Success stories from international companies

AGC

Akihiro Kadokura, CEO of AGC Europe: "Catalonia is the industrial base of Spain in chemicals and pharma"
The Japanese company AGC Pharma Chemicals will invest €90 million and create 100 new jobs in a new manufacturing plant in Malgrat de Mar (Barcelona).

HEURA

Bernat Añaños, co-founder of Heura: “Barcelona and Catalonia are the perfect place from which to lead the protein transition”
Founded in Barcelona, Heura is one of Spain’s leading plant-based product companies. With an ambitious international expansion plan, the company seeks to revolutionize the market and position its products (made primarily from soybeans and peas) as the successors to meat.

N26

Marta Echarri, General Manager Spain at N26: “The fintech ecosystem, quality of life and digital talent were why we opened a tech hub in Barcelona”
N26 is a Berlin-based neobank that in 2018 opened its first European technology center outside Germany, in Barcelona. Forbes magazine has named it the most innovative bank, and last October it secured a $900 million funding round.

OPPO

Yan Ren, OPPO: “Barcelona and Spain can lead the next startup ecosystem in Europe”
Chinese smartphone company OPPO, one of the largest global manufacturers, participated at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress to present its latest innovations in augmented reality and foldable phones.

TRAVELPERK

Avi Meir, TravelPerk’s CEO: “Barcelona offers a great mix of professional opportunities and a high quality of life”
Barcelona-based company TravelPerk, a business travel management platform, recently raised $115M of investment and achieved unicorn status.

AKZONOBEL

AkzoNobel opens a new planning hub for Europe in Barcelona
The Dutch company AkzoNobel has chosen Barcelona-Catalonia to locate its planning hub for 57 sites across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The firm plans to hire 60 new positions in Barcelona.

MICROSOFT

Jordi Ribas, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft: “Barcelona is a great hub of innovation and talent attraction”
Microsoft announced this September that Barcelona had been chosen as the location for its new R&D hub specialized in the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

CRODA

Croda opens its largest European distribution hub in Catalonia
The British chemical company Croda has invested €10.5 million to open a new automated warehouse in Girona (Catalonia), becoming the largest distribution hub for the multinational's products in the European Union.

KRONOSPAN

Kronospan to invest 230 million euros and create over 180 jobs at a new plant in Catalonia
The Austrian company Kronospan will invest 230 million euros in a new manufacturing plant of wooden panels for the furniture industry in Tortosa (Catalonia).

PORSCHE DIGITAL AND MICROSOFT

Catalonia, a global tech hub: the experiences of Porsche Digital and Microsoft
Porsche Digital and Microsoft participated in Tech Spirit Barcelona to share their experiences setting up global tech hubs in Barcelona-Catalonia.

FESTO

Ansgar Kriwet, Festo: “Catalonia is one of the industrial centers in Europe”
Discover why German company Festo chose Barcelona over 250 other locations to establish their global digital sales hub.

DANONE

Natalia Berenguer, Danone: “We invested 12M€ to become the first factory in Europe that produces both dairy and plant-based yogurts”
Danone is one of the world leaders in the food industry. The company has been present in Catalonia for over 100 years with a production plant in Parets del Vallès and an R&D centre in Barcelona.

STARTUP FOUNDERS IN BARCELONA

What do startup founders say about Barcelona?
Barcelona often ranks among the top five European startup hubs. What explains this popularity and what can a founder expect from the Barcelona startup ecosystem? Watch the video and hear local and international founders to find out.

AAM

Discover why AAM chose Barcelona-Catalonia to expand its business in Europe
The US automotive company AAM decided to expand its presence in Europe by acquiring a plant in Barcelona-Catalonia. From Southern Europe, AAM gives service to the main auto constructors such as BMW, Daimler, Porsche, or Audi.

HUAWEI

Huawei’s commitment to Barcelona-Catalonia
Huawei is one of the global ICT companies based in Barcelona-Catalonia. At Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021, Huawei explained how they embrace innovation in 5G and Artificial Intelligence in the region.

PARADOX INTERACTIVE

Swedish company Paradox Interactive opens videogame studio in Sitges, where it plans to hire up to 30 people this year
The studio has established a subsidiary in Catalonia under the name Paradox Tinto that will specialize in the design of strategy video games and content for its Europa Universalis IV game.

