Catalonia stands out as one of Europe’s leading automotive manufacturing regions, producing 1 in 5 vehicles in Spain alone, as well as having Seat’s (part of the Volkswagen Group) automotive OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Additionally, Catalonia has a strong network of engineering companies and TIER suppliers in the automotive sector.
Catalonia is also home to a significant number of business providers in the sustainable mobility and smart cities sectors, which includes the automotive and motorcycle industries, the railway industry, mobility services, and all telecommunications and infrastructures related to mobility. Through the Catalonia Industry Suppliers, you can search for providers by different categories: automotive and motorcycle; logistics, transport and e-commerce; smart cities solutions; and other transportation industries.
A powerful automotive industry
The region concentrates the most advanced R&D centres in the automotive industry, such as Applus IDIADA, Eurecat and ICFO. The Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia (CIAC) brings together over 200 companies in the sector actively involved in projects aimed to boost the industry’s competitiveness.
Today, Catalonia plays a major role in promoting the transformation of the automotive industry towards electric and connected vehicle. Furthermore, Barcelona is Southern Europe’s leading 5G hub and promotes the development of pilot projects to test and validate new 5G-related technologies. The capital of Catalonia is also the headquarters for the EIT Urban Mobility project, the largest European initiative to transform urban mobility with a co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026).
A world-class centre for logistics and connectivity
Barcelona and Catalonia enjoy a very strategic location in Southern Europe, with fast and easy access to markets in the rest of Europe, the Mediterranean region and the North of Africa. Leading infrastructures like the Port of Barcelona, the Port of Tarragona and Barcelona’s Airport ensure excellent connectivity with plenty of international routes for both cargo and passengers.
A highly specialized logistics network provides any business with integrated services such as packaging, product certification or product handling. Moreover, an extensive rail network with almost 1,800 km connects the main cities in Catalonia with Southern Europe, including 400 km of high-speed railway lines. Moreover, the railway sector is important in Catalonia’s economy and is composed of 190 companies sharing a €6.85 billion total turnover.
A smart city groundbreaker
Barcelona has been ranked 2nd in the world in the development of smart city technologies for its proactive approach to intelligent transport systems, smart lightning and sustainable energy management systems. The city is actively promoting electric transportation vehicles such as scooters, bicycles or mopeds.
The smart city sector in Catalonia is largely made up of small to medium sized companies and is both highly internationalized and fully capacitated to offer you partners and providers for your smart city projects. The Smart City Expo World Congress, held in Barcelona yearly, is the leading worldwide event on today’s urban issues and a renowned platform for ideas, networking, experiences and international business agreements, bringing together the world’s top decision makers in the context of smart cities and urban development.