Since its creation in 1916, the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (CZFB) has proven to be a key element in the development of the economy of the metropolitan area of Barcelona. During its 104 years of history it has been and continues to be a living agent that has known how to adapt to a constantly evolving context.
Free Trade Zone offers companies locations for production under competitive conditions, as well as high-quality services in its various locations. Pere Navarro, special delegate of the State in the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, explains that “from the CZFB we want to help draw the country of the future based on the new economy and, therefore, we create opportunities to encourage companies to take advantage of synergies and overcome the challenges presented by the new industrial revolution ”.
From this industrial area, the power and importance of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain as the engine of sectors as varied as logistics, real estate, trade fairs and business, are projected internationally. All this thanks to the different locations that the entity has, safe spaces for companies equipped with cutting-edge services and that they offer competitive conditions.
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to draw the country of the future based on
to the new economy “
But the activity of the Free Zone is not only restricted to the management and administration of the assets of the Industrial Park of the Free Zone and its Customs Free Zone. Its business model includes the basic activity of the area, the business spaces, numerous urban projects and the celebration of events and rooms.
A strategic asset
The activity of the Consorci de la Zona Franca has a significant economic impact on the entire Autonomous Community of Catalonia. This is reflected in the study Economic impact of the activity of the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona carried out by Deloitte with data from 2018, where it is revealed that the contribution to the GDP of this complex is 30.6 million euros; a figure that reaches 9,081 million in the case of companies located in its basic area of operation.
This entity is a strategic asset for Barcelona and a true economic engine of the Catalan territory: the companies established in the Zona Franca polygon contribute to the employment of 137,322 people, with 2,684 million euros in tax returns within Catalonia.
The entity is a strategic asset
for Barcelona and a real
economic engine of the Catalan territory
With the look set in the future
In 2019, the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (CZFB) decided to carry out an introspection exercise to focus its activity on three areas of action: business, innovation and sustainability. A new strategy that looks to the future, where it will continue to generate opportunities for the development of Industry 4.0, based on sustainability and innovation.
The CZFB wants to enhance all the benefits of the new economy to generate quality employment and to benefit equal opportunities for social and territorial cohesion, as explained by its director, Blanca Sorigué: “We want to help organizations to make the leap in sustainable solutions, thus anticipating what the consumer wants and contributing to build a better future”.
Proof of this constantly evolving development, in the last year it has carried out two big investments to promote the industrial transformation of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, the heart of its activities.
“We are aware of the potential that Barcelona has to lead the development of the new economy and we want to accompany the companies in our environment on this path of transformation and, at the same time, contribute to enhancing and making Barcelona’s image visible worldwide, “says Sorigué.
In this way the 3D Factory Incubator. Created together with Leitat, it is the first high-tech 3D business incubator in Europe, tested by 42 companies during its first year and expecting to reach 100 by 2024. Likewise, the facilities have been expanded, from 600 m2 to 1000 m2, to be able to host a greater number of companies.
In 2021 it will be inaugurated the first phase of hub technological DFactory BCN, 17,000 m2, where 17 million euros have been invested to build a space that will host Industry 4.0 activities and that expects to reach 100,000 m2 with the second phase of the project
This year has been a challenge for all social agents due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the CZFB has managed to overcome and create the Barcelona New Economy Week (BNEW): the first major international hybrid event to drive economic recovery from key sectors under the common denominator of the new economy. This space brought together more than 10,800 people from around the world on the network, making Barcelona the world capital of the new economy.
Focused on five sectors (logistics, real estate, digital industry, e-commerce and strategic areas), the BNEW was developed over four days with 160 hours of content and which was attended on its last day by King Felipe VI and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who presided over the award ceremony for Best Innovation as a sign of support for the value of public-private collaboration for economic recovery.