NESTLÉ

Nestlé creates over 100 jobs at its Global IT Hub in Barcelona since the start of the pandemic
Nestlé’s Global IT Hub in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) has signed up over 100 new employees since the start of the pandemic and is still growing.

VERISTAT

Montse Barceló, Veristat’s European Vice President: “Barcelona can play in the Champions League of health tech”
Montse Barceló is the European Vice President of Veristat, a global clinical research organization (CRO) founded in Boston, USA. Following an ambitious expansion plan, Veristat has created a European headquarters in Barcelona this year.

GAMING INDUSTRY IN CATALONIA

Discover Barcelona-Catalonia, Southern Europe’s hub for the gaming industry
Barcelona-Catalonia is the largest videogames hub in Southern Europe offering a great opportunity for global studios seeking to open their European headquarters. Scopely, King, Ubisoft and SocialPoint highlight in this video how they enjoy a talented and highly skilled workforce in Barcelona.

XPO LOGISTICS

XPO Logistics opens new transport and distribution hub in Barcelona
The US company XPO Logistics, a global provider of supply chain solutions, has opened a major new transport and distribution site in Castellbisbal, Barcelona. The 13,000 square meter platform includes 104 docks and is built on a total plot of 37,000 square meters.

CHECKOUT.COM

The British group Checkout.com launches Southern Europe Hub in Barcelona
Checkout.com, a leading cloud payment provider, announced the launch of their Barcelona office to serve as a headquarters for operations across Southern European markets, including Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

LIGHTPOINT MEDICAL

The British company Lightpoint Medical establishes its first southern European headquarters in Catalonia
The company, which specialises in the design and production of robotic surgical tools for cancer surgery, has its central headquarters in London and offices in Amsterdam and Boston.

DANONE

Danone invests €12M in Barcelona to open its first division for plant-based products in Europe
The French company Danone has invested €12M in its factory in Parets del Vallès (Barcelona) to open a new production line for plant-based references.

UBISOFT

Ubisoft, developing AAA video games from Barcelona
The French company Ubisoft is a worldwide benchmark in the video games sector. In Barcelona, the firm opened a studio in 1998 and, since then, has participated in several blockbuster games such as Assassin's Creed or Rainbow Six.

PAYFIT

French company PayFit to increase Barcelona workforce by 25% in 2021 with up to 70 employees
The technology firm, specializing in the automation of the payroll system, will create 20 jobs in its subsidiary in Catalonia.

TECHNICA ENGINEERING

The German automotive firm Technica Engineering creates 35 jobs in its Sant Cugat R&D centre
The German automotive sector company Technica Engineering has created 35 jobs in Sant Cugat (Barcelona), where it has established its main R&D centre, the company’s only one outside Munich.

KEEWAY MOTOR

Shanmei Yu, General Manager of Keeway Motor Barcelona: “Catalonia makes logistics operations with China easy”
The Chinese company Keeway Motor, established in Catalonia since 2005, imports motorcycles from the Qiangjiang Group, one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in China, for their distribution in Spain.

TELADOC HEALTH

Discover why Teladoc Health located its international headquarters in Barcelona
US company Teladoc Health acquired a Barcelona-based life sciences firm in 2018 and decided to establish its international headquarters in the city. A long-standing tradition of healthcare, an entrepreneurial mindset and the presence of important pharma companies makes Barcelona-Catalonia a unique environment for healthcare and for business.

JABIL

US company Jabil to build a new paper bottle plant in Catalonia
US-based company Jabil has announced its expansion plans that include the buildout of a new paper bottle plant in its Sustainability Center of Excellence located in Tortosa (Tarragona). This investment, together with the one that the company will make in its subsidiary located in California, will amount to $25M.

BASF

BASF to invest €30M in its Tarragona plant in 2021
The German group BASF, in 2021, will invest € 30M in the Canonja production plant it has in the Tarragona chemical complex.

UNIVERSAL ROBOTS

Jacob Pascual, Regional Sales Director of Universal Robots: "Barcelona has an above average level of talent and skilled workers"
Universal Robots chose Barcelona for the creation of the first industrial automation hub outside of Denmark. The Danish company is part of the American group Teradyne, which plans to continue growing in the collaborative robotics segment in Barcelona.

