Top International manufacturing companies in Catalonia
A strong industry is the backbone of the Catalan economy. Top-level talent with Barcelona being a competitive city in Europe in terms of salaries make Catalonia an ideal manufacturing base for food, chemicals, automotive or industrial activities.
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Top International Manufacturing Companies in Catalonia.
SEAT/ Volkswagen Group
Present in some 75 countries, SEAT’s over 14,000 employees in Catalonia design, develop, engineer and manufactures more than 350,000 vehicles annually, with electric vehicle production beginning in 2025.
Nestlé, with its HQ and Global IT Hub in Catalonia, also has a soluble and capsule coffee factory in Girona, coffee roasting facilities in Reus (Tarragona), a water bottling plant in Viladrau, and a pet food plant (Purina) in Castellbisbal.
Danone has its HQ and R&D center in Catalonia, the brand’s first hybrid factory producing both dairy yogurts and plant-based alternatives for export to European subsidiaries, and a production plant for yogurts, alternative drinks and desserts.
Louis Vuitton’s over 1,600 employees in Catalonia power 5 production centers preparing and manufacturing small leather luxury goods and handbags, as well as running warehouses and logistics operations for southern Europe.
Coty has one of the group's main production plants in Catalonia and its global center of excellence with 14 fragrance manufacturing lines for export to 150 countries.
Not only does Alstom's plant in Barcelona produce Europe’s most advanced trains while also manufacturing a wide range of other vehicles (from trams to high speed trains), it additionally operates a R&D center in railway maintenance.
Akzo Nobel, with over 1,100 employees, has 3 production plants in Catalonia for high quality paints and coatings. It also has its EMEA Planning Hub here to centralize the running of its over 30 paint production plants and 125 European stores.
Novartis’ 1,360 workers and 3 production centers in Catalonia develop the complete drug production cycle, from raw materials to the finished product.
With a workforce of over 500 people, Covestro has 4 production centers located in Barcelona, Tarragona, Parets del Vallès and Santa Margarida i Els Monjos where polymers are manufactured for coatings and adhesives.
In Catalonia, Ficosa/Panasonic manufactures advanced vision, security, connectivity and efficiency electronic systems for the mobility sector with 2 plants. Its Technology Center in electronic and tech excellence here powers the Group’s R&D.