Catalonia has a strong network of engineering companies and TIER suppliers in the automotive sector, as well as having Seat’s (part of the Volkswagen Group) automotive OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).
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.
The region concentrates the most advanced R&D centers 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 the 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).
Moreover, the industrial railway sector is one of the strongest in Europe and is composed of 190 companies sharing a €6.85 billion total turnover.