MAERSK

Global logistics company Maersk chooses Barcelona to open its first platform in Southern Europe
Danish shipping company Maersk, a world leader in maritime transport and logistics services with presence in 130 countries, has chosen the Port of Barcelona to open its first logistics warehouse in Southern Europe.

SEAT:CODE

Carlos Buenosvinos, Head of SEAT:CODE: “Barcelona holds all the cards to be a major player in the mobility of the future”
In 2019, Barcelona-based car manufacturer SEAT -part of the Volkswagen Group- opened the SEAT:CODE development centre in the city center, giving it the mission of finding new business models related to mobility and the transformation of the automotive sector.

ALSO

Swiss technology company Also opens new office in Barcelona Tech City
The Swiss multinational Also, specialized in cloud services, has made a commitment to grow in the Spanish market with the recent creation of ALSO Cloud Spain, establishing its headquarters in the Pier 03 building in Barcelona Tech City.

NINA CAPITAL

Marta-Gaia Zanchi, founder at Nina Capital: “There are excellent research organizations in Barcelona and an abundance of talent”
Nina Capital is a Barcelona-based venture firm that seeds health tech companies internationally. Founder and managing partner Marta-Gaia Zanchi, with 10+ years of expertise in Silicon Valley, started the firm in 2019 with a vision to serve entrepreneurs across both sides of the Atlantic.

VEEPEE

Albert Serrano, Managing Director Veepee Spain: “A-players attract A-players, and this is what is happening in Barcelona”
In 2016, French marketplace Veepee acquired Catalan company Privalia for €500M, in what was one of the largest e-commerce operations in Europe. Albert Serrano, Managing Director at Veepee Spain, explains why tech companies should choose Barcelona to grow their businesses.

PRINTFUL

Davis Siksnans, CEO of Printful: “Barcelona is a great location because it has a powerful entrepreneurial and tech scene”
Printful is an on-demand printing and warehousing company that fulfills and ships custom clothing, accessories, and home and living items for online businesses. In May 2020, Printful opened a fulfillment center right outside Barcelona after seeing an increasing demand of their services in the Western European markets.

ABB

Marc Gómez, CEO of ABB in Spain: “Barcelona attracts talent and knows how to retain it: it’s the best place to develop your professional career”
The Swiss company ABB has opened its first European customer innovation centre in Sant Quirze del Vallès (Barcelona). The company specialises in digital solutions for all industry sectors and has been present in Catalonia for over 110 years, where their business has been constantly growing.

SMILEGATE

South Korean company Smilegate opens its first international studio in Barcelona to design triple-A video games
From this new center, where the company has already hired 35 workers, it will centralize its growth in the western market with the aim of being "a successful Triple-A Open World Video Game Studio"

SQLI

French technology company SQLI creates 100 jobs in Sant Just Desvern with the opening of its first headquarters in the Iberian Peninsula
The European services group, specializing in delivering e-commerce and digital strategies, began the opening process of its subsidiary in Catalonia in 2018, to serve clients from Spain and Europe

DIGITALPA

DigitalPA establishes office in Barcelona to expand its whistleblowing software
The Italian company has chosen Barcelona to start the process of internationalization of its whistleblowing software, which automates the process of anonymous complaints within organizations.

G+D

German company G+D creates 60 jobs in Catalonia to boost its R+D center for 5G projects
The company consolidates this center to develop digital security projects for the automotive and mobile sectors at a European level.

MEDIAMARKT

MediaMarkt to set up new international business center in Barcelona with 500 employees
The German company has already hired 40 people for the new Global Business Services Iberia (GBSI) and plans to hire 200 more during the first half of 2021.

WOJO

Wojo chooses Barcelona to begin the international expansion of its coworking spaces
The French coworking multinational Wojo has chosen Barcelona to open its first international workspace. Wojo begins its international expansion plans in Catalonia with the goal of opening 1,200 offices/workspaces across Europe in 2022.

