The B30 axis
The B30 axis is one of the key industrial centers for innovation, research and entrepreneurship in southern Europe. It is, therefore, a geographic area of great economic vitality and of vital importance, which offers a wide range of opportunities to companies and economic agents and which finds in the Àmbit B30 Association the key figure for its continuous development.
The B30 axis saw its demographic growth accentuated during the second half of the 20th century, largely due to the industrial growth of the 1960s. The successive crises in the textile sector lead to the industrial reconversion that diversifies towards transformation metallurgy due to the demand for machinery, the chemical industry and the food industry. Although there is also a process of economic outsourcing, the trend of the last 30 years of the 20th century is to proportionally increase industrial activity in the current area of the B30, to the detriment of areas such as Barcelonès. Currently the metallurgy industry has lost weight in favor of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, rubber, and food.
The area of the B30 concentrates a population of more than 1 million inhabitants, extends for 485 km2 and has almost 200 industrial estates with 7,000ha. of industrial land.
It has a strategic location, as it is located in one of the busiest European regions (the Barcelona-Lyon axis). It stands out for its important industrial muscle, being the first industrial concentration in Spain and concentrating 17% of GDP. Catalonia and 23% of industrial GDP.
There is also a high concentration of high-knowledge industrial activities, research, university and innovation agents.