Chemical Sector

Industry Contact
Ana Elena Heras Aznar
Investor Services Manager

The Spanish chemical sector is a strategic industry in the country's economy and an important generator of wealth and employment, as it comprises over 3,072 companies, with a turnover of €66.4 bn in 2019, and provides 697,000 direct and indirect jobs.

With an accumulated 34% growth in revenue in the period between 2007 and 2019, this industry represents 13.4% of Spain's Gross Industrial Product and 5.8% of its GDP.

It is also the second most important export category, with €38.474 bn exported to international markets in 2019. 57.9% of Spain's chemical production is exported.

Employment created by the chemical industry is stable – 94% of contracts are permanent – and it is one of the industries with the highest level of productivity per employee.
The chemical industry supplies products that are used in 98% of the productive processes in the economy.

This is one of the industrial sectors predicted to experience the fastest growth worldwide. The increase in production that will be needed to satisfy new international demand is estimated at 4.5% year-on-year until 2030.
Spain is the preferred destination for chemical industry RDI projects in Europe (41 countries) and ranks fourth in the number of new projects by multinationals (2003-2020, FDI markets data).

Why invest in the Spanish chemical industry?

Its production capacity and industrial tradition, outstanding geographic location and logistics infrastructures, the innovative capacity of the chemical industry operating in the country, and global growth in demand for new chemical products, all make Spain a strategic destination for investment in the chemical industry.

Privileged situation
Spain is a key supplier to Europe given its natural access to markets in the north of Africa and Latin America

Transport and logistics
Spain has 46 international ports and the longest coastline of any country in Europe, and it also offers advanced transport and logistics infrastructures.

The Spanish chemical industry invests almost 25% of the total in RDI and employs 22.5% of the research staff working in industrial companies

The Spanish chemical industry is one of the largest industrial investors in research and technological development, with an annual investment of €2.5 bn and collaboration agreements for the development of industrial competitiveness with the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, and the Ministry of Economy, and businesses.


Last updated: 08|10|2020

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