NESTLÉ

Nestlé invests 17M€ to use coffee grounds to produce energy in Girona
Swiss company Nestlé has set up a new boiler to use coffee grounds to produce energy in its Girona plant in Catalonia. This new boiler uses the remaining grounds of soluble coffee to obtain a biofuel and produce steam.

UPS

Logistics company UPS invests €40M in new Barcelona Hub
US logistics company UPS is opening a new hub in Barcelona that expands capacity and will offer businesses in Barcelona more efficient connections to their customers across Europe.

ADEVINTA

Gianpaolo Santorsola, CEO of Adevinta Spain: “Catalonia has very strong digital skills and a willingness for innovation”
The Norwegian tech company Adevinta has chosen the city of Barcelona to locate its international headquarters. In a recent $9.2 billion transaction, the company has just acquired eBay's global classified advertisements division.

MESSER

Messer to invest more than €35M in a new production plant in Tarragona
The German company will invest more €35M in the south of the Tarragona Chemical Complex and the plant will have a capacity of 2,400 tons of oxygen, nitrogen and argon per day.

CI GAMES

CI Games opens videogame development studio in Barcelona
CI Games CEO Marek Tyminsky said Barcelona has an "increasingly consolidated" digital, technological and gaming ecosystem and was "very pleased to be part of it". “We’re here to stay,” he says.

YPSOMED

Swiss medtech company Ypsomed opens digital hub in Barcelona and plans to create 40 jobs
Ypsomed will centralize in Catalonia, together with its headquarters in Switzerland, the development of digital and connected devices for the improved treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, among others.

MYTHERESA

German luxury online retailer Mytheresa opens new tech hub in Barcelona with up to 70 employees
The new 700sqm office space located at Barcelona’s Rambla de Catalunya will focus on the development of technology and services.

SEAT

Josep Maria Recasens, SEAT: “Catalonia has an industrial pool of suppliers highly qualified to respond to technological changes”
SEAT, member of the Volkswagen Group, has recently announced an investment of 5 billion euros, a clear example of its commitment to the electric future.

HENKEL

Henkel locates the company’s most advanced logistics centre in Catalonia
Jordi Juncà, plant manager at Henkel Ibérica, explains in this interview how Henkel has invested over €50M in the Catalan plant over the last two years.

OHPEN

Dutch company Ohpen to double workforce and expands Barcelona technology development centre
Ohpen plans to create 30 jobs in Barcelona, its only office in Southern Europe, to strengthen software development for the financial sector.

BAYER

Bayer to create 100 jobs in Center of Excellence in Barcelona
German pharmaceutical company Bayer will hire 100 new employees in Barcelona this year with the aim of strengthening its Service Center Barcelona (SCB) as a center of excellence.

ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS

Jaume Vives, Roche Diagnostics: "The school of work in health sciences in Catalonia is extraordinary"
The Swiss company Roche has set up its worldwide technology headquarters in Catalonia.

ANANAS ANAM

Ananas Anam: from the pineapple plantation to the catwalk
Ananas Anam processes pineapple fiber into textiles in Catalonia with suppliers the company found through the Supplier Search Service.

SCAN CLIENT PUBLISHING

British Scan Client Publishing establishes headquarters for Southern Europe in Barcelona
The publishing company, specialising in corporate magazines, has a team of 15 people in the Catalan capital, a headcount that plans to double by the end of 2020. 

TDCX

Singapore company TDCX creates 50 jobs in Barcelona with the opening of its first office in Europe
The company, which has 1,500sqm of office space in Barcelona’s 22@ district, ​​expects to reach 300 workers in 2020. 

ALIEXPRESS

Chinese retail giant AliExpress chooses Barcelona to open second store in Europe
The company has invested 1 million Euros in the new retail centre, located in the Finestrelles Shopping Centre in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona), creating 33 jobs in the process. 

XPO LOGISTICS

XPO Logistics to expand services in Catalonia with new distribution site
XPO Logistics, a US-based provider of transport and logistics solutions, is building a new transport and distribution center in Castellbisbal (Barcelona).  

MITEK

American tech company Mitek creates 50 jobs in Catalonia
The company specializing in computer vision technology currently has 73 employees at its headquarters in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), with the group’s largest R& D team worldwide. 

