An internationalized industry
Over the past decade, 17% of Spanish exports from the metallurgy sector have come from Catalonia. During the five years from 2017 to 2021, Catalan exports grew by 21% and 17% during the past ten years. The primary iron and steel product manufacturing subsector was the most exporting group in 2021, with 21%, 18% in non-ferrous and precious metals, and 14% in other metal products. Lastly, Catalonia firms lead the ranking of regular metallurgy products exporters with 64% of regular exporters among the total number of exporting companies. The main countries exported to are the UK, Portugal, Italy, France, and Germany, while imports primarily come from Italy, Germany, France, China, and Turkey.
A healthy investment panorama
Recent foreign investments in Catalonia have come from Oryx Stainless España, Pathel Industrie, Fischer Ibérica, Kadimi Special Steels, and PXI Auto Components Suzhou. Of particular significance are the investments made by PXI and Oryx. With a €25.5 M of investment, PXI opened a new production center in Sant Pere de Torelló (Barcelona), creating 78 jobs, while Onyx opened a new plant in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona), investing €49.3 M and creating 122 jobs.
Powering the industry with education
In Catalonia, nine universities offer 6 degrees in engineering, ranging from mechanical, material, industrial design, industrial technologies, and industrial organization, as well as electronic, industrial, and automation engineering. Furthermore, advanced education exists in automation, robotics, mechatronics, and electrotechnical and automated systems.
Catalonia, always open to innovation and progress.
According to the European Commission’s Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, in 2020, Barcelona was the 5th city in Europe regarding creative and knowledge-based jobs. 15% of the Catalan population are resident foreigners, so it is no surprise that Barcelona is the world’s ninth favorite city in which to work for foreigners, after London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Berlin, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Singapore, and New York.