Both Catalonia’s administration and its dynamic business community rapidly saw the value of forming one of the major cluster programs in Europe.
With 30 years of experience in cluster policy, 27 clusters are home to 2,700 firms, generating €70,000 million and standing out as a benchmark in European cluster policy.
The value of experience in cluster policy
For over 30 years, Catalonia has been a pioneer in cluster-based economic policy in Europe, attracting major international players, such as the TCI Network, the global cluster practitioner’s network, and the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence, along with other renowned knowledge institutions.
The success of Catalonia’s cluster policy has been acknowledged by the Harvard Business School in a published business case, making it a global benchmark for cluster-based economic development. According to the Harvard publication, companies within cluster programs in Catalonia show higher levels of investment activity, increased research and development efforts, and superior performance in job creation and internationalization.
Thanks to its extensive experience in business clusters, Catalonia has become an attractive destination for foreign companies aiming to establish a new business in Europe.
One of the major clusters in Europe thanks to pro-business administration
Cluster policy here responds to the Catalan government's diverse, pro-business economic policy to promote Catalonia internationally.
Our clusters, major sources of sectorial knowledge, create the ideal ecosystem to connect businesses in similar fields, research institutions, universities, and other key stakeholders with similar strategic challenges.
Multiple advantages powered by clusters
By allowing companies to connect locally and globally, Catalan clusters are the ideal tool to help them generate and run collaborative projects with sufficient critical mass to compete globally.
Furthermore, as they concentrate on key industries in Europe and Spain, international companies and investors can easily access the resources of a dynamic network of specialized partners and industry-related suppliers, providers, and associations.
Major clusters in Barcelona-Catalonia
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CLUSTERS
WATER AND ENERGY CLUSTERS
DESIGN MANUFACTURING CLUSTERS
CROSS-CUTTING INDUSTRIES CLUSTERS