UNIVERSAL ROBOTS

Danish companies Universal Robots and MiR open new 1.500sqm collaborative robotics hub in Barcelona
The new centre, located in the 22@ district, aims at boosting innovation in the field of robotics and will host a showroom of new developments. 

JAGUAR

Mexican telecom company Jaguar opens hub for Europe in Catalonia
The Mexican telecommunications company Jaguar has started operations in Europe via the purchase of the Saifor company in Catalonia, located in Vallbona d'Anoia (Barcelona). With an initial investment of 1.7 million euros, Jaguar plans to grow to 60 employees in 2020 and begin smart city and IoT projects. 

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING (AAM)

American company AAM opens new production plant in Catalonia with 300 employees
Specializing in the design, engineering and manufacturing of automotive components, the company will support its growth in Europe from these 15,600sqm-facilities. 

KING

Videogame company King opens new headquarters in Barcelona with 600 employees and capacity to increase workforce by 10%
British videogame company King has opened its new headquarters in Barcelona to consolidate the Catalan capital as one of the brand’s main development locations in Europe.

ERNI

Why Swiss company ERNI is placing an IoT technology hub in Barcelona
ERNI has built an IoT Competence Center in Barcelona that develops complex software projects for their customers in areas such as connected cars, robotics or 3D Printing. The new center aims to be a point of reference for IoT technologies worldwide. 

BANDAI NAMCO

Japanese group BANDAI NAMCO to establish a new company dedicated to the development of mobile games in Barcelona
Specializing in the creation and commercialization of videogames, the company will centralize the Western development and marketing of mobile entertainment products at the Catalan capital. 

AMAZON

US online retail company Amazon to open a new logistics plant in Catalonia
Amazon will be opening a new logistics center in Barberà del Vallès, Barcelona, that is expected to create 230 permanent jobs in its first three years of operation. The US online retail giant’s new project is the seventh center located in Catalonia.

SALIM ISMAIL, OpenExO Chairman

Catalonia, a leading region for Exponential Organizations
Salim Ismail, Founding Executive Director of the Singularity University, believes that Catalonia will become a leading region for exponential organisations, as global companies can benefit from building incubators or edge organisations in the area to implement real, disruptive innovation.  

GRIFFITH FOODS

American company Griffith Foods expands investment in Catalonia to serve all Southern Europe
Specialized in seasonings and sauces, Griffith Foods plans to intensify their activity in Catalonia over the next few years, growing into more markets from Valls (Tarragona).

JADE BIRD

Chinese Jade Bird to establish first European headquarters in Barcelona
The multinational company, with over 2,000 employees and headquartered in Beijing, specializes in the production of fire alarms for hospitals, factories and shops.

MERCK

German company Merck doubles production in Catalonia after €40M investment over the last 4 years
Merck's two divisions in Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona), chemistry and pharma, have grown exponentially in recent years thanks to the group's commitment to this site, and contemplate new short-term investments.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

The Culinary Institute of America selects Barcelona to open its first European campus
The Culinary Institute of America has been ranked as one of the best culinary schools in the world. With campuses in the United States and Singapore, the institute is partnering with the University of Barcelona to open its first campus in Europe, located in Barcelona.

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM

German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim invests 120M€ in new production plant in Catalonia and creates 200 jobs
The facilities, a 17,000m2-area near Barcelona, incorporates Industry 4.0 solutions such as robotics, digitalisation and high automatization.

HEWLETT PACKARD (HP)

HP opens new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center in Catalonia
American ICT company HP has launched a 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Catalonia. The 14,000m2 lab located next to HP’s current offices near Barcelona, will coordinate 25 different centers the company has around the world.

ALTA LIFE SCIENCES

Guy Nohra, Alta Life Sciences: "Barcelona has world-class science that needs to be invested in"
Investor Guy Nohra moved to Barcelona with one goal in mind: turning the city into a worldwide leading hub for life sciences. He invests in Catalan startups through his new venture capital firm Alta Life Sciences, a bridge fund that aims to connect the local life sciences ecosystem with Silicon Valley’s venture capital expertise.

