrid cloud, opened a Digital Sales Hub in Barcelona for the EMEA region with a team of over 700 staff, including both engineering and business positions.
Location of the Catalonia Trade & Investment's office in Austin.
Our team in Austin’s expertise lies in doing business both in Catalonia and the US. Contact us and we will help you grow.
WeWork SXSW Center, 1400 Lavaca St Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701, United States
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