Why become a member?
Participation in the daily activities of the Association offers our members a wide range of opportunities. Members can:
- Exchange enriching experiences.
- Search for and implement synergies.
- Align goals to reach excellence in processes.
- Lobby and join forces to address the needs of the region.
“If the Àmbit B30 Association didn’t exist we’d have to create it—it’s an exercise in collective intelligence.”
Jordi Hereu, former mayor of Barcelona and president of Identity.
“Àmbit B30 is an example of a project that’s been shared in order to grow.”
Felip Puig, catalan minister for Enterprise and Employment.
The Association builds dialogue among its members and its different groups of actors:
The national and Catalonian governments, with their industrial and research policies; the province of Barcelona, with its vast experience in economic promotion and inter-municipal work; and, finally, city governments, where policies and economic development efforts become reality, and which favor this process of cooperation.
Institutions of knowledge
Universities are hubs of knowledge creation and are closely tied to research and technological centers. Systems of vocational training and higher education are crucial to maintaining a supply of people suited to work in the productive sectors.
Business associations and chambers of commerce
They are familiar with the industrial structure and its requirements. Businesses, especially leading innovators, and trade unions, key players in industrial transformations.
- Innovative companies: the triple-helix model
- Catalonia as an engine of international export
- The environment
It’s a fact: European Union policies are designed to boost innovative companies that are committed to the triple-helix model. It’s based on the theory of the innovation spiral, which is based on reciprocal relationships among universities, companies and governments. In fact, it’s just the model that the area surrounding the B30 could be based on.
Àmbit B30 provides support in the process of uniting these three spheres, which have traditionally worked independently of one another, in order to obtain a number of benefits in line with the Association’s core principles. This creates a new setting full of opportunities, in which academic researchers become entrepreneurs of their own technologies, and public administrations and private companies play an important role in facilitating the entire innovation process.
The numbers speak for themselves: in 2016, Catalonia reached a total of €65.1 billion in exports, the highest in history, making it Spain’s top autonomous community for exporting.
This is a crucial of competitiveness that indicates a region’s degree of prominence. If we also take into account that virtually all Catalan imports and exports have their origin in industrial and technology-related production, the area surrounding the B30 assumes even greater importance.
For these reasons, more than 3,300 foreign companies have chosen to establish themselves in Europe by placing supraregional headquarters, I+D centers, logistics platforms, commercial offices and production plants in Catalonia.
In this regional framework, the B30 represents one of Catalonia’s main industrial areas. There are a total of 1,296 industrial sector companies that have a medium-high/high level of technology and place a clear emphasis on exportation. They are the so-called exporters: companies that have been exporting products over the last four years.
The area surrounding the B30 is the economic engine of Catalonia, due to the industry that has been based in this area for decades, as well as to its privileged location in the center of the Mediterranean Corridor and in close proximity to Barcelona. In fact, Àmbit B30 is situated in the center of the Barcelona-Lyon megaregion, one of Europe’s most active.
The main industrial agglomeration of Catalonia and Spain can be found in the municipalities along the stretch of the AP7/B30. Due to the construction of major road infrastructure such as the C58 and the provision of well-connected industrial land, this region has seen an important productive transformation. In short, it’s a road network that has been strengthened by the introduction of new establishments and activities, which have brought changes to the sectoral composition of the industry and the types of companies present.
Research centers and universities
More than 60 research centers, about 10 science and technology parks and 15 university centers are located in the area around the B30.
For example, the Parc de l’Alba, is a global point of reference for the research and development of new technologies. It is the engine of scientific and corporate competitiveness not only for Catalonia and Spain, but for Southern Europe as a whole.
Universities such as the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Esade-Creàpolis are also spearheading the advanced educational strategy of the region.
There is a wide range of economic activity areas available to house companies and services, as well as a large number of parks and centers for specific businesses.