HENKEL

Henkel invests €35 million in new European hub for aerospace solutions in Montornès del Vallès
German multinational Henkel has inaugurated a new production facility for aerospace applications in Montornès del Vallès (Barcelona). With the investment of about 35 million euros, the new plant will become Henkel’s European hub for the aerospace industry, 

RICHARD SHROCK, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Richard Shrock: "The chemical cluster in Tarragona is very competitive"
Richard Shrock (1945, Indiana, US), Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2005, visited the Tarragona chemical cluster and met with leading companies from one of Europe’s largest chemical hubs, such as Dow, BASF and Repsol.

LIGHT FLEX

Light Flex: printed light technology made with local suppliers in Catalonia
The Swedish founders of Light Flex swear by the Catalan textile industry. They found all the providers they needed for developing and manufacturing locally their technical garment: a high visibility vest incorporating connectivity.

ANGIE LAU, Forkast.News

Angie Lau, Forkast.News: “The startup ecosystem in Barcelona is strong and there is a lot of support in how to collaborate and grow”
Business journalist and CEO of Forkast.News Angie Lau was the keynote speaker at the last edition of Catalonia’s main Investment Forum. Lau presented Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem and encouraged Barcelona-based startups to think about Asia as part of their growth.

SCOPELY

Javier Ferreira, Scopely: "We wanted to create a European hub for our global expansion efforts and Barcelona was the perfect fit"
Scopely is an interactive entertainment company and mobile games publisher headquartered in Los Angeles (USA) and with operations in Barcelona. The company has a diverse portfolio of original franchises including the award-winning Star Trek™ Fleet Command and Looney Tunes™ World of Mayhem and has received the support of Catalonia Trade & Investment.

SIEMENS

José Ramon Castro, Siemens: “With the opening of the Barcelona hub, Siemens positions Spain as the international headquarters for innovation”
The German multinational Siemens launched an innovation center in Cornellà (Barcelona) in June 2018, yet another vote of confidence in Catalonia for leading the digital transformation in the energy sector. The company uses this collaborative space for co-creation with companies, universities and startups from South-Western Europe and North Africa.

ROBERT PEARLSTEIN, Stanford Research Institute

"Catalonia has all the elements of a successful innovation economy"
Behind high-value and disruptive innovations such as the mouse, Apple’s assistant Siri, cancer treatments or medical ultrasounds, the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), located in Silicon Valley, is one of the United States’ largest independent research institutions.

KAO

Kao Corporation: expanding its chemistry business from Catalonia
Kao was the first Japanese-affiliated company in Catalonia, starting their journey in 1970. From the very beginning, Kao committed strongly to Catalonia, investing in R&D activities and establishing its European headquarters near Barcelona, as well as its head office for Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

ASICS

Why Asics opened its European innovation centre in Barcelona 
The Japanese sports company Asics has decided to set up its innovation hub for Europe in Barcelona aimed at collaborating with startups from the sports and wellness industry. Through their programme called Tenkan-ten, which means ´Tipping point´ in Japanese, Asics wants to act as a catalyst to discover new technologies, new business models and new ways to interact with their clients.

TRAVELPERK

How TravelPerk raised €55M and disrupted the business travel industry
TravelPerk is about to double figures in the next few months. Having raised €55M from private investors in less than a year, this startup – born and raised in Barcelona – has developed an online platform that simplifies that way companies can manage their business travel.

DANONE

Danone innovates in packaging and flavours out of Catalonia
The multinational Danone is a leader in dairy products within the global food industry. It has been present in Catalonia for over 30 years through its R&D centre in Barcelona and a production plant in Parets del Vallès.

HEWLETT PACKARD

We have over 500 R&D engineers working in Catalonia, we’re creating over 150 patents per year and we’re basically HP’s most important laboratory outside the US
HP is one of the multinationals with the strongest presence in Catalonia. Located in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a few kilometres from Barcelona, it is the worldwide headquarters for 3D and Large Format printing businesses and a global point of reference in these fields. It came to Catalonia in 1985, initially employing 15 people, and currently it has a team of 1,800 highly qualified professionals, made up of more than 60 nationalities. It is the largest company campus outside the United States.

ASTRAZENECA

AstraZeneca: its worldwide R&D Centre for Respiratory Medicine in Barcelona.
The global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca installs its worldwide R&D Centre for Respiratory Medicine in Barcelona. According to Gonzalo De Miquel, Barcelona was selected for this new R&D centre because it has “the presence of qualified pharmaceutical professionals, a long-standing tradition of respiratory medicine and its network of researchers, hospitals and universities”.

BISMART

Bismart: A big data success story unfolding in Barcelona
Big Data is one of the growing sectors in business nowadays. Bismart knows how useful it is to transform data into knowledge, so it offers solutions that help institutions such as City Councils manage huge amounts of information, transforming them into an automated format in order to facilitate decision-making.

DIGITAL LEGENDS

Digital Legends: an open door for mobile entertainment
Videogames are a regular part of our entertainment. We now have access to an immense range of apps, games and programs. But although mobile videogames are a reality today, Digital Legends entered this business when they were just a promising idea.

E.G.O

E.G.O Appliance Controls: exporting from Catalonia to the world
E.G.O is an international company specialized in the development, production and supply of high-tech products for washing machines, stoves, driers and other home and commercial appliances. E.G.O has now decided to focus on the expansion of its R&D department and they have decided to enlarge their state of the art Catalan plant.

MIWON

Miwon shows why Catalonia is strategically positioned to locate international chemical investments
Europe’s chemical industry is an important part of its economic motor. Catalonia reflects this importance on a regional level with major chemical infrastructures. In terms of investments a recent addition to the list of chemical companies located in Catalonia is the Korean firm Miwon Specialty Chemicals Co. Ltd, producing coatings for high tech companies like Dupont, LG and Samsung.

GRÍFOLS

Grifols, a truly global Catalan success story 

The story of the Catalan firm Grifols is inexorably linked to an ambitious world business view. This 70-year-old healthcare company, with its headquarters in Barcelona, today is present in more than 100 countries and makes products used to treat rare, chronic diseases such as neurological disorders, immune deficiencies, hemophilia and genetic emphysema. Its global view has just taken a further step forward with the inauguration of a new state-of-the-art plasma North Fractionation Facility (NFF) in Clayton, North Carolina in the United States.

SUPERSAFE

Supersafe, a multinational close to home 

When the current economic crisis began in 2007 SICAME, the French multinational specialised in equipment and services for energy and electricity distribution, decided to set up a pilot plant in Catalonia for a sector that until then, they were not in: Electrical insulating gloves for operators making electrical live line maintenance. Now, two of its Catalan equipment manufacturers are undergoing international expansion under the guidance of the French company.

HENKEL

Henkel: R&D in Catalonia
Henkel is expanding its R&D network in Catalonia, with a 7 million euro investment to set up two new centres plus the Afinitica spin-off, located in the UAB Research Park (Bellaterra) and in the Leitat technological centre in Terrassa. These new centres join their already existing facilities: one in the same UAB Research park, and the other in the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), in Tarragona. With this expansion, Henkel positions Catalonia as a strategic centre of the development of new, high, added-value adhesives on a worldwide level.

FOX HEAD

Fox Head, from California to Barcelona

Fox Head is a leading brand in the design, manufacture and distribution of sportswear for young consumers. Founded in California in 1974, it initially designed especially resistant clothing for motocross athletes but it has now expanded to other lines of action and adventure sports such as surfing and biking.

VELCRO

Interview with Mr. Jaume Freixas, European Controller for Velcro Europe SA
Velcro’s European head office has been in Argentona, Barcelona since 1959. We asked for his views, based on his experience as a senior Catalan executive in a multinational firm, on the company itself and on business opportunities in Catalonia.

AIR PRODUCTS

Catalonia holds a privileged position in technological innovation, which helps us compete efficiently in the knowledge society
The Air Products group is a leader in the industrial and medical gas segment, providing products and services for clients in the technological, energy, health and industrial sectors worldwide. In addition to a number of production facilities, Catalonia also boasts the Spanish headquarters of the company’s operations under the name -Carburos Metálicos- and is the European headquarters for Carburos Médica, which supplies medicinal gases and healthcare services for the home.

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

Catalonia is a key operational and decision-making hub for our global business
Schneider Electric runs its entire EMEASA area business from its Barcelona headquarters, taking decisions affecting 138 countries. Catalonia is also the gateway and distribution point for products and solutions for Southern Europe and Africa due to recent enlargement of its logistics centre.